The Procurement Cycle - Planning Phase | NIGP

The Procurement Cycle: Planning Phase

Welcome to the NIGP eLearning module: Procurement Cycle – Planning Phase. This on-demand course provides an overview of the pre-procurement planning phase of the procurement cycle. The pre-procurement planning phase initiates the procurement cycle, this is when the budget and plan for the procurement are established. During this phase, all of the factors and risks of the purchase are analyzed. Once the budget is determined and approved, the procurement schedule is created.

This on-demand course is part 1 of 3 in the Procurement Cycle Series.

Course Availability:

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Online: The Procurement Cycle: Planning Phase (Member Rate) $25.00
Online: The Procurement Cycle: Planning Phase (Non-Member Rate) $75.00
Instructor: Online Learning
Level: Foundation


Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • List the steps involved in pre-procurement planning
  • When given a list of bids, determine the bid that is the best value.
  • List strategic procurement planning steps
  • Recognize threats to the planning phase
  • Define supplier pricing strategies
  • Define evaluation and analysis strategies

Intended Audience

This course is targeted to individuals who meet or exceed the following professional demographics:  

  • Entry-level public procurement and central warehouse professionals who serve as assistants, coordinators, buyers, or equivalent functions within their respective entities.   

  • Non-procurement managers and supervisors who are responsible for either the procurement function or staff who provide procurement functions under delegated authority.   

  • Professionals who are employed by governing entities and special authorities (such as K-12 and higher education, publicly-owned utilities, transportation providers, and other publicly-funded or created organizations) that either serve within or manage the procurement function.  

  • Suppliers or representatives of suppliers seeking to understand the public procurement function from a holistic level, including the policies, standards, and procedures by which public entities must function.  

Delivery Formats Available


Contact Hours






Designed for public procurement professionals who are new to the profession or have 1-5 of experience.


30 minutes

UPPCC Domain Alignment

Domains 1 & 6

Available in this learning format...


This format is 100% self-paced and designed for those who want complete control of their schedule and learning timelines. Sessions are pre-recorded with lifetime access, ensuring there’s no expiration date.

Learn on your schedule

On-demand training is for professionals who prefer to develop the skills they need on their time and at their pace. Learners can start, stop and rewind the lessons at your convenience.

Completion Requirements

In order to successfully complete, learners must:

  • Complete all course modules.
  • Complete the post-course evaluation survey available in Aspire.