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The Procurement Cycle: Solicitation Development Phase

Welcome to the NIGP eLearning module: Procurement Cycle – Solicitation Development Phase. This on-demand course provides an overview of the solicitation development phase of the procurement cycle. The solicitation development phase is the second phase of the procurement cycle. During this phase, the solicitation for the purchase is created, the solicitation method is selected, and the contract is created. From the selected decisions, bids are evaluated, and the winning supplier is contracted. The culmination of this phase is the selection of the supplier to fulfill the contract..

This on-demand course is part 2 of 3 in the Procurement Cycle Series.

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Online: The Procurement Cycle: Solicitation Development Phase (Member Rate) $25.00
Online: The Procurement Cycle: Solicitation Development Phase (Member Rate) $25.00
Online: The Procurement Cycle: Solicitation Development Phase (Non-Member Rate) $75.00
Level: Foundation


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

  • Define types of specifications.
  • Define solicitation methods.
  • Identify the differences between Request for Proposals and Invitation for Bids.
  • When given a list of bids, determine the bid that is the best value.
  • Define contract pricing types.

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, 2, 3 & 4

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.