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Learn the purchasing process for state and local governments.

In a governmental environment, purchasing is a highly respected profession with high potential for advancement. Government purchasing professionals are responsible for obtaining materials, equipment and services at the best overall value for their employer. To do so effectively, they must perform many crucial steps. These can include developing procurement strategies, writing specifications, reviewing supplier proposals, selecting suppliers, negotiating contracts, placing orders, and evaluating vendor performance. 


Format: Online course

Hours: 12h/1.2 CEU/14.4 CPE

When: Start anytime

Cost: $299 - $339

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Purchasing is an online, self-study training course developed by the University of Georgia. The course exposes you to basic concepts and terminology for understanding purchasing in a governmental environment. As you progress through each of the lessons, you will be challenged with self-test questions and interactive exercises. Online consultations with a financial professional can be scheduled on request. 

In 10 lessons, you will learn:

  • Purchasing basics including qualifications of purchasing staff and the various roles of Purchasing
  • How laws and policies affect the purchasing process
  • Alternatives to organizing the purchasing function
  • Step-by-step purchasing process
  • Methods for obtaining competitively priced goods and services for your government
  • How the purchasing and accounts payable processes work together
  • Documentation necessary for an effective purchasing function
  • Alternative purchasing methods
  • Why purchasing ethics are important in a government

Who Should Attend?

  • Local government finance professionals and paraprofessionals who want to enhance their career skills and professional development opportunities.  (Georgia residents can use course credits for the Georgia Local Finance Officer Certification Program.)  
  • Accounting professionals who want to earn continuing professional education required for all CPAs. 
  • Governmental professionals with previous private sector experience who want to gain governmental purchasing knowledge. 

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  • Complete the courses required online quizzes and exercises within 30 days of receiving the course URL, username and password information.
  • To complete this course, you will read the lessons and complete each lesson's exercises and quizzes. At the conclusion of the final lesson, you successfully complete the capstone case study and an online final examination with a score of 70% or better.
  • For more details about the course, please click on the downloadable files on right titled, How Does Purchasing Work? and Frequently Asked Questions.
Course Format: 
Course Fee(s): 

$299 (US Funds) — Residents of Georgia
$339 (US Funds) — Non-residents of Georgia
$50 (US Funds) — One-Month Extension (Only one extension is granted per participant.)

Prepayment is required to be registered. Prices listed are per person. Prices are subject to change. 

Cancellation/Refund Policy:
The Georgia Center will gladly issue full refunds for cancellations received in writing prior to the release of course access information. You may cancel your enrollment at any time during the course and receive a refund less a $50 administrative fee, provided that you have not accessed the online course material at all. During the first 10 days of your course, if you have not completed any course work, you may opt for a one-time transfer of your enrollment to another student for a fee of $50; the new student (i.e., substitute) would have up to thirty (30) days from the transfer date to complete the course. A course may be transferred only once for a fee of $50 (US). Written requests should be sent to 

Continuing Education Information: 
  • The University of Georgia will award 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or 14.4 CPEs upon successful completion of this course.
  • A University of Georgia CEU transcript is available at any time upon written request. 

Certification or Licensure Information:
This course meets a Level I core course requirement in the Local Finance Officer Certification Program for local government personnel in the State of Georgia.