2016 SOG Purchasing Courses:

  • Basic Principles of Local Government Purchasing: May 3-6, 2016
  • Contracting for Construction and Design Services: September 27-29, 2016
  • Intermediate Purchasing Seminar: November 29 - December 1, 2016

Registration for Basic Purchasing will open in late winter.  Registration for Construction Contracting and Intermediate Purchasing will open in June 2016.  A 10% combo-course discount is available for those who register for both Construction Contracting and Intermediate Purchasing.

CAGP Conference:

(NOTE: The CLGPO Examination will be administered in conjunction with the conference)

To register online for the CAGP Spring Conference, visit the CAGP website.

CAGP Regional Training:

2015 CAGP Regional Training schedule:

  • Eastern: Now closed
  • Piedmont: October 20, 2015 (Burlington)
  • Western: November 17, 2015 (Kings Mtn.)

To register online for CAGP regional training, visit the CAGP website.

Online Resources:

Online resources (including archived on-demand webinars) are available at the Publications link on this page.



The School of Government does not discriminate in offering access to its educational programs and activities on the basis of age, gender, race, color, national origin, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, or sexual orientation. If you have a disability and need accommodation to participate in any School of Government program, please let us know.


Basic Principles of Local Government Purchasing

This course is designed for new local government purchasing officials and covers basic principles and legal requirements for local government purchasing. Topics include: Competitive bidding requirements for purchasing and construction contracting Purchasing ethics and conflicts of interest Practical skills such as vendor relations, developing specifications, & bid solicitations Purchasing policies and electronic bidding Decision analysis, motivational strategies, and effective communications Local government law overview, including open meetings and public records Budgeting and fiscal control Surplus property disposal Tips for success from experienced local government purchasing professionals And More!

Contracting for Construction and Design Services

This seminar addresses topics of interest to those involved in construction contracts or in the procurement of the services of engineers and architects. Topics include bidding procedures; construction methods; minority participation and reporting requirements; legal aspects of construction contracts; contract administration; and selection of design services. A panel will address recommended practices in construction, including Joint AIA/AGC Committee recommendations.

Intermediate Purchasing Seminar

This three-day seminar will sharpen participants' purchasing skills and deepen their understanding of the legal and practical aspects of public purchasing.  It is intended for officials with two or more years of experience in local governmental purchasing.  The class will cover bidding and property disposal, capital leasing, performance management and benchmarking, insurance and risk management, electronic bidding and contract management, effective communications, ethics and conflicts of interest, and practical skills training, including handling difficult bids.

Introduction to Local Government Finance

This introductory course provides basic instruction in local government and public authority finance and financial management. Areas of instruction include the basic legal authority and requirements governing local government revenues, budgeting processes, cash management, purchasing and contracting, expenditure control, conflicts of interest, fund accounting and financial reporting. The course also provides an overview of the state and local economic issues that inform strategic budgeting decisions.