Basic Principles of Local Government Purchasing

May 5-8, 2015


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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!

Purchasing officials with less than two years of experience in governmental purchasing.


The course includes 26 continuing education hours and is a required core course for the CLGPO (Certified Local Government Purchasing Officer) certification.

Faculty coordinator


The next deadline for School of Government course scholarships from Local Government Federal Credit Union is August 1, December 1, April 1. These scholarships will cover all or part of the tuition for any SOG course, seminar or workshop. Scholarship applicants must be LGFCU members.

LGFCU offers this program to help nurture the career development of its members who are employed in local government in North Carolina. Awards are made three times each year, or until funds (up to $50,000 annually) are expended. Applications are accepted throughout the year, with deadlines of April 1, August 1, and December 1—so advance planning is helpful.

For information and a copy of the application, visit:

Applications may also be obtained by emailing or calling 1-800-344-4846.

Teaching methods

Lectures and case studies


4 days




Required: (1) North Carolina Local Government: An Introduction (online module) and (2) Basic Local Government Contracting and Procurement (online module)

Registrants will receive a link to view these modules when they register.


Site information

Knapp-Sanders Building, UNC School of Government

Hampton Inn & Suites $84 - Local Government Purchasing - Group Code LGP - Cut Off Date = April 21, 2015
A block of rooms has been set up at the Hampton Inn & Suites with a special rate of $84. The rate includes a full deluxe hot breakfast and wifi. To reserve a room online and use the group code LGP. To reserve a room by phone call the hotel directly @ 919 403 8700, provide your arrival / departure dates and the code LGP. To receive the special rate reservations must be made no later than April 21, 2015.





Program Manager
Cancellation policy

Course participants who cancel their registration on or before April 21, 2015 will receive a full refund. Those who cancel on or before April 28, 2015 will receive a full refund, less a $25 cancellation fee. No refund will be made for cancellations made after April 28, 2015. All cancellations must be submitted in writing, as outlined in the School's cancellation policy.