Basic Principles of Local Government Purchasing

This course is sponsored by Carolinas Association of Governmental Purchasing.

Live Zoom sessions are tentatively scheduled from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. during each day of the course.  While the final class length may vary slightly, live sessions will not be held outside these times. 

This course is designed for new local government purchasing officials and covers basic principles and legal requirements for local government purchasing.

Topics include the following:

  • Competitive bidding requirements for purchasing and construction contracting;
  • Purchasing ethics and conflicts of interest in public procurement;
  • Practical skills such as vendor relations, developing specifications, and preparing bid solicitations;
  • Purchasing policies and electronic bidding;
  • Decision analysis, motivational strategies, and effective communication;
  • Local government law overview, including open meetings and public records laws;
  • Budgeting and fiscal control;
  • Surplus property disposal; and
  • Tips for success from experienced local government purchasing professionals.


Additional information

The 2021 Agenda is on the Materials tab.

Next Class is scheduled for April 25-27, 2023

Access to Canvas for materials and other related items such as Zoom information will be provided closer to the first day of class.

You may wish to go ahead and download the Zoom Desktop Client to your computer and also have a Zoom account created. Your computer should have a microphone to speak, speakers to hear, and a camera. That will take care of 90 percent of the Zoom instructions and troubleshooting. See your IT department if you need help with any of these Zoom items above. 


For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

Dale Zuckert

Assistant Registrar
For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

Carla Stowe

Program Manager, Local and State Government Group