Intermediate Purchasing Seminar

This course is intended for officials with two or more years of experience in local governmental purchasing, and 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. This three-day seminar will sharpen participants' purchasing skills and deepen their understanding of the legal and practical aspects of public purchasing.

This course will be held in-person at the School of Government. The next offering of this course is November 28-30, 2023.

Additional information

Pre-Requisite/Experience: Officials with two or more years of experience in local government purchasing. It is recommended - but not required - that attendees take the Basic Principles of Local Government Purchasing Course prior to registering for this course.

Certification: This seminar is required for the CLGPO (Certified Local Government Purchasing Officer) Certification. 

Credit: The seminar includes continuing education hours for those who attend and is a required course for the CLGPO (Certified Local Government Purchasing Officer) certification.
  • Chapel Hill, NC
    November 28 - 30, 2023
    UNC School of Government
    400 South Rd.
    Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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    Course participants who cancel their registration on or before November 20, 2023 will receive a full refund. No refund will be made for cancellations on or after November 21, 2023, but you will receive a transferrable credit to be used within 12 months. Click here to view the School’s full cancellation and refund policy.
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    Please see HERE for Chapel Hill area hotels.

    Registration and payment for this course grants access for a single attendee. In order to register a group of attendees, please register each person individually. If you have questions, please contact our registration office at or 919.966.4414.

The cost of this course is $475.

All course materials and other logistical details are provided in Canvas, a learning management system. Please click the link below for detailed instructions on setting up your Canvas account. If you've already set up an account for this or another School of Government course, click HERE to log in to Canvas. Click HERE for Canvas Instructions.

Additonal information to help you prepare:

  • Directions & Parking: Please click HERE for directions and parking information.
  • Hotels: Please click HERE for Chapel Hill area hotels.
  • Agenda: Detailed and final agenda TBA. Please view working agenda below.
    • Tuesday, November 28
      • Start Time: 12:30pm
      • Adjourn: 4:30pm
    • Wednesday, November 29
      • Start Time: 9:00am
      • Adjourn: 4:00pm
    • Thursday, November 30
      • Start Time: 9:00am
      • Adjourn: 4:00pm


Course participants will receive A Legal Guide to Purchasing and Contracting for North Carolina Local Governments by Frayda S. Bluestein.

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:

Clare Kilmartin

Program Associate, Law and Finance Group
Teaching Assistant Professor