Intermediate Purchasing Seminar

The next offering will be held on November 19-21, 2024.

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.

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.
There currently are no scheduled offerings of this course.


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: Please view the 2023 agenda HERE.


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 Manager, Law and Finance Group
Teaching Assistant Professor