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About the Certification Program
Maintaining Your Certification
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ABOUT THE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
Your participation in Falmouth Institute's Tribal Contracting and Purchasing Certification Program demonstrates your dedication to professional development in an area that is crucial to the functioning of your tribe or tribal organization. Whether you're a procurement officer, compliance officer, program director or council member — or even if you don't fit any of those roles but have been tasked with contracting and purchasing for your tribal organization — this certification program and online qualifying exam will demonstrate that you have a firm understanding of crucial contracting and purchasing concepts and skills. We'll cover important areas in contracting and purchasing, including ethical considerations in procurement, detecting and preventing fraud, increasing competition in the purchasing process, negotiating prices, conducting cost and price analyses and understanding different purchasing methods.
In today's competitive professional environment, this certification program gives you the knowledge you need to perform your job to the satisfaction of your employer and to comply with federal laws and guidelines.
|T O P I C S I N C L U D E
|Contracting and Purchasing Basics
Responsibility for Purchasing and Contracting
- Prime- and subcontractors
- Maintaining federal funding
Standards of Conduct
- Program directors
- Contracting officers and purchasing representatives
- Tribal managers
- Tribal council
- Tribal chair
Overview of Purchasing Fraud
- Public service values
- Strategizing against corruption
- 10-step ethics problem-solving model
- Standards of conduct under P.L. 93-638
- Case studies
Establishing Policies and Procedures
- Types of fraud
- Red flags
- Case studies
- Basic principles
- Sample guide to procurement procedures
- Case studies
|Small and Micro Purchasing
- Obtaining quotes
- Price reasonableness
Developing Your Systems
- FAR requirements
- Oral and written solicitation
- Segregation of duties
- Internal control
- Fair, competitive pricing
- Guarding against nepotism
- Researching vendors
- Knowing industry standards
- Holding vendors accountable
- Using bargaining chips
- Renegotiating long-term contracts
- Bargaining self-assessment
- Mock negotiations
|Solicitations and Award
Cost and Price Analysis
- P.L. 93-638 contracts and grants
- Purchase order request content
- Indian Preference
- Davis-Bacon Act
- Statement of work outline techniques
- Contracting methods/award analysis
- Sealed bidding
- Negotiated procurement
Types of Contracts
- Conducting a price analysis
- Conducting a cost analysis
- Determining reasonableness
Construction Contracting (not on exam)
- Fixed price family
- Cost reimbursement family
Become certified by completing these simple steps:
- Register for and attend the Tribal Contracting and Purchasing Certification Program
- Pass the online qualifying exam within seven days of finishing the Program
The Falmouth Tribal Contracting and Purchasing Certification Program can also be delivered as an Onsite Program for organizations seeking to certify at least seven participants. To discuss onsite training opportunities, please call Falmouth at 800-992-4489, ext. 119.
To receive your Tribal Contracting and Purchasing Certification, you must pass the online qualifying exam.*
- The exam consists of 60 multiple choice and true/false questions drawn from the program's course content.
- In class, you'll receive instructions on how to get your unique username and password and how to access the exam.
- You'll have seven days from the last day of class to access the exam. You must complete the exam in one sitting and you'll receive your results immediately after you submit it.
- You'll be able to download your certificate showing that you are certified in Tribal Contracting and Purchasing as soon as you have passed the exam.
- If you do not pass the exam on your first attempt, you'll have one year to re-test. You may take the exam a total of three times, after which you'll have to register for and attend the Tribal Contracting and Purchasing Certification Program again before you are permitted to re-test. You must pay a $100 exam fee each time you re-register to take the exam. The retest form is available here.
*Testing accommodations are available to those with a documented disability. Please contact Falmouth at 1-800-992-4489 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your particular situation. You must request accommodations when you register for the Certification Program for accommodations to be guaranteed.
Falmouth takes pride in its exceptional faculty. We only work with outstanding trainers who have years of specialized Indian Country experience and who are experts in their fields. You can expect your instructor(s) for this program to deliver top quality training suited to your unique needs as a tribal procurement professional.
MAINTAINING YOUR CERTIFICATION
Your certification is valid for one year from the date it is issued. To maintain certification, you must:
- Attend at least 12 hours of qualified training before your certification expiration date**; and
- Submit a certification maintenance form by the expiration date. Please click here for the form.
**Falmouth will grant extensions for students who have registered for upcoming classes that start up to 2 months beyond the month their certification expires in. Such students will still need to submit the certification maintenance form by the expiration date. They must note on the form that the class is upcoming and, upon class completion, resubmit their certification form.
Qualified classes include any of the following Falmouth Institute trainings (2 or 3 days):