MSBO’s Certification Program Benefits:
- Provides access to information needed to succeed in your job
- Offers practical overviews of key areas of law, regulations and practices
- Identifies resources for in-depth and additional information that may be utilized at a later time
- Assures a quality curriculum is developed and monitored by the MSBO Professional Development Committee
- Uses experienced practitioners to teach classes
- Offers seminars at regular intervals and reasonable prices
- Uses adult learning principles and provides a learning environment where colleagues can share experiences and information
Purchasing Officer (CPO) Course Descriptions
Principles of Education (3 hours): Understand the educational process, culture of schools, major learning theories, teaching methodologies, school improvement, design of in-service programs, and the structure and function of the principalship.
Purchasing Overview (3 hours): Learn the basics of performing purchasing functions, including related Michigan laws, the structure of a purchasing operation, electronic and cooperative purchasing, bidding, reviewing contracts, lease-purchase options, and “partnerships.”
Purchasing Advanced (6 hours): Learn the fundamentals of various legal issues that affect purchasing including Bid, Performance and Payment Bonds; contractor insurance coverage to mitigate risk; School Safety Requirements for contractors; ethics, Federal contract requirements, Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests; and records retention.
Team Leadership (3 hours): Learn how to match your leadership style with the culture of the organization. Matching leadership style to the cultural landscape will allow you to increase your productivity, decrease communication problems and strengthen your conflict management skills.
Wrap-up/Ethics (2 hours): Celebrate completion of your certification program! Reflect on what you have learned and your role in the educational process and your school district. This class can be taken only if you are two classes or less from completing your certification (not counting the Wrap-Up/Ethics Session).
Elective (6 hours): Any course taken that is not required in this track, but is required in another.
Other recommendations for continuing education credits are courses offered through:
• National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) at www.nigp.org
• Michigan Public Purchasing Officers Association (MPPOA) at www.mppoa.net
• State of Michigan’s free purchasing courses by emailing DMB-PurchKnowledge@michigan.gov