Statewide Procurement Education System

Course Catalog – Continuing Education Webinars

Course Category

  • Grant Funding for Contract Managers and Contract Developers Webinar Registration

    Course 1 of 34 on this page.

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    Overview: DPS's Meghan Frkuska and Jared Davis of DFPS explain the ins and outs of federal grant funding to state agency employees at a recent CPA "brown bag" session hosted by Procurement Policy and Outreach.

  • DIR Cooperative and Shared Services Webinar Registration

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    Overview: DIR's Shared Technology Services Program objective is to enable organizations access to managed IT as a service, allowing Customers to focus resources on supporting their mission and business functions rather than directly managing IT services.

  • TXMAS Quote Order Process Webinar Registration

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    Overview: As an alternative purchasing method, the Statewide Procurement Division establishes Texas Multiple Award Schedule (TXMAS) contracts that have been developed from contracts awarded by the federal government or other governmental entities. The General Services Administration's (GSA) Federal Supply Service awards Federal Supply Schedule contracts by competitive procurement procedures for more than 20 schedules that cover multiple commodities and services. The prices reflected on GSA schedule contracts are the most favored customer (MFC) prices and the maximum price allowable. TXMAS contracts take advantage of the MFC pricing and under certain circumstances, an agency or local governmental entity may negotiate a lower price for the goods or services offered on a TXMAS contract. A "best value" purchase must be made by following the TXMAS purchasing procedures.

  • Contract Manager Relationships Webinar Registration

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    Overview: For the purposes of this webinar, we will limit our discussion to business relationships with suppliers who have one or more agency contracts that you are assigned to manage and other internal stakeholders who support putting the contract in to place.

  • Sole Source and Proprietary Purchase Justification Webinar Registration

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    Overview: A proprietary purchase is one where the specifications or conditions of the proposed purchase are proprietary to one vendor and do not permit an equivalent product or service to be supplied. The term “proprietary” refers to a product or service that has a distinctive feature or characteristic, which is not shared or provided by competing or similar products or services. Proprietary purchases include products or services manufactured or offered under exclusive rights of ownership, including rights under patent, copyright, or trade secret law.

  • State Print Services Webinar Registration

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    Overview: The State Print Shop Web Portal is a universal online job request form that enables agencies to submit a job request once and receive responses from all the state and TCI print shops.

  • HUB Subcontracting Plans (HSP) Webinar Registration

    Course 7 of 34 on this page.

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    Overview: The Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program was created to promote full and equal procurement opportunities for small, minority, women, and service disabled (at least 20%) veteran-owned businesses. This webinar provides details regarding agency requirements for utilizing HUB's for contracting and reporting measures.

  • Texas State and Federal Surplus Property Programs Webinar Registration

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    Overview: Megan Sim of the Texas Facilities Commission explains how to use programs administered by the State of Texas and the U.S. government to both obtain and dispose of surplus personal property (not real estate). Property/asset managers and purchasers, among others, will learn time- and money-saving tips for acquiring equipment, furniture, vehicles etc., along with proper methods of reporting and divesting excess and salvage property.

  • Negotiating IT Contracts Webinar Registration

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    Overview: This session from the Department of Information Resources covers IT negotiations basics, what is and is not allowed and a short overview of DIR contracts. The goal of the session is to provide basic guidelines to assist you in making IT negotiations more successful.

  • Project Management Overview Webinar Registration

    Course 10 of 34 on this page.

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    Overview: CPA Project Manager David LaChance shares insights from the planning arena that apply to the procurement process.

  • Proprietary Procurement: Examples and Issues (Webinar Registration)

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    Overview: Senior Counsel Amy Foshko of CPA's Operations and Support Legal Services Division explains Texas law governing state agencies' proprietary procurements. Her presentation includes the legal definition of a specification, step-by-step purchasing instructions and drafting an effective justification.

  • Ethics Laws and Professional Standards

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    Overview: CTCD/CTCM certificate holders are required to take 24 hours of SPD-sponsored continuing education. One of the 24 hours must be ethics to maintain certification. Directions for Training: 1. Select “Register for this Course”; 2. Click the link under lessons to view the webinar; 3. The recommended browser for viewing this training is Google Chrome; […]

  • Request for Proposal Process Webinar Registration

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    Overview:This webinar is provides guidance to help you Identify appropriate situations for using the RFP. •Develop an RFP• Advertise an RFP in accordance with Texas Statues and other rules. •Conduct a pre-proposal conference. Evaluate and Score responses• Notify appropriate parties of contract award• Identify basic contract administration duties• Prepare a Purchaser RFP Checklist

  • Emergency and Proprietary Procurements

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    The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts' Statewide Procurement Division hosts a variety of informative brown bag info sessions, this time welcoming the Texas Facilities Commission for a presentation on "Emergency and Proprietary Procurements."

  • Purchase Order Change Notice

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    Do you know the difference between a Purchase Order Change Notice and a Contract Amendment? The Texas Comptroller's Statewide Procurement Division explains in detail in this webinar.

  • Information Security in IT Contracting Webinar Registration

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    In this presentation, Information Security Officer Joshua G. Kuntz of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles discusses the essential elements of information security in state agency contracts for information technology.

  • Invoice Processing Webinar Registration

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    This training provides guidance to help you identify Invoice Processing Best Practices. 

  • Emergency Procurements and Contracts Webinar Registration (2020)

    Course 18 of 34 on this page.

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    Disaster Finance Unit Chief Cody Hays gives an overview of the procurement role played by the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) during statewide emergency and disaster situations. His 42-minute presentation also covers TDEM's role during emergencies and how to develop contingency contracts.

  • SB 65 Implementation Webinar Registration (2020)

    Course 19 of 34 on this page.

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    Richard D. Ehlert, Procurement Director for Texas Health and Human Services (HHSC), discusses how SB 65, created to address perceived deficiencies in state agency and publicly funded university procurement and contracting practices, will impact state purchasers, procurement staff and vendors.

  • Advanced IT Negotiations Webinar Registration (2020)

    Course 20 of 34 on this page.

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    Procurement Services Director Colleen Berkley of the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) discusses how to negotiate contracts for information technology (IT) and related services. In this 50-minute presentation made in November 2019 to Statewide Procurement Division staff, she explains the necessity for detailed planning, goal setting, team building and scheduling; the various negotiator types and techniques; resource acquisition; and the finer points of requests for offers.

  • Cloud Computing Webinar (2020)

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    Overview: John Hoffman, Chief Technology Officer from the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR), discusses cloud computing. What is it, what does it mean and how is the cloud changing what we do?

  • Agile Procurement Webinar (2020)

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    Overview: Agile procurement systems are unconventional contracting methodologies based on a dozen core principles emphasizing collaboration, flexibility and problem solving. This approach seeks to align organizations' and suppliers' interests and values the importance of speed as well as savings. Procurement Services Director Colleen Berkley of the Texas Department of Information Resources explains how to adapt agile procurement to a state agency's needs in this 41-minute presentation to Statewide Procurement Division staff in November 2019.

  • Anti-Fraud Training for Procurement Professionals

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    Anti-Fraud Training for Procurement Professionals is presented by Daniel Wood, CFE and focuses on foundational knowledge and mitigating the risk to state agencies when it comes to fraud in public procurement. Daniel Wood also provides some background on anti-fraud controls, history of anti-fraud rules and regulations, and best practices to avoid fraud in public procurement. 

  • DIR: Covid-19 Technology and Procurement

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    This DIR Town Hall session from the Department of Information Resources covers DIR offerings and how to go about procuring during Covid-19. The goal of the session is to provide useful information on how to navigate procurement during a pandemic.

  • WorkQuest/TPPD Reporting 2020 Webinar Registration

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    Overview: The Texas Purchasing from People with Disabilities program is dedicated to furthering the state’s policy of encouraging and assisting persons with disabilities to achieve maximum personal independence by engaging in useful, productive employment activities. Under the program, individuals with varying levels of disabilities produce products or perform services through a Community Rehabilitation Program.

  • Procurement Oversight & Delegation (2020) Webinar Registration

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    Overview: This training covers the role of the Procurement Oversight & Delegation team and portal. The training covers delegation, accessing the Procurement Oversight & Delegation portal, and actions that the Procurement Oversight & Delegation team take in response to submitted solicitations.

  • Governing Bodies 2020 Webinar Registration

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    Overview: Each state agency must independently determine who qualifies as a member of a governing body for the agency. Any such determination requires studying the enabling statutes and any other applicable law regarding the particular agency at issue. If you have questions about who in your agency is required to complete this training for governing […]

  • Statement of Work (SOW) Webinar Registration (2021)

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    Overview: Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) presents Statement of Work Training

  • Vendor Performance Tracking System (2021)

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    The Statewide Procurement Division is offering an in-depth training of the Vendor Performance Tracking System (VPTS) including the role of VPTS, reporting requirements, the impact of VPTS on the procurement cycle, and basic system access and use. Purchasers, contract developers, and contract managers are encouraged to take this training as an introduction to the system and also for the latest system updates or rule changes that have impacted the VPTS.

  • HUB Reporting 101 (2021)

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    The Statewide Procurement Division (SPD) Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program has been tasked with the reporting of expenditures made by state agencies and institutions of higher education. This training session will provide details regarding agency responsibilities for reporting HUB activity to SPD.

  • Open Market Requisition (OMR) Training (2021)

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    This training covers the role of the Statewide Procurement Division and the Open Market Requisition (OMR) process. The training will review delegation, OMR forms and procedures, as well as best practices for state agencies to submit Open Market Requisition documents.

  • Legislative Renewal Refresher (2021)

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    This training will cover legislative updates that impact procurement in the State of Texas that emerged out of the 87th Legislative Session in 2021.  This is required course that does not count towards your continuing education hours.  While you are encouraged to complete this course, if your certificate does not expire until 2024-2025, this requirement will not apply to your certification renewal. You will need to take the 2023 Renewal Refresher that will be made public after the completion of the 88th Legislative session.

  • Bid Protests in Texas 2021

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    As a part of their fundamental role as contract developers and managers, public procurement officials oversee the critical challenges in a bid protest. This training on navigating bid protests emphasizes the requirements mandated by the Texas Government Code Chapter 2155, Section 2155.076. The curriculum introduces: bid protest types, reasons for bid protests, advantages and disadvantages of bid protests, bid protest administrative procedures in Texas, and the ways to navigate bid protests.

  • Enhanced Contract Monitoring (2021)

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    This training reviews enhanced contract monitoring standards and methods in Texas. Per 34 TAC § 20.166, this training is required for those contract managers whose agencies are designated by the State Auditor’s Office as requiring additional monitoring during the contract management and termination phase of the procurement process.

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