Pursuant to Government Code §2155.078, the Statewide Procurement Division (SPD) administers training, continuing education and certification for state agency purchasing personnel.
Each state agency shall ensure that its purchasing personnel complete the training and certification developed under this section. It is not the intent of this definition to include:
In addition to state agencies, political subdivisions and/or CO-OP’s participating in SPD’s cooperative purchasing program of all offered SPD contracts are especially encouraged to attend. Examples of CO-OP entities include school districts, police, fire departments, community colleges and some city and county governments. Current list of State of Texas CO-OP members.
Employees of institution of higher education to which Section 51.9335, Education Code, applies or to an institution to which Section 73.115, Education Code, applies are encouraged to attend.
The program contains one level of training and two levels of formal certification.
|PURCHASING AUTHORITY||COURSE TITLES||EXPERIENCE||CERTIFICATION|
|Zero to $25,000||CPA Texas Procurement
|None Required||None Required|
|$25,000.01 to $100,000||CPA Texas Procurement
|Over $100,000||CPA Texas Procurement
A state agency employee who is required to receive the training may not participate in purchases by the employing agency unless the employee has received the required training from SPD, or has a current national certification. Acceptable equivalent certifications are listed here
Definition of Purchasing Experience – The development of specifications, receipt and processing of requisitions, review of specifications, advertising for bids, bid evaluation, award of contracts, and inspection of merchandise received. The term does not include invoice, audit, or contract administration functions.
Visit website for SAO classifications as a reference to help identify individuals who are required to receive SPD's purchaser training. Use “Procurement” in the "Filter Descriptions" box then click the "Filter" button.
In addition, the following tasks may help identify individuals who are required to take SPD's purchaser training.
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