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Professional Development

Class Registration and Class Schedule

Other Continuing Education Opportunities

Certified Individuals are required to complete 120 hours of continuing education hours (CEH). The hours may be averaged over a five (5) year period with no more than 45 hours during any one certification year period. To meet the CEH requirement, TPASS encourages certified individuals to obtain 24 hours of continuing education hours per certification year. CEH hours in excess of the 45 hour per certification year maximum will not be carried over and applied for credit in subsequent years.

In order to accommodate the overwhelming request for these classes, it is very important that you attend. If it is determined that you are not able to attend a class you have registered for, you must cancel your participation, substitute a class, or substitute a student through the same registration site you used to register. All cancellations or class substitutions must occur a minimum of five (5) days prior to the scheduled start date of the class. A student substitution must occur prior to the 1st day of the class.

TPASS Brown Bag

The Brown Bag Lunches are held the 1st Wednesday of each month (unless otherwise stated) at the Robert E. Johnson (REJ) Conference Center located at 15th Street and Congress from noon until 1 p.m. Earn one (1) CE hour.

Please register online for the Brown Bags and other professional development classes at: https://cmblreg.cpa.state.tx.us/reg-pd/index.cfm.

If you have any additional questions, comments and/or concerns about professional development, please contact Training and Certification Program at 512-463-5355.

Webinar Descriptions

Contract Management Guide (CMG) Overview

A non-traditional class environment where the facilitator and students review and carry on a discussion related to the topics found in the Contract Management Guide.

The purpose of the class is to better acquaint purchasing professionals with the information provided in the Contract Management Guide while stimulating discussion of purchasing, contracts, statutes, rules, and how these are utilized in the field of state purchasing. Class participants will be encouraged to explain how the information within the Contract Management Guide affects their agency purchasing operations. As a group discussion class the opportunity will exist to express opinions, provide real life examples, ask questions and learn not only from the facilitator but from other students based on experience.

High-Impact Communication

This entry to mid-level courses teaches techniques for creating high-impact, meaningful communications with coworkers, clients and stakeholders.

This is a (2) day class (16 hours)

Class topics include:

  1. Communication Intelligence
  2. Planning Your Message
  3. Structuring Your Message
  4. Delivering Your Message
  5. High-Impact Meetings

High Impact Class Objectives

  1. Identify your communication style
  2. Adapt your communication style to communicate with others
  3. Define the purpose, analyze the audience, create the content, and select the best medium to deliver a high-impact message
  4. Structure and deliver a persuasive oral or written communication
  5. Identify and apply advanced questioning and active listening techniques
  6. Improve skills for communication in small groups

Coaching and Mentoring for Improved Performance

This course teaches you how to apply a powerful behavioral model to improve the quality, efficiency and the effectiveness of your coaching and mentoring with lasting results.

This is a (2) day class (16 hours)

Class topics include:

  1. Defining the Effective Coach
  2. The Coaching and Mentoring Model
  3. Determining Current Performance
  4. Defining and Assigning Work
  5. Guiding Progress Evaluating Results

Coaching and Mentoring for Improved Performance Class Objectives

  1. Define the purpose of coaching and mentoring and its value to the organization
  2. Apply the elements of the Coaching and Mentoring Model and improve coaching and mentoring skills
  3. Assess current performance and plan for better performance using coaching tools and techniques
  4. Select the appropriate approach to convey expectations
  5. Effectively monitor and provide the type and level of feedback required
  6. Handle difficult situations involving poor performance
  7. Evaluate results to improve performance continuously
  8. Explain the role of coaching and mentoring in the context of the Mindset Model

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

This course addresses the five types of critical thinking needed in business environments: Strategic, tactical, analytical, innovative, and implicative.

This is a (2) day class (16 hours)

Class topics include:

  1. The Science of Thought
  2. Critical Thinking Model
  3. Problem/Opportunity Identification and Analysis
  4. Environmental Scan
  5. Response Exploration
  6. Response Selection
  7. Response Implementation
  8. Putting It to Work

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Course Objectives

  1. Leverage current theories on human thought to improve your performance and that of your team members
  2. Discriminate between the different types of critical thinking styles and determine when to use each type in the business environment
  3. Uncover business problems and opportunities and learn how to address them (analyze their root causes)
  4. Assess the internal and external environmental factors surrounding business problems and opportunities
  5. Explore a wide range of potential responses to a business problems and opportunities
  6. Evaluate potential responses to a business problem or opportunity to determine the best response
  7. Persuade stakeholders to support the best response, design an action plan for implementing the best response, and successfully execute the action plan

Writing Statements of Work: The Heart of Any Contract

The course format is designed for a variety of public sector personnel involved in writing, maintaining, and implementing quality statements of work (SOWs).

This is a (2) day class (16 hours)

Class topics include:

  1. The Basics of SOWs
  2. Evolution of the SOW
  3. Creating the Narrative
  4. Managing the SOW after Award

Writing Statements of Work Course Objectives

  1. Assist managers in understanding when an SOW may be appropriate and how it should be framed
  2. Identify the uses in an organization where an SOW is applicable
  3. Understand the evolution of any SOW's development
  4. Translate needs in a logical order and complete expression of requirements and incent better performance from vendors
  5. Develop skills that emulate best practices for writing quality SOWs
  6. Perform quality assurance techniques in addressing SOWs, which will ensure that the documents comply with standards of acceptability
  7. Write SOWs that will withstand administrative and legal challenges