Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Glenn Hegar

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Training Class Descriptions

1. CPA Texas Government Basic Public Purchasing (BPP)

This entry-level class is designed to teach purchasers new to public purchasing the statutes, rules, policies, and procedures governing public purchasing in Texas.

  • This is a two (2) day class (approx. 16 hours)

Class topics include:

  • Purchasing Profession Overview
  • Ethics and the Law
  • Specifications
  • Texas Purchasing Methods
  • Sourcing and Solicitation
  • Receiving and Evaluating Bids and Proposals
  • Logistics
  • Reporting Requirements and Documentation

Public purchasing personnel are required to attend BPP within their first six (6) months of employment with the State of Texas.

This is a two (2) day class (approx. 16 hours).

2. CPA Texas Government Advanced Public Purchasing (APP)

  • This is a two (2) day class (approx. 16 hours)

This mid-level class is designed for state purchasers who have taken SPD's Basic Public Purchasing (BPP) class and have a minimum of one (1) year purchasing experience.

Class topics include:

  • Contract Planning
  • Advanced Specification Writing
  • Introduction to Negotiations
  • State Contracting
  • Contract Administration

If you have taken the Texas Basic Public Purchasing (BPP) class, you should be familiar with the ethical responsibilities, legal requirements, and procurement methods associated with public purchasing. The Texas Advanced Public Purchasing (APP) class and this workbook will focus on implementing a purchasing strategy to minimize risks when making high dollar purchases and improve state contract administration practices.

3. CPA Texas Government Cost vs Market, Contract Negotiations & Contract Administration (CNC)

  • CNC consists of two (2) individual one-day classes offered back-to-back. (approx. 16 hours)

This advanced-level class is designed for state purchasers who have taken SPD's Basic Public Purchasing (BPP) and Advanced Public Purchasing classes and have a minimum of three (3) years purchasing experience working toward a Certified Texas Procurement Management certification..

Class topics include:

  • Understanding the Marketplace
  • Team Negotiations
  • Definitions and Applications
  • Price Analysis
  • Cost Analysis
  • Role of the Cost Analyst
  • Negotiation Fundamentals
  • The Negotiation Checklist
  • Obstacles of Changing Relationships
  • Techniques to Ensure Success
  • Tools for Contract Administrators
  • Reasons for Failure
  • Foundation of Successful Contract Administration
  • Control
  • The Negotiation Process
  • Contract Claims
  • The Mathematics of Negotiations
  • The Contract
  • Kinds of Negotiations
  • Completing the Contract
  • Finalizing the Agreement
  • Contractor Evaluation

Classroom Materials:

Please bring a pen and a writing tablet to all classes. Also, please bring a hand held calculator to the APP and CNC classes.


** Classes without a minimum enrollment 10 days before the beginning of the course may be canceled. **

** Instructors and Seat Availability are subject to change on a daily basis, due to the high enrollment rate.**

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