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Procurement Professionals Training and Resources

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Mission

The mission of the Maryland Procurement Academy is to provide the highest quality training and performance support for the achievement of the goals of the Office of State Procurement.

The Maryland Procurement Academy (MDPA) provides training and performance support resources for Maryland’s procurement professionals.  Delivered by certified instructors to develop Maryland’s procurement workforce, the Maryland Procurement Academy’s goal is to enhance efficiencies, ensure ethical behaviors, develop quality personnel, and support Maryland Procurement.

The Maryland Procurement Academy offers its training and certification programs in 2 formats currently. One that meets through Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) webinars and the second is fully online courses through their TalentLMS. (Please see below for more information on TalentLMS.)

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The MDPA Talent LMS is the new learning management system that houses all courses and support resources from the Maryland Procurement Academy available to public procurement professionals in the State of Maryland.

 

The MDPA TalentLMS allows users to register for instructor led courses, take self-paced online courses, see and print certificates for completion of training, share earned certificates on LinkedIn as well as earn Digital Badges and participate in procurement related discussions.  Public procurement professionals can request an account by selecting the “Sign up” link and completing the form. An administrator will then approve the account.

eMMA Training for Buyers

  • We will be using GoToWebinar to hold the eMMA training webinars beginning in 2021.
  • Support information on using GoToWebinar is listed below.
    • Links to the recordings of eMMA Training webinars will be posted here as well.
    • Other training and buyer support materials include the eMMA Quick Reference Guides . They were updated for 2021 and many include videos of our eMMA Trainers working live in the eMMA environment through each step, screen, etc. These videos show the trainer’s screen and all they are doing in eMMA to demonstrate a process or steps in a process. Links to each video are in the Individual QRGs or the videos can be accessed on the DGS YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwZjGfxwkiW1RSTIF69SBLg under the eMMA Buyer Playlist.
  • We will be continually updating our training offerings and programs, as well as support materials here.

eMMA Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

eMMA Fundamentals: This course provides an introduction to the eMaryland Marketplace Advantage eProcurement System for Buyers and other state users. This course will provide information on basic navigation and use of the system, roles and responsibilities of state users, plus tools and products of the system.This course is a prerequisite to all other eMMA training courses for state employees if they have not been using eMMA previously. This course would be helpful for anyone who has minimal use of eMMA previously as well.

Please register for eMMA Fundamentals (Rel 1.1) on May 13, 2021 at 1:)) PM EDT at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8055377741657660944

After registering, you will immediately receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar, if you do not receive the email, please check your spam or junk folders as sometimes the confirmation email is filtered out as junk mail.

Instructor: Amanda Hendrix, CPPB, CMPO. Lead Account Executive, Policy and Program Review, Office of State Procurement

Scope of Work: Best Practices: This course is designed to provide state professionals with an overview of the process of writing effective Scopes of Work for your solicitations and resulting contracts. While your agency, department, or authority could have different policies and procedures in place that may supersede what is discussed in this training workshop, the intent is to provide professionals with a basic understanding of what it takes to write effective Scopes of Work.

The intended participants for this course are professionals who will develop, write, evaluate, and approve a scope of work for a solicitation. Additional participants could be procurement professionals who will evaluate and utilize a scope of work, management and leadership who will approve a scope of work, and contract administration and contract management who will manage the contract resulting from an awarded solicitation.

Please register for Scope of Work: Best Practices on Apr 26, 2021 1:00 PM EDT at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3564006882145011471

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
If you wish to cancel your registration, open the confirmation email and select the Cancel Registration button.

Instructor: Daniel Mays, CPPO, CPSM, NIGP-CPP. Director – Procurement, Contract & Grant Administration, Administrative Office of the Courts

eMMA Creating a Contract (Posting an Award): This course provides instruction for creating a contract with a vendor (and posts the award) in the eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA) eProcurement System for Buyers and other state users. This course will begin at the point where the procurement award recommendation has been approved and is ready to be awarded.

Please register for eMMA Buyer Training: Creating a Contract (Post an Award) on Jun 1, 2021 1:00 PM EDT at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1496510506839162638

After registering, you will immediately receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar, if you do not receive the email, please check your spam or junk folders as sometimes the confirmation email is filtered out as junk mail.

Instructor: Amanda Hendrix, CPPB, CMPO. Lead Account Executive, Policy and Program Review, Office of State Procurement

For assistance with GoToWebinar refer to the links below.

 

Quick introduction for participants in a GoToWebinar
https://support.goto.com/webinar/how-to-join-attendees

Attendee Quick Start Video
https://support.goto.com/webinar/help/video-attendee-quick-start-4-23-1308134931

MARYLAND PROCUREMENT ACADEMY

The Maryland Procurement Academy is currently establishing certification programs for Maryland Procurement professionals. This high level training and certification will provide public procurement professionals with recognition of the knowledge, skills, and abilities in Maryland Procurement in conducting effective, efficient, and transparent procurement in the State of Maryland.

MDPA Certifications

The MDPA certifications are three-tiered certifications focused on
Maryland-specific procurement and taught by Maryland Certified Instructors.
The certification programs are all developed from the Maryland Procurement Certification Framework

The first certification program to be offered is the Certified Maryland Procurement Officer (CMPO). The CMPO is the primary credentialing program for procurement officers and managers operating within the professional *Procurement Career Group *within the State of Maryland. The CMPO certification program is the middle tier of the Maryland Procurement Career matrix for public procurement leaders. The program is intended to cover Maryland procurement law, policies, and procedures pertaining to bids and proposals, management, and other core skills and competencies that a procurement professional must have to be effective. The CMPO Program and Learning Objectives with 2021 program information including schedules can be found here. The CMPO is currently enrolling those procurement officers and managers operating within the professional Procurement Career Group for the CMPO training and certification test in 2021. The other certification programs as well as additional procurement training offerings will be added to the schedule in the near future as the MDPA is launched in January 2021.

List of Certified Maryland Procurement Officers

This is a list of Maryland Procurement Officers and Managers who have current CMPO credentials. This list will be updated regularly. Please click the link below for the current list.

Current CMPO’s

   
For questions related to procurement training and resources contact the Maryland Procurement Academy at dgs.osp-mdpa@maryland.gov