Procurement Courses

From basic to advanced, the NLPA has courses for every level of procurement

Are you looking for procurement courses that can help you master today’s most critical purchasing processes?  Well, you’re in the right place.

Each the Next Level Purchasing Association’s online procurement courses will teach you proven techniques that have been used to deliver measurable results in the real world. You’ll learn how to apply these techniques yourself to achieve improved procurement results!

See brief descriptions of the NLPA’s 16 full-length procurement courses below. The courses are in order by level of the Strategic Procurement & Supply Management Body of Knowledge® (SPSM-BOK®), beginning with the most basic procurement courses.  Each course name is linked to their specific description page with full learning objectives and registration links. You can also click here to request a digital copy of the NLPA Course Catalog.


SPSM-BOK® Level 1 Courses

Essential Procurement Skills

Mastering Purchasing Fundamentals a procurement course on fundamentals of purchasing

Mastering Purchasing Fundamentals

Whether you are new to purchasing or a seasoned veteran, this procurement fundamentals course will walk you through the purchasing process step-by-step.


Microsoft Excel for Purchasing Professionals

Are you utilizing all of the tools that can help you make sound purchasing decisions and deliver top-notch presentations? This procurement course will enable you to perform sophisticated purchasing analyses through exercises that are based entirely on the situations that you face in your purchasing work.


Supply Management Contract Writing

If you aren’t familiar with the advanced techniques of contract writing, you can put your organization at risk and be committed to a poor performing supplier for years.  Through plain English examples, interactive exercises, and a sample contract, you will learn how to negotiate and write effective contracts and iron-clad terms and conditions in this procurement course.


Powerful Negotiation for Successful Buying

Could not knowing the newest and best negotiation techniques be what’s preventing you from saving a lot more money on your purchases?   Much has changed over the years when it comes to negotiation tactics, don’t let that be your downfall.


14 Purchasing Best Practices

Quickly and significantly improving your procurement department’s performance is not wishful thinking.  With the right guidance and step-by-step instruction, you will soon be implementing the same procurement practices that are used by the world’s top corporations.


Savings Strategy Development

Do you have a comprehensive plan covering everything from analyzing your spend to strategic sourcing to continually improving cost savings processes?  If not than this course is a must for you!  Learn how to more effectively achieve, calculate, and report cost savings and more.


SPSM-BOK® Level 2 Courses

Global Procurement Management


Expert Purchasing Management

Are you a purchasing manager who worries about balancing the many demands of your leadership role?  You’re not alone. Today’s companies are expecting more than ever from their purchasing managers. And today’s environment is confronting purchasing managers with more challenges than ever.


Professional Purchasing Project Management

Today’s procurement professionals need to be able to consistently lead procurement projects to successful completion.  By learning and applying proven procurement project management principles, you, too, can ensure your purchasing projects are free from delays, unpleasant surprises, and disorganization.


Basics of Smart International Procurement

Buying internationally is much more complex than buying domestically; there are many unforeseen pitfalls, challenges, and risks.  It is imperative to have a good understanding in the differences in cultures, law, currency, and more, to help support your international procurement efforts.


Executing a Global Sourcing Strategy

Global sourcing is a challenge with many opportunities to fail.  Successful global sourcing involves coordinating logistics, dealing with customs, arranging payment, identifying countries for sourcing, finding suppliers, calculating landed cost, assessing risks, and implementing global contracts.


SPSM-BOK® Level 3 Courses

Enterprise-wide Procurement Influence


Finance for Strategic Procurement, Part I

There are financial principles that you need to know for success in procurement today.  Learn how finance executives measure business performance and how you can apply this knowledge specifically to your procurement work.


Finance for Strategic Procurement, Part II

Are you utilizing the finance-based approaches that your CEO and CFO are expecting you to use.   You can learn how to integrate financial principles into your procurement work and make optimal decisions more easily than you thought possible.


Profitable Inventory Management and Control

Are you guilty of making bad inventory decisions?  Stop basis your decisions on guesses or informal tactics, learn time-tested best practices that will help you to make inventory decisions to maximize your organization’s success.


Improving Quality in the Supply Chain

As a modern procurement professional, you need to be well-versed on quality improvement practices so that your organization can have the quality advantage that it needs to succeed.  Learn the intricacies of quality assurance and how to positively influence the quality you achieve from your supply chain.

SPSM-BOK® Level 4 Courses

External Procurement Influence


Exemplary Supply Chain Social Responsibility

Not having a socially responsible supply chain can put your organization at extreme risk.  But learning to flawlessly execute and manage a supply chain social responsibility program for your organization doesn’t have to be difficult.


Strategic Supplier Diversity Best Practices

Supplier diversity is a growing and evolving procurement strategy among today’s forward-thinking organizations.  Implemented and managed well, this strategy can make a measurable impact on your company.