The National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO), one of AMR’s clients, was charged with creating a professional development and ongoing learning platform for its members. They envisioned a multi-faceted education platform that would assist its members and other state government procurement professionals with resources to help advance public procurement, which includes helping states develop their own certification programs.
The development of this program was important because of its connection to certification; both national and state specific certifications are very important to the NASPO membership. This was also identified by the membership as an area where additional resources and support were needed. NASPO leadership came up with Procurement U as a name and challenged the staff with creating a resource for state’s developing or enhancing their own certification programs that could be delivered in a fun, interactive, online format that would be easy to use and easy to update.