Event Registration - Ontario Public Buyers Association
Principles - Introduction to Public Purchasing (Virtual)
6/4/2024 - 6/5/2024
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST

Registration for this event is full, but you can add yourself to the waitlist. If other attendees cancel people from the waitlist will be added in order.

Event Description

June 4 - 5, 2024
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Virtual Learning

Registration closes Tues, May 21, 2024 at 5:00 PM


This course is the pre-requisite for the Principles of Effective Public Purchasing certificate program, giving an introduction to policy and procedures, authority and agency, the public purchasing cycle and other aspects of the function of purchasing. Candidates will be given an overview of legal considerations purchasing staff need to know when developing and handling bid documents, deciding the best procurement option (tender and RFP processes), as well as discuss centralized versus decentralized procurement systems.

Instructor:  Carl Bonitto, CSCMP

This six (6) hour Zoom Virtual Learning seminar has two (2) online sessions:

Tuesday, June 4th, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Wednesday, June 5th, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Students must attend both sessions to receive course credit.

The Zoom meeting link and login information will be distributed before the first session.


Students will receive a short pre-work assignment to complete approximately 10 days before the first session.



Learn more about the Zoom platform and its system requirements here. Remember to use a wired internet connection (as opposed to wi-fi, if possible) for the best viewing experience.

OPBA Principles Program seminars are designed for student participation. In order to get the most out of the session and ensure two-way discussion, students are encouraged to fully participate by having camera and microphone on during the virtual session, or to actively participate in chat where access to a A/V equipment is not possible.

Students are also encouraged to maintain a respectful learning environment by minimizing multi-tasking distractions, and background noise. Please ensure mobile phones and computer notifications are off or muted, and place yourself on mute until you want to, or are called upon, to speak.


Attendance Credit: Six (6) contact hours. Students must attend both sessions to receive course credit.

Program Textbook: The Principles of Effective Public Purchasing 2014 Edition textbook augments the course content and is the only study guide for the final exam, but is not required for in-class learning. Students who are currently registered in an OPBA seminar qualify to purchase the textbook at a discounted rate from the OPBA Store.

Program Enrolment: If you plan to apply this seminar toward the Principles of Effective Public Purchasing certificate program, you must enrol in the program within nine (9) months of completing this seminar.


Space is limited: Register early to avoid disappointment.

Cancellations: In writing only, up to ten (10) business days before the event, after which we regret that we cannot refund your registration fee.

Registration Fees:

Title Fee Valid Dates Member Status Points CEUs Hours
Virtual Learning Member Rate $254.25 Available until Tues, May 21, 2024 Members Only 0.0000 0.0000 6.0000
Virtual Learning - Non Member $310.75 Available until Tues, May 21, 2024 All Registrants 0.0000 0.0000 6.0000

Please refer to our payment policy for information regarding cancellations and/or refunds.

Registration closes Tues, May 21, 2024, at 5:00 PM