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CalPCA Basic Acquisition Certification

This entry-level 5-day Basic Acquisition Certificate (BAC) course introduces new California state procurement professionals to the world of purchasing IT and Non-IT Goods and Services. 

The training takes new state buyers through fundamental guidelines, rules and regulations, as well as methodologies, activities, and best practices in this basic overview of the California State Contracting Manuals. 

Topics covered can be reviewed by accessing the menu items below.

Acquisition Basics - Outline

  • Roles and Responsibilities    
    • Department of General Services
    • California Procurement and Contracting Academy
    • Procurement Division
    • Office of Legal Services
    • Your Department
    • The Buyer
    • Authority and Approvals
    • Audits/Compliance
  • Acquisition Ethics
    • Form 700 - Statement of Economic Interests
    • Conflict of Interest
    • Incompatible Activities
    • Gifts & Gratuities
    • Gift of Public Funds
    • Perception
  • State Codes, Regulations, and Policy
    • Foundations of Authority Governing California State Acquisitions
    • Public Contract Code
    • Government Code
    • California Code of Regulations
    • State Administrative Manual
    • State Contracting Manual(s)
      • Volume 1
      • Volume 2
      • Volume 3
  • Contract Law
    • Basic Elements of a Contract
      • Offer
      • Acceptance
      • Consideration

Acquisition Planning - Outline

  • Defining the Need
    • Initial Review (The Who, What, When, Where, and Why's of Acquisition Planning)
      • Defining the Business Need
      • Purchase Justification
      • Time Constraints
    • Market Research and Methods
    • Defining Mandatory vs. Non-Mandatory Needs
    • Statement of Work
  • Classification Types (discussed in Cal-PCA Courses)
    • Non-IT Goods
    • IT Services
    • IT Goods
    • Non-IT Services
  • Funding and Approvals
    • Purchasing Authority
    • Exemption Levels
    • Funding Requirements
    • Approval Process
  • Socioeconomic Programs
    • Small Business
    • Recycle (State Agency Buy Recycle Campaign)
    • Disabled Veterans Business Enterprises
      • Incentive Program
    • Target Area Contract Preference Act
    • Local Agency Military Base Recovery Act
    • Enterprise Zone Act
  • Emergency Acquisitions
    • Definition of Emergency
    • Emergency Resource Information
  • Non-Competitive Bid (NCB)
    • The Autority to Proceed with an NCB and Applicable Codes
  • Limited to Brand (LTB)
    • The Authority and Approval Process to proceed with an LTB and Applicable Codes

Acquisition Methods - Outline

  • State Programs
    • Property Reuse Program (Surplus)
    • California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA)
    • Office of State Publishing (OSP)
  • Community-Based Rehabilitation Program
  • Leveraged Procurement Agreements
    • Statewide Contracts (SC)
    • Western States Contracting Alliance (WSCA)
    • Master Agreements (MA)
    • California Multiple Award Schedules (CMAS)
    • Software Licensing Program (SLP)
    • State Price Schedules (SPS)
  • Competitive Methods

Acquisition Phase - Outline

  • Solicitation Creation
    • Common Elements of a Written Solicitation
      • Administrative Requirements
      • Technical Requirements
      • Cost Requirements
      • General Provisions
      • General Terms and Conditions
      • Bidder Instructions
      • DVBE Requirements
  • Supplier Outreach
    • Internet
    • Bidder Lists
    • Cal eProcure
    • Advertising in FI$Cal (California State Contracts Register [CSCR])
  • Solicitation Activities
    • Key Action Dates
      • Bidders' Conference
      • Bidder's Walkthrough
      • Supplier's Questions/Inquiries
      • Addenda  

Acquisition Evaluation & Award - Outline

  • Things to be Aware of When Starting an Evaluation
  • Evaluation Procedures
    • Responsive Bid
    • DVBE Requirements
    • Responsible Bidder
    • Material Deviations
    • Net Bid
    • Preference/Incentive
  • Supplier Selection
    • Bidder Notification
    • Protests
  • Award
    • Contract Processing
    • Bidder Communications
    • File Documentation
    • Amendments
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