Tribal Contracting and Purchasing Certification Program

Program Details:

• About the Certification Program

Your participation in Falmouth Institute’s Tribal Contracting and Purchasing Certification Program demonstrates your dedication to professional development in an area that is crucial to the functioning of your tribe or tribal organization. Whether you’re a procurement officer, compliance officer, program director or council member — or even if you don’t fit any of those roles but have been tasked with contracting and purchasing for your tribal organization — this certification program and online qualifying exam will demonstrate that you have a firm understanding of crucial contracting and purchasing concepts and skills. We’ll cover important areas in contracting and purchasing, including ethical considerations in procurement, detecting and preventing fraud, increasing competition in the purchasing process, negotiating prices, conducting cost and price analyses and understanding different purchasing methods.

In today’s competitive professional environment, this certification program gives you the knowledge you need to perform your job to the satisfaction of your employer and to comply with federal laws and guidelines.

• Certification Process

Become certified by completing these simple steps:

  • Register for and attend the Tribal Contracting and Purchasing Certification Program
  • Pass the online qualifying exam within seven days of finishing the Program

The Falmouth Tribal Contracting and Purchasing Certification Program can also be delivered as an Onsite Program for organizations seeking to certify at least seven participants. To discuss onsite training opportunities, please call us at 800-992-4489 or click here.

• Testing Information

To receive your Tribal Contracting and Purchasing Certification, you must pass the online qualifying exam.*

  • The exam consists of 60 multiple choice and true/false questions drawn from the program’s course content.
  • In class, you’ll receive instructions on how to get your unique username and password and how to access the exam.
  • You’ll have seven days from the last day of class to access the exam. You must complete the exam in one sitting and you’ll receive your results immediately after you submit it.
  • You’ll be able to download your certificate showing that you are certified in Tribal Contracting and Purchasing as soon as you have passed the exam.
  • If you do not pass the exam on your first attempt, you’ll have one year to re-test. You may take the exam a total of three times, after which you’ll have to register for and attend the Tribal Contracting and Purchasing Certification Program again before you are permitted to re-test. You must pay a $100 exam fee each time you re-register to take the exam.

*Testing accommodations are available to those with a documented disability. Please contact Falmouth at 1-800-992-4489 or info@falmouthinstitute.com to discuss your particular situation. You must request accommodations when you register for the Certification Program for accommodations to be guaranteed.

• Adjunct Faculty

Falmouth takes pride in its exceptional faculty. We only work with outstanding trainers who have years of specialized Indian Country experience and who are experts in their fields. You can expect your instructor(s) for this program to deliver top quality training suited to your unique needs as a tribal professional with financial oversight responsibilities.

• Maintaining your Certification

Your certification is valid for one year from the date it is issued. To maintain your certification, you must complete steps 1 and 2 below:

1. Attend at least 12 hours of QUALIFIED CONTINUING EDUCATION CLASSES (CEUs) before your certification expiration date.**
QUALIFIED TRAINING includes any of Falmouth Institute’s 2-5 day Finance classes. 

2. Submit a certification maintenance form by the expiration date.

**Falmouth will grant extensions for students who have registered for upcoming classes that start up to 2 months beyond the month their certification expires in. Such students will still need to submit the certification maintenance form by the expiration date. They must note on the form that the class is upcoming and, upon class completion, resubmit their certification form.

Qualified classes include any of the following Falmouth Institute trainings (2 or 3 days):

  • Applying OMB’s Grant Compliance Requirements
  • Audit Preparation for Tribes and Tribal Organizations
  • Basic Bookkeeping: Federal Grants and Contracts Accounting for Tribal Organizations
  • Basic Budgeting for the Tribal Organization
  • Budgeting with Microsoft Excel for Tribal Organizations
  • Casino Accounting and Auditing for Indian Gaming Organizations
  • Detecting and Preventing Fraud, Theft and Embezzlement in Tribal Organizations
  • Financial Literacy for Tribal Board and Council Members
  • Financial Literacy for Tribal Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
  • Getting the MOST Out of Abila MIP for Tribes and Tribal Organizations
  • Indian Country’s Indirect Cost Summit
  • Indirect Cost Strategies for Tribal Organizations in the 21st Century
  • OMB’s Uniform Guidance: Administering Federal Funds and Contracts
  • Payroll Tax Management for Tribal Organizations
  • Strategic Purchasing Procedures for Tribes and Tribal Businesses
  • Tribal Contracting and Purchasing Certification Program