Purchasing Agent Certification

The Purchasing Agent Certification program is for professional and administrative staff within the department who are primarily responsible for the regular day-to-day procurement activities, transactions and solicitation of quotes within their department. These individuals have attended the required training courses in order to demonstrate the necessary skills and evaluation methods needed to successfully implement improved purchasing practices as part of the LSU Procurement Services objectives and the mission of LSU.

Benefits of Certification

LSU Procurement Services recognizes the growing complexity and heavy demands of procurement operations. Deans, Directors and Department Heads need the assurance that their purchasing agents and buyers are adequately trained, reliable, and dedicated to their professions by being aware of the best practices and up to date on all policies and procedures applicable to the institution.

As the campus professional and administrative staff changes and grows we realize that training must be on-going and advance with the industry of the business world. The Purchasing Agent Certification provides administration a higher degree of confidence in the ability and integrity of the people who have been selected to do the job.

Requirements for the Purchasing Agent Certification Program

  • Applicants should be in department level procurement related role for a minimum of six (6) months.
  • Applicants must be recommended for certification by their Dean, Department Head or Director via the submission of the Certification Request Form.
  • Applicant is then required to attend all mandatory Procurement Training courses and a minimum of 3 elective courses. Once all classes are taken, applicant must complete and submit the Purchasing Agent Certification Transcript to Procurement Services at purchase@lsu.edu.
  • Applicant must score at least 85% on the "Purchasing Agent Certification Exam." Instruction on how to access the test will be sent to the individual after the transcript is verified. Individual must generate the certificate of completion after passing the test which notifies Procurement of applicant's passing.
  • Upon completion of the above requirements, applicant will receive the Delegate Memorandum of Understanding cia email to be completed ans submitted for approval to finalize delegation. Individual is not officially delegated until the fully executed MOU is returned to them via email.
  • Delegate must renew certification annually (Jan - Dec) by attending a minimum of 10 training credit hours of classes. Once all classes are taken, delegate must complete and submit a new Purchasing Agent Certification Transcript to Procurement Services at purchase@lsu.edu.
  • Delegate should attend Procurement Summit and Roundtable meetings to stay abreast of all policy, procedure and process changes.
  • Delegate must complete the Conflict of Interest Disclosure for Purchasing Agent Delegates annually certifying that those agents conducting procurement activities on behalf of LSU acknowledge the requirement to disclose any potential conflicts of interest.

Certification requirements may change without prior notice.

Download Certification Request Form

Download Purchasing Agent Certification Transcript

Code of Ethics

Each applicant pledges to:

  • Maintain loyalty to LSU. Pursue the universities objectives consistent with the procurement code so as to also adhere to all federal, state, or local laws.
  • Buy without personal prejudice from suppliers who offer the optimum value when all factors are considered.
  • Be honest and insist on honesty from others. Denounce all forms of unscrupulous business practices.
  • Avoid all conflicts of interest which would jeopardize impartiality in your business transactions.
  • Be truthful with your suppliers, potential suppliers, and all others with whom you do business.
  • Maintain high standards of personal conduct.
  • Refuse to accept gratuities offered by suppliers or potential suppliers.

Code of Conduct

Each applicant pledges to:

  • Strive constantly to improve his or her knowledge of methods, materials, and processes that affect purchasing performance.
  • Practice and insist on sound business principles in the conduct of all transactions.
  • Be receptive to competent counsel from colleagues and demonstrate a willingness to share in support of the purchasing profession.
  • Engage and promote the sourcing and use of diverse suppliers in support of the University’s commitment.

Purchasing Agent Certification Course Curriculum 

Mandatory Courses Credit Hours
Methods of Procurement 5
Professional Specialty & Consulting Services 5
Understanding Risk: Insurance & Indemnification 5
Specifications 101 5


Elective Courses Credit Hours
Bid Types 3
Complex Specifications 3
Contract Management
Department Solicitations 3
Movable Property - From Requisition to Disposal 2
Sole Sourcing
Strategic Sourcing 101
Supplier Diversity


For more information on training courses and to register:

  1. Log in to MyLSU
  2. Click on 'Employee Resources'
  3. Click on 'LSU Training and Event Registration'
  4. Locate the appropriate training then click on 'View Classes'
  5. Click 'Register'
  6. Email confirmation will be sent to the registrant

All current delegates must re-certify for delegation as outlined above by June 30, 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions

It is our intent to narrow down the certifications to just those who actually conduct Procurement activity. If you are the individual tasked with making the purchase on LaCarte or conducting the solicitation you should get certified.

Yes, these are regular employee training sessions offered during work hours. Typically 1-2 hours depending on the subject matter and delivery method.

The credit hours only come into play when renewing the certification. You can take a mix of courses to meet the annual requirement of 10 credit hours to maintain delegation.

For information, please contact us at 225-578-2176 or purchase@lsu.edu.




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