Utility Purchasing & Material Management Certificate (UPMM)


The Utility Purchasing & Material Management (UPMM) curriculum is designed for public power purchasing personnel. This course of study focuses on contracts, quality metrics, work order systems, negotiations, business strategies, and utility case studies.

The training is comprised of four sections held quarterly from January 17 thru December 19. (Total of 8 days).  Attendance at all classes are required to obtain the certificate.

Course Schedule:

January 17 – 18, 2023 – Quantities, Quality, Pricing & Supplier Selection

TBD – Workorders, Inventory & Plant

September 5 – 6, 2023 – Negotiations and Contracts

December 18 – 19, 2023 – Case Studies in Utility Purchasing


January 17, 2023 - January 18, 2023
8:30 am — 4:00 pm
FMPA (Teleconference option available)
8553 Commodity Circle Orlando FL 32819



Quantities, Quality, Pricing & Supplier Selection – This class will examine the important aspects of the purchasing work and how it relates to local power companies.  Topics discussed will include, EOQ, OPM, the 5 Ws, MRO, centralization and decentralization, policies and procedures, ROP, SOE, contracts, negotiation, quality metrics, supplier selection, and SPC.

Workorders, Inventory & Plant This class will introduce you to the work order system and how it operates in a utility.  Participants will see how the work order systems processes impact each department of the utility and gain a better understanding of each others’ responsibilities.  It is designed to give participants a high level overview of manual work order closing from the time a work order is approved until it is completed and its plant units and costs are closed.

Negotiations and Contracts – When dealing in the purchasing realm, interpersonal skills and relationships are key to diverse business strategy.  In this class we will focus on how to use different personality traits to gain better strategies of communication within and outside our companies.  We will learn new tactics, how to handle old tricks and what the law references in both of these scenarios.  Participants will also learn supplier selection criteria and method development for obtaining qualified, dependable and competitive companies to do business with.

Case Studies in Utility Purchasing – This is the fourth and final class in the UPMM Certificate.  Each participant will be asked to present their purchasing cast study to the group during this class.  Through the analysis and debate of real-life case studies participants will have the opportunity to review all cases and apply these introduced in class as well as their own experiences.

About the Instructor

The course will be presented by certified training specialists from Tennessee Valley Public Power Association (TVPPA).


Cost: $3,000
Deadline: January 13, 2023
Who Should Attend: Utility Purchasing Personnel
Contact: Sharon Samuels

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