§103D-110 Education and training. (a) The department of human resources development, either alone or in cooperation with any governmental body, including the department of labor and industrial relations, or in cooperation with other states, the federal government, or other persons may:
(1) Conduct or participate in procurement education and training for persons not employed by the State; and
(2) Sponsor a purchasing certification program conducted by a voluntary organization of procurement professionals.
(b) The state procurement office, in cooperation with the department of human resources development, shall develop and maintain a procurement practices training and development program for procurement officers of the State and the several counties, to ensure that an agency's procurement practices are in compliance with the procurement code and that proper procurement decisions are made consistent with this chapter. The program shall include a mandatory fundamental training and development session and follow-up training and development sessions.
(c) Each state procurement officer of a department of the executive branch shall attend a mandatory fundamental training and development session within sixty days of being appointed or named to the position of procurement officer.
(d) Each state procurement officer of a department of the executive branch whom the state procurement office determines is in need of further training and development based upon:
(1) The history of procurement compliance to this chapter by the agency to which the particular procurement officer is attached; or
(2) Any other need for training and development,
shall attend follow-up training and development sessions.
(e) Attendance by state procurement officers at the follow-up training and development sessions, other than as required under subsection (d), and by county procurement officials at the fundamental and follow-up training and development sessions is optional, though encouraged. [L Sp 1993, c 8, pt of §2; am L 1994, c 56, §§1, 22; am L 2008, c 194, §1]