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Webinar Sign with Laptop and CoffeeDespite our current state of emergency due to COVID-19, the OSD Training team is still training!

Understanding that in-person workshops and training courses are on pause during the stay-at-home advisory, the OSD Training team has been hard at work transitioning many of our buyer courses into an online format and continues to offer our regular online classes. In addition to regular course offerings, OSD Training has developed a series of quick, 30-minute webinars designed to help COMMBUYS buyers use the Commonwealth’s procurement platform more efficiently.

We encourage you to review upcoming course offerings and sign up to attend. Clicking on the course links below will bring you to the Commonwealth’s Learning Management System, PACE. If you need assistance, there is an instructional page on the mass.gov website, as well as a Job Aid with step-by-step instructions. Prior to the class, registrants will receive an email with details to access the webinar.

See the full buyer training schedule here and contact OSD Training at OSDTraining@mass.gov with questions. We hope to see you online!

New Webinars:

April 23, 2020, 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. – How to Create a Punchout Order in COMMBUYS

This webinar demonstrates, through PowerPoint slides and actual demonstration, the ten easy steps to create a Punchout Catalog Order. This is an introductory class suitable for all buyer audiences.

April 28, 2020, 10:00 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. – How to Search for Contracts, Vendors, and Items in COMMBUYS

The objective of this webinar is to prepare participants to search successfully in COMMBUYS using single and multiple criteria to filter searches. This is an introductory class suitable for all buyer audiences.

April 30, 2020, 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. – How to Look Up UNSPSC Codes

This webinar is intended for those buyers who need to use UNSPSC Codes for vendor and item searches and for those who use these codes to create bids in COMMBUYS.

May 5, 2020, 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. – How to Make a Contract Purchase in COMMBUYS

This webinar illustrates how to make a simple line item purchase in COMMBUYS from a Statewide Contract. This is an introductory class suitable for all buyer audiences.

May 7, 2020, 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. – How to Clone a Requisition

The content of this webinar is how to copy, or “clone,” a Requisition in COMMBUYS for a future purchase. This is an introductory class suitable for all buyer audiences.

Upcoming Webinars:

Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. – Introduction to Statewide Contracts and COMMBUYS

This course, modified from the in-person course, covers information on how to use Statewide Contracts and COMMBUYS. This class should be attended by all new and existing procurement and purchasing staff (eligible entities included) responsible for purchasing goods, supplies, equipment, or services from Statewide or Departmental Contracts as needed for agency operations.

Monday, April 27, 2020, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. – COMMBUYS Purchasing for Non-Profits & Other Eligible Entities

This webinar provides an overview of COMMBUYS purchasing for non-profit organizations.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. – Essentials of State Procurement – Part I

This is a prerequisite class for the Strategic Sourcing Certificate Program (SSCP). You must register for and attend both Parts I and II to receive course completion credit. This course, modified from the in-person course, introduces procurement professionals to the Operational Services Division (OSD) and how the state manages the procurement of goods and services. The class provides an overview of the policy and procedures related to purchasing and procuring goods and services in the Commonwealth. In addition, participants will receive hands-on training in COMMBUYS to search for Statewide Contracts, goods and services, as well as bids, contracts, and sellers.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. – Essentials of State Procurement—Part II

This is a prerequisite class for the Strategic Sourcing Certificate Program (SSCP). You must attend both Parts I and II to receive course completion credit. This course, modified from the in-person version, introduces procurement professionals to the Operational Services Division (OSD) and how the state manages the procurement of goods and services. This interactive webinar provides an overview of the policy and procedures related to purchasing and procuring good and services in the Commonwealth. In addition, participants will be introduced to COMMBUYS.

The morning session includes an overview of procurement rules and introductions to OSD, Statewide Contracts, and basic COMMBUYS searching for contracts.  The afternoon session encompasses the basics of agency procurement, including relevant programs, procurement exceptions, and COMMBUYS Bid Solicitation features.

Monday, May 4, 2020, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. – How to Use Master Blanket Purchase Orders (SWC)

This one-hour introductory webinar includes an overview of the Operational Services Division (OSD) and Statewide Contracts. Attendees will learn how to locate Statewide Contracts in COMMBUYS and what resources and tools are available on the OSD website. We also will provide information on some OSD cost savings programs.

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