Washington State University Procurement training

Procurement Training

The State of Washington Department of Enterprise Services (DES) has mandated that employees involved in “developing, executing, or managing procurements or contracts, or both,” (RCW 39.26.110) must complete training in order to continue performing their procurement functions.

Please use the following information to determine which modules you should take. All courses are available through WSU’s Skillsoft portal (Directions for accessing various roles).

Please note that if you have roles and responsibilities in multiple categories, you are responsible for taking all of the training for all of those roles and responsibilities.


Role: Purchasing Cardholder

Role: Creating Department Orders

Role: Delegated Contract Authority with Procurement

Role: Delegated Contract Authority without Procurement

Role: Procurement & Supply Specialists (Purchasing Professionals)

Role: Area Finance Officers (AFOs)

Role: Expenditure Authority

Role: Contract Manager with or without Expenditure Authority

Role: Director, Dean, Associate Dean

Role: Associate Vice Presidents and Higher (with contract delegation authority)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the deadline for completing the training?

WSU deadline: December 31, 2015WSU is using its own delegated authority as an institution of higher education (RCW 28B.10.029) to set a reasonable deadline.

I’m having trouble logging on to Skillsoft.  Who can help me?

Your IT support team.
Browser configuration problems are often the cause of technical difficulties launching the course in Skillsoft.

I was able to log on to Skillsoft,  but encountered problems after beginning to work through the course.  Who can help me?

The HRS Training Team.  Email hrstraining@wsu.edu.  Identify the course and module along with a description of problem encountered.

If I get interrupted or run out of time while working on the course, do I have to start over from the beginning?

No.  The courses have a stop and restart feature.

How long does the Procurement Ethics course take to complete?

About 30 minutes.

Are there prerequisites for the Procurement Ethics course?


Can someone who uses my PCard complete the Procurement Ethics course?

Yes, it is open to all on Skillsoft.

Is the survey at the end of some modules necessary to complete?

No.  Disregard the survey.  Response is not required.

Do I need to print out a certificate of completion at the end of each course?

No.  Your completion of the course is recorded by Skillsoft, so no need to print certificate.
However, if you do want a certificate here are the instructions for printing:

  1. Log in to your WSU Online Training System account
  2. Click on the “Quick Links” shortcut near the top left of the page.
  3. Select “Learning Transcript” from the menu.
  4. Click the “Actions” link to far right of a record of completion.  One of the options will allow you to print the certificate.
    Here is a demonstration of the process:  Virtual Tour

I cannot locate my record of completion in Skillsoft.  Who can help me?

The HRS Training Team.  Email hrstraining@wsu.edu.