University of Pittsburgh
Purchasing Training

Presenters: Purchasing Services Staff


To be announced

Time:  To be announced

To be announced

Who Should Attend:  Faculty and staff who have responsibility for purchasing goods and/or services.


This workshop covers the basic purchasing process which includes identifying a need to purchase products or services, communicating with potential vendors, placing an order and/or writing a contract, handling discrepancies and paying vendors. You will gain an understanding of the various University purchasing methods and initiatives such as requisitions, purchase orders,PantherBuy, and the Channeled Spending Program. The presenters will also discuss University purchasing policies and approval authorities as well as the responsibility of the department purchaser to follow University policies and procedures. Participants will learn how to achieve the lowest total cost of ownership for all University purchases and how to utilize the support services offered by the Purchasing Department.

Note: Participants are on their own for lunch. There will be a break from noon - 1 p.m.

Register through the training page on the Human Resources website.

Purchasing Training is Also Available Online

Now the course described above is also offered online, and you are able to take it at your convenience.   

Completion in either format (in-class or online) will satisfy the prerequisite to attend  PRISM Purchasing and PantherBuy training. Note:  PantherBuy Shoppers are exempt from this prerequisite.

Email Cathy Lewis at to register for the online version of Purchasing Fundamentals training.  Once you are registered, you will receive login information via email.   




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