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Purchasing and Contracting Essentials, Tacoma - May 21

This class is full. You can add yourself to the waitlist, or you can register for one of our other dates/locations.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Fabulich Center – address & directions below

$125/person – maximum of 60 attendees
Credits Available: 5.0 APWA/CAEC – see below



Read about scholarship opportunities. Registration deadline: Friday, May 17. Cancellation policy: full refund if canceled by May 11, $15 administrative charge applied if canceled after May 11. No refunds for same-day cancellations or no-shows.

Workshop Overview

This full-day program will provide an overview of the requirements necessary in performing procurement and public works contracting responsibilities. It will include statutory references and practical tips, first-hand advice on conditions and situations that impact prevailing wages and contractor law from Labor and Industries, and insight from the Department of Revenue on related tax issues and their role in the public works process.

Educational Objectives

This training will provide resources for identifying your agency requirements in purchasing and contracting, as well as tips and information that will help your procedures remain compliant.  You’ll receive information on prevailing wage requirements, retainage release, plus a description of common pitfalls and how to avoid them.  In addition, you’ll get an understanding of tax issues and the role of the Department of Revenue.

Workshop Agenda

Beverages and light refreshments provided in the morning; lunch not included. We will take periodic breaks as needed.

9 AM—11 AM Purchasing and Contracting Essentials
11 AM—12 PM Prevailing Wages and more from L&I
12 PM—1 PM LUNCH (on your own)
1 PM—2:30 PM Prevailing Wages and more from L&I (continued)
2:30 PM—3 PM Department of Revenue
3 PM—3:30 PM Final Thoughts & Questions

Who Should Attend?

  • Local government purchasing and contracting staff (new and seasoned)
  • Public works employees
  • Finance personnel
  • Managers, clerks, and administrative staff seeking to learn more about the procedures and practices required in making purchases and issuing or managing contracts.


  • Laura Herman, Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries, Prevailing Wage Program
  • Kim Deyo, Public Works Supervisor, Audit Division, WA Department of Revenue
  • Judy Isaac, MRSC, Procurement and Public Works Contracting Consultant


  • 5 hours credit APWA-CAEC Certification

Location & Directions

Fabulich Center
3600 Port of Tacoma Rd.
Tacoma, WA 98424