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Procurement Guidance Part 4: Informal Procurement Methods in School Nutrition Programs

Nutrition Services Division

Welcome to the California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division (NSD) Procurement Guidance Part 4: Informal Procurement Methods for School Nutrition Programs (SNP) (course number 679).

Viewers operators will learn about the two informal procurement methods—the micropurchase method and small purchase method. Participants will understand when each method is appropriate, the thresholds for each method, applicable state laws they may need to follow, and how to properly procure goods and services using these methods. This online course was revised in May 2019 to reflect updates made to California Public Contract Code Section 20111 and Title 2, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 200.320(c), and federal regulations and guidance.  
This online course takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. All questions are required unless marked as optional. Please allow enough time to complete the online course in one sitting. At the end of the online course, you will be asked to complete a short evaluation. You will then have access to a printable online course certificate of completion for your records. Completion of this online course is not recorded until you select Submit on the final screen.

Navigation options are available at the bottom of each screen. If you have technical difficulties or have questions about the content of this online course, please contact the Procurement Resources Unit by email at For more information about the Informal Procurement online course, please visit the CDE Procurement in Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) web page.

Registration Information

 Your Contact Information:
The First Name, Last Name, and date of completion will appear on your professional development certificate of completion, therefore, use full names to enhance the appearance of your certificate. Use the business name that appears in the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS) for your district/agency, if you are currently participating in CNPs in California.
 Is your agency located outside of California?
 Select the category that best describes who is viewing this online course.
 Is this online course being viewed by an individual or as a group?
Provide this online course URL to participants who would like a certificate of completion and instruct them to complete within 2—3 weeks.
If you viewed this online course as a group to close out a corrective action requirement for a procurement review, it is not necessary to print certificates of completion for each individual in the group. Print one certificate with the name of the lead procurement person, i.e., food service director, etc. who viewed the online course. A sign-in sheet that includes date, time, and title of online course and lists all names that participated in the group viewing is also required.
To begin the course, select Next.