Bonfire Academy Courses

Bonfire Academy is our self-guided learning platform that you can use to learn about anything and everything Bonfire has to offer! To access Bonfire Academy, click the arrow next to your name in the upper right corner of your portal, and then click Learn.



Here is a quick introduction on how to access and navigate through Bonfire Academy:


Below is the list of course available to you through Bonfire Academy:

Alternate Options: The process of allowing vendors to upload multiple submissions, and the reasons for which a buyer might enable this setting. Also demonstrates the manner in which this feature will impact the vendor's experience. 

Approvals: Allows Buyers to set up various approval requests, and send these requests to an Approver in order to collect an approval response.

Awarding a Vendor: The nature of the Bonfire-led awarding process, explaining how vendors can be awarded and subsequently notified, either directly or through a public notice.​ 

Benchmarking: Allows procurement professionals to leverage our vast quantity of public procurement data to understand typical project metrics across a variety of project categories.

Bonfire Solicitation Builder (File Library and Drafting): This course will guide users how to use the File Library and In-App Document Editor for file drafting. These tools give procurement teams the power to build RFPs with less time and effort.

Build Your Own BidTable: Designed to be taken after our Navigating BidTables course, Build Your Own BidTable gives you the opportunity to apply your learning and practice creating a BidTable.

Build Your Own Questionnaire: Designed to be taken after our Navigating Questionnaires course, Build Your Own Questionnaire gives you the opportunity to apply your learning and practice creating a Questionnaire.

Communicating with Vendors: How buyers and vendors can be in close communication throughout the procurement process to ask questions, provide answers, and ensure full transparency throughout. 

Community Projects: Outlines how this feature will enable teams to develop their scope of work while referring to other projects and bid documents for guidance and ideas on the best practices followed by other organizations.

Consensus Scoring: The manner in which consensus scoring can be used both internally on Bonfire and externally during the evaluation process. Explains why this tool is extremely useful when multiple reviewers are reviewing a project. 

Contract Management: The functionality of the contracts feature on Bonfire's platform. Familiarizes users with how to organize and monitor contracts most efficiently when dealing with a high quantity.

Creating an Internal Submission: The process for buyers to upload external submissions into Bonfire themselves so that every part of the process is integrated into our central platform.

Custom Events: The process of creating and managing custom events within Bonfire.

Declarations Module: How Conflict of Interest and Non-Disclosure Agreements can be incorporated into any of your projects, to ensure every vendor has agreed to these terms before submitting. 

Insights: The process to analyze data from past projects. Demonstrates how the insights tab can be used to extract, aggregate, and segment information to gain valuable insight into their processes. 

Intake: Explains how Stakeholders and Requesters can fill out an easy form to start the Purchasing process while a simple portal for Requesters allows them to keep track of the progress of their request without having to reach out to the Procurement team. Procurement teams can organize, assign and create Project Drafts.

Introduction to Bonfire: This course provides a 30-minute overview of Bonfire's platform and key functionalities.

Issuing an Addendum: How a buyer can upload any additional material or information to Bonfire and make it readily accessible to vendors. Clearly outlines the corresponding actions a buyer may want to take after uploading an addendum for its vendors to view. 

Issuing Invite Only Projects: How buyers can create a project in which only invited vendors can create submissions; also displays the way this impacts the vendor's experience. 

Multi-Category Decisions: The method for creating a project that includes multiple categories. Gives an overview of the many nuances and intricacies of MCDs, explains how to create and manage them properly, and shows how the vendor will submit to it.

Navigating BidTables: The functionality of Bonfire's BidTable setting, which can compare pricing options when vendors are bidding on multiple items. Teaches how to create and best utilize a BidTable, as well as how this will appear from the vendor's point of view. 

Navigating Pricing Sheet: Walks through Pricing Sheets, an easy way to simplify your organization's price-only or most straightforward bids while retaining all of the feature-rich functionality you need for best-value, solution-based RFPs.

Navigating Questionnaires: How buyers can use custom questionnaires to learn more information about prospective vendors. Walkthrough of how to set up a questionnaire, create criteria based on the questions within it, and score these criteria accurately and efficiently. 

Overview of your Project Page: Walks through the many features a buyer will be able to access and utilize as they begin to build a project. Learn how each feature can be used to enhance your project throughout the entire procurement process. 

Project Creation Assignment: Designed to be taken after our Project Creation course, this course gives you the opportunity to apply your learning and practice creating a project.

Project Creation: Price Only Bidding: How junior or decentralized users go about creating a project that does not require scoring or qualitative evaluation for vendors to submit to. A brief walkthrough of the steps that must be taken to set up a POB project.

Project Creation: Strategic Sourcing: How a buyer goes about creating a full project in Bonfire for vendors to submit to. A brief walkthrough of the steps that must be taken to set up a SS project.

Project Drafts: The usefulness of having an internal sandbox to draft a project without selecting dates or publishing it in your portal. Underlines which features you can include for drafted projects, and which features will only be included in active projects. 

Project Roles: The three different roles that can be assigned to members of your organization, each with a different set of responsibilities and capabilities. 

Project Templates: The process of creating a template which can be used to build future projects from, in the event that your projects frequently have similar details. 

Public Bid Openings: The process of opening vendor submissions to the public in order to be fully transparent with vendors, either through screen-sharing or a live unsealing. 

Reopening a Project: How a buyer can reopen a project after the close date, in order to collect any additional information or final offers from vendors without allowing them to amend their original submissions. 

Reverse Auctions: This course outlines the process of setting up a Reverse Auction and the reason buyers might enable this setting. The course also demonstrates the perspectives for both buyers and vendors as well as featuring a live video of an auction in progress.

Running an Evaluation: The process of evaluating a project based on your organization's needs; customize the roles you assign to different team members, the schedule under which you are operating, and the overall manner in which you carry out the process. 

Running a Best and Final Offer Project (BAFO): This course highlights how a buyer can run a Best and Final Offer (BAFO) round once the project has passed its close date. By doing so, this allows one to collect any additional information or final offers from vendors without allowing them to amend their original submissions.

Running an Evaluation: Covers how to conduct an evaluation with Bonfire, customizing it to fit your evaluation process needs. As the Project Owner, you will be able to control the roles of the people in your Evaluation Groups and how your evaluation process is carried out. 

Running Construction Tenders with eBonding: Creating an RFT project in Bonfire for construction projects with eBonding.

Submitting to an Opportunity (The Vendor's Perspective): An overview of the vendor's perspective when viewing and submitting to opportunities in Bonfire.

Uploading Past Projects to Bonfire: The process for uploading a closed project onto your portal, for reference or record keeping purposes. 

Vendor Management: How vendors can be managed and organized in a buyer's portal, once their record has been created. Also touches on vendor list creation and vendor record edits for ease of use. 

Vendor Performance Management (VPM): The way this tool can be utilized to track and assess vendors through multi-question surveys. 

Welcome to Bonfire: A general overview of each of the tabs the buyer will see across the top of their portal, allowing buyers to familiarize themselves with each of these features.

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