Learn how to succeed as a diverse supplier!

If you’re a small business owner, one of the things that can help you succeed in doing business with us is enrolling in our Diverse Supplier Training Online Program. Our program will teach energy company-focused suppliers with skills like strategic planning, business growth and industry insights.

Qualified suppliers are a valuable resource.

We look at suppliers as more than just companies we do business with. We see them as partners, people who contribute to the communities we serve. They deliver confidence, reliability and product and service excellence at a value that works for everyone.


Each module includes videos, knowledge quizzes, downloadable materials, and links to reach out to your instructor. You will submit a video presentation and receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the free course.

    1. Lesson 1 - Welcome to APS’s online DSTP

    2. Lesson 2 - APS Supply Chain 101 and critical areas of focus

    3. Lesson 3 - Doing business with APS

    4. Lesson 4 - Safety requirements for suppliers

    5. Lesson 5 - APS recognized certifications

    6. Quiz - Knowledge Check

    1. Lesson 6 - How to write a great RFP and expectations for bidders

    2. Lesson 7 - Power Advocate 101

    3. Lesson 8 - Understanding the Scope of Work

    4. Lesson 9 - Checklist of critical areas in your business

    5. Quiz - Knowledge Check

    1. Lesson 10 - Understanding your competitive advantage and identifying your value proposition

    2. Lesson 11 - How to develop your capability statement

    3. Lesson 12 - How to craft your business presentation with effective communication techniques

    4. Submit your video presentation

    1. Lesson 13 - How to create strategic goals and identify business priorities

    2. Lesson 14 - How to negotiate effectively

    3. Lesson 15 - How to deliver excellent customer service

    1. Lesson 16 - How to avoid common business mistakes

    2. Lesson 17 - How to develop a SWOT analysis and create a business strategy

    3. Lesson 18 - How to make decisions and predict outcomes

    1. Lesson 19 - Resources to help your business grow in Arizona

    2. Lesson 20 - Overview of Resources at APS

    3. Lesson 21 - What’s Next? Program Summary

    4. Program Evaluation Survey

About this course

  • Free
  • 25 lessons
  • 1.5 hours of video content

There is no fee to enroll.

To adapt to challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the program can now be completed at your own pace, online.

On the look out

We’re always on the lookout for minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses with experience, sound financial history and a diverse customer base for our Supplier Diversity Program.

With that, of course, also come the expectations of knowledge of the market, excellent customer service, competitive prices, adequate insurance and bonding capabilities, established safety programs and second-tier reporting of a supplier’s own supplier diversity. We ask a lot of our suppliers because the communities we serve ask a lot of us. 

Click here to learn more about our qualifying certifications.

Helping develop diverse suppliers since 1992!

APS currently works with local and diverse suppliers from many sectors​. This program serves as a liaison between our diverse business community, APS supply chain and enterprise-wide business units​. This program aims to teach certified diverse candidates about opportunities to do business with us​. Over the years, we have built strong partnerships with local chambers, local organizations and certifying agencies​.

This online curriculum and student workbook are provided for your convenience only. Any action you take based upon the information provided is strictly at your own risk, and APS will not be liable for any losses or damages in connection therewith. Business opportunities are based on the supply chain needs of APS.

Connect with other diverse suppliers!

Share ideas, join events, and more!

The APS Diverse Supplier Training Online Program teaches small businesses in Arizona how to succeed as a supplier. This private learning community is designed to help participants of the program with answering questions and share exclusive events to learn more about resources at APS.

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