Buying at U-M Quick-Start Guide

The Quick-Start Guide includes helpful information on everything from U-M’s buying processes to training courses, all intended to support your local purchasing efforts!

My LINC Procurement Training

All faculty and staff who purchase goods and services on behalf of the university must complete the following eLearning courses in MyLINC to obtain access to the transaction types in M-Pathways: 

  • PRE101 Fundamentals of Procurement is the prerequisite to all other Procurement eLearning courses.
  • PRE103 Non-PO Voucher – used as a method of payment, primarily for reimbursements. It is not a method for ordering goods and services. Users must complete eLearning course PRE103 to obtain access to create Non-PO Voucher transactions.  
  • The M-Pathways eProcurement Requisition (ePro req) is used to order goods and services in M-Pathways through the purchase order process. There are three types of ePro requisitions:   
    • PRE104 Special Request ePro req – used for one-time purchases from suppliers that do not have contracts with the university, and to create a “release” (order) against an M-Pathways contract. 
    • PRE105 M-marketsite ePro req - used with the university’s online catalog ordering system to place orders from suppliers that have negotiated pricing with the university. 
    • PRE106 PeoplePay ePro req - used to pay an individual for non-appointment related services

Additional Procurement Services Training and Informational Opportunities 

M-marketsite Training

Step-by-step job aids and simulations via the My Learning & Information Center (My LINC) are available to assist you with navigating the site. 

The ITS Service Center provides tier one support for M-marketsite, including basic navigation walkthroughs and troubleshooting. Contact the ITS Service Center at (734) 764-4357 or email

Procurement Services staff is available to do on-site training for departments and units. Email training requests to or contact your Procurement Agent or buying team.  

Supplier Product Shows

Procurement Services sponsors Strategic Supplier Product Shows at various times throughout the year. Information on the product shows is posted approximately two months before the event on the Procurement Services website.  Email announcements are sent to university staff who are on the Strategic Supplier Program VIP mailing list. If you would like to be added to the list, please email


Savings and Solutions


Do you need help creating, approving or canceling a quote?  Do you need help maneuvering in QTO? 

If so, Procurement Services is available to offer on-site training on request.  We can tailor a presentation specific to your departmental needs and/or walk you through QTO with a hands on demonstration.

For training requests, please email and you will be contacted within 24 hours for scheduling.