Professional Course
4.7 (7 Reviews)

UK Public Sector Procurement

1 day
300 GBP + tax
Next course start
26 October, 2023 See details
Virtual Classroom
1 day
300 GBP + tax
Next course start
26 October, 2023 See details
Virtual Classroom
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Course description

In recent years, there has been an ever-greater scrutiny of public sector spending, and this has had a substantial impact on how organisations acquire goods and services. This one-day interactive course provides guidance on the relevant public procurement directives, rules and other legislation that will affect your procurement procedures, as well as examining best practice on how to apply them. The course is ideally suited to those new to working in the public sector or in organisations who work with the public sector.

Upcoming start dates

1 start date available

26 October, 2023

  • Virtual Classroom
  • Online
  • English
  • Application deadline: 10/12/2023

Training content

Session 1

Governance and planning

  • Legal Framework for public services spending
  • Thresholds
  • Special requirements and processes
  • Planning the expenditure
  • Preparing the specification

Session 2

Procurement process

  • Above-threshold process
  • Procedures Below the procurement threshold
  • Standard procurement procedures
  • Prior information notices (PINs)
  • Pre-qualification questionnaires - selection stage
  • Invitations to tender – award stage

Session 3

Evaluation and Award

  • Receipt of tenders
  • Evaluation criteria and weighting
  • Evaluation scoring
  • Making the contract award
  • Standstill
  • Rights to challenge
  • Recent case law


Session 4

Managing Contract Performance

  • Performance management
  • Service levels and Key Performance Indicators

Course delivery details

  • Your skills training will comprise of online learning and a tutor-led session.
  • Online pre-learning and course materials will be available on the CIPS Learning Mangement System up-to one month ahead of your training session and should be completed before day 1 and day 2.
  • The virtual classroom will open 15 minutes before your session.

Certification / Credits

What will I learn?

As part of this course, you will have access to pre and post-work activities online to help you prepare and reflect on your training. The course will explore the basis of Public Sector procurement and the key principles behind procurement legislation and regulations. It will look at the application of appropriate procurement processes and identify opportunities to add value through effective supplier selection and management.

What are the learning objectives?

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognise the implications of the specific legislation regarding public procurement
  • Recognise the processes required to establish good practice and operate within legal parameters
  • Apply the knowledge in your own organisation, ensuring fair and equal treatment of potential suppliers
  • Demonstrate knowledge of recent case law and the effect this has had on procurement practice

Why choose CIPS?

95% of our students tell us that CIPS qualifications are the standard for the profession

Professionals with MCIPS on average earn 20% more


Average rating 4.7

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Senior Account Manager
15 Nov 2022

Learning this content virtually isn't easy but the use of breakout rooms and 'on the spot' questions, kept me engaged throughout.

Contract & Procurement Manager
15 Nov 2022

The content was great, the fact that we were a small group really helped with support and asking questions. Jane was very knowledgeable and was really good at keeping everyone ...

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Regional Strategic Account Manager
15 Nov 2022

Excellent day from timing, delivery and content, I always thought I'd require CIPS but the knowledge I learned from this day is enough for the role I have within CCS and it's be...

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PE9 3NZ Lincolnshire

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