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Date and Time

8 Day Course: Day 1: September 10 Day 2: September 11 Day 3: September 17 Day 4: September 18 Day 5: October 1 Day 6: October 2 Day 7: October 8 Day 8: October 9

9:30am to 4:00pm

About the Course

The Certificate in Public Procurement provides learners with a comprehensive introduction to Procurement for Public Sector executives seeking to professionalise and enhance their knowledge of procurement law and strategy. The programme provides students with specialist training and knowledge of key procurement functions within public sector organisations, delivered in line with the Irish EU legislation and directives. The programme will also explore the practical application of procurement issues and scenarios and contract management.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of Irish and EU procurement rules, guidelines and regulations and the public procurement regulatory regime including:

  • the current directives;
  • the remedies directive;
  • new policy guidelines;
  • the concept of strategic procurement and developing advance plans for procurement;
  • OJEU Notices;
  • Tender evaluation and contract award; and
  • lessons learned from court decisions.

On completion of this course students will know how to complete a tender process including how to:

  • develop specifications;
  • devise contract notices in the required format;
  • prepare and write tender documents for a variety of different tenders;
  • establish award criteria and evaluate tenders from a financial and value for money perspective;
  • prepare scoring mechanisms and justify contract award recommendations; and
  • negotiate with suppliers and manage supplier performance and contracts.

Who Should Attend:

The intended audience is public sector employees who have or expect to be given responsibility for procurement projects. No previous training or special skills in procurement or finance are required or expected. Managers or supervisors with procurement responsibilities who would like to update their knowledge and skills and achieve a qualification in this area will also benefit. The course focuses on procurement of goods and services including IT and consultancy.


Each participant is assessed on the basis of coursework and a formal examination on the last day. They will be required to demonstrate their uptake of skills and knowledge on all of the course’s modules. Participants must pass the examination on the last day of the course and complete the courses assignments in order to receive their certificate. Assessment methods will include and assignment, a group presentation and an exam on the final day of the course.

This Course is accredited by the Institute of Commercial Management (ICM). Delegates will receive and ICM Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certificate on successful completion of the course including attendance, coursework assessments and the final exam.

Course Tutors



William Brown is a Senior Associate at Quigg Golden, a leading procurement and construction law firm with offices in Dublin, London and Belfast.  William specialises in construction procurement and regularly provides practical legal advice to a wide range of public, utility and private sector entities on the intricacies of national and EU procurement legislation.  William is regularly invited to speak at procurement conferences throughout Ireland and the UK.  William is also a lecturer in construction law and dispute resolution at Queen’s University Belfast.



David Coffey is founding partner and Director of Clearview Group. He has extensive experience in strategic and procurement change. Previous roles include the US Head of Procurement for Takeda Pharmaceuticals, VP of Corporate Planning and Strategic Sourcing with ABN AMRO North America. David also worked as a consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Strategic Change Group and Director of Services and Supplier force.


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