ICM Certificate in Public Procurement – 8-Day Course

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Please note: Days 1 and 4 of this programme will take place in person in a Dublin 2 venue to allow for initial peer learning and engagement.

All other training days will be delivered online.



Strategic Procurement has been the direction of travel for a long time not just in Ireland but across the EU…Strategic Procurement goes beyond green procurement (and) social considerations…Progress for government began in 2013 and a lot of progress has been made. Core to Public procurement is value for money, quality and transparency and now added to those three pillars is the idea of strategic procurement and green procurement. That is how Procurement is changing.’

Ossian Smyth TD, Minister of State for the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with special responsibility for public procurement and e-procurement speaking at PAI’s 2021 Public Procurement Conference on the implementation of Strategic procurement as a key consideration of organisational procurement frameworks.


Course Overview

PAI have reviewed and updated our popular Certificate in Public Procurement programme for 2022. Reflecting on the progress made within government to professionalise the role of the procurement officer and to highlight the key part this profession plays in driving progress beyond the traditional pillars (value, quality, and transparency) and adopting new pillars such as strategic and green procurement.

In light of these advancements PAI have updated our eight-day ICM accredited Certificate in Public Procurement providing learners with a comprehensive introduction to Procurement for public sector executives seeking to professionalise and enhance their knowledge of procurement law and strategy.

PAI’s panel of expert trainers, industry leaders and guest public sector speakers will share their insights, case studies and open key discussions on current topics relevant to the public procurement professional.

The programme provides students with specialist training and knowledge of key procurement functions within public sector organisations, delivered in line with Irish and EU legislation and directives.

Over the course of the programme students will have the opportunity to refresh and update their knowledge on significant policy development and key areas of focus for government bodies in Public Procurement.

This programme will also arm students with the tool kit in the practical application of procurement issues, 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.
  • Developments in Public Procurement Law
  • Strategic Procurement planning
  • Evaluating the Value to Risk (Compliance, Inputs, Expertise & Tech)
  • Supplier Relationship Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – Environmental & social Considerations in Public Procurement
  • Green Procurement and the Circular Economy
  • Supply Chain Resilience – Service Disruption & Market Volatility
  • Tender evaluation and contract award
  • Procurement Disputes
  • Lessons learned from court decisions
  • Bid rigging: New Approaches to Detection and Deterrence


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

  • Develop specifications under the new framework
  • Devise contract notices in the required format.
  • Prepare and write tender documents for a variety of different tenders.
  • Establish award criteria and evaluate tenders based on the key pillars.
  • Prepare scoring mechanisms and justify contract award recommendations; and
  • Negotiate with suppliers and manage supplier performance and contracts.

Our certificate programme topics will be addressed by a variety of industry experts and interesting speakers. A practical industry ready programme, this certificate programme is always very popular amongst our clients and a great platform for anyone involved in public procurement.

This programme is currently being delivered live and online via PAI’s dedicated zoom platform and offers participants valuable opportunities to network with colleagues, our panel of expert speakers while supporting good peer learning from across the public sector.


Who Should Attend:

The intended audience are both public sector employees and employees from the private sector 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.



“Informative and detailed programme, hugely beneficial for anyone involved with Procurement.”

Aoife Walsh, Department of Transport

“Good overview and guidance in relation to tendering and principles of procurement.”



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 modules. Participants must pass the examination on the last day of the course and complete the course assignments in order to receive their certificate.

Assessment methods will include an assignment, a group presentation and a written exam on the final day of the course.

Learners will receive a Professional Development (CPD) certificate on successful completion of the course including attendance, coursework assessments and the final exam.


Full Course Details

Title: Certificate in Public Procurement


Day 1: February 21st   Day 2: February 22nd

Day 3: February 28th   Day 4: March 2nd

Day 5: March 7th   Day 6: March 8th

Day 7: March 14th   Day 8 (Exam Online): March 15th

Time: 9:30am to 4:00pm each day

CPD: 40 CPD Hours
Accreditation: The Institute of Commercial Management
Method of Delivery
: Blended
Fee: €3,190


Tailored Training

All of our open programmes can also be run on an in-house basis. For more information, see our page on In-House Training.



Multiple Delegate Discount

3+ Delegates – 5% Discount
5+ Delegates – 10% Discount
10+ Delegates – 15% Discount

To avail of our multiple delegate discount for 3 or more delegates, you must email registrations@pai.ie with the name and details of all those you wish to book. All those you wish to book on must be booked at the same time.

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Certificate in Public Procurement - Commencing 21st February 2023 - €3190

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