Certificate in Public Procurement – 8-Day Online Course – Commencing November 8th 2022

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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.


Certificate in Public Procurement

Eight-day ICM (Institute of Commercial Management) Accredited

This is a CPD (Continuous Professional Development) aligned programme. Participants who successfully complete this programme can request their CPD certificate.

Full Course Details

Title: Certificate in Public Procurement


Day 1: November 8th   Day 2: November 9th

Day 3: November 15th   Day 4: November 16th

Day 5: November 29th   Day 6: November 30th

Day 7: December 6th   Day 8 (Exam): December 7th

Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm
CPD: 40 CPD Hours
Accreditation: The Institute of Commercial Management
Method of Delivery
: Online
Fee: €3,190



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.


Course Tutors

Our lead trainers are listed below

David Coffey, CEO of The Clearview Group

David Coffey is the CEO of The Clearview Group – a Dublin-based procurement and supply chain services and technology company. He was born and educated in Ireland. David emigrated to the US in his early twenties, after completing his Masters as a fortunate green card lottery winner. During his time in the US he developed the foundational experience that would later help to create and shape Clearview. In his early years in the US he worked as a strategy/change consultant with some of PwC’s Fortune 500 clients across a range of industries, all undergoing significant evolution and transformation. Strategic procurement, or as David refers to it – Procurement Advantage, was a route to competitive advantage. He later assumed strategic procurement/supply chain leadership roles for the North American operations of both ABN AMRO Bank and Takeda Pharmaceuticals. In both organisations he shaped and implemented the procurement and supply chain strategies. Both were facing very different challenges around growth, competition, regulation, and so on. Working alongside procurement leaders including AT Kearney he elevated the role and perceived value of procurement by introducing innovative solutions including category management and SRM. He was an early adopter of advanced procurement technologies.


Claire Graydon, Associate at Quigg Golden, LLB (Hons), MSc 

Following law studies at the University of the West of England, University College Dublin and the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Claire began her legal career working for a boutique law firm in Dublin. Claire developed a keen interest in procurement during her masters and completed a dissertation on the social values in public procurement.

Claire regularly provides advice on both contentious and non-contentious procurement issues and works on behalf on contracting authorities to draft, implement and manage entire procurement processes. This experience has included every stage from advising on strategy, market engagement, publishing notices, drafting PQQ and ITT documents (standard CWMF and bespoke), managing clarifications, marking tender submission and drafting Regulation 6 notices. Claire’s legal expertise coupled with her hands-on experience of procurement and construction law issues brings a practical and commercially focused approach to all matters she is involved in.



Stewart Roche is a qualified Chartered Accountant (FCA) with an MBS in Corporate Leadership from Dublin City University. He worked as Management Accountant with the Higher Education Authority (HEA) for 20 years up until 2018 and then as a Financial Consultant to the HEA in 2019 and now operates as a self- employed consultant. Stewart introduced a computerised accounting package and authored various financial analyses and reports for the Higher Education sector including annual Financial Trend Analysis Reports on a range of financial activities in the Universities and Institutes of Technology. He is a member of a number of Audit and Risk Committees and has experience with European ERDF and ESF programmes as well as extensive experience auditing submitted claims.


Conor Molloy participated in WG2.6 Working Group 2.6 to review and update some of the EU Green Public Procurement (GPP) guidelines 2017-18.  He is an independent energy advisor with an MSc in Energy Management and Renewable energy from University of Ulster, he is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Measurement & Verification professional (CMVP) and trainer for ISO50001.

Conor has trained over 200 ESOS Lead Assessors in Transport Energy Auditing, led the publication of EN 16247-4 Europe’s transport energy audit standard and contributed to ISO50004.

Since 2005, Conor has been helping business save fuel and manage their energy use for profit and reduced emissions.  Accepted as a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, CILT, FTAI, IMCA and EVO.  He is a registered lead ESOS assessor (UK) and registered energy auditor (Ireland).



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

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Certificate in Public Procurement - Commencing 8th November 2022 - €3190

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