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About this Online 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.


Key topics covered over the eight days will be: 

  • Developing a Sourcing Strategy
  • Introduction to Public Procurement
  • Which Procurement Process should you use?
  • Strategic Procurement Model – A Framework
  • When do the Regulations apply? Calculating thresholds introduction to frameworks
  • Designing and Evaluating Tender
  • Contract Award and Preparation
  • Procurement Law
  • Supplier 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.



“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 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.

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


Course Tutors

Claire Graydon is a law graduate with a masters in International Law and Business.  Claire is regularly involved in contentious and non-contentious procurement issues and works on behalf of contracting authorities to draft, implement and manage entire procurement processes using bespoke documents and standard CWMF documents.
Claire advises on contract management and disputes under various forms of construction contracts including the NEC, FIDIC and PWC. Claire develops and delivers training programmes on a wide range of topics and lectures on Quigg Golden’s in-house Law and Contract Management course.  Claire also speaks at external events, most recently delivering a talk at the National Construction Summit on debriefing tenderers.


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.



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 which controlled, reported and monitored on circa €1.4 billion of Income and Expenditure 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.



Expert guest speakers will also present



Full Course Details

Title: Certificate in Public Procurement – 8-Day Online Course – Commencing 31st August 2021
Day 1: 31st August   Day 2: 1st September
Day 3: 7th September   Day 4: 8th September
Day 5: 21st September  Day 6: 22nd September
Day 7: 28th September  Day 8: 29th September
Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Accredited: The Institute of Commercial Management
Method of Delivery: Online
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.



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