faq

Do PSPP courses count towards any Designations or other Professional Development requirements?

The PSPP counts as 95 Education Hours for the CPPB and CPPO designations offered through the UPPCC. Please check with the UPPCC for confirmation, as requirements may change. In addition, PSPP courses can be applied to education hours required under professional development credits for many other designations and certifications, such as the SCMP and PMP. Please confirm with your individual professional body in advance, as requirements may change and each organization may have a different approach.

What is your policy if I wish to cancel webinars?

Cancellation fewer than 30 days from scheduled delivery is subject to a fee of $1,600 that will be invoiced to cover all costs incurred.

What is your policy if I wish to cancel PSPP courses (200 and 300 levels)?

If you request a refund of your course fees after the 14 day cancellation deadline and before the course start date, then a $300 administration fee will be deducted from the refund. No refunds are available if you cancel attendance once the course has started.

What is your policy to reschedule courses (200 and 300 levels)?

If you withdraw from a course (PSPP 201, 202, 203, 301) after the 14 day cancellation deadline and before the course start date, then a $300 administration fee will be levied to transfer to a future delivery.

What is your policy if I wish to request a refund for PSPP 101 course?

Refunds before commencing PSPP 101 are subject to a fee of $50. No refunds are available after the online course has been started.

What is your policy if I wish to cancel webinars?

Cancellation fewer than 30 days from scheduled delivery is subject to a fee of $1,600 that will be invoiced to cover all costs incurred.

What is your policy if I wish to cancel PSPP courses (200 and 300 levels)?

If you request a refund of your course fees after the 14 day cancellation deadline and before the course start date, then a $300 administration fee will be deducted from the refund. No refunds are available if you cancel attendance once the course has started.

What is your policy to reschedule courses (200 and 300 levels)?

If you withdraw from a course (PSPP 201, 202, 203, 301) after the 14 day cancellation deadline and before the course start date, then a $300 administration fee will be levied to transfer to a future delivery.

What is your policy if I wish to request a refund for PSPP 101 course?

Refunds before commencing PSPP 101 are subject to a fee of $50. No refunds are available after the online course has been started.

Can the PSPP be taken by those outside Canada?

Yes, we have had a number of international participants complete the PSPP.  Although rooted in Canadian law and practice, the focus is on fair, open and transparent procurement. The principles and practical strategies are relevant for many other jurisdictions.

What are the office contact hours?

8:30 am – 4:30 pm M-F PST

Are registration spaces for PSPP 201-301 limited?

Yes, We keep spaces limited so you have more time to interact with your instructor and other participants during your weekly interactive online sessions. Keeping spaces limited also allows our instructors to give you more attention, and make sure you’re achieving your learning objectives.

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Can I finance the PSPP Bundle?

Currently, we do not offer financing for the PSPP bundle. However, our students have had success by using our “request for funding template” to make communicating the benefits of the PSPP to their employer easier. Download the template.

If cost is still a concern, you can choose to take 1 course at a time, and complete the Program at your leisure.

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What is the passing grade for the PSPP Certificate?

PSPP 101201202 and 203 all have pre and post course online multiple-choice assessments designed to measure learning. You must receive a score of 75% on your post course assessments.

Your PSPP 301 mark is comprised of an individual mark for discussion participation as well as completion of two individual written assignments that are marked by the instructor and returned to you with comments. You must receive a mark of 75% to pass the course and obtain your PSPP certificate.

What prerequisites do I need to register?

PSPP 301 is the only course that requires you to have completed PSPP 101, 201, 202 and 203.

Although there are no prerequisites for PSPP 201, 202 or 203, we highly recommend that you complete or successfully challenge PSPP 101: Procurement Essentials because it:

  1. lays a solid foundation for successful completion of the remainder of the Program, and
  2. is required to obtain your Public Sector Procurement Program certificate.

Learn more about PSPP 101: Procurement Essentials.

Is the PSPP available for in-house classroom delivery?

Yes, we offer a flat rate for each 200 level course delivered as a two day classroom session. This allows in-depth exploration of issues unique to your organization, and facilitates cross-functional team building. Contact us for details.

How much time per week should I spend on each course?

PSPP 101 is 100% online and takes around 6-8 hours to complete. You will have access for up to six months.

PSPP 201PSPP 202, & PSPP 203 each require roughly 18 hours of your time over 4 weeks and include one live online seminar per week (like a webinar except with open 2-way communication between you, your classmates and your instructor).

PSPP 301 also spans 4 weeks, but involves interactive forum discussions, case studies, and completion of two individual assignments where you apply concepts you have learned in the Program to real-life procurement scenarios. Team communication takes place over NECI’s dedicated online discussion forum, and the course requires about 33 hours of your time to complete.

Your weekly training schedule:

  • PSPP 101: Can be completed in 6-8 hours.
  • PSPP 201, 202 and 203: Each course spans 4 weeks. Each week you will need to devote about 4.5 hours of your time to coursework.
  • PSPP 301: This course spans 4 weeks, and you will need to devote approximately 8 hours each week to completing your assignments and other coursework.

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Do I have to take PSPP 101 if know the basics?

You can opt to skip PSPP 101 and go straight to the exam for a fee of $70; however, if you fail the exam once, you must register for the entire PSPP 101 course at the full price of $539 + tax to have a second chance at passing the exam.

Regardless of your level of experience, we highly recommend that you take the full PSPP 101 course as it contains recent legal case examples, as well as current trade agreement and legislation information that is imperative to your understanding of current public procurement expectations. Without this critical information that is referenced throughout the Program, you may find the other courses more difficult to complete successfully.

PSPP 101 only takes 6-8 hours of your time, it’s 100% online (you can complete it at your own pace), and we highly recommend it to all our students.

Learn more about PSPP 101: Procurement Essentials 

How quickly can I obtain my PSPP Certificate?

You can complete the full Public Sector Procurement Program in approximately 6-7 months.

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Do I have to take the courses in order?

No; however, to register for PSPP 301, you must have successfully completed PSPP 101-203.

View the registration schedule to see all upcoming courses.