PSPP 101, 201, 202, 203 and 301


PSPP Courses 101, 201, 202, 203 and 301: In this level of the Program you will learn strategies and practices to ensure effective procurement execution. This level is comprised of three integrated courses: Planning, Solicitation and Award, and Managing and Evaluation.

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This program contains the following courses:

PSPP 101
PSPP 201
PSPP 202
PSPP 203
PSPP 301


PSPP 301 Circle

*Volume Discounts:
5-9 Registrants = 5% OFF
10+ Registrants = 10% OFF

Learning Objectives


  • Practice how to design appropriate evaluation criteria and weighting
  • Describe the steps to obtain approvals to issue the solicitation
  • Practice conducting a needs assessment, cost benefit analysis and risk assessment
  • Review and discuss how to design a procurement strategy and process
  • Define solicitation terms
  • Discuss how to draft the Contract B framework
  • Identify best practices and legal obligations in the planning phase of procurement
  • Identify document retention requirements and other requirements to comply with corporate policy


  • Recognize conflict of interest and bias that may affect your evaluation team
  • Discuss evaluation techniques for assessing mandatory and desirable requirements
  • Review procurement strategies such as draft RFPs, web-based and multi-stage procurements
  • Identify the risks involved in cancelling a process after closing and what steps to take if this becomes necessary
  • Identify the importance of conducting a fair and open process and handling vendor complaints in a professional manner
  • Demonstrate how to draft service levels for different contract scenarios
  • Discuss and develop strategies to set up the final contract including payment terms and exit rights


  • Review the importance of managing vendor relationships and explore how to apply the win/win approach to your discussions
  • Analyze strategies for designing a contract monitoring plan
  • Demonstrate how to conduct ongoing risk assessment throughout the contract term
  • Define contract governance and identify escalation provisions
  • Recognize common performance issues and remedies/incentives that can be used to help address these issues
  • Adopt ideas and best practices for continuous improvement through post-contract evaluation
  • Define proper file retention and reporting requirements


  • Analyze common procurement scenarios and recommend an appropriate course of action
  • Differentiate between effective and ineffective procurement strategies
  • Research advanced procurement strategies and assess the value for your organization
  • Reflect on your own practice and identify areas for further development
  • Identify networking and continuing education opportunities

Expected Outcomes

As a graduate of PSPP 201 Planning, you’ll understand the key steps in effectively planning any public sector procurement, how to obtain approvals to proceed, and be aware of key areas of risk when conducting the solicitation process.

You’ll learn how to identify the important components of any solicitation document and resulting contract, and understand the importance of maintaining appropriate and complete documentation in procurement files.

Upon completion of this course, participants will have the necessary knowledge and tools to conduct the solicitation and award phase of the procurement and contract management cycle. They will be able to select an appropriate solicitation method based on requirements, draft Contract B terms, conduct an effective evaluation process, finalize contract award and handle vendor debriefings.

Upon completion of PSPP 203 Managing and Evaluation, you’ll have the necessary knowledge and tools for managing and evaluating contracts – the final phase of the procurement and contract management cycle.

You’ll develop techniques to effectively manage ongoing contracts and handle any issues that may arise, while sustaining positive relationships with service providers and contractors.

Lessons learned through post-contract evaluation will help you to identify areas for improvement and changes needed to processes and documents before your next procurement.

Upon completion of this course, you will have the necessary knowledge and skills to perform effectively during all phases of the procurement and contract management cycle.

You will have reviewed and reflected on the key components of each step of the cycle and practiced the skills learned in levels 1 and 2 through interactive discussions and written assignments. Upon successful completion, you will receive your Public Sector Procurement Program certificate.


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