public sector procurement program (PSPP)

Public sector procurement goes far beyond purchase orders and executing contracts. That’s why the PSPP is designed to meet the unique needs of Canadian public sector professionals.

From drafting RFPs to conducting market soundings and maintaining vendor relationships, today’s public sector procurement professional faces increasing complexity in their job functions.

At the same time, there are higher expectations of fairness and transparency, as well as increased pressure to demonstrate ‘best value’ and sustainability for public funds expended.

Now more than ever, updating your skills and knowledge and keeping up to date on best practices is needed to effectively manage procurements and contracts in the public sector environment.

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The PSPP will give you a thorough understanding of the 5 stage procurement process from the planning to managing & evaluation phase.

Alanna Lester

Procurement Officer, BC Assessment

“My biggest ‘ah ha’ moment was learning the value and critical importance of the planning process. It also reinforced the realization that there is always more than one way to approach a project and that I need to keep my mind open to these approaches.”

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Alanna has been with BC Assessment for 15 years and finds that the majority of her work involves the procurement of services or capital goods. Prior to BC Assessment, Alanna worked as a Senior Buyer for Chemque Inc. in Ontario.

After moving from private to public sector, Alanna realized that procurement in the private sector is far less complex than the highly regulated public sector. She found that the majority of procurement educational opportunities focus on the private sector, so she was drawn to the PSPP because of its unique focus on the complexities and nuances of public sector procurement.
Alanna participated in a blended delivery format of the PSPP, completing some courses online and others in the live classroom setting. She enjoyed the experience, finding merit in both delivery formats. While online delivery offers the convenience and ease of access, the classroom training provided a greater opportunity to network with colleagues, to share knowledge and learn how peers handle similar procurement situations.

The PSPP program prompted Alanna to be more aware of the unique aspects of each individual procurement, the boundaries within which public sector must operate, and the benefits that can be realized with adequate due diligence and appropriate time spent in the planning stage.

She reflects upon a quote she recently read in a NECI newsletter, “We never have time to do it right at the beginning, but we always find time to do it over when things go badly”. For Alanna, this quote sums up the most valuable take-away from the PSPP training. Not only does she now dedicate more time to planning, she also impresses upon all internal managers the importance of doing the same.

courses in the PSPP certificate

If you complete all 5 courses (95 training hours) in the Public Sector Procurement Program (PSPP), you will get your PSPP Certificate, which is recognized by many public sector organizations (see our clients).

Alternatively, you can choose to take each course individually, and upgrade your skill set at your convenience. Click below to learn more about each course.

Level 1

In this interactive online course, you’ll learn about the fundamental principles that govern public-sector procurement in Canada.

For: Beginner to Intermediate Canadian Public Sector Professionals, individuals moving from Private Sector, or individuals new to Canada.

PSPP 101

Level 2

A collection of 3 separate interactive online courses covering procurement & contract planning, competitive solicitation processes, and contract management.

For: Beginner to Intermediate Canadian Public Sector Professionals, individuals moving from Private Sector, or individuals new to Canada.

PSPP 201PSPP 202PSPP 203

Level 3

Building on the skills and knowledge gained in levels 1 and 2, this interactive, peer-to-peer, online course incorporates discussions on current case examples and topics, to expand understanding and solidify key points.

PSPP 301