Introduction to Public Procurement
£195 (ex VAT)

Introduction to Public Procurement is specifically designed for buyers and suppliers, providing a full overview of how the public procurement process works.

For buyers, understanding the structure of public procurement and the public sector can greatly improve their ability to make the most of the opportunities the rules offer, which can lead to;

  • budget savings
  • time efficient outcomes
  • better products and services
  • an understanding of what the market can offer
  • a reduction in making the same mistakes as previously

For suppliers, the course provides a greater understanding of the public sector all delivers the knowledge needed to submit the best tenders possible including;

  • what the public sector can offer your company
  • how to find contract opportunities
  • what the rules, the timescales and thresholds are
  • what you need to have in place to submit tenders

Ever heard the phrase “that’s how we always do it!”?

Buyers AND Suppliers often brush down a previous specification or tender submission – update the basics of titles and timings and press submit.

Introduction to Public Procurement will equip you with the tools you need to do your job effectively.

Learn how to :

  • Comprehend the basics of the procurement process
  • Understand the various procurement procedures and the timescales
  • Have an understanding of the Selection and Award
  • Have an ability to participate in procurement exercises
  • Understand the basics of evaluation and the standstill process

Learn how procurement should be done and;

  • don’t run the risk of time and resources being wasted
  • reduce the risk of challenge
  • become a valuable asset to your organisation

Introduction to Public Procurement is the start of your journey.  Book your place now.

Learning Outcomes

What you will learn on this course is how your procurement exercises SHOULD be done.  You will learn;

  • The breadth of the public procurement marketplace
  • The rationale behind the procurement process
  • Knowledge of the processes, procedures and regulations
  • Real examples of how to make your procurement better
  • Where you will find contract opportunities
  • How to respond to contract opportunities

Buyers will be able to;

  • Understand how to use procurement to make savings
  • Deliver the right results for your department and your organisation
  • Contribute positively to your organisation’s needs

Suppliers will be able to

  • Find the best opportunities to suit their strategic growth plans
  • Respond compliantly to contract opportunities
  • Understand what the public sector are looking for in their procurement exercises

Start your journey to becoming an expert in your field


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Introduction to Public Procurement offers you a clear overview of the procurement landscape and structure. PASS has been collating the most frequently asked questions from buyers and suppliers. We’ve gathered them from our training courses, webinars and networking events. Is your question addressed? Download your copy to find out.



The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015 brought many changes to the procurement regime. Many areas of procurement are affected for both buyers and suppliers. Introduction to Public Procurement gives the best foundation on which to plan your work and your career. Download the Guidance to Introduction to Public Procurement to find out more.


Legal Case

The course content for Introduction to Public Procurement includes the study of the legal case Lianakis and Others v Dimos Alexandroupolis and Others.

The case study is an important part of the agenda for Introduction to Public Procurement on award criteria, weighting factors and sub criteria. Download your copy for study


Morning session 1 commences at 09:15 with a comfort break at 11:15 for 15 minutes followed by session 2.  Training breaks for lunch at 12:45, resuming for session 3 at 13:30. The training day ends 15:15.  All timings are approximate and depend on delegate questions and interaction.

Morning Session 1

1. Hierarchy of Legislation
  • EU Treaty and Principles
  • Regulatory Mechanisms
2. Market Position
  • Business Case
3. Non-OJEU Procurement
4. OJEU Procurement
  • Thresholds
  • Procedures
  • Timescales

Morning Session 2

1. TheToolbox
  • Framework Agreements
  • Dynamic Purchasing Systems
  • eAuctions
  • Electronic Catalogues
2. Issues to Consider
  • Advertising Process
  • CPV Codes
  • Innovation
  • Technical Dialogue
3. Selection Stage
  • Lianakis Case Study
  • Exclusion Grounds
  • Selection Criteria

Afternoon Session

1. Award Criteria
  • Life Cycle Costing
2. Sustainability
3. Feedback
  • Award Notices
  • Debrief
4. Standstill Period
5. Q&A
Dates to be announced.