Introduction to Public Procurement
Price: £195.00 (ex VAT)

Our Introduction to Public Procurement training is specifically designed to provide a full overview of how the public procurement process is structured.


Understanding the structure of public procurement and the procurement regulations will greatly improve your ability to make the most of the opportunities the rules offer.


This course looks across all of the key stages of the procurement cycle, from planning and market engagement to selection and tender, we take a high level look at the processes, with clear and concise explanations about the procedures, timescales and thresholds.


Introduction to Public Procurement explains the key stages of both non-regulated and regulated procurement and provides insight into Framework Agreements and Dynamic Purchasing Systems, including the benefits and pitfalls of both.


We also consider how to apply sustainability to procurement and detail the feedback that should be provided at both standstill and debrief.


Whether new to procurement or simply needing a refresher, Introduction to Public Procurement will deliver the overview you require.

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.

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
  • Procurement Principles
  • Regulatory Mechanisms
2. Market Position
  • Business Case
3. Non-Regulated Procurement
4. Regulated Procurement
  • Thresholds
  • Procedures
  • Timescales

Morning Session 2

1. TheToolbox
  • Framework Agreements
  • Dynamic Purchasing Systems
  • eAuctions
  • Electronic Catalogues
2. Issues to Consider
  • Market Engagement
  • CPV Codes
  • Technical Dialogue
3. Selection Stage
  • Exclusion Grounds
  • Standard Selection Questionnaire

Afternoon Session

1. Selection and Award Criteria
  • Selection Criteria
  • Means of Proof
  • Award Criteria
  • Life Cycle Costing
2. Sustainability
  • Social Value
  • Environmental Issues
  • National Procurement Policy Statement
3. Feedback
  • Award Notices
  • Feedback Requirements
4. Standstill Period
  • Standstill Notice
5. Q&A
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