The course covers aspects of commissioning and procurement such as:

  • To procure or not to procure - we help you to understand the step- by-step process you need to go through to make a decision about which form of purchasing is best to meet your requirements.

  • Developing your evidence base and rationale - we provide an understanding about how to develop your procurement specification.

  • Understanding your markets - do you know what the market looks like for the services, goods or works you want to purchase? We show you how to understand your market.

  • Compliant procurement process - maybe you are using public money to procure, if so there are often legal requirements to consider. We show you how to navigate these.

  • Contracting and legals - we are not legal experts and you should always seek your own legal input. However, we give you tips on what you should consider when entering into contractual agreements with suppliers/contractors.

  • Managing your contractors - procurement is the easy bit, managing your contractors to get the best out of them is where the hard part starts. We give you an understanding of the processes you should follow.


The course is delivered over one full day with the conceptual aspects of procurement delivered in the morning, and afternoon workshops where participants put the theory into practice. Please note that this course is designed to provide an overview of the principles associated in commissioning and procurement processes, so that participants are aware of the key considerations regarding their organisation's purchasing activities.


This course aims to provide those who are brand new to commissioning and procurement with an overview of the essential skills needed to design and implement purchasing activities for:

Services - such as professional services (HR, ICT, Legal etc.) or operational services like marketing or fulfilment

Goods - such as IT equipment, office supplies and specialist equipment

Works - such as building contractors and capital projects.


This course is taught by highly experienced tutors. Group sizes are kept small to make sure that all learners have the opportunity to ask questions and get the most possible from the course.

Learners will also receive a certificate of attendance.


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