Public Contracting Overview - Online Class

March 7, 8, 9, 2023, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Contact for Public Contracting Overview - Online Class

Office of the Inspector General - MCPPO program


One Ashburton Place, Room 1311, Boston, MA 02108

Overview of Public Contracting Overview - Online Class

Fees: $595

This 3-day class will provide an overview of the legal requirements for public contracting by local governmental entities, districts and authorities.

Public Contracting Overview is a recommended prerequisite class for Supplies and Services Contracting and Design and Construction Contracting and certain electives. The class includes practical, hands-on exercises that allow participants to apply their contracting knowledge and skills to common issues faced by procurement officials. The class ends with a multiple-choice exam.

Class dates:

February 7, 8, 9, 2023 - Registration is closed.
March 7, 8, 9, 2023
April 4, 5, 6, 2023
May 2, 3, 4, 2023
June 6, 7, 8, 2023

Class time: 
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

  • Registration closes two weeks before the self-paced portion of the class starts.
  • Blackboard® or other virtual platform login details will be emailed to registrants.


  • Legal requirements for public contracts
  • Principal objectives of public purchasing
  • Designer selection and construction bid laws
  • Purchasing supplies and services under M.G.L. c. 30B
  • Obtaining price quotes for smaller purchases
  • Market research, value analysis and life-cycle cost analysis
  • The purchasing cycle
  • Drafting contract terms
  • Blanket contracts and collective bargaining agreements
  • Real property transactions (overview)
  • Prevailing wage laws
  • Centralized purchasing
  • Public records law requirements
  • Ethics laws and considerations

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