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MCPPO Schedule and Class Information

We teach about procurement, contracting, fraud awareness, ethics and governance and provide best practices to assist public employees, private vendors and others in conducting legal and effective business with the Commonwealth and its local jurisdictions.

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About the MCPPO program

Massachusetts Certified Public Procurement Official (MCPPO) program classes and trainings benefit a wide range of individuals and organizations, including:

  • Procurement officials and staff
  • Superintendents, school business officials and staff
  • Public works directors and staff
  • Housing authority officials
  • Architects and engineers performing public work
  • Auditors
  • Department heads, contracting officers and staff
  • Not-for-profit employees
  • Members of the public

In addition to offering a variety of classes and trainings, the program offers qualified candidates an opportunity to obtain an MCPPO designation. The MCPPO designation is widely recognized by local jurisdictions in Massachusetts as indication that you are familiar with basic Massachusetts procurement practices. Recipients of an MCPPO designation successfully complete 60 credit hours of classroom training, pass examinations and meet experience requirements.  Municipal job postings will often require MCPPO designation.

Note: We updated the MCPPO designation requirements and the application and renewal processes to make them more relevant and inclusive. We reduced the number of designations from six to two: (1) an MCPPO designation and (2) an Associate MCPPO designation. To obtain a designation, you must take all three of our core classes — Public Contracting Overview, Supplies and Services Contracting and Design and Construction Contracting. Other requirements apply.

January 2022 - June 2022 Schedule and Information

All 2022 classes will continue to be online, although we plan to resume in person classes. Please check our registration form and website for schedule and location updates.

Please read the MCPPO Policies before registering.

Please see the MCPPO Online Class Technical Specifications before registering.

Registration closes two weeks before a class or training starts. The MCPPO program uses Blackboard®, an online learning platform, or other virtual platform, to host its online classes. Homework may be assigned to satisfy credit requirements. Blackboard or other virtual platform login information will be emailed to registrants two business days before a class starts.

All full day classes and electives begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at approximately 4:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted. MCPPO trainings' start and end times vary. Please see the MCPPO Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Registration Form or follow the link to the training's webpage.

MCPPO Designation and Designation Renewal Classes

PCO, SSC, DCC and MCPPO Designation Renewal Schedule
Class name Dates
Public Contracting Overview February 1, 2, 3, 2022 - Registration is closed
March 1, 2, 3, 2022
April 5, 6, 7, 2022
May 10, 11, 12, 2022
Design and Construction Contracting February 15, 16, 17, 2022
March 22, 23, 24, 2022
June 21, 22, 23, 2022
Supplies and Services Contracting Online May 2 - July 3, 2022
July 11- September 11, 2022 - Registration opens July 1, 2022
MCPPO Designation Renewal Blended webinar

Part 1: February 7-February 28, 2022 (self-paced) Registration is closed
Part 2: May 18, 2022 (1-day webinar)

Part 1: April 11-May 2, 2022 (self-paced)
Part 2: May 18, 2022 (1-day webinar)

Certification and Recertification Classes

School Project Designers and Owner's Project Managers and Charter School Certification
Class name Dates
School Project Designers and
Owner's Project Managers Certification
March 9, 10, 16, 17, 2022
School Project Designers and
Owner's Project Managers Recertification
March 15, 2022
June 9, 2022
Charter School Procurement May 25, 26, 2022

MCPPO Electives

MCPPO Schedule of Electives
Class name Dates
Advanced Topics May 18, 2022
Chapter 30B Exemptions and Exceptions February 9, 2022
Chapter 30B Terms, Misconceptions
and Practices
June 15, 2022
Construction Management at-Risk April 13, 2022
Contract Administration June 8, 2022
Diversity and Inclusion in Procurement  
IFB and RFP Workshop (New Date) April 27, 2022
Prevailing Wisdom - Confronting Potential Pitfalls and
Applying Solutions on Prevailing Wage/Public Construction Projects
April 21, 2022
Procurement Fraud Registration is closed
Real Property Transactions
Under M.G.L. c. 30B
April 4, 2022 - May 8, 2022
Running a Successful Procurement Office  
Spotlight on Schools Part 1: Tuesday, April 12, 2022 ( 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Part 2: Tuesday, May 17, 2022 (8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Part 3: Tuesday, June 14, 2022 (8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

MCPPO Training Webinars

The MCPPO program is offering training webinars on various topics about improving government and accountability. All trainings, although geared towards public employees and officials, are available to all interested parties including private sector employees, not-for-profit employees and members of the public.

MCPPO Schedule of Training Webinars
Class name Dates
American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Training NEW March 3, 2022 (2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
March 24, 2022 (2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
May 19, 2022 (2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
Boards and Commissions:
Know Your Responsibilities
February 24, 2022 (4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.)
May 21, 2022 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Emergency Procurement March 8, 2022 (2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
Fraud Awareness No Cost Training May 4, 2022 (2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
How to Detect Fraud in Financial Statements May 18, 2022 (9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)
How to Navigate an Investigation by an Oversight Agency May 19, 2022 (10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
IT Procurement: Hardware, Software and Cybersecurity Registration is closed
Prevailing Wage Law Enforcement NEW May 17, 2022 (10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Preventing Common Frauds and Scams No Cost Training June 7, 2022 (10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)
Procurement Best Practices for Sewer Systems March 30, 2022 (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Procuring Legal Services and Working with Legal Counsel April 12, 2022 (10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)
Promoting Procurement Diversity Using Chapter 30B May 24, 2022 (2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
Public Sector Ethics No Cost Training May 23, 2022 (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.)
Understanding Leadership Registration is closed
Vendor/Contractor Responsibility and Eligibility Determinations
NEW
May 3, 2022 (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

Registration Forms

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One Ashburton Place
Room 1311
Boston, MA 02108
Last updated: January 20, 2022
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