Public Contracting Overview

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

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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:

April 4, 5, 6, 2023 - Registration is closed (FULL).

May 2, 3, 4, 2023

June 6, 7, 8, 2023

Class time: 
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.




  • 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



One Ashburton Place
Room 1311
Boston, MA 02108
Last updated: February 22, 2023

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