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:

  • March 19 - 21, 2024
  • April 9 - 11, 2024
  • April 30 - May 2, 2024
  • June  12 - 14, 2024

Class time: 8:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Credits: 20

Cost: $595

  • 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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Last updated: November 20, 2023

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