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MCPPO schedule and classes

The MCPPO schedule has been updated in light of COVID-19. All classes are online. We teach about procurement, contracting and ethics laws and practical recommendations to assist public officials in implementing best practices in their own jurisdictions.


In response to Governor Baker’s executive order declaring a state of emergency and because of our commitment to public health and safety, we will not be holding in-person classes through December 31, 2020. We continue to convert our classes to an online Blackboard® learning management system platform. Our fall semester schedule is now available.

Please register and pay online for our classes.  If you are unable to pay online, then please use the MCPPO Fall Registration Form for September - December classes and mail in your payment.  Please note that we cannot complete your registration until we receive payment. Thank you! We look forward to seeing you in class.  

If you need to renew your MCPPO designation or MSBA-related certificate, but have been unable to take the required classes or earn continuing education credits because of the state of emergency, don’t worry. We have extended all deadlines until October 31, 2020. If you need an additional extension or have other concerns please notify us at if you require this accommodation.

Since the current situation could change, we will keep you updated about any schedule changes. We are committed to fulfilling our mission to provide high-quality education related to detecting and preventing fraud, waste and abuse. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this together.

The MCPPO program has classes that will benefit a wide range of public officials, including anyone with responsibility for public procurement, contracting for public works and building projects, contract management or oversight, or auditing in Massachusetts, such as:

-Procurement officials and staff
-Superintendents, school business officials and staff
-Public works directors and staff
-Housing authority officials
-Architects and engineers performing public work
-Department heads, contracting officers and staff

Current class schedule - Registration closes two weeks before a class starts

Please see the MCPPO Program Class Cancellation and Attendance Policy before registering.

Please see the MCPPO Online Class Technical Specifications before registering.

Blackboard login information will be emailed to registrants before a class starts.

MCPPO Designation Classes

Public Contracting Overview
November 4, 5, 6, 2020
December 15, 16, 17, 2020

Supplies and Services Contracting - Eight-week Self-paced Online Class
October 5 - November 29, 2020     CLOSED
November 30 - January 24, 2021 

Design and Construction Contracting
October 27, 28, 29, 2020
December 8, 9, 10, 2020

Recertification for MCPPO
November 17, 18, 2020

MSBA Classes

Certification for School Project Designers and Owner's Project Managers
November 12, 13, 19, 20, 2020

Recertification for School Project Designers and Owner's Project Managers
November 24, 2020


Advanced Topics: Fall
October 23, 2020     CLOSED

Construction Management at-Risk Under M.G.L. c. 149A
October 22, 2020     CLOSED

Cybersecurity 101: Addressing Threats to Local Government
November 10, 2020

Financial Statement Fraud Training
October 29, 2020

Invitations for Bids & Requests for Proposals
October 20, 2020     CLOSED

Prevailing Wisdom—Confronting Potential Pitfalls and Applying Solutions on Prevailing Wage/Public Construction Projects
December 2, 2020

Real Property Transactions Under M.G.L. c. 30B - Five-week Self-paced Online Class
November 16 - December 20, 2020

Spotlight on Schools
December 3, 2020

Story of a Building Online
Marlborough Elementary School

December 4, 2020

Other classes (not currently scheduled)

Advanced Topics: Summer

Boards & Commissions: Know Your Responsibilities

Chapter 30B Exemptions and Exceptions

Chapter 30B Terms, Misconceptions and Practices

Charter School Procurement

Contract Administration

Governance Primer: A Review of Key Topics for Public Organizations

Procurement Fraud

Running a Successful Procurement Office

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