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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.

Public Contracting Overview is a prerequisite class for Supplies and Services Contracting and Design and Construction Contracting. The class includes practical, hands-on exercises that allow participants to apply their contracting knowledge and skills to common issues faced by procurement officials. Public Contracting Overview concludes with a written examination.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Class Level: Basic
  • Instructional Method: Group-Live
  • Advanced Prep: None

Class dates and locations:
January 22, 23, 24, 2019, Burlington, MA
March 27, 28, 29, 2019, Boston, MA
March 27, 28, 29, 2019, Huntington, MA (videoconference)
March 27, 28, 29, 2019, Haverhill, MA (videoconference)
May 8, 9, 10, 2019, Boston, MA

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Class participants may earn 20 CPE credits or may qualify for 20 PDPs

$595 Government and non-profit employees
$750 All other attendees



    Topics covered include:

    • 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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