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Public Contracting Overview

This 3-day online 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 an exam.

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Registration closes 2 weeks before a class starts
Blackboard login information will be emailed to registrants

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

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