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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:
September 11-13, 2019, Boston, MA     FULL
September 11-13, 2019, (videoconference) Greenfield, MA
September 11-13, 2019, (videoconference) Centerville, MA
September 11-13, 2019, (videoconference) Pittsfield, MA
October 29-31, 2019, Fall River, MA
November 5-7, 2019, Boston, MA 02108     FULL
November 5-7, 2019, (videoconference) Huntington, MA
December 10-12, 2019, Acton, MA

Acton: Acton Public Safety Facility, Room EOC, 371 Main St., Acton, MA 01720
Boston: Office of the Inspector General, One Ashburton Pl., Room 1306, Boston, MA 02108
Centerville: COMMFire District, 1875 Falmouth Rd., Route 28, Centerville, MA 02632
Fall River: Bristol Community College, 777 Elsbree Street, Fall River, MA 02720
Greenfield: Greenfield Community College, One College Dr.,  Room N250, Greenfield, MA 01301
Huntington: Gateway Regional School District, 12 Littleville Rd., Huntington, MA  01050
Pittsfield: Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St., Pittsfield, MA 01201

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