Public Contracting Overview Seminar

This 3-day course 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 seminars. The course 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
  • Course Level: Basic
  • Instructional Method: Group-Live
  • Advanced Prep: None

Course dates and locations:
September 18, 19, 20, 2017, Boston, MA
October 24, 25, 26, 2017, Boston, MA
October 24, 25, 26, 2017, COMM Fire District, Centerville, MA (videoconference)
November 27, 28, 29, 2017, UMass Amherst
December 12, 13, 14, 2017, UMass Lowell

Seminar 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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