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Supplies and Services Contracting

This 3-day class provides an in-depth examination of procurements under M.G.L. c. 30B.

The class includes hands-on exercises designed to involve the student in the learning process. Supplies and Services Contracting concludes with a written examination.

Class dates:
October 22-24, 2019, Danvers, MA
November 18-20, 2019, Boston, MA
November 18-20, 2019, Centerville, MA (videoconference)
November 18-20, 2019, Lowell, MA (videoconference)
November 18-20, 2019, Pittsfield, MA (videoconference)

Danvers: Northshore Community College, 1 Ferncroft Road, Room DS106B, Danvers, MA 01923
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
Lowell: UMass Lowell, Recreation Center, 322 Aiken Street, Lowell, MA 01854
Pittsfield: Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St., Pittsfield, MA 01201

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


$595 Government and non-profit employees


  • Overview of M.G.L. c. 30B
  • Writing effective specifications
  • Obtaining price quotations for smaller purchases
  • Obtaining best value using invitations for bids (IFBs)
  • Creating and applying criteria to evaluate proposals
  • Developing performance standards and measures
  • Designing requests for proposals
  • Common bidding challenges and how to resolve them
  • Multi-year contracts, leases and lease-purchases
  • Contract administration for supplies and services
  • Dealing with contractor performance problems
  • Best practices for purchasing from a statewide or department contract


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