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Supplies and Services Contracting Online

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

We are pleased to announce that Supplies and Services Contracting, our first fully online class, has been well-received and earned good reviews from participants. We will be starting a summer class on July 19, 2021. Each week for eight weeks a new lesson is issued. The lessons can be completed in two or three hours, at your own pace. You do not need to complete a lesson in one sitting. Supplies and Services Contracting concludes with an online examination in week nine. The class includes hands-on exercises and supplemental activities designed to involve the student in the learning process.

Class dates:
July 19 - September 19, 2021

Registration opens July 1, 2021
Registration closes 1 week before a class starts

Blackboard login information will be emailed to registrants

Time: Self-paced 9-week class




  • 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


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