Supplies and Services Contracting Seminar

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

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

  • Prerequisite: Public Contracting Overview or Charter School Procurement Seminar
  • Course Level: Intermediate
  • Instructional Method: Group-Live
  • Advanced Prep: None

Course dates and locations:
March 14, 15, 16, 2018, Boston, MA
March 14, 15, 16, 2018, UMass Lowell (videoconference)
May 2, 3, 4, 2018, Boston, MA
May 2, 3, 4, 2018, Huntington, MA (videoconference)
June 13, 14, 15, 2018, Boston, MA

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:

  • 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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