Public Sector Procurement Program (PSPP)
The PSPP will give you a thorough understanding of the 5 stage procurement process from the planning to managing & evaluation phase
Public sector procurement goes far beyond purchase orders and executing contracts. That’s why the PSPP is designed to meet the unique needs of Canadian public sector professionals.
From drafting RFPs to conducting market soundings and maintaining vendor relationships, today’s public sector procurement professional faces increasing complexity in their job functions.
At the same time, there are higher expectations of fairness and transparency, as well as increased pressure to demonstrate ‘best value’ and sustainability for public funds expended.
Now more than ever, updating your skills and knowledge and keeping up to date on best practices is needed to effectively manage procurements and contracts in the public sector environment.
“I would never have been able to learn the public sector procurement process through any other program as thoroughly and quickly as I have with the PSPP. I would recommend it for all public sector procurement professionals. I give the program a 10 out of 10. Graduating from the PSPP armed me with the essential tools required to make informed decisions regarding procurement best practice.”
Procurement Officer, Halifax Water
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"I am very proud to wave the PSPP flag and I hold it out as the only true Canadian Public Procurement credential that makes a direct impact from the first module. The PSPP program captures, educates, and prepares me, as a public servant, for every nuance that is unique to the public procurement disciplines. The reference materials and case law examples are always at my finger tips to help guide me and the organization I serve through the minefield of both trade agreement obligations and Canadian procurement laws.”
Procurement and Assurance Coordinator, Town of Stony Plain
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"Completing the program gave me a higher level of confidence in my position, and especially for developing high quality RFPs and strong supplier relationships. I am eager to explore my next training option to further my career in procurement and contract management"
Contracts Manager, Interuniversity Services Inc.
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“I learned how to approach the grey areas in procurement with confidence. While SET-BC relies on the SMEs at the Vancouver School Board for procurement in excess of threshold amounts, the tools and strategies that I learned in the PSPP allowed me to better understand VSB processes and to provide feedback to my Admin Team so that they can make more informed decisions.”
Accountant, Special Education Technology – BC
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"Techniques I learned in the PSPP program taught me valuable ways to ensure successful contracts, make my day-to-day life easier, and develop solutions for (once) difficult situations"
Procurement Advisor, Yukon Government
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"The Public Sector Procurement Program expanded my knowledge base quickly and efficiently. Its case-study approach was appealing as it simulates ‘learning by doing.’ I was in a procurement position leading staff and I needed to enhance my foundational knowledge by applying it to the interpretation of provincial legislation and regulations."
Senior Director, Strategic Joint Procurement, Nova Scotia Power
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"We have such an important responsibility to maximize the value of each dollar spent, so it’s important that we are well educated and on a continuous learning path. The PSPP program is a perfect opportunity to do that. It’s very well organized and focused. It delivered exactly what it promises to…and that’s refreshing!"
Strategic Advisor, Supply Chain – Merged Services Nova Scotia
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“The PSPP has dramatically increased my perception of how a contract is planned, created, and managed. As a result, I have built in some effective payment milestones, which have really helped a Service Agreement. We were able to stay on-track, end on-time, and on-budget! 10 out of 10.”
Procurement Specialist, Howe Sound Pulp and Paper Corporation
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"The PSPP program provided me with the foundation to run a successful competitive bid project from cradle to grave all while improving critical thinking skills, and enabling me to become the preferred source of Procurement and Contracting expertise within my organization."
Procurement Specialist, Saskatchewan Research Council
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Courses in the PSPP Certificate
If you complete all 5 courses (95 training hours) in the Public Sector Procurement Program (PSPP), you will get your PSPP Certificate, which is recognized by many public sector organizations (see our clients).
Alternatively, you can choose to take each course individually, and upgrade your skill set at your convenience. Click the below images to learn more about each course.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to take the courses in order?
How quickly can I obtain my PSPP Certificate?
Do I have to take PSPP 101 if know the basics?
Regardless of your level of experience, we highly recommend that you take the full PSPP 101 course as it contains recent legal case examples, as well as current trade agreement and legislation information that is imperative to your understanding of current public procurement expectations. Without this critical information that is referenced throughout the Program, you may find the other courses more difficult to complete successfully.
PSPP 101 only takes 6-8 hours of your time, it’s 100% online (you can complete it at your own pace), and we highly recommend it to all our students.
How much time per week should I spend on each course?
PSPP 101 is 100% online and takes around 6-8 hours to complete. You will have access for up to six months.
PSPP 201, PSPP 202, & PSPP 203 each require roughly 18 hours of your time over 4 weeks and include one live online seminar per week (like a webinar except with open 2-way communication between you, your classmates and your instructor).
PSPP 301 also spans 4 weeks, but involves interactive forum discussions, case studies, and completion of two individual assignments where you apply concepts you have learned in the Program to real-life procurement scenarios. Team communication takes place over NECI’s dedicated online discussion forum, and the course requires about 33 hours of your time to complete.
Your weekly training schedule:
- PSPP 101: Can be completed in 6-8 hours.
- PSPP 201, 202 and 203: Each course spans 4 weeks. Each week you will need to devote about 4.5 hours of your time to coursework.
- PSPP 301: This course spans 4 weeks, and you will need to devote approximately 8 hours each week to completing your assignments and other coursework.
Is the PSPP available for in-house classroom delivery?
Yes, we offer a flat rate for each 200 level course delivered as a two day classroom session. This allows in-depth exploration of issues unique to your organization, and facilitates cross-functional team building. Contact us for details.
What prerequisites do I need to register?
Although there are no prerequisites for PSPP 201, 202 or 203, we highly recommend that you complete or successfully challenge PSPP 101: Procurement Essentials because it:
- lays a solid foundation for successful completion of the remainder of the Program, and
- is required to obtain your Public Sector Procurement Program certificate.
What is the passing grade for the PSPP Certificate?
Your PSPP 301 mark is comprised of an individual mark for discussion participation as well as completion of two individual written assignments that are marked by the instructor and returned to you with comments. You must receive a mark of 75% to pass the course and obtain your PSPP certificate.
Do I need to buy books or course materials?
Can I finance the PSPP Bundle?
Currently, we do not offer financing for the PSPP bundle. However, our students have had success by using our “request for funding template” to make communicating the benefits of the PSPP to their employer easier. Download the template.
If cost is still a concern, you can choose to take 1 course at a time, and complete the Program at your leisure.
Are registration spaces for PSPP 201-301 limited?
Yes, We keep spaces limited so you have more time to interact with your instructor and other participants during your weekly interactive online sessions. Keeping spaces limited also allows our instructors to give you more attention, and make sure you’re achieving your learning objectives.
Save 20%. Only $3897.
Register for the NEW PSPP Bundle (includes PSPP 101, PSPP 201, PSPP 202, PSPP 203 & PSPP 301), and receive a 20% discount (not to be combined with other offers) for an exceptional value of $992 off the regular 5 course price of $4889.
Progress through the program at your own pace, manage your training schedule with ease, and obtain only one approval for all 5 courses.
A Presentation About the Public Sector Procurement Program (PSPP)
Wondering if our PSPP certificate program is right for you? Take a look at this short online exploration of the course components and discover how the program fits together.
CPPB and CPPO Credits
The PSPP course and its components qualify as procurement training/education contact hours for both the CPPB and CPPO certification programs offered by the UPPCC.
Professional Designation Maintenance Credits
Most professional designations include a maintenance program to ensure members are staying up to date in their field. Log credits with NECI’s programs while participating in relevant and meaningful training that supports professional performance.
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Request for Funding Letter
Request sponsorship from your employer for enrollment in the PSPP using our Request for Funding Letter template. Download
Get the PSPP Delivered In-House
PSPP courses are easily adapted for in-house delivery to public organizations across Canada. We can schedule a course for staff at your location, or set up a session where local groups partner to host a shared training initiative.
Courses can be customized to address regional or organizational templates and nuances to ensure participants receive training that is relevant and tailored to their needs. Please contact us for pricing.