PSPP 101: Public Sector Procurement Essentials

In this interactive online course, you’ll learn about the fundamental principles that govern public-sector procurement in Canada.

Some of the topics you’ll learn about include :

  • The processes, law and specific nuances that can affect procurement activities
  • The key legal differences between regular contract law and competitive contracting law
  • Duties and obligations of purchasers and suppliers during a competitive process are also explored.

Download course description .pdf.

This course should be mandatory for all buying positions within the public sector. It is invaluable in terms of the must-know information it provides regarding public-sector procurement.

Linda L.
Purchasing Services Manager

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the fundamental sources of public sector procurement principles and objectives, including trade agreements, legislation and organizational policies
  • Differentiate between regular contract law and competitive contract law
  • Review available procurement methods and tools, including market assessment and prequalification options
  • Be aware of the risks of negligence claims, and the importance of controlling who provides information to respondents
  • Adopt best practices by capturing and incorporating lessons learned
  • Define copyright, moral rights and other key legal principles that influence public-sector procurement
  • Describe the steps necessary to obtain approvals to proceed with a procurement
  • Recognize the key steps of the solicitation and award phase of procurement, including proper handling, safekeeping and opening of bids and proposals
  • Describe the key steps in the managing and evaluation phase of procurement

Expected Outcomes

After completing PSPP 101, you will understand the key steps in effectively planning any public sector procurement, as well as how to obtain approvals to proceed and key areas of risk when conducting the solicitation process.

At a high level, you will be able to identify the important components of any solicitation document and resulting contract. You’ll also learn about obligations to maintain appropriate and complete documentation in procurement files.

A Presentation About the Public Sector Procurement Program (PSPP)

Click here to view a short presentation about how achieving your “PSPP Certificate” will benefit you.

Courses in the PSPP Certificate

If you complete each course in the PSPP, you will get your PSPP (Public Sector Procurement Program) 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.

Is PSPP 101 Procurement Essentials Right for You? Find Out…

Cost for PSPP 101 is $539 + tax, and is 100% online and self-directed. If you have any questions, feel free to call us toll free at 1-888-990-7267 or send us an email.

Learner Comments


I really enjoyed completing NECI’s PSPP 101: Procurement Essentials course. This online, self-paced program provided me with a convenient and flexible learning opportunity. The course material and layout was easy to follow and utilized interactive learning tools that kept me engaged. The presentation of current and relevant case examples really enabled me to put the lessons into perspective and understand how procurement processes can have a major effect on the outcome of any project. I would recommend this course to any Procurement Professional who is starting their  career in public procurement.

Elwira Sharp
Buyer – Procurement Services, City of Vernon

“I took this course as I regularly participate in RFX processes and evaluations. I manage contracts every day and needed additional info and confidence to fully understand the implications of procurement decisions and contract management.”

Kelly Coles
Project Manager, City of Calgary

“PSPP 101 has given me a better understanding of the overall process, specifically learned a lot about the Acts. Very easy to follow, at one’s own pace. The content was thorough, can’t wait to start the next course.”

Eric Drouin
Gestionnaire en approvisionnement, Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien

“I took PSPP 101 to gain more knowledge about Public Procurement and enhance my performance at work.”

Foluke Amalu
Buyer, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

“PSPP 101 exceeded my expectations as a refresher and included information that I had forgotten or was not clear on to begin with even after 12 years working in procurement.”


“PSPP 101 exceeded my expectations as a refresher and included information that I had forgotten or was not clear on to begin with even after 12 years working in procurement.”


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