PSPP 201: Planning


PSPP Procurement Planning 201 (PSPP 201) is an interactive online course delivered over 4 weeks and includes weekly live online sessions with an expert procurement instructor (in-house delivery available by request). PSPP 201 will give you a detailed understanding of the steps, considerations and documentation needed to ensure adequate planning is done for procurement and contracting processes.

Furthermore, you’ll be shown why conducting a thorough market assessment when preparing a procurement plan is important, how to select the most appropriate solicitation methodology, and how to minimize risk when setting up the evaluation and selection process.

The elements of a basic business case are discussed, along with cost benefit analysis considerations. Key legal issues (eg. intellectual property, conflict of interest, etc) are explored, as well as the importance of maintaining good vendor relationships throughout the procurement and contract management cycle.

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PSPP 101 (highly recommended)

Course Dates

Please note: limited spots available.

I liked the weekly online sessions because it allowed me to meet and participate with other students, and work as a team to get answers to questions related to the course material.

PSPP 201 provided me with a wealth of information. One of the biggest takeaways I learned is to do your homework thoroughly in preparing an RFP and to really consider the risk factors before releasing a request to the public.

Larry Phelan 
Manager, Facilities and Procurement – Workers Compensation Board of PEI

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the steps to obtain approvals to issue the solicitation
  • Practice conducting a needs assessment, cost benefit analysis and risk assessment
  • Review and discuss how to design a procurement strategy and process
  • Define solicitation terms
  • Discuss how to draft the Contract B framework
  • Identify best practices and legal obligations in the planning phase of procurement
  • Identify document retention requirements and other requirements to comply with corporate policy

Expected Outcomes

As a graduate of PSPP 201 Procurement Planning, you’ll understand the key steps in effectively planning any public sector procurement, how to obtain approvals to proceed, and be aware of key areas of risk when conducting the solicitation process.

You’ll learn how to identify the important components of any solicitation document and resulting contract, and understand the importance of maintaining 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 completing the PSPP program and getting your “PSPP Certificate” will benefit you.

Courses in the Accredited PSPP Certificate Program

If you complete each course in the PSPP program, you will get your fully accredited PSPP (Public Sector Procurement Program) Certificate, which is recognized by many public sector organizations (see our clients).

You can either choose to take each course individually, or purchase our 5 course PSPP bundle and get a 20% discount. Learn more about the PSPP bundle.

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Is the PSPP Procurement Planning 201 Course Right for You? Find Out…

Cost for PSPP 201 is $1057 + tax, and has multiple start-dates throughout the year. If you have any questions, feel free to call us toll free at 1-888-990-7267 or send us an e-mail.

Learner Comments


PSPP 201 provided good information and included lots of examples. The case studies were excellent!

Keith Beck
Manager, Inventory & Disposal Services at City of Saskatoon

I loved the case studies and the conversations that emerged during my weekly live online sessions.


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