Advanced procurement training

    Diploma of procurement and contracting

    This training program is aimed at professional procurement and contract management officers who are experienced in NSW public sector procurement or have completed the Introduction to NSW public sector procurement course.

    Face-to-face training

    This training imparts a national qualification and costs $5,995. Special discounts are available for group bookings and IPAA NSW members.

    It is delivered over nine days (three lots of three consecutive days) and enables participants to enhance their existing capabilities in the profession as well as achieve a procurement-specific qualification. It takes participants through the stages of planning, sourcing and managing complex procurement activities. It includes the evaluation of offers as well as the negotiation and performance management of complex contracts.

    On completion, participants should be able to:

    • establish a governance framework for a complex procurement
    • develop a complex procurement plan
    • manage risk in a procurement
    • manage a complex procurement activity
    • evaluate a complex procurement
    • negotiate successful procurement outcomes
    • manage a complex contract
    • manage contractor performance.

    More information about this training, including the units delivered and how this qualification is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), and registration links can be found on the IPAA NSW website.

    Advanced diploma of procurement and contracting

    This training program is strategically focused on the development of organisational procurement capability.

    Face-to-face training

    This training imparts a national qualification and costs $5,800. Special discounts are available for group bookings and IPAA NSW members. It is delivered over nine days (three lots of three consecutive days) and is particularly suitable for managers wanting to enhance their strategic capabilities in procurement and contract management. Successful completion of this qualification may also assist candidates wishing to apply for post-graduate tertiary study but who have not completed a Bachelor's Degree.

    On completion, participants should be able to:

    • develop organisational procurement plans
    • strategically analyse agency procurement spends by category
    • direct and manage continuous improvement and change in the procurement function
    • develop opportunities for coordinated procurement within and across agencies
    • manage strategic procurement negotiations
    • manage strategic procurement risk
    • strategically direct the management of contracts across an agency.

    More information about this training, including the units delivered and how this qualification is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), and links for registration can be found on the IPAA NSW website.

    Professional development

    In addition to the Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Procurement and Contracting, consider the following, which are aligned to the 70:20:10 Learning and Development model, to further develop your adept and advanced procurement and contracting capabilities:

    70: Experience

    • asking to sit on a high level procurement negotiation meeting
    • presenting to your team the importance of ensuring procurement and contract processes are open, transparent and competitive
    • interviewing an experienced manager or procurement officer to gain awareness of contract management risks and what strategies we use to mitigate these risks. Record and present these to your team.
    • asking senior management to be involved in the next tender process that aligns to a project in your branch to gain awareness of the process
    • agreeing with your manager the key areas for development within the procurement and contracts domain.

    20: Exposure

    • offering to be a mentor within your branch for anyone new or needing advancement in their understanding of procurement systems
    • joining network groups such as the Procurious network and the Next Level Purchasing Association
    • joining professional associations such as CIPS and access their range of services, including training and qualifications, knowledge and best practice insights, guidance, tools and templates and professional events
    • becoming an expert for procurement activities within your unit. This is not an administrative task. It is someone that people can come to if they have questions.

    10: Education

    • undertaking tertiary study related to the professional fields of procurement, supply and contract management
    • attending ICAC's corruption prevention workshops
    • attending IPAA's Risk Management course.