Continuing professional development for procurement staff

Continuing professional development (CPD) is very important – even after you successfully complete all your certification training.

It enables you to keep informed on emerging issues and respond effectively to the contemporary demands placed on practitioners.

Your profession demands an ongoing commitment to identify, manage and improve the value achieved when solving a business need, including through leveraging the spending power of government to deliver on various government initiatives.

    How CPD can help you

    A commitment to lifelong CPD will:

    • deliver on the demand for capable, technically skilled procurement professionals who can work in multi-disciplinary teams to get fit-for-purpose procurement outcomes
    • help to meet increased demands for services and for services to be provided more quickly
    • respond to government drivers to leverage procurement as a tool to achieve social outcomes
    • help to manage the impacts of digital disruption from technology on procurement speed to serve
    • deliver on public demands for increased transparency.

    Actively seeking out and participating in CPD offers you opportunities to:

    • remain informed on best practice approaches and emerging trends
    • engage with thought leadership
    • challenge current ways of thinking and working
    • broaden or deepen skills in response to new priorities or expectations
    • network with your peers, share your knowledge and learn from others.

    Finding the right opportunities

    When considering available opportunities, it is useful to understand best practice learning approaches such as the 70:20:10 Learning Model:

    • 70%: Experience (No Cost) – application of new knowledge on the job practice. Learning occurs through trial and error
    • 20%: Exposure and Environment (No Cost) – those opportunities to practice new skills and receive feedback and coaching. This often occurs at 'point-of-need' (i.e. through others, in the moment)
    • 10%: Education and training (Cost) – introduces new knowledge or new ways of viewing your current knowledge and how it might be applied in the workplace.

    Low cost or free options

    Find out about upcoming CPD opportunities:

    • the Buy QLD Newsletter routinely updates subscribers on certification training, short courses and other CPD opportunities
    • QG Yammer - ProQr is an online community of procurement and contract management professionals
    • Office of the Chief Advisor-Procurement routinely conducts community of practice events with keynote speakers
    • QUT Procurement and Contract Management Practice Group routinely conducts community of practice events with keynote speakers
    • professional procurement and contract management associations - routinely conduct low cost/no cost CPD events for members
    • thought leadership in the discipline is also provided to selected agencies via a membership subscription
    • read the Continuing Professional Development Guide (PDF, 1.3 MB) .

    Join a professional association

    By joining a professional organisation, you can:

    • maintain current practice
    • access CPD
    • attend networking events
    • access research and thought leadership.

    Discounted membership

    Under the QGP002-2018 arrangement, you can access discounted membership to 3 procurement professional bodies in Australia, through our supply partners.

    Organisation What they offer Supplier
    Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Thought leadership, professional development, pathway to professional certification and member status (MCIPS) ArcBlue
    International Association for Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM) Thought leadership, professional development, pathway to professional certification QUT
    International Foundation of Procurement and Supply Management (IFPSM) Thought leadership, professional development, pathway to professional certification Compara

    Specialist professional bodies

    You may also consider these other Australian bodies:

    Graduates and new staff

    Find out what training and CPD opportunities are available for procurement gradates and new starters.

    Find out more

    Email to find out more about what is happening to support your CPD.