Procurement Certification Program

Skills2Procure manages the Procurement Certification Program (PCP) suite of courses.

The PCP offers courses across 4 levels. The level of skill to successfully complete each of the 4 levels increases in complexity, breadth and depth as the procurement and contract manager advances their career and takes on increasing responsibility to deliver procurement outcomes to the business.

Staff undertaking low to medium value/ low risk procurements:

  • Level 1 (Fundamentals): low value/low risk procurements
  • Level 2 (Intermediate): low-to-medium value/low risk procurements.

Staff providing specialist procurement advice to the business:

  • Level 3 (Advanced) – Diploma of Procurement and Contracting: medium-to-high value/medium risk procurements
  • Level 4 (Strategic) – Advanced Diploma of Procurement and Contracting: high value/high risk procurements.

On successful completion, participants are awarded a corresponding Certification Certificate.

Staff who successfully complete PCP Level 3 (Advanced) or PCP Level 4 (Strategic) also meet award requirements for a nationally recognised qualification in procurement and contract management.

Who can attend?

The PCP is open to all public sector staff, including those working with:

  • Queensland Government agencies
  • government-owned corporations
  • statutory bodies
  • local councils and local government agencies
  • universities.
  • others as approved byOffice of the Chief Advisor–Procurement (OCA-P).

Delivery

OCA-P delivers the PCP under a Deed of Agreement with the Institute of Public Administration (IPAA), New South Wales. IPAA undertakes all course-related administration, coordination, printing of materials, delivery, assessment, feedback and reporting on program participation and outcomes.

All PCP courses can be accessed via livestreaming to support participation by regional and remote staff.

If your organisation has a large group of attendees that would like to undertake PCP certification at the same time, you can hire a facilitator to provide in-house training at your location of choice. This is a great option for agencies keen to support staff in the regions and it will deliver savings per attendee.

Level 1 (Fundamentals) – Procurement Course

Course content:

  • Tailored to the Queensland Government procurement context
  • Provides an overview of the Queensland Procurement Policy
  • Introduces fundamental procurement concepts and techniques to government buyers
  • Delivers the skills to undertake low value/low risk procurements

Course outcomes:

  • Certification Level 1 by OCA-P
  • PCP Level 1 certification provides evidence that the officer can engage in procurement activities to an agreed level of value, risk and/or complexity (low value/low risk)

Level 2 (Intermediate) Procurement Course

  • Length: 2 days
  • Delivery format: face-to-face training (or access via livestreaming when required where working outside of south-east Queensland)
  • Cost: $950
  • Dates: view the event calendar to find scheduled PCP Level 2 courses

Course content:

  • Builds on fundamental skills covered in PCP Level 1
  • Introduces the concept of procurement as a strategic, cyclical process
  • Low to medium value/low risk procurements

Course outcomes:

  • Certification Level 2 by OCA–P
  • PCP Level 2 certification provides evidence that the officer can engage in procurement activities to an agreed level of value, risk and/or complexity (low to medium value/low risk procurements)

Level 3 (Advanced) – Procurement Course (Diploma Procurement and Contracting)

  • Length: 11 days
  • Delivery format: face-to-face training (or access via livestreaming when required where working outside of south-east Queensland)
  • Cost: $5250
  • Dates: view the event calendar to find scheduled PCP Level 3 courses

Course content:

  • Equips participants with the skills to manage large-scale, complex goods and services procurement and contracting activities involving large-scale procurement planning, sourcing, evaluating and negotiating complex offers and managing complex contracts

Course outcomes:

  • Completing PCP Level 3 (Advanced) provides nationally accredited qualification and Queensland Government certification:
    • Awarding of Diploma of Procurement and Contracting
    • OCA-P certification PCP Level 3 (Advanced)
    • Advanced standing toward a Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) qualification

Prerequisite:

  • Successful completion of PCP Level 2 (Intermediate)

Level 4 (Strategic) – Procurement Course (Advanced Diploma Procurement and Contracting)

  • Length: 9 days
  • Delivery format: face-to-face training (or access via livestreaming when required where working outside of south-east Queensland)
  • Cost: $5800
  • Dates: view the event calendar to find scheduled PCP Level 4 courses

Course content:

  • Equips participants with the skills and knowledge required to manage the procurement and contracting functions within an agency or to develop agency policy, processes and procedures
  • Offers formal award qualifications with increased capability to lead strategic and complex procurements and provide specialist advice

Course outcomes:

  • Completing PCP Level 4 (Strategic) provides a nationally accredited qualification and Queensland Government certification:
    • Award of Advanced Diploma of Procurement & Contracting
    • Issue OCA-P certification PCP Level 4 (Strategic)
    • Advanced standing towards a Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) qualification.

Prerequisite:

  • Successful completion of PCP Level 3 (Advanced)

Find out more

Email learning@nsw.ipaa.org.au to:

  • find out more information about eligibility or scheduling matters
  • resolve any issues around registering or invoicing matters.

Email skills2procure@hpw.qld.gov.au to:

  • check if you are eligible to attend or if you meet course pre-requisites
  • find out more about what is happening to support the professional development of procurement and contract management practitioners.