Certificate in Public Procurement

Start Date 25 March 2017 at 10:00 am
Exam Date Assessment includes a 2,500-word written assignment.
Delivery Method

Lectures will be onsite and webcast online. 

CPD Hours

The number of hours of CPD that you may claim in relation to this course will depend on the way in which you access each of the individual sessions.  For further information please visit the  CPD scheme website and download the CPD 2016/2017 booklet

Course Leader

For further information please contact our team on: diplomateam@lawsociety.ie



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Programme objectives 
On completion of this training programme participants will have:

  • Detailed knowledge of the sources and scope of procurement law both domestically and in the EU
  • The ability to advise, how to design and conduct a lawful procurement process
  • Developed legal skills in advising clients involved in tendering for business
  • An understanding of the public procurement environment to assist in clients strategic procurement  planning
  • The ability to explain the decision making procedure and an understanding of the remedies available to unsuccessful applicants
  • Up to date knowledge and analysis of jurisprudence in the area
  • Practical knowledge of emerging innovation in public procurement 
  • An understanding  of the importance of risk management in the process

Featuring a unique block release format this course  will be of interest to lawyers practicing in the area, public sector employees and procurement professionals. This course will provide an overview of the public procurement regime including the key changes introduced by the European Union (Award of Public Authority Contracts) Regulations 2016 and the European Union (Award of Contracts by Utility Undertakings) Regulations 2016. These Regulations transposed the new EU Public Procurement Directives into Irish law and introduce various updates to the public procurement process.  

The rules applicable to the practice of public procurement are increasingly relevant to all practitioners, whether in the context of personally tendering for legal services, acting for tendering parties or, alternatively when advising public bodies and utilities in relation to procurement projects. Furthermore practitioners and other decision makers working for public bodies and utilities who have responsibility for the tendering process are acutely aware of the importance of being fully compliant with domestic and EU procurement regimes. This course is designed for such practitioners and employees and will provide a sound understanding of public procurement law, the jurisprudence of national and European courts, and offer detailed advice and insight into best practice so as to minimise risk.

The Certificate in Public Procurement programme is based on the following module scheme and covers key themes as listed below:

Module 1: Sources & scope

  • Sources of Procurement Law and principles of EU Law
  • European Union (Award of Public Authority Contracts) Regulations 2016 &  European Union (Award of Contracts by Utility Undertakings) Regulations 2016
  • The scope of procurement law
  • Irish public procurement rules

Module 2: The Procurement Process I. Tendering & remedies 

  • The tendering procedure: structure, thresholds, requirement to advertise, contract notices etc.
  • Case study: The life cycle of procurement from preliminary market consultations to contract notice to award challenge (using a real example)
  • Remedies available to unsuccessful candidates

Module 3: Case Law & the Procurement Process II 

  • Recent public procurement case law 1: EU
  • Tender evaluation
    Different procurement techniques

Module 4: Utilities

  • A focus on the Utilities Directive (2004/25/EU) and implementing Regulations
  • A practical look at the differences in conducting an award process under the Utilities Directive 
  • Innovation and social initiatives in public procurement.
  • Green and environmental procurement
  • Risk management in public procurement

Module 5: Procurement perspectives

  • An overview of the Office of Government Procurement:
  • Risk management in public procurement

Module 6: The future of procurement

  • The Concessions Public Procurement Directive
  • Green procurement
  • Panel discussion on the effectiveness of the EU and Irish procurement regimes including remedies

Who should attend?

  • Solicitors who work as advisors in respect of procurement for public bodies or utilities or as external advisors
  • In-House Counsel
  • Barristers
  • Decision makers within the public service responsible for managing the procurement service
  • Procurement consultants
  • Procurement officers in independent organisations

If you are not a qualified solicitor, trainee or barrister, please apply with a cover letter and CV for approval in order to be attend the course. Such applications are subject to a supplemental fee, which amounts to a supplement of €100 in respect of a certificate application. 

*Every effort has been made to ensure the information contained in these pages is accurate and up to date. However timetables and course content are subject to change and date and time changes may occur due to factors beyond our control. 



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