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The Professional Diploma in Public Procurement is an advanced programme that equips decision-makers with the skills to design and implement strategic initiatives, thus ensuring they position and resource their procurement activity appropriately. The programme focuses on the strategic aspects of procurement within the context of international best practice. It provides participants with a comprehensive understanding of key aspects such as capability development, procurement planning, cost reduction initiatives, strategy development and change management .

Professional Diploma in Public Procurement

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Key Facts

Delivery Method

This part-time programme is delivered through a blended learning model. Students attend classroom-based seminars and online webinars. They are supported in their studies by various online resources and bespoke course material.

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Entry Requirements

IPA Certificate in Public Procurement or equivalent, or five years relevant experience.

Duration

One academic year

Accreditation

NUI

Place on NFQ

Level 8 (Special Purpose award) what is this?

Commences

September 2022

Application Deadline

September 2022

Fees

€4,500 (includes all matriculation and examination fees), payable in two instalments. 

Note: Fees may increase slightly from year to year. Where this occurs, students will be charged the increased fee.

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The Programme

The Professional Diploma in Public Procurement is an advanced programme that equips decision-makers with the skills to design and implement strategic initiatives, thus ensuring they position and resource their procurement activity appropriately. The programme focuses on the strategic aspects of procurement within the context of international best practice. It provides participants with a comprehensive understanding of key aspects such as capability development, procurement planning, cost reduction initiatives, strategy development and change management .

Is This Programme for you?

The programme is a follow-on from the Certificate in Public Procurement and is specifically designed for key decision makers in the procurement, project management and budget holding functions in the public sector. 

Subjects

This Diploma has five modules and a work-based project.

Strategic Procurement, Market and Business Strategy
  • Basics of strategic procurement 
  • Internal and external influences and barriers 
  • Business requirements and analytics
Procurement Leadership and Corporate Management
  • Capability development and commercial awareness 
  • Procurement strategies and innovation 
Project and Contract Management
  • Developing purchasing processes and procedures 
  • Category management 
  • Role of ICT systems in procurement eProcurement 
Procurement Performance Management
  • Contract and suppler performance management
  • Project management and effective communication
Change Management and Negotiation
  • Drivers for change
  • Planning for change
  • Negotiation strategies and skills
Assessment

Assessment is by a mix of assignments, a work-based project involving a formal project presentation, and two final examinations. The work-based project, a significant part of the programme, will be agreed in conjunction with course coordinators.

Seminar Dates

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Programme Delivery and Application Form

IPA programmes are part time and generally delivered through a blended learning model.  Students attend classroom-based seminars and online webinars and are supported in their studies by a wide range of course material. Full details on how a particular programme is delivered, including timetables, are provided on registration.

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