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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

Distance learning supported by attendance at weekday workshops at the IPA in Dublin.

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

October 2018

Application Deadline

September 2018

Fees

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

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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
  Dates
Workshop 1

30 & 31 October 2018

Workshop 2

4 and 5 December 2018

Workshop 3

22 and 23 January 2019

Workshop 4

19 and 20 February 2019

Workshop 5

12 and 13 March 2019

Workshop 6

30 April 2019

Project Presentations

14 and 15 May 2019

Examinations

25 and 26 June 2019

 

Please note that seminar/examination dates may be subject to change. 

Prospectus

Undergraduate Prospectus 2018 / 2019

Full details of IPA undergraduate programmes are also available in our prospectus, which can be viewed or downloaded here.

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