Certificate in Public Procurement

Public Procurement Courses Ireland
Microcredential / Professional / Undergraduate
2 Semesters
Validated by
Blended Learning / Part-Time
Dublin Main Campus
NFQ Level
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Course Overview

Advance your knowledge of the changing supply chain landscape and increase your career prospects with a Certificate in Public Procurement.

The Certificate in Public Procurement (Level 8, 10 ECTS) provides learners with an introduction to the role and function of procurement and supply chain management within the public sector. Learners gain factual, regulatory and theoretical knowledge and awareness of the public procurement and supply chain management field. Learners develop practical and other relevant skills to carry out procurement and supply chain-related tasks and manage projects to meet specified objectives.

Why Study Public Procurement at Griffith College?

Turlough Kieran, lecturer and former principal officer at the Office of Government Procurement, said: “There has never been a more important time for public sector procurement professionals to upskill and keep their knowledge current and relevant. Civil service, local government and state agencies will all face significant procurement and supply chain challenges and opportunities in the coming years. The Certificate in Public Procurement provides the theoretical and practical skills to ensure practitioners can meet these challenges effectively.”

The course provides learners with advanced knowledge, competencies and skills to effectively implement a public procurement project in a compliant, ethical and sustainable manner which is value for public money. It will support learners to:

  • Develop research, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Enhance interpersonal skills such as digital literacy, commercial awareness, teamwork, and time management skills.
  • Deepen capacity and competency to solve complex public procurement problems using innovative and creative methods.
  • Learn sustainable, ethical and professional approaches, in line with a changing regulatory environment.
  • Builds application of key personal and professional attributes to manage multiple inputs and stakeholders.
  • Understand key business decisions and adapt quickly to changing circumstances in the public procurement sector.

Intake Dates

  • Dublin - Blended, Part-Time - September 2024

Course Details


On completion of the module learners will have a good understanding of the principles that underpin procurement in the public sector. They will have an indepth understanding of and be able to apply the various procurement procedures available under the EU Procurement Directives. Learners are introduced to case law and competition law and its impact upon procurement in this area. Learners will understand how public procurement has been transformed over the past 25 years from an administrative exercise to a strategic function which is key to help to finance government policies.

On completion of the module learners will have an in-depth knowledge, understanding and the skills required to compliantly manage a public procurement project. They will understand the importance of rigorous planning and its impact on the success of the project. Learners will also understand how proper contract and supplier management ensures that public value for money is maximised.

Course Contact

Suzanne Burdis

Graduate Business School Programme Director
  • Dublin Main Campus


Timetables coming soon.

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

The programme is aimed at mature learners who wish to pursue/ advance a career in public procurement and/or related fields, and to considerably advance and enhance their existing knowledge and competencies and attain the academic accreditation necessary for progression in the workplace.

This programme is also aimed at learners who currently hold NFQ Level 7 cognate qualification(s) and wish to achieve a Certificate at Level 8 on the NFQ in public sector procurement.

Applicants who are over the age of 23 may apply on the basis of previous learning and/ or work experience and a demonstration of commitment to further education.

How to Apply

Applicants should apply directly to the College. Applicants will be required to provide evidence of meeting the programmes minimum entry requirements, and will also be asked for a copy of their passport when applying.


Tuition Fees

Fee: EUR 1,800.00

An Academic Administration Fee of €250 is payable each September at the start of term. For students starting in the January/February term, €125 is payable in February, and then €250 will be payable each September from then onwards. 

A 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted. The fees above relate to Year 1 fees only.

Flexible payment options

Students wishing to pay their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme. Please view our Fees information page for more information and assistance.

2% Learner Protection Charge

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

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