The Advanced Diploma of Procurement and Contracting is designated as a specialist qualification that covers the competencies required of personnel responsible for the management of strategic procurement in public sector organisations.
Although there are no legislated pre-requisites, it is highly recommended that anyone undertaking this program should ideally have five or more years in a senior strategic procurement role.
The competency units in PSP50616
In line with the national packaging rules for this qualification, there are 15 units of competency of which 9 are core and 6 are elective units:
- PSPETH004 - Maintain and enhance confidence in public service
- PSPGEN067 - Establish and maintain strategic networks
- PSPLEG004 - Manage compliance with legislation in the public sector
- PSPMGT006 - Develop a business case
- PSPMGT007 - Manage risk
- PSPPCM020 - Plan for strategic procurement
- PSPPCM021 - Coordinate strategic procurement
- PSPPCM022 - Negotiate strategic procurement
- PSPPCM023 - Manage strategic contracts
- PSPGEN070 - Persuade and influence opinion
- PSPMGT008 - Formulate business strategies
- PSPMGT011 - Develop Partnering arrangements
- PSPPCM017 - Plan and implement procurement category management
- PSPPCM024 - Manage fundamental aspects of supply chain
- PSPPCY010 - Manage Policy implementation
Further information on these units of competency is available at: http://training.gov.au/Training/Details/PSP60616.
The training is a comprehensive ten (10) day face-to-face program scheduled over three modules in a six month period.
Due to the holistic nature of the program, it requires a ten (10) day face-to-face commitment and there are no credits for partial completion. Only completion of all assessment elements of the program will result in the award of a PSP60616 Advanced Diploma of Procurement and Contracting.
Student support and monitoring of self-directed (unsupervised) activities will be via email and phone support to the MTS Trainer/Assessor and/or dedicated Client Administrator.
MTS will develop individual study plans for participants in the event that they are unable to attend a module due to illness or other unforeseen circumstance. Please note that this is on a case by case basis.
Module One – Planning for Strategic Acquisitions (3 days)
This first module focuses on strategic planning activities, specifically, the policy environment, the development of procurement plans and creating effective business cases. The program also looks at the context of procurement within the public sector.
Module Two – Managing the Acquisition of Strategic Outcomes (3 days)
This module will expand concepts such as coordinating procurement activities, winning support for procurement activities, building procurement networks and negotiating to achieve strategic procurement outcomes.
Module Three – Managing Contract Outcomes (4 days)
The third and final module of this program focuses on risk management, ensuring probity in procurement practice, directing the management of contracts, category management and managing the supply chain.
Assessment requirements for each module
- Completion of an In-class Activity Book;
- Completion of a Quick Test Booklet;
- Completion of an Individual Assessment;
- Observation by the facilitator of individual effort and participation in all group tasks;
- A group Assessment; and
- An exam style assessment at the conclusion of the course.
Course materials for each module will comprise
- A Participant Manual;
- An In-class Activity book;
- An Individual Assessment Book;
- Handouts to support various group tasks; and
- PowerPoint handout.
All relevant documentation and information will be sent to participants prior to the commencement of the course.