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PSP40616 – Certificate IV in Procurement and Contracting

Build a solid understanding of procurement principles, a cutting edge contracting skillset, and real-world knowledge of government processes to impress potential employers with the Cert IV Procurement and Contracting.


Learn skills in procurement and contract management to reach your career goals quickly with the PSP40616 Certificate IV Procurement and Contracting.

This nationally recognised qualification is perfect for those with no previous training or who are moving on to a new career in contract management or procurement.

The PSP40616 Certificate IV Procurement and Contracting is designed to be practical, giving you the skills and knowledge you need to advance in the workplace. Our experienced trainers will help you develop a thorough grasp of the essentials of procurement and how to procure goods and services to meet business needs. You’ll be able to tap into their extensive on-the-job experience across a broad range of industries, including government, to gain the strategies, insights and real-world examples you won’t find anywhere else.

Designed for maximum flexibility, this course allows you to study anytime, anywhere. Get a head-start with Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and study at your own pace through distance learning. The best part is you can put your new skills into practice every single day of your course.

Are you an organisation looking to upskill your employees in contract management? Talk to us about our face-to-face training for groups of 8+.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Establish procurement needs;
  • Procure goods and services through developing requests, receiving and selecting offers and administering contracts;
  • Understand the values and principles of the public service and value diversity;
  • Develop and monitor service to clients through developing, implementing and reviewing client service strategies;
  • Gather and effectively analyse information from a range of sources;
  • Apply government processes, support the implementation of policy and encourage compliance with legislation;
  • Effectively use a range of advanced workplace communication strategies;
  • Identify and treat risks; and
  • Implement workplace safety procedures and programs.
Course Fees and Funding

$3,950 for RPL
$4,125 for Distance / RPL blend 
Fees are GST exempt

This qualification is subsidised through NSW Smart & Skilled Funding and also in the ACT under ACT Apprenticeships. Check our funding page for more details.

Support and Delivery

Take advantage of our flexible training and assessment options which allow you to fit your study around your work and personal life. Transformed offers two flexible learning pathways:

  1. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) – Assessment only, assessing evidence of existing skills and knowledge against the competency standards.
  2. Online Learning – The learning environment provides access to study guides, assessment materials & submission links and online support from your assessor 
    Our Transformed team will support you every step of the way through training literature, videos and assessor contact.

Talk to our team about the right course delivery for you.

Are you looking to upskill your employees?

Talk to us about face-to-face delivery available within organisations for groups of 8 or more.

Core Units

Complete 15 subjects (9 core and 6 electives)

Unit code Unit Title Available by RPL Available by Distance
PSPETH002 Uphold and support the values and principles of public service Y Y
PSPGEN038 Identify and treat risks Y Y
PSPGEN042 Exercise delegations Y Y
PSPGEN043 Apply government processes Y Y
PSPLEG002 Encourage compliance with legislation in the public sector Y Y
PSPPCM004 Plan procurement Y Y
PSPPCM005 Develop and distribute requests for offers Y Y
PSPPCM006 Select providers and develop contracts Y Y
PSPPCM007 Manage contracts Y Y
Elective Units

Choose at least 1 unit from Group A. Choose the remaining units from Group B or elsewhere in the training package, or from another endorsed training package, or from an accredited course.

Please note that not all electives are available via distance learning / online. Before enrolling, discuss your preferred selection of electives with Transformed.

Group A (Research and Analysis)

Unit code Unit Title Available by RPL Available by Distance
PSPGEN027 Gather and analyse information Y Y
BSBMKG408 Conduct market research Y N

Group B

Unit code Unit Title Available by RPL Available by Distance
PSPGEN024 Use resources to achieve work unit goals Y Y
PSPGEN033 Use advanced workplace communication strategies Y Y
PSPGEN039 Develop internal and external networks Y Y
PSPGEN076 Use public sector financial processes Y N
PSPPCM002 Dispose of assets Y Y
PSPPCY001 Contribute to policy development Y N
PSPPCY004 Support policy implementation Y Y
BSBPMG522 Undertake project work Y Y


Course Duration

18 months – distance learning (self-paced)
12 months – recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Student Profile

This program is especially designed for those new to government or with an interest in working in government, in particular:

  • Administration officers;
  • Procurement/purchasing officers
  • Contract administrators.
Entry Requirements

No entry requirements for this program, however government work experience is desirable.

  • Lodgement of an up-to-date CV;
  • Completion of third party report;
  • Various work-based assessment tasks
  • Completion of written question and answers.

Assessment for the Certificate IV in Procurement and Contracting is against the competency standards within the Public Sector Training Package (PSP). Expect to spend about 60 hours undertaking assessment tasks.

Take the self assessment survey

Recognition of Prior Learning

If you already have workplace experience in procurement and contract administration roles in government, you may be eligible for RPL. This means you can complete your assessment by portfolio and interview.

You will need to provide substantial evidence of procurement administration and coordination experience, as well as evidence showing you understand and can apply skills and knowledge relevant to working in the government environment. You also need to provide a signed reference from a team leader or manager.

Talk to our team to find out if you are eligible for RPL.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points

Achievement of this qualification can qualify as suitable for claiming 30 CPD points with associations such as CIPS. More detail here – (as of Feb 2019)

Take our self assessment survey

Are you interested in finding out if you have options for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a qualification?

Do you have some work experience or have been in the workforce for a number of years but not sure how you can apply your existing knowledge to achieving a qualification?

Our self assessment survey will give you more information for what your self paced learning pathway looks like based onyour work and life experience – ie do you have options for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or is a distance package best for you – or a blend of both.

The survey is free and it takes just 10 mins to complete and within 24 hours you will have a response from a Transformed team member with your recommended learning pathway as well as the fee to complete and the next steps should you wish to enrol. We have payment plans to suit all budgets.

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