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PSP50616 – Diploma of Procurement and Contracting

Build the specialist skills and knowledge for purchasing, procurement and contracting activities in government. Stand out with the Diploma of Procurement and Contracting.

Organisations are fast realising the power of procurement as a strategic business function. This is fuelling demand for procurement professionals who know how to strike the perfect balance: maximising value and innovation while reducing costs and risks. This Diploma will equip you with the fundamental skills to add strategic value through procurement, while getting a jump-start on your career goals.


This nationally-recognised Diploma of Procurement and Contracting is ideal for procurement managers getting ready to move up, stay ahead of the competition and increase their earnings potential in this fast-paced sector.

Build on your contract management knowledge and skills. Tap into the real-world experience of our trainers to gain a practical understanding of the public sector business environment. Learn the specialist skills and knowledge for procurement and contracting activities in government. This Diploma will give you everything you need to take your career to the next level.

Designed for maximum flexibility, this course allows you to study anytime, anywhere. Get a head-start with Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). 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 procurement team? 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, manage and finalise contracts, including managing contract performance;
  • Understand and promote the values and ethos of the public service and promote diversity;
  • Undertake research and analysis activities;
  • Apply government processes, support the implementation of policy and encourage compliance with legislation;
  • Effectively demonstrate and use a range of complex workplace communication strategies, including negotiation skills; and
  • Coordinate risk management activities and manage contract risk.
Course Fees and Funding

$4,125 for RPL
$4,750 for Distance / RPL blend
Fees are GST exempt

The Diploma of Procurement and Contracting is subsidised through NSW Smart & Skilled Funding.

If you live or work in the ACT you may also be eligible for funded training.

Check our funding page for 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 procurement team?

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

Core Units

Complete 13 subjects (9 core and 4 electives)

Unit code Unit Title Available by RPL Available by Distance
PSPETH003 Promote the values and ethos of the public service Y Y
PSPGEN049 Undertake negotiations Y Y
PSPLEG003 Promote compliance with legislation in the public sector Y Y
PSPPCM008 Manage contract performance Y Y
PSPPCM009 Finalise contracts Y Y
PSPPCM010 Manage procurement risk Y Y
PSPPCM011 Plan to manage a contract Y Y
PSPPCM012 Plan procurement outcomes Y Y
PSPPCM013 Make procurement decisions 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
PSPGEN046 Undertake research and analysis Y Y


Group B:

Unit code Unit Title Available by RPL Available by Distance
BSBPMG522 Undertake project work Y Y
PSPPCM014 Participate in budget and procurement review processes Y Y
PSPPCM015 Conduct and manage coordinated procurement Y Y
PSPPCM016 Plan and implement strategic sourcing Y Y
BSBPUR504 Manage a supply chain Y Y
PSPPCM017 Plan and implement procurement category management Y Y
PSPGEN054 Use complex workplace communication strategies Y N
PSPPCM018 Conduct demand and procurement spend analysis Y N
Course Duration

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

Student Profile

This program is designed for those experienced in working in the government environment, in senior administration or leadership roles, in particular:

  • Contract Administrators
  • Team Leaders in a procurement/purchasing environment; and
  • Contract Managers.
Entry Requirements

No entry requirements for this program, however you should aim to gain significant work experience in a contract management or leadership role during the course so you can provide workplace evidence to demonstrate your competency.

If you don’t have work-based experience, we recommend you first complete the Certificate IV Procurement and Contracting or gain a minimum of two years’ experience working in a contract management environment.

  • Multiple choice exam
  • Assessment tasks
  • Written question and answers

Assessment for the Diploma of Procurement and Contracting is against the competency standards within the Public Sector Training Package (PSP). Expect to spend about 120 hours undertaking assessment tasks.

Recognition of Prior Learning

If you already have substantial 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 contract management 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.

Further Study Options
  • Advanced Diploma of Procurement and Contracting

    Interested in taking your studies to an even higher level? Some tertiary institutions award course credits for those who have successfully completed a Diploma level program when you apply for qualifications such as a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master of Business.

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)

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