Guidance

Civil Service: helping you with managing contracts and suppliers

Information on new training and accreditation available for any civil servant who works with contracts or suppliers, even if this is a small part of your role.

Documents

Contract Management Training and Accreditation Brochure

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Preparing for your practitioner assessment brochure

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Preparing for your Expert assessment

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Government Commercial College User Guide

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Continuing Professional Development Guide

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Foundation level: takeaway guide

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Pre-objective setting guidance

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Post-assessment objective setting and next steps

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Details

To support existing good practice, the Civil Service is investing in training and accreditation to help you with managing contracts and third-party providers in government.

Sign up to join the new government-wide mailing list. Contact contract-management@cabinetoffice.gov.uk if you cannot access this Google form from your department.

Published 16 April 2018
Last updated 6 April 2020 + show all updates
  1. Preparing for your Expert Assessment, Preparing for your Practitioner Assessment, and Contract Management Training and Accreditation Brochure have been updated.

  2. Addition of 4 new documents to help learners.

  3. Addition of 'Government Commercial College User Guide'.

  4. Preparing for practitioner assessment attachment updated. Preparing for expert assessment attachment added.

  5. Updated preparing for your practitioner assessment brochure and added link to contract management professional standards guidance.

  6. Preparing for your practitioner assessment brochure has been published to the page.

  7. Attached documents updated with more recent version and FAQs document removed.

  8. Updated 'Civil Service: helping you with managing contracts and suppliers' and added FAQ's document.

  9. Updated the mailing list URL in 'Civil Service: helping you with managing contracts and suppliers'.

  10. Updated the help card attachment.

  11. Added CMTA user guide to 'help card' attachment.

  12. Added 'help card' HTML attachment as a placeholder for a guide being published on Monday 29 October. The system is live now and has a help button that points to this HTML attachment's URL.

  13. Added 'Contract Management Training and Accreditation Brochure'.

  14. We have added information on when the training will be available and how to access it. We have also updated the definitions for Foundation, Practitioner and Expert level.

  15. We have added a couple of new links to the resources section.

  16. We have updated the yearly figure government spends on contracts from £44 billion to £49 billion as per the National Audit Office's report, 'A Short Guide to Commercial Relationships'. We have also included alternative signup information for civil servants who cannot access the Google form to signup for the mailing list from their department.

  17. First published.