Contract management professional standards

Guidance to help any civil servant who works with third-party suppliers or contracts, even if this is only a small part of your role.



The Standards outline 8 capabilities to guide you in your work with suppliers and contracts.

Each capability is split by levels called Foundation, Practitioner and Expert, that are not based on your Civil Service grade.

The Standards will help you:

  • use a common language and skill set with your suppliers
  • access training to support you in your role
  • gain accreditation at your level and progress in your career

All training and accreditation is based on these Standards.

Please read them alongside Civil Service Competency Framework, Civil Service Leadership Statement and The Civil Service Code. For more detailed guidance, please see the Cross Government Contract Management Best Practice Guide.

Published 22 February 2018
Last updated 22 February 2018 + show all updates
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