Welcome to UNDP Procurement Training and Certification

Virtual On-line Training

UNDP is now offering all courses as Virtual on-line training courses via Zoom. Please see course options, dates and time zones under the “Registration” tab above.

The virtual UNDP/CIPS courses leads to the same level of qualification and certification as the traditional face-to-face classroom courses, and hereby provides a new, modern and flexible distance learning opportunity in full compliance with existing CIPS accredited learning standards.

Please note that these virtual classes have limited spaces (25-30 participants per class) and are filling up very quickly.

The United Nations Development Programme offers specialised procurement training and certification to staff from the UN system, non-governmental organisations, international development financing institutions and their borrowers, and governments. 

UNDP procurement certification courses are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) assuring compliance with high international qualification standards as well as offering participants access to a world-wide community of procurement professionals. 

UNDP/CIPS Cooperation on Procurement Certification

All UNDP/CIPS qualifications at Introductory (Level 2), Advanced (Level 3), and Diploma (Level 4) levels is tailored to reflect common United Nations and public procurement rules, policies and procedures – hereby offering a unique qualification system customized to UN and public procurement best practices.

Each certification level provides a tailored set of student training materials, reference and work books, case studies, exercises, and an assessment process leading to a qualification accredited by CIPS, UK. Included in the package for for each level is also a first year student membership of CIPS, providing access to a world-wide community of procurement professionals.

A prerequisite for participation at Level 4 is prior successful completion of UNDP/CIPS Level 2 and Level 3 certification courses.

All of the above courses will be followed by a written Work Based Assessment. Assessments are optional for participants but are a requirement to achieve full CIPS accreditation.

All training courses employ modern adult participatory learning methods. Each training module commences with an overview of the rules, procedures and/or theory of the subject in question, and is then followed by case studies, group discussions or exercises. This creates a forum for participants to apply theory and methods to real cases and to foster productive knowledge sharing.


Training courses

UNDP offers a variety of specialized procurement training and certification courses focusing on transactional, tactical or strategic aspects of procurement.


Who can participate?

UNDP procurement training courses are open for registration for staff members from:

  • UN organizations
  • International Finance Institutions and their borrowers
  • Inter-governmental organizations
  • Local and international NGO’s
  • Governments



Courses are offered on recurrent basis at the following venues:

  • Suva (Fiji)
  • Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
  • Bangkok (Thailand)
  • New Delhi (India)         
  • Dubai (UAE)
  • Istanbul (Turkey)
  • Nairobi (Kenya)         
  • Abuja (Nigeria)
  • Johannesburg (South Africa)
  • Rome (Italy)
  • Vienna (Austria)
  • Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Paris (France)
  • Abidjan (Ivory Coast)
  • New York (USA)
  • Washington DC (USA)
  • Panama City (Panama)
  • Brasilia (Brasil)


 Click here to register for a course.

What are the courses?

Category Title

Introductory Certificate in Public Procurement, Level 2 - CIPS Accredited

This course is designed for those working in the public sector interested in gaining a comprehensive overview of public procurement and obtaining a professional certification ...

Advanced Certificate in Public Procurement, Level 3 - CIPS Accredited

This course is designed for procurement officers or those in functions that include close interaction with procurement, such as programme and project staff seeking advanced tr...

Diploma in Strategic Public Procurement, Level 4 - CIPS Accredited

ELIGIBILITY: This course is open only to staff from The United Nations System. Including Specialized Agencies of the UN system (World Bank Group, IMF, WHO etc.), Functional an...

Contract and Supplier Relations Management

This course is designed for all those who are actively involved in managing contracts in their office and regularly deal with suppliers and consultants. While this includes pr...

Risk Management in Contracting for Construction Services

This course is designed for those working in the public sector interested in gaining a compre-hensive overview of risk management in contracting for construction services. Spe...

Procurement Strategy Development

This course is designed for procurement practitioners at all levels and is also recom-mended for programme and project staff and other procurement stakeholders involved in the...

Supply Chain Management in Humanitarian Organisations

This course is designed for those working in the public sector interested in gaining a com-prehensive overview of appropriate logistical arrangements, documentation and Incote...

Effective Negotiations in Projects and Procurement

This course is for staff members working in the procurement environment, who are new to negotiations and would like to be well-prepared before embarking into this field. Staff...

Certificado Introductorio en Adquisiciones Públicas - CIPS Nivel 2

Este curso está dirigido a los funcionarios del sector público interesados en obtener un panorama amplio de las adquisiciones públicas y una certificaci&o...

Contracting & Management of Individual Contractors

In UNDP the management of Individual Contracts is a procurement activity and is therefore subject to a competitive process and best value for money considerations. This course...

Effective Programme and Procurement Teamwork

This course is designed for those working in Programme or Procurement and Managers interested in gaining a overview of the UNDP Project and Procurement cycles, respective role...

Logistics & INCOTERMS 2020

This course is designed for those working in the public sector interested in gaining a comprehensive overview of appropriate use of Incoterms 2020 and logistical arrangement. ...

Sustainable Public Procurement

This course is designed for those working in the public sector interested in obtaining a comprehensive understanding of sustainable public procurement. It is designed for proc...

Anti-Corruption and Ethics in Procurement

This course is designed for procurement practitioners in the public sector and also for those working in functions that are directly related to any stage of the procurement cy...

Public Procurement Reform Implementation

Potential participants may include but are not limited to: • Development organisations involved in public procurement reform; • Political actors who ar...

Certificat d'introduction de passation de marchés publics - CIPS - Niveau 2

Ce cours s'adresse aux personnes travaillant dans le secteur public qui souhaitent obtenir une vue d'ensemble complète des marchés publics et obtenir une...

Certificación Avanzada en Adquisiciones Públicas, Nivel 3, Acreditada por el CIPS

Este curso está diseñado para los oficiales / profesionales de adquisiciones o aquellos en funciones que incluyen una estrecha interacción con los pro...

Certificat avancé en marchés publics - Niveau 3, Accréditer par CIPS

Ce cours est conçu pour les responsables des achats ou ceux qui occupent des fonctions qui incluent une interaction étroite avec les achats, tels que le person...

Tailor-Made courses

These courses are designed to meet the specific requirements of your staff and organisation. They are delivered at your preferred time and location,  thus a very cost-effective solution if there is a large group of staff to be trained.


A tailor-made course can take several forms:

  • A training course focusing on the specific situation, challenges and opportunities facing your  organisation                                                                                                                                                                        
  • Combining modules from our different standard course to meet your unique learning and development requirements
  • Develop a completely new course to precisely address your development requirements
  • Cross-cutting issues such as ethics in procurement, environmental and social aspects, procurement planning, procurement strategies, performance measurement and management can be integrated into customized courses. 

Please contact procurement.training@undp.org for a proposal.

UNDP/CIPS Partnership Recognized as World Leader in Training and Professional Development


UNDP is a finalist for the World Procurement Award 2016 for Learning & Development Excellency

UNDP was shortlisted for the respected 2015 Supply Management Award in the category Best Contribution to the Reputation of the Procurement Profession.

UNDP and CIPS has been awarded the prestigious European Supply Chain Excellence Award 2012/2013 in recognition of the joint Procurement Training and Certification Programme and its success in professionalizing the UN and public procurement sector. Winning the Award is a ground –breaking accomplishment and it identifies the UNDP/CIPS Partnership as the standard bearer for procurement training and professional development bearer in the humanitarian sector.