Background. The reason for writing the article was the low level of qualification of specialists involved in the field of procurement, noted by many researchers and
practitioners. The reason for this state of affairs is the inconsistency of the existing specialists training system (based on outdated methodological recommendations)
with the requirements of the Federal Law «On the contract system in the field of procurement ...», which postulates the principle of professionalism of the client. The urgency of the problem is reinforced by the fact that up to one million people are employed in the field of public procurement in the country.
Objective. The aim of the article is to substantiate the thesis that the system of training specialists in the field of procurement should combine professional retraining and advanced training programmes.
Methods. The work is based on the analysis of regulations and professional standards
regulating the activities of specialists in the field of procurement, methodological recommendations for the implementation of additional professional training programs in the procurement field of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian
Federation and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, their own practical experience.
Results. The programme of professional retraining «Specialist in the Field of Procurement» is presented, being the basic programme in the unified system of additional professional training (retraining + systematic professional development) of procurement specialists.
Practical significance. The methodological recommendations given in the article can be used by specialists responsible for planning and organising specialised training in the system of additional training