Procurement Anti-Corruption Training is a five-week programme that combines one week of on-site training at IACA with distance learning in participants’ home countries.

The training aims to reduce corruption in public procurement by training professionals from around the world in sound anti-corruption strategies. It is taught by Professor Christopher Yukins from the George Washington University Law School and Max Kaiser Aranda from the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO), and enriched by other distinguished guest lecturers.

Participants who successfully complete the programme are entitled to receive 6 ECTS credits under the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System. 

Target Group Professionals from all regions of the world, with a minimum of three years' relevant work experience dealing with procurement issues

Dates to be announced

Application Deadline To be announced
Language of Instruction English
ECTS Credits & Certificate Participants who successfully complete the programme are entitled to receive 6 ECTS credits and will receive a Certificate of Completion
Programme Fee and Scholarships To be announced



Procurement Anti-Corruption Training consists of:

  • a two-week pre-training phase
  • one-week of on-site training at IACA
  • a two-week follow-up phase

Two-week pre-training phase
The training begins with a series of online sessions, with Christopher Yukins and Max Kaiser Aranda as the course professors, as well as other distinguished guest lecturers from institutions around the world. During those first sessions, participants are briefed on topics in anti-corruption, and asked to identify topics on anti-corruption strategies in procurement. Working with the course professor and drawing from online interviews, participants submit those topics and develop an outline for a course paper.

This paper (i) explores an important anti-corruption strategy, (ii) reviews leading international literature, and (iii) recommends how that strategy could be implemented in the participant’s home country.

One-week on-site training
During the week in Laxenburg, participants develop full-length draft papers and present them to their classmates. In preparing their papers, participants draw on extensive resources and a week of lectures, as well as extensive learning exercises. Throughout the process, they continue to consult with the course professor. During the last classroom session, participants present their draft papers to their classmates in order to receive valuable input.

Classroom sessions include team exercises that address key issues in procurement and corruption, such as corruption during emergencies, electronic reverse auctions, and corporate compliance. They cover contract formations, bribery, collusion, compliance, investigations, auctions, contract performance, transparency, UN conventions, human rights, and conflicts of interest.   

Two-week follow-up phase
Participants return to their home countries and finalize their papers, working remotely with the course professor.


 Admission Requirements
  • Minimum of three years of relevant work experience, or alternatively, a level of junior engagement demonstrating the applicant’s potential
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English

Participants will be selected based on their education and professional experience. IACA is committed to promoting diversity and strives to attract participants from various regional backgrounds.




Programme Fee and Scholarships
Details to be announced

Accommodation and Travel

Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and any associated costs.

For the convenience of the participants, a limited number of rooms will be pre-booked at a hotel near to the Academy.


Participants requiring a visa for Austria are responsible for their own visa arrangements and any associated costs.


The first Procurement Anti-Corruption Training took place from 9 September to 4 October 2013 and was sponsored by the Siemens Integrity Initiative.

The second Procurement Anti-Corruption Training took place from 1 to 26 September 2014.

The third Procurement Anti-Corruption Training took place from 24 August to 18 September 2015.

The fourth Procurement Anti-Corruption Training took place from 22 August to 16 September 2016.

The fifth Procurement Anti-Corruption Training took place from 17 July to 18 August 2017.