Program Description

The Purchasing Agent/Buyer certificate is designed for learners entering the procurement field or those already working in the field that want to further develop their skills. Learners will acquire the skills and tools necessary in selecting and evaluating suppliers, creating and maintaining supplier relationships, negotiating prices to minimize costs and improve on time delivery while providing high levels of customer service. Equips the learner in improving efficiency and effectiveness in the areas of procurement and Supply Chain processes, managing inventory levels and utilizing ERP systems. The Purchasing Agent/Buyer certificate fully ladders into NTC’s Supply Chain Management Associate Degree program. Potential occupations include: Purchasing Agent, Buyer, Expediter, Procurement Specialist, Associate Buyer, Buyer Assistant, Procurement Assistant, Purchasing Clerk

Financial Aid

Not Available

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

  • Describe inventory control objectives to effectively manage organizational inventory levels
  • Evaluate relationship strategies and challenges that may occur during negotiations
  • Illustrate how lean concepts can be applied to supply chain processes
  • Apply legal and ethical standards pertaining to purchasing
  • Evaluate supplier performance and relationships
  • Determine pricing/cost implications of purchasing activities

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Associate Buyer
  • Procurement Specialist
  • Buyer Assistant
  • Purchasing Agent/Clerk

Courses

The Purchasing Agent/Buyer Certificate is a 12 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

SUPPLY CHAIN PROCESS MANAGEMENT 1.00
TECHNOLOGY IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN 1.00
ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING SOFTWARE 1.00
BENEFITS & CHALLENGES OF AN ERP SYSTEM 1.00
FOUNDATIONS OF INVENTORY 1.00
MANAGING INVENTORY LEVELS 1.00
EVALUATING THE PURCHASING PROCESS 1.00
PURCHASING PROCESS 1.00
PRINCIPLES OF NEGOTIATIONS 1.00
THE ROLE OF LOGISTICS 1.00
GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT 1.00
GLOBAL SOURCING 1.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Pathways

Pathways are a series of connected programs that enable you to advance over time to better jobs and higher levels of education and training. By earning one degree, you could also be completing several courses of a related program in a pathway, bringing you one step closer to an advanced degree.

Completing the Purchasing Agent/Buyer Certificate Earns You:

Admissions Process

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What’s Next?

We’ll review your application and let you know if we need anything else. If you’re all set, your acceptance letter will be mailed to you.