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.

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Approximate Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $1,609
Books & Supplies: $110

Financial Aid

Not Available
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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


Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

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


The Purchasing Agent/Buyer Certificate is a 10 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

Principles Of Managing Operations 3.00
Global Supply Chain Management 2.00
Purchasing And Supply Management 3.00
Demand And Inventory Management 2.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Completing the Purchasing Agent/Buyer Certificate Earns You:

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