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About the course

Supply management has advanced the role of purchasing beyond achieving sustainable and recurring cost savings. Optimal purchasing and supply management positions an organization to provide more value to customers, establish market differentiation, develop lasting supplier relationships and become flexible and agile. Based upon ISM's Professional Series, the Purchasing and Supply Management Certificate Program uses lectures, team interaction, activities and classroom discussion to help you advance your career in purchasing and supply management. The program also prepares you for the examinations to become a Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) from the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM).


  • Gain an understanding of the best practices and processes of supply management
  • Develop practical skills to make accurate and profitable decisions
  • Learn how to create and implement innovative and effective supply strategies
  • Bring the latest supply management practices to your organization
  • Integrate the supply management function into your organization's supply chain networks
  • Prepare for the Institute of Supply Management's CPSM® certification exams


This 16-week certificate program covers the following topics:

Foundations of Supply Management

  • Contracting and negotiation
  • Cost finance
  • International market assessment
  • Social responsibility
  • Sourcing
  • Supplier relationship management

Effective Supply Management Performance

  • Forecasting
  • Logistics
  • Materials and inventory management
  • Organization/department assessment
  • Planning
  • Product development
  • Project management
  • Quality

Leadership in Supply Management

  • Human resource management
  • Leadership styles
  • Risk and compliance
  • Strategic sourcing
  • Team building
  • Managing conflict

Who should attend

This program is ideal for purchasing or supply chain managers who want to advance their careers, as well as for individuals who want to explore this profession as a new career. Professionals from a number of industries, such as healthcare, public service, retail and manufacturing, can benefit and prepare for the CPSM® examinations.

Trust the experts

Joel Mirsberger

Joel Mirsberger has over 35 years of supply chain experience with major Consumer Product Companies. During his career, he has led both international and domestic supply chain initiatives with a focus on Procurement and Logistics. Joel holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of...


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