Professional Certificate in Purchasing

Professional Certificate in Purchasing

Classroom Program


9 months


UCR Extension

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All sales transactions revolve around numbers, and those who specialize in stretching those numbers hold a highly coveted knowledge base that businesses of all sizes desire. With a certificate in Purchasing, you own insight into several essential factors involved in the execution of goods and services delivery as well as materials needed in the manufacturing process. Learn about inventory and materials management and how to determine the best source of inventory to yield the most profit. Equip yourself with the acute skill set essential in contracting and subcontracting with vendors and suppliers and become a key player in the revenue stream.

Designed For

Anyone involved in sourcing goods and services in any industry.

What You'll Learn

  • Apply best practices of purchasing, from requirements to receipt
  • Understand the impact of purchasing on materials management and financial projections
  • Interpret new challenges and problem-solving in purchasing and supply chain management through case studies
  • Facilitate contract negotiation, price/cost analysis, and management of outside resources and suppliers

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Positions are available in a variety of industries, and can be found in suppliers, retailers, corporations, and government. They might include:

  • Supply Chain Operations
  • Purchasing agent/Buyer/Procurement Officer
  • Contracting and Negotiation Officer
  • Warehousing/Manufacturing/Expeditor
  • Acquisition Advisor/Manager
  • Inventory Specialist/Planner

Real People. Real Results.

“My experience at UCR Extension was great. My instructors worked in industry, not just academics, and were able to share real-world scenarios for the assignments we were learning and participating in. I took real-time experiences back to the office, and implemented the new knowledge immediately.”

Tracy Trettin

Administrative Operations Manager
UCR School of Medicine
Riverside, CA

Earning the Certificate

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management

MGT X410.82

4 units

Price and Cost Analysis in Supply Chain Management

MGT X410.98

3 units

Quarter 2

Inventory Management

MGT X410.91

3 units

Contract Negotiation

MGT X410.41

3 units

Quarter 3

Procurement and Subcontract Management

MGT X410.7

3 units

Instructor Spotlight

“Supporting individuals in keeping pace with the changing requirements of the modern work environment is at our core. Collaboration, partnership, and community drive us to provide accessible, affordable education, and training for working adults. Whether you are an individual looking to advance your career, or an organizational leader interested in investing in your workforce, we are here for you.”

Kasey Wilson, Ed.D.

Director of Professional Programs
UCR Extension

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