Best Professional Certification for Purchasing, Supplies and Procurement Professionals

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If you are a student pursuing a diploma or degree in purchasing, supplies and procurement, you ought to pursue professional certification so as to increase your competitiveness and career growth. There are more than 5 certifications that are ideal for these professionals.

If you are a Kenyan, you should be part of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), which offers the following courses:

Course Structure

  • Certificate in Proc.& Supply operations (5 Compulsory units)
  • Certificate in Proc.& Supply operations(5 Compulsory Units)
  • Diploma in Proc.& Supply (5 Compulsory units)
  • Advanced Diploma in Proc.&Supply(3 comp. & 2opt.) Optional Units
  • Professional Diploma in Proc.& Supply ((3 comp. & 2opt.)

ADV. CERTIFICATE IN PROC.& SUPPLY OPERATIONS(5 COMPULSORY UNITS)

  • Procurement and supply environments
  • Procurement and supply operations
  • Procurement and supply workflow
  • Inventory and logistics operations
  • Procurement and supply relationships

DIPLOMA IN PROC. & SUPPLY (5COMPULSORY UNITS)

  • Contexts of procurement and supply
  • Business needs in procurement and supply
  • Sourcing in procurement and supply
  • Negotiating and contracting in procurement and supply
  • Managing contracts and relationships in procurement and supply

ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN PROC.&SUPPLY(3 COMP.  & 2 OPT.)

Compulsory units

  • Management in procurement and supply
  • Managing risks in supply chains
  • Improving the competitiveness of supply chains

Optional units

  • Category management in procurement and supply
  • Sustainability in supply chains
  • Operations management in supply chains

PROFESSIONAL DIPLOMA IN PROC. & SUPPLY

Compulsory units

  • Leadership in procurement and supply
  • Corporate and business strategy
  • Strategic supply chain management

Optional units

  • Supply chain diligence
  • Programme and project management
  • Legal aspects in procurement and supply (UK)

Entry Requirements

  1. Certificate level. –High school certification – (KCSE/IGCSE/GCE/Diploma )
  2. Diploma level- an advanced certificate, other relevant reputable qualification or University degree or 2 yrs. working experience.
  3. Exemptions are issued on application to, and at the discretion of the CIPS-UK

Examination Sessions

  1. May session
  2. July session
  3. November session

As a procurement professional, you can register with the body and become part of a group of professionals that have continued to advance procurement duties in various organizations.

You can also find yourself working as a credit professionals-it has happened to many professionals. If you are in this situation, the best professional certification is Certified Credit Professional (CCP) which is offered by KASNEB.

Other ideal certifications include:

  • The Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) and Certificate in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) offered by The Association for Operations Management (APICS);
  • The Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM); and
  • The SCPro™ from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).