Online Purchasing Management Certificate Program


The online Certificate in Purchasing Management provides intensive training for busy professionals working in or aspiring to management positions in purchasing or supply chain management, including procurement specialists and buyers. Combining an in-depth overview of the basics of purchasing, management, supply chain processes and budgeting with targeted courses in relevant topics, the online Certificate in Purchasing Management provides the tools to start building a more successful career today

Study at your own pace to complete the program’s four required courses along with three elective courses of your choice. Upon successful completion, you’ll earn a certificate from the University of Nevada, Reno signifying your mastery of the essentials of purchasing management.

The Certificate in Purchasing Management consists of 4 required courses and 3 electives. The 4 required courses are: Essentials of Purchasing, The Supply Chain Process, Management Essentials and Budgeting Essentials. The required courses are introductory and not intended for those with significant purchasing or procurement experience. The program provides an excellent foundation for a CPM certification exam but is not a CPM review program.

Required Courses:
The Purchasing Management online certificate program is self-paced and offers the following features:

  • Enroll anytime and study anywhere and anytime you wish
  • Complete the course from any computer’s Internet browser
  • Multimedia, interactive learning environment allows you to study at your own pace with personalized learning objectives
  • Certificate awarded upon completion by the University of Nevada, Reno

Prerequisite: A computer with high-speed Internet access is required to complete this course.

Please note: Textbook fees are not included in course fees. Required and recommended textbooks are not provided and must be purchased independently by program participants.

Certificate Completion Criteria (7 Courses Required)
The following courses may be taken independently or applied toward the online Certificate in Purchasing Management. Students working toward the Certificate in Purchasing Management must complete all four required courses prior to enrollment in elective courses.
Required Courses
Budgeting Essentials
Essentials of Purchasing
Management Essentials
The Supply Chain Process
Legal Aspects of Contracts
Negotiating Strategies
Persuasive Communication
Price and Cost Analysis
Supplier Contracting
The Procurement Process