Supply Chain Management Professional Certificate Program

Supply chain management is an increasingly important career as consumers have come to expect goods and services faster, with more convenience, and from anywhere in the world. This one-year professional certificate program is designed for individuals to complete post diploma or degree to prepare them for the various aspects of working in supply chain – including logistics, operations management, procurement, transportation, inventory & warehousing, bidding & contract management, global logistics, and business planning principles.

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Program Details

Duration: 1 year

Delivery Method: In-person at the NorQuest Downtown Campus

Admission Requirements:
  • Previous diploma or degree
  • Previous work experience an asset but not required
  • If English is your second language, you must provide proof of English language proficiency (ELP) prior to admission (IELTS 6.0 - no band less than 6.0)
    • Duolingo score of 105
This is a non-credit program that issues a Professional Certificate upon successful completion of the courses and three-month work integrated learning component.

International students are eligible to apply. If you are an international student and have questions about applying, please email us.

Domestic students - $10,500 + GST
International students - $16,000 + GST and an estimated materials fee of $1,500 (total $18,300)

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Course Descriptions

Term 1

XBUS 4201 - Business Computer Applications
Learn from this practical introduction to software applications most commonly used in business. Develop a basic working knowledge of a suite of business software applications that includes word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations.

XBUS 4202 - Accounting and Finance
This interactive course provides students with practical accounting and financial skills. Students will also learn some background theory of business operations and identify the impact of financial decisions within a supply chain.

XBUS 4203 - Leadership and Professionalism
Learn the skills you need to be an effective leader to enhance your value in the marketplace, increase your chances of promotion, or simply make your job easier. Students will be taught the attitudes and values of a successful professional and be able to demonstrate professional interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. Various workplace topics and issues are discussed to gain awareness and the skills needed to suggest improvements, make sound decisions, create efficiencies or resolve issues.

XBUS 4204 - Business Communications
Business communications is an essential skill in today’s workplace. The ability to communicate effectively and efficiently can set you apart from others and help you be successful in attaining employment or promotions. This course focuses on both writing and speaking skills, including an introduction on how to write paragraphs, emails, and business correspondence, as well as how to present information orally.

XBUS 4205 - Marketing
This course introduces students to the concept of marketing in the supply chain industry. The course begins by looking at the dynamic environment in which the businesses operate and examines the behaviour of consumers and businesses as they attempt to satisfy their needs.

XBUS 4206 - Logistics
The goal of this course is to help students understand the importance of logistics in supply chain management. Students will gain an understanding of how logistics operate and how it provides significant value and a competitive advantage to organizations.

XBUS 4207 - Negotiation Skills
The goal of this course is to educate students to become more effective negotiators. The course will provide the purpose and conditions for negotiation, supported with some negotiation simulations. This course focuses on issues in negotiation and includes negotiation skills and techniques, the role of negotiations in business, stakeholders, ethics, and culture.

XBUS 4208 - Macroeconomics
Students will build on the skills they learned in the Accounting and Finance course to study economics on a larger scale and examine how to deal with problems of scarce resources, and learn about economic principles like opportunity cost, supply and demand, and the role of government intervention in markets, among other topics.

XBUS 4209 - Operations Management
This course focuses on important issues in operations management. Students will learn about operations management within organizations and within their respective value and supply chains. Students will also gain an overview of strategic-level decisions and ow those decisions impact managers in manufacturing and service operations.

Term 2

XBUS 4210 - Procurement
In this course, students will learn the difference between purchasing and supply chain management. They will also learn the difference between supply chains and value chains, and differentiate between purchasing for commercial organizations, government, and resale and retail organizations.

XBUS 4211 - Transportation
In this course, students are introduced to basic terminology and will examine the impact of transportation on supply chain activities, as well as provide students with the key concepts and tools of the transportation function. Students will also focus on examining transportation activities and processes that take place in a practical environment.

XBUS 4212 - Inventory and Warehousing
In this course, students will explore inventory and warehousing management, including inventory strategies, quality specification, and purchasing logistics.

XBUS 4213 - Supply Chain Technology
Students will learn about the importance of technology in supply chain management and the strategies to streamline business processes using technology.

XBUS 4214 - Competitive Bidding and Contract Management
In this course, students will gain information and skills training to better manage the bidding and contracting process. The focus will be on practical matters in bidding and contracting such as how to draft competitive bidding documents, the application of bidding law, the basics of contract formation, a high-level overview of contract law, and good practices in contract management.

XBUS 4215 - Global Logistics and International Trade
Students will learn about the impact of businesses operating in a global environment, as well as topics like global sourcing and about operating globally, such as cultural, political, social, and economic trends and issues that affect supply chain operations.

XBUS 4216 - Lean Principles and Continuous Improvement
Anywhere work is being done, waste is being generated, and the identification and elimination of this waste are the keys to achieving the goals of “Lean.” This course provides you with an overview of Lean principles, how it can benefit a company’s efficiency, and how to get started on your own process-improvement journey. Participants will have a basic understanding of the benefits of lean concepts in process development as well as how to measure the efficiency and effectiveness of a product or service offering.

XBUS 4217 - Business Planning and Processes
This course will help students gain an understanding of how an organization can utilize strategy creation and implementation to define opportunities and mitigate risk as it relates to supply chain management. Students will develop a high-level overview of the processes by which these plans are both devised and implemented to start their new career with a holistic understanding on the planning and processes that are used to make decisions within a business.

Additional Workshops – Term 3

XBUS 4218 - Risk Management
This course will examine the way in which businesses assess, control, and transfer risk. Students will learn how to identify risks and the associated potential costs and evaluate strategies to treat risk.

XBUS 4219 - Ethical Behaviour and Social Responsibility
Examine the role of ethical behaviour and social responsibility as it pertains to supply chain management.

XBUS 4220 - Relationship Management
This course will give you professional guidance to learning and mastering the skills of relationship management.

XBUS 4221 - Adaptability
Students will learn about the ability to react in a positive way to both expected and unexpected changes. They will become competent in skills such as responsibility and positive communication.

XBUS 4222 - Networking
Students will learn more specifically about face-to-face networking and why this is vital to their future success. They will be given key tips and guidelines for “networking with purpose,” both within and outside of your organization.

XBUS 4223 - Project Management
For those involved in projects, either as a team member, as someone impacted by a project, or as someone who will consult on a project, knowing how the project manager and project team work and what they do is essential for non-practitioners to maximize their contribution to the project. Although they don’t need to be able to do the tasks or the work of a project manager, non-practitioners need to understand the role of the project manager so they can contribute to making the project more efficient and impactful.

WHMIS course participants learn proper safety procedures to follow when using hazardous products in the workplace. Participants will also learn hazard identification, product classification, product labeling and warning signs. Upon successful completion, participants are issued WHMIS certificates valid for two years.

Work Integrated Learning Component
A three-month work experience in the field of supply chain.

Supply Chain Management Professional Certificate Program

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