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Online Supply Chain Training

purchasing and supply chain managmement

During challenging times, the entire economy depends on intricate supply chains that link producers, distribution networks and consumers. Skilled and dedicated supply chain professionals see to it that goods are produced, distributed and delivered on schedule and within budgets. In this 100% online course, you will learn the concepts and skills required to become a supply chain professional. Upon successful completion, you will be prepared to take and pass the exam to become a Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP).

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Course Objectives

  • Learn the ins and outs of the industry, as taught by experienced freight brokers
  • Understand the registration process for earning a FMCSA license and getting a surety bond
  • Master the basics of purchasing and the purchasing environment in the private sector
  • Understand field of price and cost analysis from a purchasing and production perspective
  • Master the fundamentals of the budgeting process and managing the process in an organization


There are no specific prerequisites for this course.

Exam Eligibility requirements for CSCP:

  • 3 years of related business experience or
  • Bachelor’s degree or the international equivalent*, or
  • CPIM, CLTD or CSCP, CTL, CFPIM, CIRM, SCOR-P, C.P.M., CSM or CPSM designations


I. Introduction to Supply Chain Management

II. Purchasing Management

III. Creating and Managing Supplier Relationships

IV. Ethical and Sustainable Sourcing

V. Demand Forecasting

VI. Purchasing Management

VII. Inventory Management

VIII. Process Management – Lean and Six Sigma

IX. Domestic U.S. and Global Logistics

X. Customer Relationship Management

XI. Global Location Decisions

XII. Service Response Logistics

XIII. Supply Chain Process Integration

XIV. Performance Measurements

XV. Your Career Roadmap (optional)

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This course is open enrollment. You can enroll and begin anytime.

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Job Outlook

  • The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects demand for Logisticians (those who manage supply chains) to grow by around 4% between now and 2029. The BLS notes that supply chain professionals who can use technology to manage complex supply chains have particularly bright career prospects in the future.
  • According to, supply chain specialists earn $59,250 per year, on average. Salaries for early-career supply chain professionals range between $39,000-75,000 per year, with an average of $56,339 within the first three years of their careers.

Certified Supply Chain Professional FAQs


Supply chain professionals may work anywhere along the supply "chain" that links production, distribution and delivery of commodities, goods and products. This may include purchasing and procurement, fabrication and manufacturing, transportation and warehousing or final delivery to stores and individual consumers. Supply chain managers oversee one or more aspects of these chains.


Certifications such as the CSCP ensure that you have learned end-to-end supply chain operations. As supply chains become more integrated and complex, the CSCP signals to employers, team members and clients that you have knowledge of each step in the logistical supply chain. Certification also sets you apart as a serious professional who has completed a challenging program of study for your own development.


Experts agree that the Coronavirus pandemic has placed unprecedented stress on global supply chains. The Harvard Business Review noted that the companies who have successfully adapted to new supply chain realities have combined technology with leading-edge skills to map, view and manage their supply chains for quick response to disruptions. This trend toward real-time supply chain management indicates a demand for well-trained, highly skilled supply chain professionals.


Wayne Durr

Wayne Durr is a global supply chain manager with over 30 years of supply chain experience with the US Army, the US Government, Fortune 500 companies, and startups. In his tenure as a supply chain professional, he has held the titles strategic buyer, senior demand forecaster, and ISO 9001 auditor, amongst others. Wayne has a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) (ABD), an MBA in supply chain and operations, and Six Sigma Master Black Belt.