"In the Procurement and Supply Chain Management certificate program, you will be laser-focused on the tools and solutions—from the operational level to the execution level—that our instructors have encountered in their decades of work experience."
— Caleb J. Zhang, Chair/Instructor, Procurement and Supply Chain Management Certificate Program
Leadership in strategic, sustainable procurement
The supply chain network was changed significantly by the pandemic, which highlighted security and public safety issues, bottlenecks, and numerous cybersecurity flaws. Organizations are strapped to get the resources they need to meet these challenges and they are demanding more. The new supply chain network reality requires a paradigm shift and the embrace of advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence.
In the UCSC Silicon Valley Extension Procurement and Supply Chain program, you learn a wide spectrum of business skills—from procuring finished goods and raw materials to equipment and services. Our students explore emerging strategies and advanced technologies at play in every organization’s bottom line.
By learning best practices in proactive collaboration, negotiation, using data analytics to support your decisions, and practicing continuous process improvement for a path of profitability, you will help your organization accomplish its key missions and objectives.
Certificate program learning outcomes
1. The Supply Chain Management Role
Acquire understanding of supply chain management role in an organization through strategic master planning of resources in a supply chain.
2. Concepts of Sustainable Supply Chain Strategies & Data Analytics
Apply data-driven principles and concepts of sustainable supply chain strategies.
3. Problem Solving and Communication Skills
Identify the principles of customer and supplier relationship management in supply chains by applying key skills—problem-solving abilities, critical thinking, effective written and oral communication—to business situations, and learning to observe changes that could impact an organization’s bottom line.
4. Optimizing Supply Chain Operations
Apply logistics and purchasing concepts to improve supply chain operations through principles of quality and Lean management concepts to all functions throughout the supply chain network. Incorporate complexities of international shipping terms, including transportation law and deregulation.
5. Leadership in Supply Chain Network Management
Envision future supply chain network strategies and implement them by leading collaboration with all functions, including suppliers and customers.
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Estimated Cost: Starting at $5,550 (You pay only for courses you enroll in.) | International Tuition Cost
Program Requirements: 8 courses (16 quarter units). Take 6 core courses (13.5 quarter units) and 2 elective credit courses (2.5 quarter units).
Minimum Hours of Instruction: 160 hours of instruction.
Estimated Duration: A full-time student can complete the certificate in 9–12 months.
1. Required Course(s):
3. Completion Review:
Meet Our Instructors
Certificate Inquiry Form
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Call (408) 861-3860
Recommended Course Sequence
Please follow this sequence.
Begin with Evolving Role of Supply Chain Management. After that, courses may be taken in any order provided the prerequisites are met.
You may take one elective outside the certificate curriculum, if you receive prior approval from the Academic Services Department.
To receive your certificate
Upon completion of the course sequence you may request your Procurement and Supply Chain Management Certificate Completion Review.
Courses in the Procurement and Supply Chain Management program qualify for certification and recertification hours for the following programs:
Institute for Supply Management
- Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM)
- Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (CPSD)
Universal Public Procurement Certification Council
- Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO)
- Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB)
Please review course descriptions to ensure that you have taken necessary prerequisites or meet the requirements through job experience or previous education.
Certificate Program Chair
CALEB J. ZHANG, MBA, MS, a partner at Alliance Solutions LLC., has nearly 25 years of corporate experience in procurement, supply chain management, JIT, VOMI, product development, inventory and cost reduction, engineering, manufacturing, marketing, quality assurance, business development, and operation management. Previous leadership positions include experience as general manager for Forture US. E-Pro Precision Semiconductor Ltd., and Lam Research Semiconductor (Silfex) Ltd., and as a vice president at Oriol Inc. Several times he’s returned to the classroom as a teacher at UCSC Silicon Valley Extension, University of Phoenix, and Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University. He is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Certified ISO:14001-2004 Internal Auditor, and Quality Management System Lead Auditor (T Ü V Rheinland). He has served as chair of the Procurement and Supply Chain Management Program since 2021.
Certificate Program Advisory Committee
Professional Services Contracts Manager, Port of Vancouver
G. BURT LANCASTER
President/Owner, Lancaster Resolve Technology
DARIN MATTHEWS, CPPO, CPSM
Chief Procurement Officer, California Polytechnic State University
Instructor/Program Founder, Procurement and Supply Chain Management Program
UCSC Silicon Valley Extension
NATHAN MOSLEY, CPPB
Senior Contracts Administrator, TriMet
Instructor, Procurement and Supply Chain Management Program
UCSC Silicon Valley Extension
CALEB J. ZHANG, MBA, MS
Partner, Alliance Solutions LLC.
Chair/Instructor, Procurement and Supply Chain Management Program
UCSC Silicon Valley Extension
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The benefits of enrolling early
- Lock in your certificate requirements.This means that even if program requirements change, the requirements to complete your certificate will remain the same for you
- Receive program updates
- Set your intention
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