Procurement and Supply Chain Management
Certificate Program

Procurement and Supply Chain Management

Efficiency, profitability, & sustainability

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Certificate Description

Leadership in strategic, sustainable procurement

Today’s supply chain professional ensures that an organization has the resources it needs to accomplish its mission and objectives—from finished goods and raw materials to equipment and services. Our students explore emerging strategies at play in every organization’s bottom line. Learn proactive collaboration, negotiation, and the data analytics to support your decisions. Practice continuous process improvement for a path of profitability.

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 principles and concepts of sustainable supply chain strategies and data analytics in the supply chain process. 

3. Problem Solving & Communication Skills

Identify the principles of customer and supplier relationship management in supply chains by developing problem solving abilities, critical thinking skills, and the ability to apply effective written and oral communication skills to business situations. 

4. Optimizing Supply Chain Operations

Apply logistics and purchasing concepts to improve supply chain operations through principles of quality and lean manufacturing, incorporating complexities of international shipping terms, including transportation law and deregulation.

Required Credits: Total Required: 8 courses/16 units. Take 6 core courses (13.5 units) and 2 elective credit courses (2.5 units)
Duration: A full-time student can complete the certificate in 6–12 months.


Course Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
1. Required Courses
Effective Procurement Strategies 3.0
Evolving Role of Supply Chain Management 1.5
Logistics and Transportation Management 3.0
Supply Chain Operations Management 3.0
Sustainable Supply Chain Strategies 1.5
Technology Impacts in the Supply Chain 1.5
2. Elective Courses
Business Law and Its Environment 3.0
Effective Negotiations: Principles, Strategies, and Techniques 1.5
International Business and the Global Economy 3.0
Managing Global Supply Chains 1.5
Outsourcing and Contract Management 1.5
Role of the Project Manager 1.5
Smart Cities: Foundations, Principles and Applications 2.0
Supply Chain Decisions and Data Analytics 2.0
3. Required Certificate Review
Procurement and Supply Chain Management Certificate Completion Fee None

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Requisite Knowledge

Please review course descriptions to ensure that you have taken necessary prerequisites or meet the requirements through job experience or previous education.

Professional Development

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)

Advisory Board

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Certificate Program Chair 

DARIN MATTHEWS, FNIGP, CPPO, CPSM, CPM, is the director of West Coast Operations for Negometrix, an international leader in digital procurement. He has over 25 years of procurement and supply chain management experience in both the private and public sectors, including experience as chief procurement officer for UC Santa Cruz, Portland State University, and Portland Public Schools. He speaks throughout the world on procurement issues and has published several books on supply chain management, including Effective Supply Management Performance (ISM), Warehousing and Inventory Control (NIGP), Logistics and Transportation (NIGP), and Public Procurement: A Guide to the Body of Knowledge through Exercises and Case Studies. He has also been a regular contributor to American City & County and Government Procurement magazine. A past president of the Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP), he has traveled extensively with the International Public Procurement Conference (IPPC). Matthews is the founding chair of the new UCSC Extension Procurement and Supply Chain Management certificate program.

Certificate Program Advisory Committee

Management Consultant
Instructor, Procurement and Supply Chain Management Program
UCSC Silicon Valley Extension
Santa Clara, CA

Institute for Supply Management
Vancouver, WA

Chief Procurement Officer
University of California, Davis

Director, West Coast Operations
Chair and Instructor, Procurement and Supply Chain Management Program
UCSC Silicon Valley Extension

Procurement & Contracts Manager 
California State University, Stanislaus 

Construction Contracts Manager
Redwood City, CA
Instructor, Procurement and Supply Chain Management Program
UCSC Silicon Valley Extension

Declaring Candidacy

You can enroll in a certificate program any time during your studies.

Once you create your student account, you can enroll in a certificate program. Although you can enroll in a program at any time, the benefit of enrolling early is that it locks in your certificate requirements. This means that even if program requirements change, the requirements to complete your certificate will remain the same for you.

  • You must enroll in the certificate program before enrolling in the Certificate Completion Review.

You have a total of five years to complete all necessary courses in a certificate program.

All the necessary units in a certificate must be completed within a five-year window. The clock begins on the first day of your first course in the certificate program. For example, if you started a course on Sept. 5, 2017, you would have to complete all of the required units in this certificate by Sept. 4, 2022.

  • Enrolling in a certificate program does not trigger the beginning of the five-year window. It begins the first day of the first course that applies to a certificate program.
  • The Certificate Completion Review process does not have to occur within the five-year timeframe.

Grade Requirements

Please note that only letter grades of C- or higher may be applied to a certificate, and in some programs, students may have more stringent requirements. Students in most employer- and government-sponsored payment programs, such as workforce development, as well as international students on F-1 visas, need to maintain a B average to meet their requirements. Personal Financial Planning students have additional grade requirements for individual courses to attain a certificate.

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