Certificate in Procurement and Supply Chain Management

Microcredential / Professional / Undergraduate
1 Semester
Validated by
Blended Learning / Part-Time
Dublin Main Campus
NFQ Level
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Course Overview

For an intellectually challenging and stimulating education in procurement and supply chain management, geared towards a career in the field and more advanced education and training.

The Certificate in Procurement and Supply Chain Management (Level 6, 30 ECTS) programme provides learners with an introduction to the role and function of procurement and supply chain management within organisations across a wide range of industries and service providers. Learners on the programme gain basic factual and theoretical knowledge and awareness of the procurement and supply chain management field. They may then use those skills and competencies to carry out related tasks and activities in the procurement and supply chain field.

Why Study Procurement and Supply Chain Management at Griffith College?

  • Gain knowledge of the functions of procurement and supply chain management and develop an appreciation of how the functions operate independently and collectively within organisations.
  • Develop research, communication and presentation skills as well as interpersonal and transversal skills such as numerical and digital literacy, commercial awareness, teamwork and time management skills.
  • Develop an interest in the field of procurement and supply chain management and gain the knowledge and skills required to identify and pursue further study paths and career opportunities in procurement and supply chain management related fields.
  • Have flexibility in the delivery of the programme, through part-time blended delivery modes available.

Intake Dates

  • Dublin - Blended, Part-Time - September 2024

Course Details


This module aims to provide a clear understanding of the key role that purchasing and procurement play within an organisation. The role is increasingly an important one; although marketing efforts do increase gross revenues, they also increase the cost of goods sold, while purchasing and procurement management efforts go directly to the bottom line profit by increasing net revenue. This transition can be clearly seen in the evolution of purchasing and procurement and supply from its roots as a purely clerical function in the early part of the last century, to its more traditional role of expense control through most of the century, and now to its additional role as a key enabler of managing cost within the organisation.

As the nature of the function has changed, so have the requirements for purchasing and materials management professionals. Taking a word from the slogan of one eminently successful municipal purchasing/procurement department, good government purchasing means getting additional “mileage” out of the tax Euro. Organisations of all sizes need an effective and efficient purchasing and procurement management function as the financial performance of the organisation can be affected by the actions/decisions of purchasing and procurement.

“A key feature of the current business environment is the idea that supply chains compete, not companies” (Christopher, 1992). Usage of the term supply chain management (SCM) has become increasingly prevalent in business and academic circles. Its origins can be traced back as far as the late 1950s. Despite the extensive usage of the term, there is no universally accepted definition of SCM. This module investigates the origins of SCM and how it has evolved over time. It examines the ways in which effectively managed supply chains improve organisational competitiveness while maximising customer value.

This module aims to prepare learners for employment in the areas of procurement and supply chain management of organisations across a wide range of industries and service providers. This module is designed to provide learners with a clear insight and understanding of the wider area of the management of an organisation’s operations and how they integrate into organisational effectiveness, both nationally and globally.

Course Contact

Suzanne Burdis

Graduate Business School Programme Director
  • Dublin Main Campus


This programme will run over a course of 13 weeks. Dates and times TBD.

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

This programme is currently only available to Irish / EU citizens living in Ireland. 

The programme is also aimed at mature learners who wish to pursue a career in procurement or supply chain management related functions, and for those who are already working in these areas and want to considerably advance and enhance their procurement or supply chain management knowledge and competencies, and/or explore or enhance their careers and opportunities in this area. 

How to Apply

Applicants under 23 years of age:

Applications under the age of 23 are required to meet the minimum entry requirements of a leaving Certificate with a minimum grade of H5 in at least two higher-level papers, together with a minimum of four O6/H7 grades in ordinary level subjects, to include maths and a language, or equivalent qualification and/or experience.

Applicants over 23 years of age (Mature students):

Applicants who are over the age of 23 may apply on the basis of previous work experience and a demonstration of commitment to further education.


Please note that not all study modes may be offered at all times; for confirmation, refer to the Intake dates on the Overview tab.

Tuition Fees

General Fee Information 

EUR 3,225.00

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge are applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted.

Flexible payment options

Students wishing to pay their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme. Please view our Fees information page for more information and assistance.

2% Learner Protection Charge

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.


Graduates of this programme will be able to progress to entry-level positions in Procurement and Supply Chain functions/advanced positions that they did not previously have the academic qualification to pursue.

Advanced entry to the Diploma in Procurement and Supply Chain Management is available for those who have completed the Cert course.

If you'd like to pursue your studies further in Procurement and Supply Chain Management, please click on the links below to find out more about the related courses we offer:

BA (Hons) in Procurement and Supply Chain Management

Postgraduate Diploma in Procurement and Supply Chain Management