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Procurement & Purchasing Management

Continuing Education Workforce Certificate





Buyers and purchasing agents buy products and services for organizations to use or to resell. These professionals consider factors such as budget, price, availability, demand, logistics, reliability of suppliers, and technical support. Purchasing managers oversee the work of buyers and purchasing agents. In addition, they must be able to accurately report on activity and forecast future events. Career opportunities include Procurement Director or Manager, Purchasing Supervisor, Procurement Clerk, and Supply Chain Manager.

The Procurement & Purchasing Management program will introduce you to the basics of the supply chain process, management, purchasing, and contracting issues to provide you with the skills you need for a successful career. It is designed for anyone working in or interested in working in purchasing, logistics, or procurement.

Since this course is delivered completely online, students will need to have the self-discipline to complete all required material on their own. A course instructor will be available to assist students with questions and to lead online activities during the course of the class.​

Career Outlook - According to the U.S. Department of Labor, overall employment of purchasing managers is projected to grow 9% from 2020 to 2030 in Maryland. Projected annual job openings in Maryland are 170. Additional career information may be found in Career Coach: ​

Program Course Sequence

Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)




Procurement & Purchasing Management- Part 1


Included in class fees




Procurement & Purchasing Management- Part 2


Same as VOA783



VOA785 Procurement & Purchasing Management- Part 3 90 Same as VOA 783



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