Purchasing Agents/Buyers are involved with selecting and evaluating suppliers, creating and maintaining supplier relationships, and negotiating prices to minimize costs, and improve on time delivery. Completion of the Purchasing Agent/Buyer Pathway Certificate will prepare you for an introductory position within supply chain management, help you cross train in a new area, or expand your skills within a short time period.

Supply Chain Management
  • Curriculum & Costs
  • These courses are not eligible for financial aid unless the student is enrolled in an eligible program. Please see an advisor to determine financial aid eligibility.

  • Prior Learning
  • Credit for Prior Learning

    Experience Pays! You've Been There... You've Done That... Let's See If You Can Get Credit For It!

    Credit for prior learning gives you opportunities to earn credit for college-level knowledge that you have already acquired. This may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military training, extensive self-instruction, or professional development. Credit for Prior Learning affords you the opportunity to accelerate the completion of your educational goals.

    For more information or to request Credit for Prior Learning see our Credit for Prior Learning page.

    Purchasing Agent/Buyer Courses that may have Credit for Prior Learning options:

    Course # Course Title Challenge Exam
    (Demonstration)
    Challenge Exam
    (Standard)
    CLEP Credential Portfolio
    10-182-111Foundations of InventoryYes
    CPIM, CSPC certification from APICS
    10-182-115Lean PrinciplesYes
    Lean Belt with Verification
    10-182-120Purchasing ProcessYes
    Purchasing Process Certificate from APICS
    10-182-126Supply Chain Process ModelingYes
    CSCP Certification from APICS
    10-182-127Technology in the Supply ChainYes
    CSCP Certification from APICS
    10-182-130Global LogisticsYes
    CLTD or CSCP Certificate from APICS
    10-182-134The Role of LogisticsYes
    CLTD or CSCP Certification from APICS
  • Requirements
  • Requirements for Online Students

    Chromebooks are not compatible with some testing features within Schoology (our Learning Management System). Southwest Tech recommends not to use Chromebooks for classes.

    • Cable/broadband/DSL internet with a minimum speed of 1.5Mbps. You can test your local internet speed at www.speedtest.net. Run this test from the location you will be working from.

      Higher bandwidth and speed will greatly assist you in your online learning environment, so where possible, a faster internet speed is recommended. Cable internet tend to be faster than DSL or 4G wireless, although DSL or 4G wireless may also work depending on other factors. Your computer, other software (such as anti spyware), other users on the system, and system configurations can all influence your ultimate line speed. Many instructors use videos as a part of their instruction, as well as synchronous meeting times (Skype, Adobe Connect, etc). Having an acceptable internet connection speed will be important to your success.

    • Convenient access to a computer that has one of the following current versions of Internet Browsers:
      • Microsoft Internet Explorer
      • Mozilla Firefox
      • Google Chrome
      • Safari
      Call 608.822.2302 for verification of other browsers.
    • An active e-mail account (all Southwest Tech students are issued a free email account)
    • Word processing software (Microsoft Word is the recommended word processing software at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College). Free Microsoft Office software is available to all Southwest Tech students at http://products.office.com/en-us/student
    • Availability of 10-15 hours per week for each 3-credit course
    • Self-motivation and self-discipline
  • Career Pathway
  • Career Pathway

    Credits earned in the Purchasing Agent/Buyer Pathway Certificate may be applied toward the one-year Supply Chain Assistant Technical Diploma and the two-year Supply Chain Management Associate Degree.

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