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Purchasing, Logistics and Supply Chain Management Certificate

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Learn more about the Purchasing, Logistics and Supply Chain Management Certificate.

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There is a nonrefundable application fee of $50 to declare candidacy in this program.

Professional Certificate in Purchasing, Logistics and Supply Chain Management

By combining Purchasing, Logistics and Supply Chain Management into one certificate program, UCR Extension has created a course of study that reflects the realization that many professionals in this field are responsible for most, if not all, of these functions. This comprehensive and practical program is designed to help professionals develop their capabilities, and is offered in cooperation with the Inland Empire Chapter of the National Association of Purchasing Management (also known as the Institute of Supply Chain Management).

Participants in this certificate program will explore:

  • Purchasing
  • Logistics
  • Supply chain management principles and practice
  • Inventory Management
  • Warehousing
  • Operations management

Who Can Benefit?

This certificate program is designed for professionals in the field as well as those who may be new to management or supervisory roles within the field. The program may also benefit those who are looking to enter new roles in:

  • Logistics and supply chain management
  • Purchasing management
  • Contract Management
  • Finance and accounting
  • Warehousing
  • Operations management within logistics or supply chain organizations
  • Management in transportation-related fields (i.e., trucking, rail or intermodel transportation firms)

International Students

If you are in the University Credit Program (UCP) you may take individual courses that have varying start dates but you cannot enroll online. You must enroll through your student advisor or learn more about UCP here.

Completion Information

Completion Requirements

To earn the certificate, students must successfully complete (grade C or better) a total of 20 units: 11 required units and nine elective units.

Completion Time

The program can typically be completed in nine months to one year. All coursework must be completed within five years.


The cost for the program is approximately $3,500. This does not include textbooks or materials unless otherwise noted.

Transfer Credit

Equivalent courses from other accredited colleges and universities completed within the last three years will be considered for transfer, up to a total of four units. All requests must be in writing and students must have paid the certificate application fee. Official transcripts are required.



  • Michael P. Boyd, M.A., C.P.M., Purchasing Manager, City of Chino
  • Paul Mahajan, D.M., CPP, Business Consultant and Corporate Trainer, DS Cypress Magnetics, Inc., Rancho Cucamonga
  • Bhavan (Bob) Mehta, M.S., A.S.Q., Sr. Regulatory Compliance Manager, Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine
  • Scott J. Minturn, J.D., Attorney at Law, Law Office of Scott J. Minturn, Temecula
  • Duane T. Murphy, M.A., Western Regional Sales Manager, Torrance
  • Robert Perhamus, E.M.B.A., Consultant, Upland
  • Rickey Slaughter, M.B.A., Retired Veteran, U.S. Air Force Reserves, March Air Base, Riverside

Instructor Opportunities

Interested in becoming an instructor at UCR Extension? Find out how.

Additional Information

Textbook Information

If a textbook is required, information is provided in the course listing when scheduled, on the confirmation you receive after enrolling, or by e-mail for an online class.

Master's Degree

Students who earn the Purchasing, Logistics and Supply Chain Management Certificate can apply credit toward a specialized M.B.A. at La Sierra University. To learn more, call La Sierra University at (951) 785-2064.

Industry Connection

Endorsed by:

  • National Association of Purchasing Managers (NAPM)/Institute of Supply Managers (ISM) Inland Empire, Inc.
  • California Association of Public Purchasing Officers, Inc.
  • Distribution Management Association of Southern California

Industry Outlook

While Entry Level positions are changing, the need for employees to learn new and advanced skills is a must. If youre a good decision-maker and can handle responsibility and have good analytical, IT and people skills, a career in this field could be right for you. If you are interested in the environment and sustainability, you could really make an impact. The key is to keep your skills current.

Contact Information

Tanya Meza
(951) 827-1723

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

UC Riverside Extension Center
1200 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92507-4596

UCR Extension Center

Tel: Work(951) 827-4105 or Toll-Free(800) 442-4990 toll-free
Fax: Fax(951) 827-7273