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Procurement and Supply Chain Management
Certificate Program

Procurement and Supply Chain Management

Efficiency • Profitability • Sustainability

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Certificate Description

"In the Procurement and Supply Chain Management certificate program, you will be laser-focused on the tools and solutions—from the operational level to the execution level—that our instructors have encountered in their decades of work experience."
— Caleb J. Zhang, Chair/Instructor, Procurement and Supply Chain Management Certificate Program


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.



How Does Cybersecurity Affect the Supply Chain?

The supply chain industry has been turned upside down. It's facing constant threat of cyberattacks. How do we rebuild a more stable supply chain? Hear industry expert Maitjian Welke discuss her new course: Safeguarding the Supply Chain: Best Practices in Cybersecurity. [Sept. 8. 2021]

How Do You Build Supply Chain Resiliency?

Pick up collaboration tips, procurement strategies and negotiating skills in this talk with Dr. Stephen Gordon, CPPO, and Darin Matthews, FNIGP, CPPO, CPSM, CPM, founding chair of the certificate program. [July 21, 2021]

What is Procurement and Supply Chain Management?

Hear three of our supply chain management instructors—Darin Matthews, FNIGP, CPPO, CPSM, CPM, founding chair of the certificate program; Nathan Mosely, B.A., CPPB, project sourcing manager at Facebook; and Caleb Zhang, MBA, MS, a partner at Alliance Solutions LLC.—talk about the skills you need to get a job in this industry. [Jan. 6. 2021]

Estimated Cost (You pay only for courses you enroll in): $6,000 | International Tuition Cost
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 Course(s):
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. Electives:
Business Law and Its Environment 3.0 Fall Flexible Spring Flexible
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 Spring Flexible
Safeguarding the Supply Chain: Best Practices in Cybersecurity 2.0
Supply Chain Decisions and Data Analytics 2.0
3. Completion Review:
Procurement and Supply Chain Management Certificate Completion Fee None

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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)

Requisite Knowledge

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

Advisory Board


Certificate Program Chair 

CALEB J. ZHANG, MBA, MS, a partner at Alliance Solutions LLC., has nearly 25 years of corporate experience in procurement, supply chain management, JIT, VOMI, product development, inventory and cost reduction, engineering, manufacturing, marketing, quality assurance, business development, and operation management. Previous leadership positions include experience as general manager for Forture US. E-Pro Precision Semiconductor Ltd., and Lam Research Semiconductor (Silfex) Ltd., and as a vice president at Oriol Inc. Several times he’s returned to the classroom as a teacher at UCSC Silicon Valley Extension, University of Phoenix, and Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University. He is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Certified ISO:14001-2004 Internal Auditor, and Quality Management System Lead Auditor (T Ü V Rheinland). He has served as chair of the Procurement and Supply Chain Management Program since 2021.

Certificate Program Advisory Committee

President, Institute for Supply Management

Chief Procurement Officer, California Polytechnic State University
Instructor/Program Founder, Procurement and Supply Chain Management Program
UCSC Silicon Valley Extension

Construction Contracts Manager, Facebook
Instructor, Procurement and Supply Chain Management Program
UCSC Silicon Valley Extension

Partner, Alliance Solutions LLC.
Chair/Instructor, Procurement and Supply Chain Management Program
UCSC Silicon Valley Extension

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Establish candidacy in a certificate or specialization

Once you create your student account, you can establish candidacy in a certificate or specialization program any time during your studies.

The benefits of enrolling early
  • Lock in your certificate requirements.This means that even if program requirements change, the requirements to complete your certificate will remain the same for you
  • Receive program updates
  • Set your intention
  • It’s free

To complete a program, you must enroll in the certificate program before enrolling in the Certificate Completion Review.

You have five years to complete all necessary courses in a certificate program or three years to finish up a specialization program.

All the necessary units in a certificate must be completed within this 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.

For more information: How do I get my certificate or specialization?

* Students participating in a special program, such as workforce, international, Personal Financial Planning, or curriculum partner programs (Udacity, Microfacturing Institutes) may have a shorter completion requirement.

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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.

See Grading and Credits Policy for further information.

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