This certificate is part of the Purchasing and Supply Chain Management AAAS and is designed to be a step towards a degree. By completing the Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Certificate of Proficiency, you will have completed the first 51 credits of a Purchasing and Supply Chain Management degree.

Completion Award
Certificate of Proficiency
Length of Study
51 Credits
Starting Quarter
Fall, Winter, Spring

  1. Apply the skills necessary to collaborate across the organization, understand and support the organization's policies, and adapt to the ever-changing work environment
  2. Utilize supply chain concepts and vocabulary related to sourcing, production, quality, transportation, storage and negotiation to effectively procure, move, and store goods and services
  3. Apply mathematical concepts to conduct price/cost analyses and make appropriate supply chain decisions
  4. Apply principles of materials and contract management
  5. Establish and maintain systems to track, control and protect materials and information
  6. Apply principles of finance, accounting, international business, logistics, business law and economics to purchasing and supply chain activities
  7. Effectively communicate both verbally an in writing in a variety of business and work environments

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The demand for skilled and knowledgeable professionals in the field continues to grow in Puget Sound business organizations and government agencies. Potential positions include Buyers, Contract Specialists, Supply Chain Associates, Associate Buyers, Supply Managers, Contract Administrators, Supplier/Vendor Managers, Logistics and Transportation Specialists. Entry-level annual salaries typically range from $30,000 to $45,000. Middle level positions range from $45,000 to $80,000.

Potential employers include: Manufacturing and construction firms, retail stores, educational institutions, government agencies (federal, state, counties and cities), public utilities, wholesale, services and distribution firms.

Gainful Employment

Federal regulations require certain educational programs that qualify for a variety of federal student funding to comply with Gainful Employment rules.

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Estimated Tuition & Fees

(does not include additional program or course fees, books, or supply costs)

Per Quarter
WA-Resident Non-WA resident,
US citizen, &
Eligible non-citizen

On Campus
Non-WA resident
Non-US citizen¹
Non-WA resident, US citizen
Online Only
1 credit $150.18 $246.87 $337.97 $166.09
5 credits $658.90 $1,142.35 $1,597.85 $738.45
12 credits (full-time) $1,418.96 $2,393.98 $3,312.20 $1,579.76
15 credits $1,592.00 $2,579.20 $3,508.25 $1,755.35

¹ Includes all International Students, both on campus and overseas online

Additional Fees
Approximately $20 - $120 per quarter, depending on courses selected

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Federal aid, scholarships, grants, and more are available to help you pay for school.

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