Business - Purchasing

Ontario College Diploma | Code: 1282

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About the program

This program is designed to prepare the graduate for a professional career in the growing field of supply chain and logistics management. Graduates of this program will find success in the public, industrial, retail/wholesale, and service sectors of the economy. Further, graduates of this program will assume leadership roles as business professionals in areas such as purchasing/procurement, resource planning and control, supply chain management, logistics, warehousing and distribution management. The central theme in the program curriculum is total cost of ownership. Businesses today are under unprecedented competitive pressures from around the world. The Purchasing diploma program develops graduates with the skills necessary to contribute to the cost management, adaptability and quality efforts in their organizations, thereby ensuring a competitive advantage and long term profitability.
Articulation agreements exist with the Ontario Institute of the PMAC (Purchasing Management Association of Canada), which provide advanced standings in both the Certified Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) and the Certificate in Supply Management. Graduates of this program receive full credit toward completion of the Business Administration Supply Chain and Operations Management 3 year advanced diploma should they wish to complete it.

Admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or 19 years of age or older with mature student status
  • Grade 12 English, C or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Communications (COMM1270)
  • Grade 11 Mathematics, C, M(U/C), or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Mathematics (MATH1375)
  • For more information on preparatory programs, visit Academic Upgrading

Note re: admission requirements

  • English and/or mathematics testing may be required.

Admission procedures

  • An academic strength is calculated by averaging the submitted marks of required subjects. If more than one mark is received for a required subject, the highest mark will be used in the calculation.
  • Ten (10) additional marks are added to each Advanced level, OAC, U, U/C course used in the calculation of academic strength.
  • Twenty (20) additional marks are added to each post-secondary course used in the calculation of academic strength.

Graduate opportunities

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Program outcomes

  • Apply knowledge of the interrelationships among the functional areas of business to materials and operations management
  • Employ current policies and practices for purchasing and procurement
  • Develop and control plans and schedules, at various levels in the organization
  • Describe the principles of quality management to support materials and operations management functions
  • Evaluate suppliers and their performance based upon established formal and informal techniques
  • Evaluate purchasing functions such as price determination, source selection, quantity and quality considerations, value analysis and contracts
  • Make business decisions based on the knowledge of cost and managerial accounting
  • Apply purchasing best practices to public and private sector purchasing in order to support effective performance measurement and improvement
  • Utilize current and relevant business applications of computer information systems
  • Apply knowledge of the role of change management to the purchasing environment
  • Explain the legal system and legislation affecting business
  • Conduct business in compliance with the principles of Corporate Social Responsibility and PMAC Code of Ethics

Program related resources

Program contact

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