Essential Purchasing Skills for Buyers

October 06, 2020
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
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On Line Training in partnership with PDC
Virtual Sessions
Montrose, CA 91020

Essential Purchasing Skills for Buyers

This class is 40 hours of remote classroom instruction taken in 2-hour sessions twice a week over 10 consecutive weeks.

Dates: Tuesday & Thursday, Oct 6  to Dec. 17, 2020, 4-6pm - led by APICS recognized instructors.  No class the week of Nov. 24th.

Note: This class will be completely on-line.

Course Description 

This course addresses the basic functions performed by buyers and purchasing employees and defines Purchasing’s relationship with the rest of the organization and its impact other business functions.  In this course students will be exposed to best practice purchasing and sourcing strategies. All terms and concepts taught in this course are based on the APICS Body of knowledge.


The course is ideal for new and intermediate level Buyers, Buyer/Planners, Sourcing Specialists, Source Inspectors, Accounts Payable Clerks, and other employees directly associated with purchasing, who want to hone their job skills and gain practical knowledge in the field of Procurement.


There are no prerequisites for this course.  However it is strongly recommended that students have a basic knowledge or some experience with Purchasing activities.

Learning Goals and Results

Students will learn basic terms, concepts, systems, and best practices used by Purchasing professionals that can immediately be applied in performing their current job and/or used to prepare for a next level job opportunity.  The terminology and concepts learned in this course will also aid students in preparing for the APICS Production & Inventory Management (CPIM) Certification exams.

Key Concepts

Essential Skills

Fundamentals of Purchasing
Sourcing Strategies
Material Requirements Planning (MRP)
PO management and performance measurement
Logistics, Transportation, Distribution
Purchasing function and responsibilities
Strategic role of purchasing
Working with MRP action messages
Strategic vs Tactical sourcing
Make or buy decision (outsourcing)
Negotiations techniques
Contracts Management
Problem solving, quality assurance
Sustainability and Risk Management
Logistics strategy


Registration is handled by our college partner: Contact PDC at 818-957-0024. Click here to register for the course.  Click here to see course fees.

For any additional information, contact [email protected].