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Purchasing & Supply Chain Management   

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The Continuing Education department, in partnership with the Center of Excellence for Global Trade & Supply Chain Management, is now offering the Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Certificate. It is a 23-credit online certificate program that focuses on the fundamental aspects of the supply/value chain, including methods to improve how organizations find the materials and services needed to make a product or service and deliver it to customers. Supply chain management encompasses the management of all activities involved in sourcing, procurement, production, logistics, and customer relations. It also includes the crucial components of coordination and collaboration with channel partners, which can be suppliers, intermediaries, third-party service providers, and customers.

Program Requirements

Courses Quarters Credits
BUSN 188: Importing & Exporting Fall & Spring 5
BUSN 105: Intro to Logistics Winter & Summer 5
BUSN 182: Contract Management Fall 4
BUSN 183: Materials Management Winter 4
BUSN 275: Intro to Purchasing Supply Chain Management Spring 5

Online classes are designed for busy working adults. The courses are self-paced and can be accessed 24 hours a day/7 days a week. You can learn from anywhere and avoid schedule conflicts.

Students can begin the program any quarter.

The Workforce Education Service (WES) department at Highline College can provide tuition assistance and support services for some CE short-term certificates and professional/technical AAS programs if a student meets funding and program eligibility criteria. Please visit to see if you prequalify for an invitation to attend Highline’s free education planning workshop through the WES department. If invited, it will be determined at the workshop whether you are eligible for funding. For general information, please visit WES or call 206-592-3802. Many companies offer generous reimbursement and some even pay upfront for your tuition. Please contact your HR department for more information about your company’s unique reimbursement plan.

The demand for skilled and knowledgeable professionals continues to grow in business organizations and government agencies. With 152,000 jobs in the global trade and supply chain sector, it is larger than the aerospace sector in Washington State. Entry-level annual salaries typically range from $30,000 to 45,000 and the median wage for purchasing managers is nearly $55,000. Potential employers include Manufacturing and Construction Companies, Retail Stores, Educational Institutions, Government Agencies (federal, state, counties, and cities), Public Utilities, Wholesale, Services, and Distribution Firms.

All credits earned in the Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Certificate will transfer to Highline’s AAS in International Business and Trade and our BAS in Global Trade and Logistics. Students can also transfer credits to Shoreline Community College’s Purchasing and Supply Chain Management AAAS program.

How do I register? 

Step 1 

Step 2  

  • Once you have completed the Application for Admission and received your ctcLink ID number, please activate your myHighline account.  

Step 3