Purchasing & Supply Management

  • An intermediate diploma designed to provide a solid level of education and training to professional buyers and materials managers. This thorough diploma will provide in-depth knowledge of the complete purchasing and supply functions at an intermediate and advanced level.
  • Instruction is highly participative, with the emphasis on case studies and group work. 
  • Our Training Facilitators are experienced senior managers within the purchasing profession.




4 days full-time (weekdays) or 12 weeks part-time (Saturday mornings) or 2-12 months by correspondence. The average learner will need approximately 145 hours (15 notional credits), consisting of 48 hours of tuition and 97 hours for readings and assignments, to successfully complete the diploma.


12 written assignments (one following the completion of each learning module) and 1 final written examination.


MERseta accreditation number 17-QA/ACC/0724/12.  The abovementioned course is aligned with SAQA Qualification ID number 83988 NLRD Number 57712 with qualification title: Planning and Scheduling Techniques.

Course Objectives

  1. Provide students with modern theory and practice of the purchasing and supply function. 
  2. Develop an awareness of the policies and procedures involved in purchasing and supply management. 
  3. Stress the importance of professional purchasing and the magnitude of savings that can be realized.

Course Content

  1. Introduction To Purchasing: The importance of the purchasing function; profit making potential of purchasing; the scope & role of purchasing; the components of total cost & improvement decision; the materials management concept.
  2. Organization Of Purchasing: Responsibilities & objectives of the purchasing function; department organization; purchasing & inter-departmental relationships, typical purchasing job description; centralization & decentralization.
  3. Purchasing Principles: Concept of ethics; standards and considerations; purchasing obligations; buyer-seller relationships, gifts gratuities and entertainment; reciprocal trading.
  4. Purchasing Policies & Procedures: Establishing basic purchasing policies; definition and use of purchasing procedures; purchasing policies and procedure manuals.
  5. Supplier Evaluation Techniques: Objectives; supplier selection; supplier visits; evaluating suppliers; rating systems; single versus multiple sourcing.
  6. Supplier Quality Assurances: Definition of quality; quality specifications; departmental responsibilities for quality control; ISO 9000 quality assurance programmes.
  7. Legal Aspects Of Purchasing: General principles of the law of contract; legal aspects of a contract of sale; purchase order and contracts; purchase terms and conditions; purchasing; the company and the law.
  8. Negotiation: Definition of negotiation: communication; negotiation objectives, when to negotiate; buyer’s role in negotiation; techniques of negotiation; the marketing side of negotiation.
  9. Price Determination: Economic consideration, price setting methods; price related to cost; analyzing manufacturing costs, the learning curve; discounts, tender and tender analysis, contract price adjustment.
  10. Inventory Management: Introduction to stock control; introduction to inventory management; safety stock; re-order & service levels; how the EQ equation works; classification of stock; the choice of stock management systems.
  11. Purchasing Operations: Planning and budgeting of purchasing; make or buy analysis; capital equipment and leasing; value analysis/value engineering.
  12. Management of Purchasing: Purchasing & management interface; purchasing department records; assessing purchasing department records; assessing purchasing performance; shortages; obsolescence & inflation; purchasing & the computer; training & staff development. 

Further information regarding latest course dates for full-time and part-time enrolment, course fees, enrolment forms and any other queries, please contact:  

Cape Town: 021 855 2693

Johannesburg : 011 865 5443

The content of this brochure, accurate at time of going to print, is subject to change without notification due to legislation, market requirements or any other reason. Due to legislative action pending at the time of print, the terms “Programme”, “Diploma” and “Advanced Diploma” may require alteration due to Government requirement. PSM College reserves the right to change the course content without notice.