Dec 06, 2023  
Catalog 2023-2024 
Catalog 2023-2024

Procurement & Purchasing Management

Location(s): Online

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Program Description

Buyers and purchasing agents buy products and services for organizations to use or to resell. These professionals consider factors such as budget, price, availability, demand, logistics, reliability of suppliers, and technical support. Purchasing managers oversee the work of buyers and purchasing agents. In addition, they must be able to accurately report on activity and forecast future events. Career opportunities include Procurement Director or Manager, Purchasing Supervisor, Procurement Clerk, and Supply Chain Manager.

The Procurement & Purchasing Management program will introduce you to the basics of the supply chain process, management, purchasing, and contracting issues to provide you with the skills you need for a successful career. It is designed for anyone working in or interested in working in purchasing, logistics, or procurement.  

Since this course is delivered completely online, students will need to have the self-discipline to complete all required material on their own. A course instructor will be available to assist students with questions and to lead online activities during the course of the class.​

Career Outlook - According to the U.S. Department of Labor, overall employment of purchasing managers is projected to grow 9% from 2020 to 2030 in Maryland.  Projected annual job openings in Maryland are 170.  Additional career information may be found in Career Coach: ​

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

1. prepare and manage a budget in an organization,
2. manage the supplier selecting process,
3. evaluate price and costs, and
4. identify effective negotiation and communication techniques.


CCBC Pathway

Business Pathway - Pathways are designed to help you meet your academic and career goals by aligning related courses and programs.  Pathway students participate in a variety of activities that help explore career opportunities in their field of study.  You can meet with a CCBC advisor who help align — or realign — your educational plan with the Pathway that best supports you and your goals.

Program Credentials

Students will receive a Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, and have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

Financial Aid and Payment Options

We offer financial aid by packaging public and private funding options to those who qualify, in select Continuing Education courses and programs. Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition,  the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development.

Program Length

Approximately 6 months to complete

Program Requirements

Computer requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later / Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.​
  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

This program is not eligible for Baltimore County Public Schools Blueprint funding

Application Process

To apply, go to and complete the CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Certificate program application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has no options for obtaining course waiver(s) for prior learning.

Program Course Sequence

Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours


Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)





Procurement & Purchasing Management- Part 1


Included in class fees




Procurement & Purchasing Management- Part 2


Same as VOA783



VOA785 Procurement & Purchasing Management- Part 3 90 Same as VOA 783



Course Series Totals:







Career Coach

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Program Contact Information

Program Coordinator:  Kipp Snow | | 443-840-3034 | Dundalk | STAT 114

Administrative Assistant: TBA

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