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Procurement Management - Cert

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The Certificate in Procurement Management is designed for busy professionals employed in the SME and multinational sector, as well as the public sector, who seek to deliver concrete, sustainable results through effective procurement management. The Certificate is the first university accredited NFQ Level 8 award in procurement studies. Irrespective of your organisation’s current level of procurement maturity, the programme is designed to maximise organisational impact and personal effectiveness of buyers, procurement specialists and category managers. Delivered by a blend of experienced academics and practitioners, the Certificate aims to equip participants with cutting-edge skills and processes directly applicable to the workplace. 

This unique course is designed to up skill procurement personnel in technical, managerial and people skills, what is known as the ‘holy trinity’ of procurement competence.  Completed on a part time/block release study basis, candidates will benefit from workplace targeted continuous assessment  and University certification.

The programme is targeted at:

  • Procurement specialists and category managers, as well as professionals in closely related areas of industry.
  • Procurement personnel who need to up skill and those who aspire to become procurement specialists.
  • Owner managers responsible for the procurement function, in addition to professionals who have experience of business and for whom a procurement role is a logical step in their career progression.

The Certificate in Procurement Management consists of coursework divided into five core modules. All modules are a blend of theoretical and applied procurement. Where appropriate, the modules also equip you with practical software-oriented skills.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Workshops will be scheduled for a full day every second Friday. These workshops consist of lectures, individual and group activities,  best practice processes, practical spreadsheet applications, and oral presentations.  All modules are examined by continuous assessment with assignments submitted throughout the course. The programme operates by way of short intensive ‘sprints’ rather than a long distance race.

Course Practicalities


All five modules (30 credits) are examined exclusively by continuous assessment including Learning Portfolios and Presentations/Reports. These methods strengthen workplace application and applied learning. 

Who teaches this course

The teaching team on this programme comprises of academic experts in the field of procurement, as well as a number of highly experienced practitioners. 

Why Choose This Course

The CPM course has been my best 3rd level education experience. I hold a masters in sociology yet the CPM is a superior achievement."

Marek - ACE Graduate

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I thoroughly enjoyed attending the Procurement Management course at UCC. The module layout & presentation style encouraged me to continuously perform & stay motivated."

Shirlee - ACE Graduate

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I would highly recommend the CPM course to procurement professionals interested in furthering their career, knowledge and network within industry."

Ashleigh - ACE Graduate

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This unique course is designed to up skill procurement personnel in technical, managerial and people skills, what is known as the ‘holy trinity’ of procurement competence.  Completed on a part time/block release study basis, candidates will benefit from workplace targeted continuous assessment  and University certification.


  • Non-graduates with at least three years’ professional experience in a relevant senior management role will also be considered for admission. Candidates who are not currently employed may also apply should they meet the above criteria. However, in order to complete the assessments on this programme, such candidates will need to demonstrate that they have pre-approved access to an organisation where they can conduct work-based research
  • Candidates must also have working knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet applications
  • The programme team may seek to interview applicants in order to ascertain the appropriateness of their experience for this programme
  • English language requirement: all applicants whose first language is not English, must have attained an average of IELTS Level 6 across all elements of the test, with no element lower than 5.5 or the equivalent TOEFL score
  • Where students have prior accredited learning and on this basis seek exemptions from specific modules, such applications will, in the first instance, be considered by the Academic Director and are subject to final approval by the Adult Continuing Education Academic Standards Board

Fees and Costs

€2,850 for the full programme.
€750 per 5 credit module if taken individually.
€1,250 per 10 credit module if taken individually.

Funding may be available via the Springboard+ scheme for this programme. Please see https://springboardcourses.ie/ to check your eligibility.

For further information on fees and financial supports please click here.


How Do I Apply

During your online application you will be required to upload the following documents:

  • Application Statement
  • Birth Cert or Passport
  • Passport Photograph 
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • English Language Test Report [if applicable]
  • Transcripts [if applicable]

NOTE: Once you have selected your course your application saves automatically.  If you don't complete your application in one session you can access your draft application in the "My Applications" section of the UCC360 application portal. The My Applications section will also keep you updated on the status of your application.


Year 1 Modules

  • MG5823: Principles of Procurement and Tendering (5 credits)
    Procurement process, skills, tasks and roles.
    Quantitative and qualitative analysis of make or buy decisions, specification design, cost, benefits and risks.
    Optimise the selection of tender criteria and weights.
  • MG5824: Spend Analysis and Category Management (5 credits)
    Data collection, cleaning and classification for quantitative spend analysis
    Identify improvement opportunities
    Internal stakeholder engagement to develop appropriate category management profiles.
  • MG5825: Contract and Supplier Relationship Management (5 credits)
    Value for money, transactional versus partnership relations
    Service level agreements (SLA), Key Performance Indicators(KPI), innovation opportunities.
  • MG5826: KPI Reporting and Procurement Value Dashboards (5 credits)
    Cost saving, cost avoidance, quality and improvement
    Environmental sustainability and impact initiatives
    Triple bottom line reporting and the importance of ethical buying, social value, and green procurement.
  • MG5827: Strategic Procurement Project (10 credits)
    Strategy process versus content, market and resource-based strategies, procurement capability
    Analysis of process, business writing and reporting.

Year 2 Modules

Year 3 Modules

Year 4 Modules

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