Certificate in Procurement Management (Certificate in Procurement Management)

University College Cork (CPM)
Key Programme Details
Award

Higher Certificate

NFQ Level

Level 8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

30

Department

ACE

General Information
Contact

Lorna Moloney

Email

Ace.Springboard@ucc.ie

Phone

0876931100

Address

Adult Continuing Education (ACE),
University College Cork,
The Laurels,
Western Road,
Cork.

Role

Senior Skills Programme Coordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline

29/07/2022

Start Date

09/09/2022

End Date

28/07/2023

About this Course

Since its inception in 2017, the programme has consistently demonstrated up-skilling of students. The 2020/21 cohort achieved a 25% promotion rate. This has attracted the attention of the UK media -see “ https://natwestbusinesshub.com/articles/the-procurement-puzzle”.

Labour market skills are central to the design of the programme. All students must first undergo a diagnostic Procurement Competency Assessment (QCC) at the start of the programme. This proprietary survey instrument baselines twenty-four current procurement competencies into four competency groups. This clearly identifies opportunities for development, as well as areas of mastery. QCC is carried out twice; upon entry to the CPM, and then again when the student completes the CPM programme. This ‘before and after’ snapshot of development not only provides evidence of achievement, but also targets specific areas for the student and his or her organisation to further invest in. Overall improvements across all twenty-four competencies are 32% (2017-21).

Enterprise engagement is integral to the design and delivery of the programme. The CPM programme was itself designed in partnership with IDDea, a private sector consulting and training organisation with highly experienced staff with 70+ years combined experience in procurement. The programme director, Dr. David McKevitt (an internationally recognised expert in procurement, board member of the Procurement Transformation Institute) was awarded the Hans Ovelgönne Research Award from the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM) in 2017 and was a recipient of the 2020 National Procurement Award for the Voice of Procurement podcast. Four of the five modules also close with a guest speaker from industry. In addition, we use our award winning “Voice of Procurement” podcast to continuously engage with industry.

The programme's mission remains unchanged – to up-skill participants in technical, managerial and people skills. The content and assessment actively reflect current challenges in the environment. For example, we have adapted the last two cycles of the programme into Brexit and Covid themes. The programme delivery pivoted from classroom to online two years ago. Our students were exposed to best practices in terms of procurement risk management, and supply contingency planning. The programme is assessed through continuous assessment and students complete a final industry-focused project (10 credits) which integrates, consolidates and leverages their learning to date into a Strategic Procurement Plan.

The programme is designed to maximise organisational impact and personal effectiveness of participants who either hold the role of or aspire to be buyers, procurement specialists or category managers within SME and multinational companies. Past students now act as advocates, and demographic demand is identified through networks of employers and employees who seek the skills at the regional and national levels. As procurement has grown in demand due to Brexit and COVID-19, evidence now shows employees are seeking these niche skills to better manage current employment duties. Where unemployed cohorts take up the course, employment outcomes are high due to contacts and networks of the faculty. 100% of 20/21 graduates are now in employment or self-employment.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must hold a level 7 undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent professional qualification AND have a minimum of two years’ buying, sourcing or comparable professional experience.

Non-graduates with at least three years’ professional experience in a relevant senior management role will also be considered for admission.

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.

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.

Long Description

Since its inception in 2017, the programme has consistently demonstrated up-skilling of students. The 2020/21 cohort achieved a 25% promotion rate. This has attracted the attention of the UK media -see “ https://natwestbusinesshub.com/articles/the-procurement-puzzle”.

Labour market skills are central to the design of the programme. All students must first undergo a diagnostic Procurement Competency Assessment (QCC) at the start of the programme. This proprietary survey instrument baselines twenty-four current procurement competencies into four competency groups. This clearly identifies opportunities for development, as well as areas of mastery. QCC is carried out twice; upon entry to the CPM, and then again when the student completes the CPM programme. This ‘before and after’ snapshot of development not only provides evidence of achievement, but also targets specific areas for the student and his or her organisation to further invest in. Overall improvements across all twenty-four competencies are 32% (2017-21).

Enterprise engagement is integral to the design and delivery of the programme. The CPM programme was itself designed in partnership with IDDea, a private sector consulting and training organisation with highly experienced staff with 70+ years combined experience in procurement. The programme director, Dr. David McKevitt (an internationally recognised expert in procurement, board member of the Procurement Transformation Institute) was awarded the Hans Ovelgönne Research Award from the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM) in 2017 and was a recipient of the 2020 National Procurement Award for the Voice of Procurement podcast. Four of the five modules also close with a guest speaker from industry. In addition, we use our award winning “Voice of Procurement” podcast to continuously engage with industry.

The programme's mission remains unchanged – to up-skill participants in technical, managerial and people skills. The content and assessment actively reflect current challenges in the environment. For example, we have adapted the last two cycles of the programme into Brexit and Covid themes. The programme delivery pivoted from classroom to online two years ago. Our students were exposed to best practices in terms of procurement risk management, and supply contingency planning. The programme is assessed through continuous assessment and students complete a final industry-focused project (10 credits) which integrates, consolidates and leverages their learning to date into a Strategic Procurement Plan.

The programme is designed to maximise organisational impact and personal effectiveness of participants who either hold the role of or aspire to be buyers, procurement specialists or category managers within SME and multinational companies. Past students now act as advocates, and demographic demand is identified through networks of employers and employees who seek the skills at the regional and national levels. As procurement has grown in demand due to Brexit and COVID-19, evidence now shows employees are seeking these niche skills to better manage current employment duties. Where unemployed cohorts take up the course, employment outcomes are high due to contacts and networks of the faculty. 100% of 20/21 graduates are now in employment or self-employment.

Timetable Info

Every second Friday, full-day, online,

Delivery Notes

Lectures will be delivered entirely online via UCC’s Canvas virtual learning environment. Lectures will be delivered using a blended online approach with pre-recorded material released on a weekly basis prior to a live interactive discussion class with the subject lecturer. Lectures can be viewed at any time, from anywhere, and as often as desired. Detailed lecture notes will accompany each lecture as well as recommended reading. Weekly learning activities will be provided to the learner which will focus and foster active learning directly relevant to the weekly topic and the discussion forums enable peer-to-peer engagement which ensures collaborative and enhanced learning for all. Field work will resume when guidelines allow.

Course commitment: An ability to manage and allocate time to course content each week is necessary. Students are expected to participate in the weekly live class and to engage with the discussion forum to interact with course lecturers, tutors, and other students, where they can discuss content and engage in module material.

Applicants need to be aware of the IT student checklist below before applying:
* You will need access to a laptop or desktop computer running a modern supported operating system with all software updates.
* Some of UCC’s services (e.g. the Canvas Virtual Learning Environment) link to an external site and also have mobile apps for iOS and Android Devices that you may wish to use as part of your studies. However, we recommend using your desktop web browser for submission of assessments.
* You should always use the most current version of your preferred browser. In general, we recommend the Chrome Web browser (Important Note: Internet Explorer will not work with Canvas).
* We recommend a reliable broadband connection with at least 2Mbps or more.
* You will require an Office suite of software (Microsoft Office or equivalent) and a PDF reader. You should always use the latest version of this software. All UCC students will have access to Office 365 which includes software such as Word/Excel/Powerpoint etc. once registered.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Lorna Moloney

Address

ACE (Adult Continuing Education)
The Laurels,
University College Cork
Cork

Phone

087-6931100

Email

Ace.springboard@ucc.ie

Application Procedures

CV - Please upload an up-to-date CV.
Academic transcripts (results) or parchment (if results are included) - Please upload evidence of your previous educational qualifications in 1 file. If you do not have your UCC transcript(s) on hand, there is no need to order one, we can view your results on our internal system.

Personal / Motivational Statement - Please upload a document. In 500 words or less, please state: 1) Why you wish to study this programme at University College Cork and 2) How you meet the programme entry requirements.

Transcripts showing educational evidence for course.


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)? - If applying via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) – (meaning you do not meet the minimum entry requirements of an NFQ Level Degree but wish to apply based on experience) please provide a work, personal or academic reference to support your application.