Certificate in Procurement (Certificate in Procurement)

Athlone Institute of Technology (Lifelong Learning Online)
Key Programme Details

Certificate in Procurement

NFQ Level

Level 6 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Blended


Part Time

ECTS Credits



Department of Lifelong Learning

General Information

Yvonne Sarsfield




090 6483050


Department of Lifelong Learning, Athlone Institute of Technology, Dublin Road, Athlone, Co Westmeath.


Programme Administrator

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date


About this Course

Key Features:
• Level 6 Programme (60 ECTS)
• Online/Blended flexible mode of delivery
• Developed in partnership with the Midlands Regional Skills manager and relevant companies
• Personal and supportive approach to teaching and learning
• Problem Based Learning (PBL) based approaches will be used to challenge and expand the students knowledge, skills and competence.
• The programme addresses to significant level all four key areas, which have been deemed by government as being of critical importance at this time: digital skills, transversal skills, management and leadership skills and the workplace of the future

This programme is aimed at those already working in a purchasing and procurement function, or aspiring to do so. The programme will give the student the knowledge, skills and competencies to become effective employees in a procurement and purchasing function. Developed in association with industry leaders, this specialist course promotes a critical awareness of the most recent advances in the procurement, purchasing and tendering function and the critical contribution of the function to business efficiencies and effectiveness.

It is designed to apply across all industries, and will give the participants an opportunity to reskill or upskill to take up roles in the area of procurement, purchasing and tendering.It is also suitable for unemployed persons that meet the entry requirements.


On successful completion of this programme the learner will be able to:
• Understand and analyse the added value that can be achieved through procurement and supply chain management
• Understand how to devise a business case for requirements to be sourced from external suppliers
• Understand the legal issues that relate to the formation of contract
• Understand ethical and responsible sourcing
• Prepare for negotiations with external organisations
• Understand the dynamics of relationships in supply chains
• Demonstrate the application of the procurement cycle

Entry Requirements

Mature applicants (i.e over 23 years)
Leaving Certificate Grade O6 at ordinary level in five subjects in the Leaving Certificate. Two of these subjects must be Mathematics and a language (English or Irish)
QQI Level 5 - Full award with a minimum of eight modules
Recognition of Prior Learning.

Long Description

Programme Content
• Principles of Procurement
• Operations and Logistics Management
• Inventory Management
• Spend Analysis and Category Management
• Tendering, Contract and Negotiation
• Professional Development, Career Planning and Work Based Project

Timetable Info

Student Induction Sessions will take place in AIT on Friday 18th September 2020 6.00pm to 9.00pm, Saturday 19th September 2020, 9.30am to 12.30pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm.
All registered students must attend one session, and you will be advised of your session when your application is processed.
All current regulations and public health guidelines in relation to social distancing will be in place at these sessions.

1 Year: 24 weeks. Monday and Wednesday7.00 pm - 9.00pm (Online) plus selected Saturdays in Athlone IT 9.30am - 4.30pm.

Semester 1 (2020): Oct 3rd, Oct 17th, Nov 14th, Nov 28th
Semester 2 (2021): Jan 23rd, Feb 6th, Mar 6th, Mar 20th

Online - 7.00pm Monday 21 September 2020

Delivery Location

Online and AIT

Delivery Notes

Blended Delivery - this course will be delivered mostly online with some face to face classroom based workshops on Saturdays.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Yvonne Sarsfield


Department of Lifelong Learning, Athlone Institute of Technology, Dublin Road, Athlone, Co Westmeath.


090 6483050



Application Procedures

This is a FREE programme for those that meet funding eligibility criteria.

AIT operates a two stage application process. You must complete both stages in order for your application to be assessed.

You must make your course application here on www.springboardcourses.ie
You must upload a copy of your highest/most relevant qualification, as per the entry requirements above to this application system.

When making your application (or as soon as possible after) you complete an eligibility declaration here:

https://tinyurl.com/yawowndq (please copy and paste this link into the address line of your browser)

On receipt of your completed course application and completed declaration an initial assessment will be made and you will receive a request from AIT to upload required documentation to a secure folder. You must complete this request as soon as possible after you receive it. It will expire after 5 days.

This request will ask for a scan/clear photo of the following documents to be uploaded:
Your most recent passport/drivers licence to verify your identity.
A copy of your highest/most relevant qualification, as per the entry requirements for your chosen course.

You must also upload a scan / photo of one of the following documents to demonstrate your funding eligibility.
1) If you are employed: a recent payslip / most recent P60 / letter from your employer confirming this (amounts must be redacted/blacked out from financial documents).
2) If you are unemployed: a DSP payment slip / letter from DSP confirming your payment type/what you are signing for.
3) If you are a returner who has been on home or other caring duties for 9 of the last 12 months OR you are economically dependent on a partner or spouse and have been unemployed for 9 of the last 12 months you must supply a notarised affidavit confirming this (a template for this is available here: INSERT AFFADAVIT LINK )
4) If you were previously self-employed: a letter/statement from Revenue stating that you are no longer trading or a similar letter from your (former) accountant.

Applicants that do not complete this declaration cannot be assessed for a place on the programme. Places are limited on all programmes, therefore it is imperative that you complete this when making your application (or as soon as possible afterwards).

Please contact Janine King, AIT if you have any queries in relation to this - email jking@ait.ie

The personal data being collected is required for assessing your eligibility for a place on this programme. If you are successful and accept an offer of a place then the details required for registration will be retained in line with our Student Privacy Policy – www.ait.ie/gdpr. Your redacted payslip/ P60 record will be held securely by AIT for at least 6 years, in line with ESF funding requirements. If you are not successful, or if you withdraw from the programme within six weeks of commencement, your data will be destroyed securely.

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