Certificate in Supply Chain Management (Certificate in Supply Chain Management)

University College Cork (CSCM)
Key Programme Details


NFQ Level

Level 7 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Classroom


Part Time

ECTS Credits



Department of Food Business and Development

General Information

Lorna Moloney






Adult Continuing Education,
University College Cork,
The Laurels,
Western Road,



UCC Springboard+ Programme Coordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date


About this Course

Pressing environmental challenges and the need for sustainable responses from business, the disruptive impact and potential of digital technology, and shifting trading patterns such as Brexit, all emphasise the importance of supply chain management (SCM). Therefore, it is not surprising that businesses continue to invest in building SCM competence. University College Cork has been active in supporting this competency building for many years, offering part-time programmes (producing >1,000 graduates), that aim to build operational excellence that delivers sustainable business processes.

The Certificate n Supply Chain Management programme will appeal to participants who wish to work in various functions along the supply chain e.g. procurement, production planning, and inventory management; and it will actively support the upskilling of employees in the areas of Food & Drink, Engineering, Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical, Medtech, & ICT.

Entry Requirements

Candidates wishing to be considered for entry to this programme will be at least 21 years of age by 1 January of the year of application, with a minimum of three years relevant work experience (as deemed appropriate by the Academic Programme Director).

English Language Requirements: All applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level 6 or the equivalent TOEFL score.

Places are limited and will be awarded on a competitive basis. Candidates may be invited to interview by the programme team to assess their suitability for the programme.

Long Description

The Certificate in Supply Chain Management will provide a holistic understanding of the dynamics of supply chains and enhance the ability to continually improve supply chain performance. This part-time programme seeks to maximise participants' previous and/or current work experience by providing a structured approach to the key elements of Lean SCM, e.g. improve supply chain efficiency and effectiveness; enhance process design, customer services and information services; and provide all organisational functions with an acute awareness of costs and the ability to enhance value-adding activities.

The aim of this Certificate is to deliver an integrated teaching programme using innovative continuing education pedagogy. The Certificate includes a Green Belt in Lean SCM, offered in association with the Leading Edge Group (applied/practitioner partners) and accredited by the Institute of Industrial Engineers, Ireland (IIE). Adopting this Lean SCM approach, this Certificate aims to build operational excellence that delivers sustainable business processes. Success is evident in the number of Lean SCM Green Belt projects implemented during the programme to date i.e. 250 projects, across 114 companies.

Why Choose This Course

The Certificate in SCM will provide you with a rigorous grounding in supply chain management across the entire organisation. The course ensures that you will appreciate the fundamental concepts and principles of SCM and be able apply them in your place of employment. Key benefits of the course include:improving supply chain efficiency and effectiveness enhancing process design, customer services and information services providing all organisational functions with acute awareness of costs and the ability to enhance value-adding activities. The Certificate comprises six modules (30 credits) - three of these modules (15 credits) are Lean SCM Green Belt Modules.

Career Opportunities

A dedicated UCC EMPLOYABILITY AND WORK PLACEMENT COACH will work with the students and provide a tiered approach to supporting the participants with the development of their job readiness and their transition into employment. The activities of the Coach will be structured to meet the differing needs of the 3 categories of eligible applicants for the 2020 Springboard+ call: those unemployed and previously self-employed; returners; and those in employment. Main activities will include:

1. ONE-TO-ONE CAREER COACHING to formulate Individual CAREER ACTION PLANS leading to employment: Individual career coaching will be provided for each participant to reflect on:
* Where they are now in their careers;
* Where they want to be;
* Strategies for gaining employment on completion of their Springboard+ course.
These individual coaching sessions will be customised to the needs of the student within the three categories of Springboard+ 2020 applicants.

2. JOB READINESS WORKSHOPS to complement individual coaching sessions will be built into the programme as outlined below:
* Positioning oneself for job readiness (4 workshops): Setting realistic career objectives; Understanding strengths and skills; Learning from successful role models; Developing a career management strategy.
* Moving forward into a job (4 workshops): Taking action by developing career goals and implementing them;
* Creative job-hunting both on-line and off-line; Written applications, CVs and interview preparation and Implementing career plans.
* Small Group Workplace skills training will also be delivered to help individuals with barriers to employment to gain confidence, develop the people skills and the insights needed to transition to the world of work.

3. Participants will be given the opportunity to MEET EMPLOYERS by:
* Attending UCC organised recruitment fairs, jobs roadshows and other events where employers will be invited on campus to meet students;
*Attending employer-led events on building workplace competencies.
*Meet with employers for informational interviews.

Timetable Info

Combination of Wednesday & Thursday (9.00am - 5.00pm) & Saturday morning (9.00am - 1pm) - Once per month ( Sep, Oct, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar)

Delivery Location

UCC & online

Delivery Notes

* Given the current public health advice around social distancing, this programme will likely be delivered in a blended manner comprising live online classes, online recordings, and face-to-face teaching where possible.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Lorna Moloney





RPL Information

RPL may be used by Springboard participants applying to this course to gain admission to the programme where an applicant many not otherwise reach the standard educational qualification entry requirements.

Application Procedures

Apply online at www.springboardcourses.ie.

Candidates are advised to apply early as high demand is anticipated and places are limited.

Applications will NOT be assessed until all supporting documentation has been received. Please ensure that you have the following documentation available at the time of application:

* Copies of transcripts and parchments for any previous relevant educational qualifications

* Current CV

* References where applicable

* Application Statement (In 500 words or less, please state why you wish to study this programme at University College Cork and explain how you meet the programme entry requirements).

* Copy of IELTS/TOEFL certificate for non-native English speakers

PLEASE NOTE: Documents must be combined into one zip file and uploaded. Uploading of multiple documents is currently not facilitated.


No fee applicable for jobseekers (unemployed and formerly self-employed) and returners (homemakers, carers, etc.).

Fee applicable for those currently in employment - €350. This fee will be collected by UCC prior to the commencement of the course.

**Please note that this course may be closed prior to the application deadline if all places are filled**