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

University College Cork (CSCM)
Key Programme Details

Certificate (Special Purpose Award)

NFQ Level

Level 7 About NFQ

Delivery Method



Part Time

ECTS Credits


General Information

Lorna Moloney






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



UCC Springboard+ Programme Coordinator

Important Dates
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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 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.

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.

Long Description

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.

The 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.

Modules include:
• Introduction to SCM, Lean Thinking and CPD
• Introducing Lean to the Supply Chain
• Enhancing Supply Chain Performance
• Information Technology in Supply Chains
• Inventory and Operations Management
• Purchasing Negotiation and Supply Chain Design

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.

Timetable Info

Classes will be delivered on campus subject to public heath guidelines. Combination of Wednesday & Thursday (9.00am - 5.00pm) & Saturday morning (9.00am - 1pm) - Once per month ( Sep, Oct, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar)

Delivery Notes


Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Lorna Moloney


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






Application Procedures

In advance of applying for this course, please familiarise yourself with the programme entry requirements detailed on this page, as well as the Springboard+ eligibility criteria outlined at https://springboardcourses.ie/eligibility.

To take a course through Springboard+ you will need to:

1. be living full-time in the Republic of Ireland
2. have your own, valid PPS Number
3. meet the nationality/visa requirement
- You are an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss national or:
- You have permission to remain in Ireland as a family member of an EU citizen or;
- You have Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM on your GNIB residence card or;
- You have official refugee status in Ireland / are here on the basis of refugee family reunification or;
- You have been granted Humanitarian Leave to Remain in the State (prior to the Immigration Act 1999) or;
- You have permission to remain following the Minister’s decision not to make a deportation order.
4. have lived in either the EU, the EEA, the UK or Switzerland for at least 3 out of the last 5 years
- If you are a Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM holder, residency is calculated from the date you received your stamp. Any time before this cannot be counted.
- If you have refugee status in Ireland, residency is counted from the date you applied for International Protection.

Please ensure that you have ALL of the following documentation available at the time of application:

1. Copies of transcripts and parchments for any previous educational qualifications that demonstrate how you meet the programme entry requirements.

2. Application statement - please describe in a maximum of 500 words why you wish to study this course at UCC and explain how you meet the programme entry requirements. Applicants should also reflect on their ability to commit to the course's delivery method - whether on campus in UCC or online.

3. Detailed and up-to-date CV.

4. Proof of selected category of applicant, i.e. employed, self-employed, unemployed, or returner. Please see https://springboardcourses.ie/eligibility for acceptable documentation for each category.

5. Copy of IELTS/TOEFL/Duolingo certificate for non-native English speakers demonstrating level required by programme entry requirements.

6. Proof of meeting the nationality/residency requirement if applicable (Relevant applicants must provide evidence of residency for 3 out of the last 5 years).

PLEASE NOTE: Documents must be combined into one zip file and uploaded. Uploading of multiple documents is currently not facilitated. To create a zip file in Windows:
1. Select the files you want to add to the zip file. Selecting files.
2. Right-click one of the files. A menu will appear.
3. In the menu, click Send to and select Compressed (zipped) folder.
4. A zip file will appear. If you want, you can type a new name for the zip file.


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.


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.

We envisage three rounds of offers for successful applicants on July 14th, July 28th and August 16th. All unsuccessful applicants will be informed asap to afford them the opportunity to apply for alternative courses.

Eligibility for Springboard+ course will be checked at application stage and at course registration - proof of status must be provided on each occasion. Further verification checks will occur at least twice during the year where students will be expected to confirm their registration and status on the Springboard+ website.