Course Brief

This course is designed for those new to purchasing, as well as for veteran professionals looking for a refresher course to reinforce existing skills. It will also be of interest to persons who have to interact with the purchasing department as part of the purchasing process in an organization.

Related Procurement and Supply programmes:

On completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Understand the evolution of purchasing from a clerical function to strategic procurement and supply management
  • Understand the principles and procedures for the effective operations and governance of the function
  • Know the main ethical challenges and the code of behaviour to be followed to overcome them
  • Understand the basics of negotiating and the importance of negotiations in supply management
  • Understand the legal framework within which purchasing operates
  • Become familiar with some of the tools and techniques used in purchasing
  • Become familiar with the key aspects of supplier selection and international purchasing

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ONLINE28-Apr-202-Jun-20Tue5:30pm – 8:30pm$2,000.00*
Champs Fleurs3-Oct-207-Nov-20Sat9:00am – 12:00pm$1,850.00

* Cost includes TT$150.00 registration fee.




  • Purchasing

    This course enables participants to demonstrate an understanding of purchasing as it evolved through the years to procurement and supply management. Participants will develop an understanding of the driving forces behind this evolution and of the current role and expected outcomes of procurement in the organizational setting. The need for, and the nature and importance of the governance of the function through policies, procedures and standards of ethical behaviour will also be addressed. The course then takes participants through some of the specialized tools and techniques as well as through some key areas such as supplier selection, negotiating, the legal framework and international purchasing. This unit will provide learners with the ability to develop an understanding of the purchasing process and the various activities that form part of the process; with special emphasis on the ethical standards required.

    Target Audience

    The course is designed for purchasing managers, marketing and sales managers, materials and logistics officers, buyers and management personnel involved in purchasing decisions. It is particularly suited for persons looking to buy from low cost countries.


    Related Procurement and Supply programmes: