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Who can Apply?

Your Organisation – you might be a University, College, Professional Association, company training organisation, or a partnership of some or all of these kinds of organisation providing programs at an intellectual equivalence of a first degree.  Outcome based, the Standard is flexible to cope with all kinds of organisation and delivery structures. What is non-negotiable is that your program meets the required standard of breadth and depth at an intellectual equivalence of a first degree (this means a program from which a graduate has achieved an outcome with an intellectual equivalence of one from a formal first degree program, either through the depth of the program itself, the entry requirement to the programme or similar).

What type of purchasing and supply program can be accredited?

The aim of the process is to recognise as wide a variety of learning programs, designations and awards as possible.  Full time, part-time and distance learning programs can all be considered.  The Board will also consider programs that are delivered in partnership and at multi-site locations.  In addition to formally recognised and certified programs which take individuals through specific prescribed content, the Board can also consider awards which are achieved through experiential learning or through a combination of accredited and experiential learning.

Criteria and Content for Supply Chain Programs


Programs of learning submitted for accreditation should be at an intellectual equivalence of a first degree with sufficient breadth and depth to to demonstrate a degree level standard.  Typically, programs are likely to be of three or four years duration, though this is not mandatory, and will depend to an extent to the delivery mechanism used and intellectual entry requirements of the program.


The following eight topic areas are at the core of the Purchasing and Supply Global Standard and all programs of learning, including awards achieved by experiential learning, must include these topics:

  • Pre-contract

  • Sourcing

  • Contracting and legal issues

  • Supplier management and performance

  • Relationships

  • Technology

  • Professionalism, management, Ethics and CSR

  • Strategy and strategic issues


These eight topic areas should comprise a minimum of 70% of the overall program of learning.  In addition, there are a number of themes which are more general business disciplines of which purchasing and supply management professionals should have some knowledge.  As an illustration, not exhaustive, these are the types of areas which would be considered appropriate:

  • Marketing

  • Storage and distribution

  • Operations management in the supply chain

  • Sustainable procurement

  • Project management

  • Finance


There may be other areas of study which could be equally appropriate for purchasing and supply management professionals in particular industry sectors or geographical areas.  Applicants are encouraged to include these in their application for recognition where appropriate – just accompany them with a clear and rational justification for their inclusion.

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