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Supply Chain Practitioner Qualification

The future of procurement lies in greater effectiveness and integration within the wider Supply Chain.

  • Whether you're considering a career in procurement or already working in the field, you'll know that procurement professionals need to integrate and collaborate within the supply chain to increase their value to the organisation.
  • Being qualified in procurement within the supply chain context positions professionals well and allows them to explore career opportunities in other parts of the supply chain.
  • Commerce Edge South Africa will assist and guide you on your journey to becoming a Supply Chain Professional. Commerce Edge is offering a one year, nationally recognised and internationally aligned qualification, to graduate you as a Supply Chain Practitioner.

Combines online learning with online classrooms

Commerce Edge’s Supply Chain Practitioner Qualification blends together online learning with online classrooms. The ability to complete your course work in your own time, on an online learning system that gives you quick access to your tutor, has made this mode of studying towards a qualification increasingly popular.

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SAQA ID: 110942 NQF Level 5 180 Credits

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the required knowledge, practical skills and workplace-based learning experience to prepare a learner to operate as a Supply Chain Practitioner. A Supply Chain Practitioner develops operational schedules and action plans to coordinate service delivery in the supply chain in accordance with customer/end user requirements and performance objectives, and manages relationships with customers/end users and suppliers.

The study of Supply Chain Management (SCM) highlights the focus on the movement of storage materials, data, inventory, goods and finances to the point of purchase from the point of origin. Numerous processes involved in this process are developed to ensure the dealing of and with the coordination of supply chains within and among various businesses.

This qualification develops the following:

  • Develop and coordinate operational schedules for supply chain operational plans.
  • Monitor execution of supply chain operational schedules.

Qualification Modules:

  • Foundations of Supply Chain Management
  • Transport and Distribution
  • Inventory and Warehousing
  • Production and Procurement

3-6 months RPL Journey

Entry Requirements

Grade 12

Qualification Rules
Knowledge Modules Workplace Modules
  • Supply Chain Environments
  • Supply Chain Operations
  • Supply Chain Workflow
  • Inventory and Logistics Operations
  • Optimising Supply Chain Relationships
  • Operational/divisional planning processes and procedures
  • Procedures and processes for sourcing products and services from external suppliers
  • Organisation's logistics systems and procedures
  • Organisational client and supplier relationship policies and procedures
  • Organisational contract implementation, monitoring and controlling procedures
  • Organisation's performance and risk awareness processes and procedures
  • Stores and stock administration processes within the supply chain
  • Distribution systems and procedures within the supply chain
Practical Modules
  • Scan environment for impact on supply chain
  • Execute supply chain operational activities
  • Analyse and interpret suply chain workflow processes
  • Perform inventory and logistics operations
  • Optimise supply chain relationships
International Comparability

The international comparability was conducted to identify occupational standards or qualifications used in other countries that contain indicators of best practice and can be adopted into this qualification.

The following possible best practices were identified and these components are prevalent in this qualification:

  • From the Australian Qualifications Framework, modules in relevant functional areas (especially Procurement & Contracting and Transport & Distribution) were identified
  • The Dutch Purchasing Association (NEVI) provides best practices for the functional tasks and job profiles.
  • The United States Institute of Supply Management also provides relevant information regarding the functional tasks and job profiles.
  • The US Supply Chain Council outlines the Supply Chain processes underlying the Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) model was used.

These were therefore considered during the functional analysis and occupational mapping processes. Thus, the curriculum contains the following components: Purchasing, Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management but the coverage of International Trade and Export is limited.

Conclusion: The identification of tasks and job profiles is based upon the information outlined by the Dutch Purchasing Association (NEVI) and United States Institute of Supply Management, resulting in valid and credible outputs that informed the development of the qualifications. In addition, the best practices advocated by the above-mentioned countries have been incorporated into the qualification to ensure learners are able to develop internationally recognised competencies.


QCTO (Registration No: QCTOSDP00180607-918)

What do the fees include?
  • Learner workshop fees
  • Content and online resources (eg. CONNECT)
  • Learner modular exam fees (not the Final Summative Assessment
  • Learner Portfolio of Evidence Collection File
Additional Information
  • Students need to find a willing workplace to address the workplace experience module requirements, with subject matter experts - an MoU to be signed according to QCTO requirements.
  • Training methodology is distance learner with organised workshops per Cluster Subject.
  • Workshop times will be from 08:00 to 16:00 (unless otherwise arranged and communicated).
  • Webinar sessions will be scheduled where applicable per Cluster Subject.
  • All activities (online and written) need to be completed per Cluster Subject before progressing to the next Cluster Subject. Should the completion fall outside of the qualification time frame, additional fees may be applicable.
  • All modules need to be completed successfully before application for the External Assessment Examination.

Contact Info

Supply Chain Qualification Enquiries

Roberta Roberts

Professional Development Consultant

Tel: +27 (0) 86 133 4326 Ext 303

Cell: +27 (0) 73 285 0626

Email: roberta@commerce-edge.com


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Fundamentals of Stores and Stock Control
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Introduction to Supplier Relationship Management
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Legal Aspects in Purchasing and Supply Management
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