Introduction to Purchasing

Short course through online learning with quiz to reinforce learning and certificate download.

The Business School


£20 inc VAT
Study method
Online, self-paced
10 hours
Access to content
Access until course completion
No formal qualification
Additional info
  • Certificate of completion available and is included in the price

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This short course is delivered via our well-established Virtual Learning Environment. All course content is fully available via the screen or for download and can be accessed anytime, anywhere so you can plan your own schedule.

This course contributes to your Continuing Professional Development and can be added to your CV to show your own commitment to development.

Remember that your CPD needs to be broad and this course can be used to start your learning journey, to add to your existing, or to familiarise yourself with an industry you may be involved in.

Learners complete a quiz to reinforce their learning on specific topics and can then download a certificate of completion.


This introductory course offers a broad understanding of the principles, applications and concepts of purchasing and buying. It gives Learners the opportunity to gain introductory knowledge on which to build.

It introduces learners to the concept of procurement. The process of procurement is having an increasing influence on the profitability and competitive advantage of organisations today and this course emphasises the need to achieve a professional procurement function. The introduction to purchasing will examine the scope of purchasing; sourcing and contract law; progress monitoring; control and global sourcing.

This course is based on professional standards from The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK. CILT (UK) is the UK territorial body of CILT, which has a presence in more than 30 countries across the world. This network of members and contacts can connect all CILT members wherever they are in the world and constitutes the greatest resource of professional expertise within our areas of interest.

Who is this course for?

The course is designed for new entrants and is suitable for front line and supervisory staff working in the industry.


This is an open access qualification.

Career path

This course is based on the CILT (UK) Level 2 Certificate in Logistics and Transport, and learners have the opportunity to move onto the full course via our Virtual Learning Environment.

The full course has expert tutor support, registration and certification from CILT (UK). It offers a number of flexible optional units to align with your aspirations.

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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as ABC Awards and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.


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