Supply chain management is an essential part of the daily lives of everyone across the globe. It includes planning, executing, and monitoring the movement of goods through a distribution channel, ensuring value creation for the end customer. The importance of a fully functional supply chain was on full display during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the virus and fear spread worldwide, supermarket shelves of toilet paper and hand sanitizers were only the visible impacts customers saw. Behind the scenes were production stoppages, shortages of raw materials, and many other factors that made up the reality of the virus's impact on a fragile supply chain.

Careers in supply chain management are not only exciting and lucrative but also offer endless opportunities to succeed. According to the US Bureau of Labor, the median starting salary for Supply Chain Specialists/Logisticians is $75,000 a year, with significant increases in salaries projected throughout one's career. UW-Platteville's Supply Chain Management certificate program can open doors in this high-demand industry.

Course Descriptions

  • Course 1 will serve as an introduction to the world of material management. It will provide an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals surrounding the operational activity called material management and will focus primarily on the fundamentals of material management as a functional activity. Without a solid understanding of material management basics, appreciating the important role it can play is difficult.

  • Course 2 addresses what firms do to plan, determine the capacity needed to execute their Material Requirements Plans, and manage their inventory. Additionally, we will explore how firms use demand forecasting to predict inventory levels needed to meet customer demand. Finally, we will discuss how firms can reduce the costs associated with holding inventory.

  • In Course 3, the discussion will revolve around the importance of inventory integrity where the physical matches the systemic inventory. Process development and the elimination of waste within the process will also be examined using Lean Six Sigma. In addition, the product life cycle of inventory and the different stages that a product moves through during its life will be examined. Furthermore, we will discuss warehouse management and explore the transportation/shipping methods used in industry to support a global platform. Finally, Total Quality Management (TQM) methodology will be examined.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define the term supply chain.
  • Distinguish the difference between a domestic versus a global supply chain.
  • Recognize the relationship between the supply chain organization and its suppliers and customers.
  • Realize the importance of process interaction and development along the supply chain.
  • Identify the many departments and functional make-up of the supply chain organization.
  • Demonstrate your understanding of the process by which a company adds value to a product or service that the end customer would be willing to buy.
  • Understand the importance of implementing sustainability within the supply chain.
  • Identify Lean and Six Sigma methodology used to reduce waste along the supply chain.   
  • Explore the role logisticians and transportation carriers play in transporting goods around the globe.
  • Identify Supply chain risk and risk mitigation plans that organizations employ.
  • Understand the importance of using an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system to standardize all organization processes.
  • Examine the advanced technology being used to manage the supply chain.

Program Features

  • Course series offered 100% online in a hybrid asynchronous model designed for working professionals' demanding schedules.
  • Courses may be taken in any order.
  • These courses are available to anyone, no prior degree is required.
  • Includes an electronic badge and printed certificate of completion and 4.5 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) following the successful completion of all three modules.
  • Achieve a B or higher in each course and you may request “credit for professional experience” if you apply for admission to the UW-Platteville Master of Science in Integrated Supply Chain Management program. If you qualify, the university grants three credits of advanced standing toward completion of your master’s degree.

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Registration

Cost: $1,885 bundled for all three courses or $695 per course, plus textbooks/resources required.

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Financial assistance

If you are in need of financial assistance:

  • Sallie Mae offers private student educational loans.
  • Workforce development assistance may be available through federal, state, and local offices.

This program qualifies for graduate credit.

To apply for the UW-Platteville graduate program, follow these instructions.

After being accepted, request a grade transcript of the certificate course using the transcript form.

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