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Diploma of Purchasing - BSB51507

Supplier: apicsAU

This Diploma provides the skills and knowledge required by individuals wishing to pursue a career in an area of supply, purchasing, tendering or contract management.

Price Guide: POA

The qualification reflects the role of purchasing practitioners and managers who have a sound theoretical knowledge base in purchasing and can demonstrate a range of managerial skills to ensure that purchasing activities are effectively conducted in an organisation or business area.

The program is beneficial for individuals who have whole of procurement life cycle responsibilities or for those who have specific functional responsibility such as contract management or tendering. It is not limited to a particular industry or work setting. It is ideal for practitioners who have responsibility for the work of other staff. 

Job roles and titles in business vary across sectors, but graduates would typically fill the following positions:

  • Contract Manager
  • Inventory & Purchasing Manager
  • Purchasing Consultant
  • Purchasing Coordinator
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Site and Purchasing Coordinator.

Course content and format

The apics BSB51507 Diploma of Purchasing is comprised of nine units of competency. These nine units have been packaged into four modules and are offered by apics Chapters across Australia in an instructor-led format. Suitable for part-time and working students, each module is delivered either over 10 evenings or 4 full days.


The apics BSB51507 Diploma of Purchasing is a qualification under the Australian Qualifications Framework and students who wish to obtain the qualification need to undertake competency-based assessment or provide evidence of current competency via a recognition pathway. 

Students are required to complete a number of in-class and at-home activities to demonstrate not only their theoretical knowledge, but also an ability to apply that knowledge in real world circumstances. Students are assessed against Competency Standards which have been endorsed by industry groups and national bodies.

A determination of competency is made at the end of each module and a Statement of Attainment  awarded to students who successfully complete all requirements.

When a student has been assessed as competent against the criteria for all prescribed units they will be awarded the BSB51507 Diploma of Purchasing.

Program Content

Managing Purchasing Strategies and the Supply Chain

Unit: BSBPUR501B

Develop, implement and review purchasing strategies


  • Determine purchasing objectives
  • Develop purchasing strategies
  •  Implement purchasing strategies
  • Evaluate purchasing strategies and implement improvements

Unit: BSBPUR504B

Manage a supply chain


  • Implement demand driven supply chain management strategy
  • Manage a supply chain
  • Evaluate and improve supply chain effectiveness

Negotiating and Managing Supplier Relationships


Negotiate strategic procurement


  • Plan and prepare for strategic procurement negotiations
  • Undertake strategic procurement negotiations
  • Finalise strategic procurement negotiations

Unit: BSBPUR502B

Manage supplier relationships


  • Managing purchasing agreements
  • Resolve disagreements with suppliers
  • Finalise agreements
  • Review performance of suppliers

Establishing and Managing Contracts and Contract Performance


Plan to manage a contract


  • Confirm contract requirements
  • Prepare contract management plan
  • Develop stakeholder relationships
  •  Implement contract strategies
  • Implement contractual strategies
  • Implement contractual arrangements


Manage contract performance


  • Manage the business relationship
  • Manage performance of the contract
  • Manage contract issues
  • Implement communication and information strategy

Managing Business Records, Risk and International Purchasing

Unit: BSBRKG502B

Manage and monitor business or records systems


  • Determine requirements or modifications
  • Devise an appropriate  recordkeeping system
  • Develop an implementation plan
  • Monitor and review business or records system
  • Identify and respond to problems and changes

Unit: BSBRSK501A

Manage risk


  • Establish risk context
  • Identify risks
  • Analyse risks
  • Select and implement treatments

Unit: BSBPUR503B

Manage international purchasing


  • Develop and document strategies for international purchasing
  • Implement international purchasing strategies
  • Undertake more complex international purchasing
  • Determine payment strategies
  • Arrange barter or countertrade
  • Determine logistics strategies
  • Evaluate international purchasing strategies and implement identified improvements

apics in partnership with Major Training Services (RTO ID90748) has been authorised to deliver training and conduct assessments for the BSB51507 Diploma of Purchasing

Contact your local apics chapter for more details.

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