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Diploma of Purchasing (BSB51515) online

Course Code BSB51515

Accreditation Nationally Recognised

Study Mode 100% Online

Course Duration Maximum 24 months


Unlock the next level of your career with our Purchasing qualification.

Purchasing is a steadily growing, in-demand job function responsible for the sourcing and supply of resources to ensure that a business is able to meet any and all stakeholder requirements. Purchasing professionals must be able to build and maintain strong relationships with suppliers while also using analytical skills to manage inefficiencies in the supply chain.

With workplace-based assessments and course content designed for the modern working environment, we strive to get you job-ready, competent, confident and qualified to succeed in your Purchasing Career.

100% online, self-paced study

  • Study where you want, when you want
  • Fit your study time around your lifestyle
  • Access the course from anywhere, any time
  • Fast-track through what you already know
  • No need to attend unnecessary scheduled classes or tutorials
  • No strict or unreasonable deadlines to meet
  • No theory-based exams or essays

Course Details

Get job-ready with industry relevant units designed to help you succeed

As a result of completing your online Diploma of Purchasing, you’ll be able to confidently understand and apply the most appropriate purchasing strategy for your business.

There are 5 core units of competency and 3 electives:

BSBPUR501 Develop, implement and review Purchasing strategies
BSBPUR502 Manage Supplier Relationships
BSBPUR504 Manage a Supply Chain
BSBRKG502 Manage and Monitor business or records systems
BSBRSK501 Manage Risk
BSBCUS501 Manage Quality Customer Service
BSBFIM501 Manage Budgets and Financial Plans
BSBMGT516 Facilitate Continuous Improvement

Our courses are 100% online and are self-paced.

This means you can choose to study on a more intense time schedule, or just fit it around your lifestyle when you can.
Generally, our courses may be completed in around 12 months with a full-time study load or in 12-24 months on a part-time study load. This will depend on the course itself, the number of units, amount of elective content you choose to complete and your own schedule and learning style. At CAL, we allow a generous 24-month standard course enrolment duration so you have the freedom to study at your own pace.

We provide engaging tutorials, industry-relevant assessments and work-ready learning outcomes.

  • Complete the course your way – at your own time, pace and convenience
  • You win from the start with no classes, no rush hour dash or parking hassles
  • Tutorials are easily navigated and the order can be adapted to your priorities
  • Unit quizzes serve to demonstrate knowledge obtained
  • You receive a personal learning plan and regular feedback and personal assistance from our experienced facilitators
  • Learning occurs on the job and you can apply your knowledge while you study for immediate results

Depending on your current skills and amount of experience you have, you may qualify for Recognition of Prior Learning and be eligible for course acceleration.

Get ahead in your career with:

There are more options for career advancement available after securing a Diploma of Purchasing. Many students choose to complete a Double Diploma or go onto complete further study such as:

There are no formal prerequisite study requirements.

In order to succeed in our online qualifications, our students are required to:

  • Be 18 years or older at the time of registration
  • Demonstrate the required level of competency in English language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills

The required level of competency in English LLN skills for Diploma and Certificate IV qualifications is ACSF Level 3.

To ensure you have the ACSF skills necessary to commence study with us, you may be required to complete an LLN test if English is not your first language and you do not hold any nationally recognised Australian qualifications.
Upon enrolment, all students will also be assessed over time by their learning coach for their language, literacy and numeracy skills. Where these levels fall below the requisite ACSF standard for the qualification, the coach will advise the student of the remedial options open to them. This may involve additional support or withdrawal of enrolment and refund of fees paid.
Please refer to the relevant CAL Policies and the Student Handbook for full details of the entry-level requirements procedure.

While there is no formal prerequisite study required to enter this qualification, it is beneficial for students to have some relevant industry experience to assist with the learning application required for this course. This may have been obtained through formal and/or informal training, work experience and life experience.


Technical Requirements

You will need regular access to a laptop, desktop computer or another device with the following:

  • An adequate and reliable internet connection
  • At least the equivalent of Microsoft Office, with word-processing capabilities and spreadsheets (eg: Google Docs, iWork, etc)
  • A PDF Reader installed

Get credit for demonstrated skills and knowledge

If you have extensive experience in the industry with a high level of knowledge, competency and ability, you may be eligible for RPL.
This process may enable you to get unit credits for competencies you’ve already demonstrated so you can fast-track your qualification.

Learn more about Recognition of Prior Learning here or contact us to see what you might qualify for.

CAL Offer flexible payment plans to suit any budget

At The College for Adult Learning, we understand that not all students are in a position to pay for their studies upfront. For this reason we offer flexible weekly or monthly payment plans that can suit any lifestyle or budget.

Payment Plan Payment Amount Payment Plan Length Total Amount Paid
Discounted Upfront Payment $2995 One Payment* $2995
12 x Monthly Payments $280 12 Months $3360
52 x Weekly Payments $65 12 Months $3380
18 x Monthly Payments $190 18 Months $3420
78 x Weekly Payments $44 18 Months $3432

*Please note: The College for Adult Learning’s obligations as an RTO include taking actions to protect your fees. These protections exist to ensure that you can enrol with confidence. The principal protection which is provided to you is a pre-paid fee limit; CAL will never require you to pay more than $1,500 in advance and will never allow your advance payment balance to rise above $1,500.

In conformance with the protections, you will only be required to pay $1495 at the time of registration, with a $90 recurring monthly payment debited for the next 17 months (final payment of $60). This amounts to a total fee of $2995.

FEE-HELP and VET Loans

In order to maintain the high-quality training we’re so proud of, we are not affiliated with FEE-HELP schemes or VET Student Loans, and remain a Fee For Service provider.
We understand the financial pressure and concerns that come with undertaking study, so we keep our prices highly competitive and offer flexible payment plans to suit all budgets and lifestyles.

Don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 907 870 to discuss a flexible plan that suits your budget

Course Outcomes

Get a nationally recognised and respected qualification

Adding a nationally accredited qualification to your arsenal will show potential employers that you’re serious about succeeding in your Purchasing career.

You’ll study standardised, industry-relevant units that will encourage you to apply your knowledge and learning in real-world situations and gain real, job-ready skills.
Awarded by the Australian Government, this Diploma of Purchasing (BSB51515) is recognised and respected nationally so there’s nothing left standing in your road to success.

  • The diploma course is designed in consultation with industry experts to give you the skills necessary to be a successful Purchasing Professional.
  • Make smart purchasing decisions backed by proven best practices and manage the supply chain process from budgeting through to reporting and recording inventory and inflow/outflow performance.
  • Practical applications and assessments based on workplace evidence.
  • The skills taught within the course have been structured to give you superior flexibility when applying them in the workplace
  • A qualification you can trust.

Invest in your career with a qualification

Purchasing professionals are involved in all aspects of the company’s business, from product sourcing, finding cost savings, corporate strategy to production. Some common industries demanding skilled purchasing managers are retail stores, manufacturing, FMCG, car dealerships, and many others.

  • Starting salary of $67 000 for Purchasing Agents and Buyers*
  • Median Salary of $97 000 for Procurement Manager’s*
  • Median salary of $98 000 for Category Manager’s*

The Modern Purchasing Professional

This course is designed to give you the skills needed to understand and apply the most appropriate purchasing strategy for your business. Buyers work can be challenging, ranging from fostering relationships with suppliers to build strong partnerships, through to maximising your supply chain efficiency with the available resources.
Through completing this diploma you will be able to:

  • Understand and apply the most appropriate purchasing strategy for your business
  • Foster positive partnerships with suppliers
  • Budget and plan for new and existing strategies and products
  • Understand how to find inefficiencies in the supply chain and address them going forward
  • Make smart purchasing decisions backed by proven best practices
  • Manage inventory and business records systems
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