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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Occupational Certificate: Procurement Officer 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
111445  Occupational Certificate: Procurement Officer 
ORIGINATOR
Development Quality Partner - TETA (Management) 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
-   OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Occupational Certificate  Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies  Procurement 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  180  Not Applicable  NQF Level 05  Regular-ELOAC 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Registered  SAQA 10126/19  2019-10-24  2024-10-24 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2025-10-24   2028-10-24  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:
The purpose of this qualification is to provide the learner with the required knowledge, practical skills and workplace based experience to prepare the learner to operate as a Procurement Officer. A Procurement Officer coordinates the procurement and supply of goods or services, manages contracts and negotiations with suppliers, and monitors the implementation of procurement schedules.

Qualifying learners will be able to:
  • Develop and coordinate implementation of operational schedules for procurement and supply.
  • Manage procurement and supply relationships and contracts.
  • Monitor and measure procurement and supply performance.

    Rationale:
    Procurement is a function of the supply chain and therefore falls within the broader scope of supply chain management that covers a number of disciplines and occupations in the fields of procurement, logistics and sales.

    The importance of a progression path in support of continuous professional development within the supply chain, aligned to requirements of international professional bodies in this sector, becomes increasingly important in a global environment.

    It therefore became necessary to ensure better alignment with international requirements as well as the need for better integration between the various supply chain components during the revision of the current South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) registered qualification 91788: Occupational Certificate: Purchasing Officer.

    This revised qualification reflects the needs of the international professional bodies and focuses on the development and coordinated implementation of operational schedules with regard to purchasing and supply.

    Qualified Procurement Officers are critical to the on-going performance and improvement of procurement functions in both the public and private sectors. On completion of the qualification job opportunities would be available in both the public and private sector locally and internationally and provide opportunities for career pathways and life-long learning in the supply chain.

    Target groups identified include learners with an NQF Level 5 qualification or persons who have been working in the supply chain in the fields of purchasing and/or supply and who want to formalise their skills and knowledge.

    Employers in both the public and private sector will benefit from appointing qualified workers with relevant and current competencies in purchasing and supply. Qualified workers will contribute to increased productivity and legislative compliance. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
    RPL for Access to the External Integrated Summative Assessment:
    Accredited providers and approved workplaces must apply the internal assessment criteria specified in the related curriculum document to establish and confirm prior learning. Accredited providers and workplaces must confirm prior learning by issuing a statement of results or by certifying a work experience record.

    RPL for Access to the Qualification:
    Accredited providers and approved workplaces may recognise prior learning against the relevant access requirements.

    Entry Requirements:
    NQF Level 4 qualification with Mathematical Literacy. 

    RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    This qualification is made up of the following compulsory Knowledge, Practical Skills and Work Experience Modules:

    Knowledge Modules:
  • 332302-001-01-00-KM-01, Introduction to Supply Chain Management, Level 5, 10 Credits.
  • 332302-001-01-00-KM-02, Demand Execution Management Operations, Level 5, 10 Credits.
  • 332302-001-01-00-KM-03, Sourcing in Procurement and Supply, Level 6, 12 Credits.
  • 332302-001-01-00-KM-04, Inventory Management, Level 5, 10 Credits.
  • 332302-001-01-00-KM-05, Negotiating and Contracting in Procurement and Supply, Level 5, 10 Credits.
  • 332302-001-01-00-KM-06, Procurement Operations, Level 5, 13 Credits.
  • 332302-001-01-00-KM-07, Returns Management, Level 5, 7 Credits.
  • 332302-001-01-00-KM-08, Performance Management and Improvement of Operations, Level 5, 7 Credits.

    Total number of credits for Knowledge Modules: 79.

    Practical Skill Modules:
  • 332302-001-01-00-PM-01, Develop Procurement and Supply Operational Schedules, Level 5, 6 Credits.
  • 332302-001-01-00-PM-02, Coordinate and Implement Procurement and Supply Operational Schedules, Level 5, 6 Credits.
  • 332302-001-01-00-PM-03, Develop a Sourcing Plan and Assess Suitability of Potential Suppliers, Level 6, 15 Credits.
  • 332302-001-01-00-PM-04, Prepare for Negotiations with Suppliers, Level 6, 13 Credits.
  • 332302-001-01-00-PM-05, Manage Contract Implementation and Service Level Agreements, Level 5, 10 Credits.
  • 332302-001-01-00-PM-06, Monitor Implementation of Demand Execution and Customer Relationship Activities, Level 5, 8 Credits.
  • 332302-001-01-00-PM-06, Monitor Operational Procurement related Activities, Level 5, 5 Credits.

    Total number of credits for Practical Skill Modules: 63.

    Work Experience Modules:
  • 332302-001-01-00-WM-01, Processes for the Development and Coordination of Procurement and Supply Operational Procedures, Level 5, 14 Credits.
  • 332302-001-01-00-WM-02, Procurement Relationships and Contract Management Processes, Level 5, 10 Credits.
  • 332302-001-01-00-WM-03, Processes for Monitoring and Evaluating Procurement and Supply Operational Schedules, Level 5, 14 Credits.

    Total number of credits for Work Experience Modules: 38. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Develop and coordinate operational schedules for demand execution (order) management and procurement and supply.
    2. Identify and formalise procurement and supply relationships.
    3. Assess execution of procurement and supply operational schedules. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • Align operational schedules for demand execution (order) management with operational plans and performance objectives that cover all functional responsibilities.
  • Align developed operational schedules for procurement and supply with operational plans and performance objectives that cover all functional responsibilities.
  • Describe comprehensive processes for the coordination and communication of effective demand execution management operational schedules implementation.
  • Describe comprehensive processes for the coordination and communication of effective purchasing and supply operational schedules implementation.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • Evaluate different methods to analyse supplier organisation and market position.
  • Evaluate sourcing processes to create added value.
  • Evaluate the elements for consideration during the negotiation processes.
  • Evaluate contract implementation and service level agreement requirements and processes.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • Evaluate demand execution (order management) and customer relationship operational activities and indicate re-scheduling processes.
  • Evaluate operational procurement and supply operational activities and indicate re-scheduling processes.

    Integrated Assessment:
    Integrated Formative Assessment:
    The skills development providers will use the curriculum to guide them on the stipulated internal assessment criteria and weighting. They will also apply the scope of practical skills and applied knowledge as stipulated by the internal assessment criteria. This formative assessment leads to entrance into the integrated external summative assessment.

    Integrated Summative Assessment:
    An external integrated summative assessment, conducted through the relevant QCTO Assessment Quality Partner is required to issue this qualification. The external integrated summative assessment will focus on the Exit Level Outcomes and Associated Assessment Criteria. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    This qualification was compared to three courses offered internationally under the auspices of two separate Professional Bodies/Associations in the supply industry:
  • Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD).
  • The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) - SCPRO Supply Chain Pro certification: Level 1.
  • Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) - Diploma in Procurement and Supply.

    United States of America (USA):
    CLTD (Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution).

    The American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) was founded in 1957 as a resource for supply chain and operations management professionals. APICS is a world leader with regards to education and training in the supply chain and subscribe to a three level of certification that is globally recognised. The certification used in this qualification has duration of one year. The topics addressed by this certification is are listed below.
  • Logistics fundamentals.
  • Logistics strategy within the supply chain.
  • Logistics planning.
  • Capacity and demand management.
  • Order management.
  • Warehousing strategy.
  • Lean logistics.
  • Warehouse management.
  • Packaging.
  • Materials handling.
  • Transportation fundamentals.
  • Global logistics.
  • Logistics network design.
  • Reverse logistics.
  • Sustainability and logistics.

    Aspects from the Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) certification mainly covered in this qualification include order management and capacity and demand management. This course does not require any workplace experience.

    SCPRO Level 1 (Supply Chain Pro certification: Level 1):
    The Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) is a world leader with regards to education and training in the supply chain and subscribes to certification that is globally recognised. The certification used in this qualification stretches over one year. The topics addressed by this certification are listed below.
  • Integrated Supply Chain Management.
  • Demand and Supply Integration.
  • Supply Management and Procurement.
  • Manufacturing and Service Operations.
  • Transportation.
  • Inventory Management.
  • Warehousing.
  • Order Fulfilment.
  • Customer Service.

    With the exception of integrated supply chain management, warehousing and manufacturing, all aspects from the SCPRO certification is to some extend addressed by this qualification. This course does not require any workplace experience.

    United Kingdom UK:
    CIPS (Diploma in Procurement and Supply).

    The Chartered Institute for Procurement and Supply (CIPS), based in the UK is a world leader with regards to education and training in the supply chain and subscribe certification that is globally recognised. The certification used in this qualification stretches over one year. The topics addressed by this certification (that are also covered by this qualification) are listed below.
  • Contexts of procurement and supply.
  • Business needs in procurement and supply.
  • Sourcing in procurement and supply.
  • Negotiating and contracting in procurement and supply.
  • Managing contracts and relationships in procurement and supply.

    With the exception of business needs, all aspects from the SCPRO certification is to some extend addressed by this qualification. This course does not require any workplace experience.

    Conclusion:
    This qualification compares well with the Supply Chain Pro certification (SCPRO) Level 1 and CIPS courses listed above in terms of content and duration but also adds the benefit of workplace experience. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification has the following articulation possibilities:
    Horizontal Articulation:
  • Occupational Certificate: Supply Chain Practitioner; Level 5.

    Vertical Articulation:
  • Occupational Certificate: Supply Chain Manager, Level 6. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
    N/A 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    N/A 

    NOTES 
    Qualifying for External Assessment:
    In order to qualify for an external assessment, learners must provide proof of completion of all required modules by means of statements of results and work experience records.

    Foundational Learning Competence is not a requirement for this qualification.

    Additional Legal or Physical Entry Requirements:
    None.

    Criteria for the Accreditation of Providers:
    Accreditation of providers will be done against the criteria as reflected in the relevant curriculum on the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) website.

    The curriculum title and code is:
    Procurement Officer: 332302-001-01-00.

    Encompassed Trades:
    This qualification does not encompass any trade.

    Assessment Quality Partner (AQP):
    Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA).

    QUALIFICATIONS REGISTERED AS PART QUALIFICATIONS
    None. 

    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


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