Diploma of Purchasing

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who possess a sound theoretical knowledge base in purchasing and demonstrate a range of managerial skills to ensure that purchasing activities are effectively conducted in an organisation or business area. Typically they would have responsibility for the work of other staff. They may work in any industry or organisational setting. They may have whole of procurement life cycle responsibilities or work in specific functions such as contract management or tendering.

Job Roles

Contract Manager

Inventory and Purchasing Manager

Purchasing Consultant

Purchasing Coordinator

Purchasing Manager

Site and Purchasing Coordinator.


Total number of units = 8

5 core units plus

3 elective units

2elective units must be selected from the elective units listed below.

The remaining 1 elective unit may be selected from the elective units listed below, or any currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course at the same qualification level. If not listed below, 1 unit may be selected from either a Certificate IV or Advanced Diploma qualification.

Elective units must be relevant to the work outcome, local industry requirements and the qualification.

Core units

Purchasing and Contracting

add topic BSBPUR501C Develop, implement and review purchasing strategies

add topic BSBPUR502B Manage supplier relationships

add topic BSBPUR504B Manage a supply chain


add topic BSBRKG502B Manage and monitor business or records systems

Risk Management

add topic BSBRSK501B Manage risk

Elective units

Customer Service

add topic BSBCUS501C Manage quality customer service

Financial Management

add topic BSBFIM501A Manage budgets and financial plans

Information Management

add topic BSBINM501A Manage an information or knowledge management system

Learning and Development

add topic BSBLED501A Develop a workplace learning environment


add topic BSBMGT502B Manage people performance

add topic BSBMGT516C Facilitate continuous improvement

Occupational Health and Safety

add topic BSBOHS509A Ensure a safe workplace

Purchasing and Contracting

add topic BSBPUR503C Manage international purchasing


add topic BSBSUS501A Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

Workplace Effectiveness

add topic BSBWOR501B Manage personal work priorities and professional development

add topic BSBWOR502B Ensure team effectiveness

Imported units

add topic PSPPROC502A Establish contract management arrangements

add topic PSPPROC503B Manage contract performance

add topic PSPPROC504B Finalise contracts


    Qualification Pathways

    Entry requirements

    There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

    Pathways into the qualification

    Preferred pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

    BSB41607 Certificate IV in Purchasing or other relevant qualification/s


    vocational experience in assisting senior strategic procurement managers to manage purchasing activities but without formal purchasing qualifications.

    Examples of indicative job roles for candidates seeking entry based upon their vocational experience include:

    Project Coordinator

    Project Management Officer

    Project Team Member

    Project or Program Administrator.

    This breadth of expertise would equate to the competencies required to undertake this qualification.

    Pathways from the qualification

    After achieving this qualification candidates may undertake:

    BSB60407 Advanced Diploma of Management.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Licensing, Legislative, Regulatory or Certification Considerations

There is no direct link between this qualification and licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements. However, where required, a unit of competency will specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements that impact on the unit.

Employability Skills


The following table contains a summary of the Employability Skills required by industry for this qualification. The Employability Skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


conducting research to collect and analyse information and presenting it in report form

consulting and negotiating with internal and external stakeholders

negotiating contracts and using culturally appropriate communication when dealing with international clients

questioning, clarifying and evaluating information

resolving disagreements with suppliers

writing in a range of styles to suit different audiences


building trust and fostering a supply chain culture

supporting staff and networking with others

working with others and clearly identifying their roles and responsibilities


analysing data and evaluating the effectiveness of systems

assessing financial viability of new opportunities and matching organisational capability with market needs

calculating resource requirements and acquiring them

comparing and evaluating data and reports

developing strategies for improvement to business processes and systems

performing cost benefit analyses, budgeting, assessing and managing risk

solving complex and non-routine difficulties

using a variety of problem-solving and decision making strategies

Initiative and enterprise

determining logistics strategies and adjusting them in accordance with new and changing market needs

improving systems and structures based on review and analysis of information

Planning and organising

applying strategic, supply chain and project management skills in complex environments

developing systems that are flexible and responsive to changing circumstances

planning and managing resource acquisition and deployment within budgetary constraints

planning for contingencies and performance


managing own time and priorities, and dealing with contingencies

taking responsibility as required by work role and ensuring all legislative and organisational polices and procedures are followed

using discretion and judgement when required within complex environments


following cultural requirements when dealing with international clients

providing learning and development opportunities for staff

supporting first time users of online purchasing systems


analysing the technical requirements for online purchasing

reviewing technical performance and making improvements as required

using specialist software to manage international purchasing and supply chain management