Module 7: Supply Chain Management for the Public Sector

05/08/24 - 06/19/24

Asynchronous Learning or Synchronous Learning 

Members: $495 + tax

*NEW* When you click 'REGISTER', you will be asked to provide contact details and your province of residence. For international Candidates, please select 'International' as your province. You will then receive an email from your selected provincial institute with the registration and payment link.  

This module has two options for delivery:

Option 1: Asynchronous via Brightspace

Option 2: Synchronous via Zoom 

4:30pm to 7:30pm Central Time

The goal of this module is to develop the abilities of SCMP candidates to become more acquainted with the issues and strategies of public sector supply chain management. This module is supported by a variety of articles on public sector procurement and supply chain management, along with some website references.


Upon completion of this module candidates should be able to:

  • Describe the unique characteristics of public sector procurement
  • Identify the stakeholders of public sector supply chains
  • Understand the unique public (vs. private) sector perspective on supply chain management
  • Discover the advantages and disadvantages of collaborative procurement.
  • Explain the rationale for competitive bidding in public procurement.
  • Describe the alternatives to competitive bidding (e.g., negotiation and sole sourcing), and identify conditions under which these alternatives could or should be used.
  • Identify the potential benefits and legal issues in public sector online tenders
  • Describe the unique aspects of ethics in the public sector
  • Identify lessons for the public sector from the ethics commission reports and scandals
  • Assume the role of "whistleblower" and consider alternative courses of action
  • Identify unique challenges and opportunities associated with procurement and supply chain management by the federal government
  • Identify unique challenges and opportunities associated with procurement and supply chain management by provincial and municipal governments
  • Identify unique aspects of procurement and supply chain management in the healthcare and education sectors
  • In an advisory role to a public sector health authority, make a recommendation on joining a third-party purchasing cooperative
  • Describe how sustainability should be a part of the value proposition

What is the asynchronous learning?

Asynchronous learning is a form of online, self-study and is designed for those who prefer to work at their own pace, while meeting submission deadlines as defined in the course overview. Learners will not have live, scheduled meetings or classes, but will participate via our learning management system, Brightspace (D2L), where information, ideas and learning experiences can be shared. Learners will also have access to an instructor.

What is synchronous learning?

Synchronous learning, previously known at Supply Chain Canada as virtual, instructor led. Learners will have live, scheduled classes via Zoom with the instructor and fellow classmates. This format is designed for those looking for an interactive learning experience, and to network with other participants. Learners will have readings and assignments to complete outside of class time that will facilitate the weekly class discussion. Participants are expected to remain up to date with the deadlines provided. Please NOTE the time zone in which you register for synchronous courses.

What if I have to cancel my registration?

Please review the cancellation policy included within the registration and payment link.

How will I access my course materials?

All learning materials will be accessed via your Supply Chain Canada (member) portal.


This 7-week module is a mandatory component of the SCMP Designation program. Some exceptions apply for those with RPL related exemptions. Please note, this offering is only open to SCMP Candidates.

Candidates are encouraged to move through the program at a pace and sequence that suits individual schedules and career goals. Please note, it is recommended that Module 1 be taken first as it introduces Candidates to the program, and the case methodology used throughout. 


Thank you for interest!


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