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TIME:Flexible Schedule
DURATION:33 Weeks (FT) or 66 Weeks (PT)
NOC Code:1524, 1225
PROGRAM OUTLINESupply Chain Online Program Outline NB


Ethnic-Woman-Logistics-CoordinatorDoes the thought of a job in a global environment excite you?

Are you interested in planning strategy and building competitive advantage?

Do you want to go back to school to kickstart your new career, but don’t know how to fit it into your already busy lifestyle?

If so, then the Supply Chain online program at Eastern College is just the right choice for you. This program provides you with the opportunity to pursue a diploma at your own pace and offers online courses to give you the flexibility to comfortably fit an education into your busy life.

Supply chain workers monitor a company’s internal activities which ensure that an organization is running smoothly; these aspects include controlling operations and the procurement of goods and services.This concept refers to the moving of goods or services from supplier to customer through processes of conception, design, manufacturing, and shipping, and today’s global market requires capable, well-rounded employees who can multi-task and take on a variety of challenges.

This program will help you adapt skills you need to become a well-trained and efficient professional, fit for this fast-growing industry. You will gain extensive knowledge on Canadian business in the global marketplace, focus on international transport and trade, learn how to create and modify database tables using Microsoft Access, practice identifying common causes of asset loss and much more.
Students enrolled in the program receive:

  • Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) Certificate.
  • Accredited program by the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council.


Full-time-Supply-Chain-online-scheduleYou also have the option to take the Supply Chain program full-time.

In just 32 weeks, you can obtain four certifications:
- Business & Supply Chain Fundamentals Certificate
- Supply Chain Customer Service Certificate
- Supply Chain Purchasing & Inventory Management Certificate
- Supply Chain Transportation Certificate

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Part-time-Supply-chain-schedule-online-correctYou can take the Supply Chain program part-time, committing up to ten hours a week to complete the requirements.

Each subsequent 16-week blocks, you will work towards the following:
- Business & Supply Chain Fundamentals Certificate
- Supply Chain Customer Service Certificate
- Supply Chain Purchasing & Inventory Management Certificate
- Supply Chain Transportation Certificate

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Microsoft Powerpoint

This software lab module consists of online training and assessment in Microsoft PowerPoint. Students learn a comprehensive set of skills centered around the creation of attractive, professional-looking presentations. Students learn how to effectively use and format animations, transitions, pictures, audio, video, charts and tables, as well incorporate speaker notes and annotations into their presentations. Students will be evaluated through a variety of assignments, projects, presentations, quizzes and exams in addition to their participation throughout the course.

The Business of Buying, Selling, and Negotiating

In this course, students will explore the importance of developing interpersonal skills used to negotiate effectively as a buyer or a seller. Students will learn techniques, model skill sets and articulate terminology used when buying or selling in business to business (B2B), or business to consumer (B2C), interactions.

Career Planning & Preparation - Level I

This module introduces tools for planning and preparing for a successful job search, so that students can maintain a career-focused approach throughout their education program. Students will learn about the "Hidden" Job Market and ways to access it in their upcoming job search, how to research opportunities and network for industry contacts, and use appropriate etiquette when communicating with prospective employers. Students will identify their personal skills, values and preferences for the workplace, begin preparation of a professional resume and references, and organize proof documents for their career portfolio. Class discussions on various self-management topics introduced in Student Success Strategies will round out this module, which is a pre-requisite for Career Planning and Preparation - Part II.

Career Planning & Preparation - Level 2

This module continues to build on the concepts and skills introduced in Career Planning and Preparation - Level I. Students will learn how to conduct an effective job search and identify various methods of applying for work with today's technology. Students will create a personal list of "Top Employers" and target current industry opportunities, while finalizing their professional resume, portfolio and career correspondence. Students will learn to identify the different types and forms of interviews, practice responding to typical questions, and practice follow-up, evaluation and negotiation techniques they can use to ensure success. Self-management topics from Career Planning and Preparation - Level I will be reviewed, with a focus towards on-the-job success in both learner placements and post-graduate employment. Students will be evaluated through a variety of assignments, projects, and quizzes in addition to their participation throughout the course.

Microsoft Excel

This software lab module consists of online training and assessment in Microsoft Excel. Students learn a comprehensive set of skills, with coverage including creating, formatting and printing worksheets, creating simple and advanced formulas, using mathematical, logical, statistical and financial functions, creating and modifying charts and pivot tables, and using data tools. Students will be evaluated through a variety of assignments, projects, quizzes and exams in addition to their participation throughout the course.

Essentials of Freight Forwarding

This course builds on the knowledge acquired in the International Transportation and Trade course. A combined theory and hands-on environment will introduce students to the requirements for various international payments, export packaging and warehousing, commercial documentation, transportation insurance, cargo security and dangerous goods, as well as alternative methods of transportation. Students will also learn about cost and quoting.

Inventory Control & Materials Management

This course provides students with a broad introduction to the basics of materials management, manufacturing planning and control systems, inventory control, physical distribution and relationships with other operational functions within the supply chain.

Introduction to Canadian Business in the Global Marketplace

This course provides students with an overview of Canadian business practices and how Canadian businesses relate to the global marketplace. Students will learn about the business and management structure of businesses. They will also explore human resources management and the finance functions of a business. Students will also analyze the effects of globalization on the Canadian business sector.

Customs Issues & Procedures

This course will provide all students with a detailed overview of how the importation and exportation of goods are administered in Canada. Basic practices for successfully understanding of key legislation and regulatory compliance, plus preparing various trade documentation will be of key focus. Students will be introduced to the various careers in the customs field and the importance and benefits of the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers.

Introduction to Logistics and Transportation

This course introduces students to Supply Chain, Logistics and Transportation. Topics include a general overview of the career paths available, networking/professional training opportunities, and how the changing global environment impacts the forward and reverse flows of goods and services. Students will also learn about the significance of 3rd party logistics, incoterms and the impact of information across the supply chain. Students will also develop an understanding of the importance of supply chain management software.

Negotiations and Contract Administration

This course will teach students the importance of negotiation between partners in supply chain management. Key topics will include various concepts, tactics and strategy to achieve a successful negotiation and in turn create value within an organization. Students will be given opportunities to practice and demonstrate the negotiation concepts that they have learned. To further complement their studies on negotiations students will examine the basics of formation of contracts, the interpretation of contracts, breaches of contract and contract types. Students will also study the impact of the respective sale of goods act legislation on business agreements.

Introduction to Operations Management

This course will provide students with a broad introduction to the field of operations management in a realistic, practical manner. Key decision areas with in Operations Management will be discussed. These topics include design of goods and services, managing quality, location strategy, plant layout strategy and lean manufacturing. Students will also learn the basics of project management and the use of project management tools to develop on time, on budget results.

Introduction to Purchasing

This course provides students with an insight into the demands placed on purchasing and supply chain managers by business stakeholders. Students will develop an in-depth understanding of the impact of purchasing and supply chain management on the competitive success and profitability of modern organizations, in addition to understanding the influence of purchasing on other major functional activities.

Professional Purchasing

The course explores the purchasing cycle including supply management and commodity strategy, supplier qualification, selection and management. Students will also learn why performance metrics are critical to purchasing performance. Students will gain insight in to the role of a professional purchaser, including purchasing strategy, best practices and applying ethics to the function.

Security, Compliance & Loss Prevention

This course will provide students with knowledge of supply chain security, navigating the compliance landscape, and recognizing how to prevent against loss and damage due to these threats against the supply chain. Specific emphasis is placed on the provisions of the Canada Border Agency’s Partners-in- Protection (PIP) program for Canadian importers and their internal trade partners. This course will also focus on other internal programs used to secure the supply chain.

Computer Fundamentals

Through a combination of theory and hands-on-practice, this module examines the role and use of the computer in today’s workplace. Emphasis is placed on those computers outfitted with the Microsoft Windows operating system. Students will review basic computer concepts, Windows OS usage, and complete hands-on training exercises in business-standard software applications, including Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Word. Keyboarding skills are also honed via daily keyboarding exercises and drills

Student Success Strategies

In this orientation module, emphasis is placed on thinking about achieving success from Day One. This module stresses the importance of developing non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic, and career success. This includes understanding learning styles and honing practical study skills, such as memory, reading, note-and test-taking techniques. Personal exercises will focus on teamwork, decision making and problem solving skills, setting SMART goals and maintaining a positive attitude; techniques for managing change, stress and conflict will also be explored.

International Transportation and Trade

This course is one of two that are part of a professional standards association program (Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association) which provides students with a broad introduction to the basics and principles of freight forwarding. A combined theory and hands-on environment allows students to gain a deeper understanding of the role of the freight forwarder, transportation geography, various modes of transportation, and how terms of trade are used between buyer and seller in a contract of sale of goods.

Microsoft Word part 1

This software lab module consists of online training and assessment in Microsoft Word, and builds on the skills introduced in Computer Fundamentals. Students learn a comprehensive set of skills, with coverage including formatting text for layout and appearance, formatting document sections, using styles, working with header/footer content, inserting and formatting tables, graphics and pictures, working with templates and themes, using advanced editing features, and working with mailing tools.


Graduates who meet the requirements outlined by the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) will achieve a certificate in International Freight Forwarding. This certificate is globally recognized within the international transportation and international trade logistics industries.


As a Supply Chain graduate, you will qualify for positions such as:

  • Logistics Coordinator
  • Dispatcher
  • Warehouse Associate Supervisor
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Billing Agent
  • Materials Management Analyst
  • Scheduler
  • Loss Prevention Agent
  • Cargo and Freight Agent
  • Customs Broker


Must have passed grade 12 or equivalent


  • Obtain an overall grade of 70% in each module
  • Complete all requirements of the Student Success Strategies, Career Planning and Preparation modules