Supply Chain

Supply Chain (Online)

Gain the skills and knowledge to join this exciting and growing industry while learning where, when, and how you want.

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33 Weeks (FT); 66 Weeks (PT)



Program Outline

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About The Program

The Supply Chain (Online) diploma program offers the opportunity to pursue a diploma in a multi-faceted field, while you learn where, when and how you want.

Career Opportunities

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


Employers Who Have Hired Eastern Grads

  • Sobeys Inc.
  • Irving Oil Ltd.
  • NB Power
  • Loblaw Companies Ltd.
  • Kintetsu World Express Inc.


93 %

Employment Rate*

$ 16

Average Wage/hr**

$ 23

High Wage/hr**

*Employment Rate based on 2019 contactable Eastern graduates employed in a related field.


NOC Code: 1524,1225 - **Wage data based on NOC Code 1524 and rounded down to the nearest dollar, based on Nova Scotia data. Local (or regional) income may vary. Last updated in July, 2021.

Program Details

Does 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, full-time (33 Weeks) and part-time (66 Weeks) options 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*.

*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.

After completing the program, you will have earned four certifications:

– Business & Supply Chain Fundamentals Certificate

– Supply Chain Customer Service Certificate

– Supply Chain Purchasing & Inventory Management Certificate

– Supply Chain Transportation Certificate


Course Listings: New Brunswick
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Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Microsoft Outlook
This Microsoft Outlook course is created for students to build and validate the skills businesses need to succeed in today's information economy. It also provides students with the skills and knowledge they need to use to effectively manage e-mails, contacts, calendars, and tasks. Outlook has become the corporate standard electronic personal organizer. These are the foundational skills needed to communicate using Outlook in a variety of positions within and organization. This course is computer intensive and demands basic computer proficiency and a basic understanding of e-mail software. Students are expected to make arrangements to meet proficiency needs.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Computer Fundamentals
Through a combination of virtual training and critical thinking, this course examines the role and use of technology in today’s workplace. Emphasis is placed on those computers outfitted with the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system. Students will review basic computer components, Windows usage, file management, common applications, navigating and searching the web, and staying protected and safe while using a computer. Students will also start to hone their keyboarding skills through drills and timed exercises.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Microsoft Word Part 1
In this course, students learn a comprehensive set of skills in Microsoft Word, including formatting text for layout and appearance, formatting document sections, and using styles. They also learn how to create and edit header/footer content, insert and format tables, graphics and pictures, and work with templates and themes. The course consists of a combination of virtual training using simulations, as well as projects and exams using the desktop software.
Admission Requirements
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High school graduation or equivalent. For those without high school completion, please refer to the Program Overview at the top of this page or speak to your Education Consultant.

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