36-Hour Certificate Program

Certificate Program

The Niagara University Supply Management Certificate Program is designed to be a comprehensive and convenient way to learn about managing key aspects of the supply chain. It is designed as a professional development resume builder for managers with no formal logistics education.

The purpose is twofold: First, to learn practical ways to save money and improve performance in key areas of the supply chain. Second, the student will gain a broader perspective on management and drivers of the supply chain, thus enhancing career advancement.

Niagara University’s Center for Supply Chain Excellence is offering a new format for its Supply Management Certificate Program. Six one-day programs are offered on key concepts in SCM. You choose five of the six to complete the program and receive the Niagara Center of Supply Chain Excellence Certificate Plaque.

Click here for dates and registration form for our  January 2015 seminars

Each seminar day has two goals: Introduce the participants to key management concepts and then discuss leading edge practices and current issues.

1) Supply Chain Management  

The Supply Chain Management concept continues to evolve, encompassing logistics, procurement, and production. Understand the basic ideas, key principles and philosophies that make SCM a cohesive business discipline. What does it take to use SCM to help your firm gain a competitive advantage? Within these themes, the following specific topics are covered:

  • Introduction to Supply Chain Management
  • Evolution from Distribution and Purchasing
  • Understanding the SCM concept
  • Understanding the Supply Chain: Key Themes and Myths of SCM
  • Logistics and SCM Metrics
  • What logistics managers must do well!
  • Measures of SCM Service
  • Supply Chain Cost Measures
  • SCM Today
  • Issues and Trends
  • Logistics Management
  • Boundaries, History, Importance
  • Outsourcing
  • Lessons from Leaders

2) Transportation & Freight Management

The largest cost element in supply chain logistics is freight transportation. As costs rise, it becomes more important to understand the fundamentals of freight transportation markets and how corporate traffic management can be managed for greater efficiency. Therefore, this course will focus on:

  • Overview of Transportation Industry and Introduction to Traffic Management
  • Overview of Traffic Management Responsibilities
  • Overview of U.S. Freight Transportation Industry
  • Segments of Transportation and Definitions
  • Freight Railroad Industry
  • Carrier-Shipper Relationships
  • Introduction to Freight Rates
  • Fuel Surcharge Practices
  • Important Regulatory Information
  • LTL Overview
  • Carriers
  • Rates
  • Other charges
  • Density
  • Bill of Lading
  • Carrier Liability
  • Tips for Traffic Managers

3)  Purchasing and Supply Management

As Supply Chain Management evolves so does the level of emphasis and awareness that spotlights procurement both in terms of responsibility and from an organizational perspective. Learn about this along with supplier evaluation, ethics, negotiating, international sourcing in a world economy, and the sourcing of services. In this short course see what is expected of Purchasing to be a meaningful contributor to the overall success of the organization.

  • Key points and the importance of Purchasing/Supply Management
  • Total Cost of Ownership
  • Bid or Negotiate
  • Contracts
  • Supplier Relations
  • Negotiations
  • Ethics
  • Future Trends

4) International Logistics

Import & Export are important facets of the US economy and continue to expand at much faster rates than domestic business. Unfortunately international has unique complexities which create special rules, regulations and requirements. This course will focus on how a company can cope with import & export. Among the topics covered:

  • Global Optimization and International Impact


  • Free Market Economy
  • U.S. Customs Laws
  • C-TPAT
  • Foreign Trade Zones


  • Exporting Overview
  • Export Controls
  • Incoterms
  • Harmonized Tariff Schedule
  • Costs

5) Inventory Management and Warehousing

The second largest cost element in supply chain logistics is inventory management. Managing inventories effectively is often overlooked in business because inventory carrying costs such as obsolescence, storage, and the opportunity cost of money are indirect costs. Furthermore, the ambiguity about who is responsible for inventory often frustrates good inventory management. This short course is designed to ensure that participants understand the cost impact of inventory management in the supply chain and provide an understanding of basic tools to better control inventory costs.


  • Manual Handling Principles
    • Weights
    • Minimizing
    • Reduce Forces & Lowering Force
  • Storage & Material Handling
    • Observation
    • Height
    • Types of Racks
    • Picking
    • Trends


  • Why Hold Inventory?
  • Inventory Holding Costs
  • Cash Flow Impact
  • Turnover Rate
  • Inventory to Sales Ratio
  • Total Supply Chain Costs
  • Order Cycle Time
  • Visibility
  • Collaboration
  • Fill-Rate
  • Reorder Point
  • How Much to Order?
  • How Much Safety Stock?

Looking for customized training and education?

Customized corporate training by Jack Ampuja, Dr. Kling, and other experienced instructors can be arranged through the Niagara Center for Supply Chain Excellence.

One Hour Corporate Briefings

Jack Ampuja has worked with Fortune 500 firms and presented to groups large and small, locally and nationally. An experienced manager, educator and consultant, he brings this experience and knowledge to his presentations and can answer many of your questions about the latest trends in supply chain management. He is available to do one hour briefings to executive teams on a variety of supply chain topics - including "Logistics Trends," "International Supply Chain management, "Collaborative Purchasing," "Outsourcing," "Strategic Inventory Management," and "Customer Service Measurement."  

Contact Jack Ampuja directly at Jtampuja@niagara.edu.