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Supply Chain Certificate


Boost Your Career with a Supply Chain Certificate


Enhance your résumé with the help of a Supply Chain Certificate from the School of Business. This certificate will provide you with core supply chain skills, including the following:

  • Transportation, warehousing, and distribution management
  • Operations management systems and processes
  • Building ethical and sustainable operating models
  • Relationship management practices, identifying interdependencies, effects on consumers, and risk mitigation
  • Efficiency and continuous improvement
  • Strategic planning and managing supply chain disruptions

This certificate also offers a skills-based curriculum aligned with employer demand. Upon completion of the coursework, you can leverage your industry experience to advance into a team lead or front-line leadership position. Or, if you have never worked in this field before, you can pursue a meaningful entry-level supply chain role. In addition, by completing this certificate, you are guaranteed admission into the Supply Chain and Operations Management bachelor’s degree program in the WGU School of Business.

Time to complete certificate

6 Months

Learners should plan to dedicate 15–20 hours a week to the program. 

Certificate cost


Tuition covers costs for any e-textbooks or other resources.

Certificate consists of

4 courses

This certificate has 4 courses, with 12 total credits.


Supply Chain Courses

WGU is known for the high return of investment of its degree programs. The Supply Chain Certificate is no exception. The skillsets offered in this certificate are particularly valuable if you are seeking a new career path in logistics, operations, supply chain planning, distribution, or warehouse management. If you are already working in the supply chain field, this certificate provides additional knowledge of auditing, management, and supply chain planning, enabling you to tackle new roles or step into first-time team leadership or management positions.

This certificate is a self-directed, competency-based program you can complete on your own schedule. We recommend dedicating 15-20 hours per week to successfully complete the program.

Please note that this program does not require a bachelor’s degree and provides transferable competency units toward a WGU School of Business degree program. However, your level of current education will determine a choice between two courses. Students without a bachelor's degree will take Managing Operations. Students with a bachelor’s degree will take Operations Management.

The 4 courses in this program are:

Imagine trucks, trains, ships, and planes all carrying materials around the world. They deliver crates, boxes, and shipping containers with goods for small businesses and huge corporations, as well as community agencies, schools, and families. Keeping track of all those items is no small task! In this course, you will learn about the planning and logistics needed to manage transportation and distribution. You will explore requirements and risks, oversight of facilities and inventory, warehouse management, and laws pertinent to transportation, logistics, and distribution. In addition, you will study supply chain synchronicity, strategy, costs, and efficiencies. This knowledge is invaluable and will support you as you pursue a supply chain career.

As large as the world is, you still manage to stay connected—more so now than ever. Apart from the internet and advanced communication technology, as a consumer or worker in the global supply chain, you are part of a living and breathing ecosystem. And this interconnected system relies on communication, planning, and sustainability. In this course, you will study concepts of supply chain management and risk management. You will explore relationships, distribution, logistics, sourcing, and transportation. You will discover how the supply chain affects consumers. And you will look at the role of the sales and operations planning (S&OP) process in operations and supply chain management. As you finish this course, you will have a strong understanding of the global supply chain. And you will see how it helps link the world together.

Students without a bachelor's degree will take Managing Operations. Students with a bachelor’s degree will take Operations Management.

Managing Operations

Before you start any project or task, you need a plan. You must know where to start, what the steps are, and what completion looks like. The same requirement is true for any business or organization. Without solid systems and processes, companies can lose sight of their goals and struggle to reach them.

In this course, you will be introduced to operations management concepts. You will study management systems and processes. Then, you will determine how analyzing these systems and processes can help improve them. Such an approach can result in a continuous increase in operating efficiency throughout the organization. You will also explore ethical and sustainable operations management strategies. This knowledge can help you excel in any professional role.

Consider for a moment the rate at which technology is advancing through the 21st century. New technological innovations and software impact everything from your daily life to the global supply chain. And there are ways in which these advances can impact the supply chain both positively and negatively.

Understanding supply chain and operations issues, as well as knowing how to use data to create solutions, has never been more important. In this course, you will explore modern issues in supply chain management. You will look at how disruptions transform operations and the supply chain. And you will learn how to use qualitative and quantitative data to evaluate solutions.

Note: This course builds on the supply chain landscape and concepts introduced in prior courses


Why Choose a Certificate?

If you're not quite ready to commit to a full degree program, want to try out online learning, or need a faster way to boost your résumé, a WGU certificate could be the right fit for you. With a certificate program, you can begin any time you want—no need to wait for the first of the month. WGU Certificates are also self-paced, so you can move as quickly as you are able to master the material. Plus, the certificate courses are transferrable to WGU degree programs, so you can continue your education whenever you're ready.

100% Online Courses that Work with Your Schedule

Our certificates are 100% online, and there are no set class times. This means you can work on your certificate whenever it makes sense for you and your busy schedule. You're in the driver's seat of your education.

Full Suite of Support Services

WGU serves students from a wide range of professional and academic backgrounds. Our program support, instruction, and career resources will help you complete your certificate and reach your goals.

Competitive Pricing

Our certificate is $2,500 for a six-month program. With a competitive price relative to similar programs, you’ll find that WGU Certificates can be of immediate market value, positioning you for your next position.


An Affordable  Certificate

By charging per term rather than per credit—and empowering students to accelerate through material they know well or learn quickly—WGU helps students control the ultimate cost of their programs.


Total cost

For this certificate, there are no additional fees.

The purchase price enrolls you in the program for the term length shown, which is the average time it takes most learners to complete all courses in the program. If you do not complete your program by the last day of the term, your enrollment will automatically change to a $499 monthly subscription. The credit card you provide will be charged at that time, allowing you additional time to complete your program. You may cancel at any time.


Here's What You Can Expect from This Certificate

  • You must have internet access, a computer, and an external webcam.
  • For one course, you will submit a performance assessment for evaluation by our WGU Evaluation team. You must achieve a ranking of Competent on this assessment to pass. Other courses require proctored objective assessments. You will have two attempts to pass each of these exams.
  • The program’s orientation course will introduce you to the full program experience and prepare you for success.
  • This certificate will be self-directed, like other WGU competency-based courses, allowing you to complete modules as quickly as you master the material.
  • You are responsible for maintaining your pace toward completion and being self-directed in your coursework.
  • You should plan to dedicate 15–20 hours a week to the program.
  • Success in this certificate is correlated to a learner's knowledge of Excel and manipulating data. As a result, we are encouraging learners to start with the single course "Fundamentals of Spreadsheets and Data Presentations" if they are uncertain of their skil level with Excel or data presentation.


Real Results for Your Business Career

Whether you want to advance your current supply chain career or enter the industry for the first time, this certificate will provide you with the expertise to succeed in these and other roles:

  • Supply chain coordinator
  • Supply chain analyst
  • Warehouse manager
  • Supply chain specialist
  • Logistics specialist
  • Logistics analyst
  • Production planner
  • Supply chain planner
  • Demand planner
  • Materials planner
  • Procurement agent

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