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Division of Human Resources

Business Manager Certificate Program

The Purchasing Department has developed a comprehensive program to help business personnel to better understand the procurement code, university policies and procedures, and how to utilize the tools available to facilitate departmental purchases.

 This certificate program is designed for new business personnel as well as experienced business managers who need refresher training. Participants who complete all four courses in this program will receive a certificate of recognition for mastering the fundamental business processes at the University of South Carolina.

Program Curriculum

Courses in this certificate program may be taken in any sequence and are offered through the Organizational and Professional Development Office. Please note that you only need to register for ONE session of each of the courses listed below in order to complete the program. 

Note: Employees should always obtain supervisory approval to attend training courses offered through Organizational and Professional Development. 

Review our training calendar or class list by subject to register for any of the classes listed below. 

Methods of Procurement

Designed to familiarize business personnel with the requirements of the S.C. Consolidated Procurement Code, this course will include an overview of the different types of bids and how they are handled by the Purchasing Office. There will be an emphasis on how each method affects work scheduling.

January 31, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Administration and Finance Policies and Procedures

In this course, we will discuss the most commonly used Administration and Finance policies and procedures, such as the basis for their inception and how they affect the day-to-day business of the university.

February 21, 2019  from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Generalized Purchasing Card Information

This course is designed to give generalized information on the USC Purchasing Card, including how and when it should be used. This course is not the required purchasing card training for card holders or liaisons.

March 28, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Purchasing Workshop

(This course replaces PeopleSoft Purchasing Play-by-Play)

The Purchasing Workshop provides an overview of state and university policies employees must follow when purchasing equipment, materials and supplies for the University of South Carolina.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Use USC purchasing forms.
  • Locate and apply mandatory procedures associated with S.C. Consolidated Procurement Code laws and regulations.
  • Determine methods of purchasing and procurement thresholds.
  • Document process flows to assure timely processing.
  • Make large expenditures that require bidding or documentation for sole source.
  • Apply tax options accurately when purchasing research equipment.
  • Use USC purchasing cards.
  • Interpret South Carolina state contracts.

April 10, 2019 from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.