Harper College

Inventory/Production Control Certificate

Earn a career-ready certificate

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  • Credit hours: 12
  • Stackable to degree: No
  • Potential job outcomes: Inventory specialist, material coordinator, materials analyst, production planner

Get ready for a career in inventory/production control with this 12-credit-hour certificate program focused on production planning, MRP and ERP processes, inventory management and materials management.

Take classes in supply chain management, production control, inventory management and advanced planning and integration. All courses are taught by skilled instructors who are extremely knowledgeable across all areas of supply chain management.

Take advantage of Harper's Fast Track program and complete all four certificates in supply chain management in one year.

Certificate program requirements

This 12 credit-hour certificate program is designed for those currently employed in or seeking employment in the fields of inventory management or production control. The coursework is specific to those jobs and careers that focus on production planning, MRP and ERP processes, inventory management, and materials management. The Associate in Applied Science in Manufacturing Technology includes a specialized study area for Supply Chain Management. Please refer to Manufacturing Technology in this section of the catalog if you are interested in pursuing a degree in this discipline.


Number Course Title Credits
SCM 101 3

Description:  Introduces Supply Chain Management (SCM) and the end-to-end (E2E) business processes necessary to achieve market and financial value, as well as competitive advantage. SCM is achieved by an organization proactively adopting initiatives to move suppliers and customers into collaborative relationships for mutual gain. Attention is focused on the fundamentals including customer service, fulfillment, demand planning and forecasting, inventory control, procurement, storeroom/warehousing, production control/operations, and physical distribution/logistics. All topics focus on technology, financial trends and career paths within the field.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

SCM 120 3

Description:  Describes the development, scope, and objectives of production control. Outlines the coordination of manufacturing resources (money, manpower, materials and machines) and how they apply to this function. Focuses on scheduling, releasing and tracking of production orders and associated schedules, and the reporting of materials and resources used in the production process. Outlines the Enterprise-wide linkages and technology implications as related to overall company and business strategy through CRP, ERP, MRP and MPS activities and related roles.

Prerequisite: SCM 101 or consent of program coordinator.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

SCM 122 3

Description:  Provides an overview of the dynamics of managing inventory within the constantly evolving supply chain environment. Topics include forecasting inventory requirements based upon customer and consumer demand, understanding inventory management as related to production planning, modeling various scenarios based upon demand information, and recognizing the various processes and technology used in inventory management today.

Prerequisite: SCM 101 or consent of program coordinator.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

SCM 226 3

Description:  Focuses on the advanced concepts of planning, processes and technology to ensure a successful supply chain. Covers systems-based Material Requirements Planning (MRP) as part of the broader Enterprise Requirements Planning (ERP) framework and explores problem solving and complex solutions to supply chain integration needs. Focuses on leveraging systems to reduce inventories, set priorities, initiate orders, initiate purchase requirements, develop master production schedules and optimize the total cost structure within the supply chain. Also explores the concepts of Total Quality Management (TQM) and various elements of LEAN production and processes.

Prerequisite: SCM 101 and SCM 120, or consent of program coordinator.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

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Next steps

For more information about logistics courses at Harper College, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.

Please note: This program is not financial aid eligible.

Last Updated: 4/8/24