Purchasing Certificate FAQs

Online Certificate in Purchasing: Purchasing Education & Training

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What is the California State University System?

The Donohoe Higher Education Act established the California State University system in the early 1960’s. It currently consists of 23 campuses covering the state from Humboldt in the north to San Diego in the south. Current enrollment for all CSU campuses exceeds 350,000 full/part-time students with a faculty of more than 18,000.

What is ISM?

In 2002, NAPM changed its name to ISM (Institute for Supply Management). They were formerly known as National Association of Purchasing managers (NAPM). Their function is still to provide education in purchasing, but now focusing on the whole supply chain.

What exactly is the Purchasing Online Certificate Program?

For over 30 years CSUDH has teamed together with purchasing professionals to offer a certificate and other training for adults desiring to obtain a comprehensive education in the field of Procurement Management. All instructors are leading purchasing professionals who love to teach and are very good at what they do – both on the job and in the classroom.

CSUDH takes great pride in the development of dynamic, successful and industry respected programs offered via the World Wide Web. CSUDH was recognized by Forbes magazine as one of the Top Cyber Universities in the US.

Is the Purchasing Online Certificate program accredited?

Yes! CSUDH and the Purchasing Online Certificate are fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the western member of a nationwide network of educational accrediting bodies.

Are the credits earned degree applicable?

Yes. Each course in the program grants 3 semester units of upper division degree applicable credit accepted by most universities and colleges. Determination regarding acceptance of transfer credit is at the discretion of each individual college or university. There is a three-year time limit from the time you enroll in the first course to complete the courses and earn the certificate.

Is financial aid available?

Student loan programs are applicable to certificate programs such as purchasing. Many companies also have excellent tuition reimbursement programs and we can arrange to invoice your company.

Contact Christina Baltazar at cbaltazar@csudh.edu (310) 243-3741 (Option 1) for further information. Veterans may receive benefits to cover this program. Contact the CCPE Military Advisor at ceemilitary@csudh.edu (310) 243-2189 for further information.

What textbooks are used?

To purchase textbooks, please visit the Textbooks section of the Course Descriptions.

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 Information & Registration


New Students

  • If you are a new to CSUDH and have never taken a course through CSUDH Continuing Education, simply select the course you want to take, click on the Cart icon to register, input your personal information, and pay for your class(es).

Current Students

  • If you are an existing CSUDH Continuing Education student who has been active in the past 6 months, you will use your regular CSUDH login information.
  • If you are an existing CSUDH Continuing Education student who has been active within the past 2 years, but who has not been active in the past 6 months, you will need to reset your password by visiting https://csudh.edu/password

All Other CCPE Students

  • If you are a past CSUDH Continuing Education student who has NOT been active within the past 2 years, please register for your first (returning) course as though you are new student. 
  • If you are an existing CSUDH Continuing Education student who has forgotten your username, student ID number, and/or Toromail address, please call the CCPE Registration Office at 310-243-3741 (Option 1) during Office Hours to retrieve this information.

Current Admitted CSUDH (Non-Continuing Ed) Students

  • ⚠ If you are a currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate CSUDH student who wishes to take a CSUDH Continuing Education course for the first time, please call the CCPE Registration Office at 310-243-3741 (Option 1) during Office Hours to get registered. (Please note that CCPE courses cannot be registered through MyCSUDH.)

When you're ready to register, select the " Add" button to the left of your desired course(s), and then select the " Cart" to begin the Checkout process.

If the course you want to register for has a prerequisite, after selecting "Checkout & Pay", you must Log In using your CSUDH campus credentials so that the system can verify that you have completed the required prerequisite course.

The deadline to enroll for courses for most certificate programs is FOUR (4) BUSINESS DAYS or earlier before the class begins; course schedules are updated daily.

Have other questions?

  • For further instructions regarding the checkout process, visit https://csudh.edu/ccpe/registration
  • To drop a course and receive a refund, please login to https://continuing.csudh.edu/, click on "Course History", and drop the course. You will receive a refund within 10 days (depending on your financial institution). If you would like to switch courses or course sections, you must first drop the course, and then enroll in your preferred course.
  • Check this program's FAQs (if provided), or simply call 310-243-2075, email learn@csudh.edu, or use our LiveChat ↘ to ask questions or leave a detailed message regarding this program.