Cost Management Certification

July 17th, 2024

August 13th, 2024

Understanding costs and negotiations to achieve savings and predictive pricing

The APD Cost Management Certification is a 4-month online certification program designed to provide purchasing professionals with the knowledge, skills and take-away tools required to understand and achieve direct and indirect material costs.

After completing the program participants have learned how to:

  • Conduct best practice sourcing events/construct effective market tests for new and existing business
  • Understand manufacturing costs
  • Evaluate supplier pricing with or without supplier cost breakdowns
  • Build several types of cost models to estimate pricing on new programs and to evaluate supplier quotes
  • Choose the right cost methods and models for their commodities
  • Conduct effective knowledge-based negotiations to obtain cost transparency and move pricing towards optimal
  • Identify cost reduction opportunities with detailed cost breakdowns and cost models
  • Respond rapidly to sales and engineering cost inquiries

“Skills taught in the course are being applied by our team and exceeding Management expectations. The course project is delivering impressive results and helping our department hit cost reduction targets.”  

-A Global Purchasing Director at a $25 billion industrial manufacturing company

Three elements to complete the course and earn certification:

  1. Attend (4) 2-hour live virtual training sessions
  2. Complete activities on APD Learn online training platform
  3. Apply skills learned to real-world course project
    • Expected hours to complete course – 32

To immediately obtain more information on the program, enter your email address to access the Program Brochure.

For more information please contact Denise Mattern:


Cell: (734)718-7172