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Inventory Specialist Certificate

Last updated 5/29/2014

Certificate Code: 5774

Program Contacts:
Quad-Cities Campus
Amy Levins-Smith, 309-796-5329, smitha@bhc.edu
First Stop Center, 309-796-5100
East Campus
Jody Werkheiser, 309-854-1821, werkheiserj@bhc.edu


Logistics Site

The Inventory Specialist certificate program is designed for entry-level employment in the logistic or warehousing industry or the logistics department of a manufacturing or retail company. Modern inventory control relies on technology for successful inventory management; therefore, the program includes computer skills as defined by industry, primarily word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and accurate data entry. Students will receive an introduction to modern business practices and warehouse management as well as an opportunity to use standard warehouse management software.

Inventory Specialist Certificate
Certificate Code: 5774
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
First Semester
BE 100 — Work Environment Orientation (2)
BE 101 — Office Accounting - fall only (3)
BE 110 — Data Entry Applications - fall only (2)
BE 141 — Computerized Keyboarding (3)
BA 160 — Business Math I (3)
BA 241 — Intro to Supply Chain Management (3)

Second Semester
BE 146 — Excel for Business - spring only (3)
BE 153 — Warehouse Management Systems (2)
BE 261 — Seminar (1)
BE 264 — Intro to Database Management (3)
BE 265 — Field Project/Internship (3)
COMM 100 — Communications Skills (3)

Minimum total hours required for certificate (31)

Courses for this program include: »

BA 160 Business Math I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: A minimum score of 32 on COMPASS pre-algebra test or a minimum score of 22 on ACT math.
A short review of basic math concepts and their application to actual business problems. Covers insurance, interest calculations, merchandising discounts, taxes, dividends and basic statistical measures.
3 credit hours: 3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.

BA 241 Introduction to Supply Chain Management
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
This course will give students an overview of the field of logistics, as well as information and skills specific to computerized inventory management. Topics include an overview of supply chain management and related terminology, warehouse and transportation operations, typical warehouse management software, and warehousing technologies – including radio frequency and basic accounting and economic principles.

BE 100 Work Environment Orientation
2 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
This course is intended to introduce the facts, skills, strengths, and career goals necessary for success in the business education curricula.

BE 101 Office Accounting
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Designed as an introductory accounting course for business students with emphasis on the accounting cycle and small business transactions in a user-oriented environment for students with little computer experience.

BE 110 Data Entry Applications
2 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Designed to teach data entry skills, to help the student develop dexterity and accuracy in keyboarding alphabetic and alphanumeric characters, and to help the student become familiar with common data entry procedures, including voice input.

BE 141 Computerized Keyboarding I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Keyboard mastery and document formatting using a current word processing software package.

BE 146 Excel for Business
1-3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Use of current spreadsheet software on microcomputers.

BE 153 Warehouse Management Systems
2 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: BE 110 and BE 141 or instructor consent.
This course will introduce the students to software used in warehouse operations. Topics include functions and capabilities of Warehouse Management System (WMS) software, WMS software selection, and hands-on use of WMS software.

BE 261 Seminar
1 cr. hr.;
2 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in BE 265 and instructor consent.
Discussion of internship activities.

BE 264 Introduction to Database Management
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: BE 145 “C” or better; or BE 145A, B, and C “C” or better; or CS 100 “C” or better; or instructor consent.
Features of current Windows based database management software. Project work necessary to business database use.

BE 265 Internship
3 cr. hrs;
40 lab hrs (5 hrs work per week per credit hour).
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in BE 261 and instructor consent.
Supervised field program providing work experience in offices for students enrolled in office careers.

COMM 100 Communication Skills
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
For career program students only. COMM 100 and ENG 132 fulfill requirements for an associate’s degree in several career programs. Concentration on developing skills in writing, speaking and reading.


Gainful Employment

Gainful employment is one important measure that students and parents should pay attention to as they examine colleges and programs. All non-degree programs must be designed to lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation in order to be deemed eligible for federal student aid. These programs are generally less than 2 years in length and result in a certificate.

Inventory Specialist Certificate