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Introducing the most comprehensive programme of education for the maritime industry covering purchasing and supply chain managment

Education remains a key priority for IMPA and the association has introduced the most comprehensive education programme in its history. The intention is that IMPA’s online course will provide procurement and supply chain management professionals with the credibility and status that other professional disciplines enjoy.


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Each course has been designed to be taken over a 12 month period and entirely on-line so that students can participate from all over the world studying when it’s convenient and possible for them. These days most organisations and academic bodies appreciate the need for flexibility in study as people look to develop their careers whilst balancing busy lifestyles.

Four courses are on offer beginning with certified buyer and leading up to registered procurement officer that will qualify successful candidates for special status within IMPA. 

Stephen Alexander IMPA COO commented, “Gaining the prestigious qualification of registered procurement officer with IMPA will grant candidates a special position in the industry and a status previously unseen”

The programme will commence in September of this year with the first, level one course which is the ‘Certified IMPA Buyer’ programme ideally suited to new entrants and junior procurement officers.

Each course will culminate in the presentation of a certificate or diploma award at the annual event in either London or Singapore and candidates will be registered with IMPA on the IMPA website and in mt recognising their achievement and status.

For the first time in the industry this high quality education programme offers recognised academic qualifications for maritime procurement and supply chain management.

Rob C. Scharff, MSc. MBA. B Eng.
IMPA Vice President, Head of Education and Programme Designer

This new and exciting education programme offers professionals within the shipping industry an opportunity to study at an academic level to boost their career success.

Stephen Alexander
Chief Operating Officer, IMPA

IMPA Offers Scholarship Opportunity – The Jan Johannessen bursary

IMPA is offering one lucky applicant a scholarship opportunity to undertake the course commencing in September at no cost. Potential applicants to this programme are being asked to write a 1000 word application paper on ‘the importance of education in maritime procurement’ the winning piece will be chosen by council and announced in April.

For further information on any of the IMPA education programmes please contact the IMPA Administration office

Stephen Alexander

Programme Outline and Costs

Course Price Date
Certified IMPA Buyer GBP2750 Commences September 2018
Certified Senior Buyer GBP3250 Expected commencement September 2018
Certified Procurement Specialist GBPPOA Expected commencement September 2018
Registered Procurement Officer GBPPOA Expected commencement September 2019

Register your interest today

You can enrol now for the IMPA-Endorsed PG Cert. course, modules will commence in September 2018.

To enrol, simply fill out the form and submit your application. If you would like more information about the course or have any other general enquiries, please feel free to contact our offices using the details below.

For booking and general enquiries

International Marine Purchasing Association 
East Bridge House 
East Street 
Essex, CO1 2TX 
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0) 1206 798900 
Fax: +44 (0) 1206 798909 

Additional links

IMPA Website 
Marine Store Guide 
IMPA ACT Website


Thank you for your interest in the course, your submission has been recieved and we will be in contact shortly.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us via the methods listed