Qualification details

BSB41607 - Certificate IV in Purchasing (Release 3)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
3 (this release)Current 18/Dec/2012
(View details for release 2) Replaced28/Nov/2011
(View details for release 1) Replaced10/Mar/2009

Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to BSB41615 - Certificate IV in PurchasingUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages. 24/Mar/2015

Training packages that include this qualification

Units of competency


SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 591100 Purchasing And Supply Logistics Clerks 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 6153 Stock And Purchasing Clerks 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0803 Business And Management 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Local Government Administration,Commerce,Warehousing and Storage,Logistics,Purchasing and Procurement 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Purchasing Officer,Bulk Storage Distribution Manager,Credits/Returns Officer,Distribution Centre Supervisor,Inventory and Supply Officer,Inventory Officer,Inventory Control Officer,Supply Officer,Warehouse Team Leader,Purchasing Clerk,Procurement Officer,Stock Controller,Dispatch Clerk,Import/Export Coordinator 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 591100 Purchasing And Supply Logistics Clerks 03/Sep/2008 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 6153 Stock And Purchasing Clerks 03/Sep/2008 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0803 Business And Management 03/Sep/2008 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 10/Mar/2009 
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Modification History



Release 3

New release of this Qualification with BSB07 Business Services Training Package version 7.0.

BSBOHS elective unit updated with the BSBWHS unit and imported elective units updated with the most current equivalent.

Release 2

New release of this Qualification with BSB07 Business Services Training Package version 6.0.

Outdated advice removed.

Unit codes updated:

  • BSBCUS401A now BSBCUS401B
  • BSBCUS402A now BSBCUS402B
  • BSBCUS403A now BSBCUS403B

Release 1

Initial release of this Qualification.


This qualification is designed for individuals with responsibilities for conducting purchasing activities in an organisation. They may work in any industry or organisational setting. They may have whole of procurement life cycle responsibilities or work in specific functions such as contract management or tendering. Typically those completing this qualification would report to a purchasing manager or contract manager.

Job  roles 

  • Procurement Officer
  • Purchasing and Inventory Administrator
  • Purchasing Assistant
  • Purchasing Clerk
  • Purchasing Officer
  • Stock Control Officer.

Pathways Information

Pathways into the qualification 

Preferred pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

  • BSB30112 Certificate III in Business or other relevant qualification/s


  • with vocational experience in assisting purchasing managers or coordinators to conduct purchasing activities but without formal purchasing qualifications.

Examples of indicative job roles for candidates seeking entry based upon their vocational experience include:

  • Accounts Clerk
  • Administrative Officer
  • Customer Service Advisor
  • Personal Assistant
  • Small Business Assistant
  • Student Services Officer.

This breadth of expertise would equate to the competencies required to undertake this qualification.

Pathways from the qualification 

After achieving this qualification candidates may undertake:

  • BSB51507 Diploma of Purchasing.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

There is no direct link between this qualification and licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements. However, where required, a unit of competency will specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements that impact on the unit.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Employability Skills Summary

The following table contains a summary of the Employability Skills required by industry for this qualification. The Employability Skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options.

Employability Skill 

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include: 


  • clarifying service needs with customers
  • clearly communicating purchasing requirements to prospective suppliers
  • negotiating with online service providers for the purchase of goods and services


  • negotiating and confirming requirements for online trade with suppliers
  • working with personnel from regulatory authorities to arrange for the importation of goods


  • dealing with irregularities when reconciling organisational and online bill paying and transaction records
  • diagnosing problems in matching service delivery to customer needs

Initiative and enterprise

  • conducting research to identify sources/supplies for required products
  • developing options for improved services to customers

Planning and organising

  • developing project plans including time lines, task breakdown and roles and responsibilities of team members
  • preparing and promoting specification documentation


  • behaving ethically when dealing with potential suppliers by following codes of practice for confidentiality and probity
  • managing time to ensure work is completed on time


  • learning from the review of previous projects
  • seeking assistance form senior colleagues to overcome difficulties in meeting customer service standards


  • using business technology such as purchasing and word processing software to conduct purchasing activities

Packaging Rules

Total number of units = 10 

3 core units plus 

7 elective units 

5 elective units  must be selected from the elective units listed below.

The remaining 2 elective units  may be selected from the elective units listed below, or any currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course at the same qualification level. If not listed below, 1 elective unit  may be selected from either a Certificate III or Diploma qualification.

Elective units must be relevant to the work outcome, local industry requirements and the qualification level.

Core units 

BSBITU305A Conduct online transactions

BSBPUR401B Plan purchasing

BSBPUR402B Negotiate contracts

Elective units 

Customer Service 

BSBCUS401B Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies

BSBCUS402B Address customer needs

BSBCUS403B Implement customer service standards

Financial Administration 

BSBFIA402A Report on financial activity

General Administration 

BSBADM409A Coordinate business resources

IT Use 

BSBITU401A Design and develop complex text documents

Work Health and Safety 

BSBWHS401A Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements

Purchasing and Contracting 

BSBPUR403B Conduct international purchasing

Relationship Management 

BSBREL401A Establish networks


BSBRES401A Analyse and present research information

Risk Management 

BSBRSK401A Identify risk and apply risk management processes


BSBSUS301A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Workplace Effectiveness 

BSBWOR401A Establish effective workplace relationships

BSBWOR402A Promote team effectiveness


BSBWRT401A Write complex documents

Imported Units 

PSPGOV406B Gather and analyse information

PSPPROC406B Procure goods and services

PSPPROC411A Plan procurement

PSPPROC412A Develop and distribute requests for offers

PSPPROC413A Select providers and develop contracts

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