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Course Overview  

This fully funded QQI micro-credential programme is designed to meet the growing industry demand for increased knowledge and competence in the key business functions of Supply Chain / Operations Management and Project Management. The programme will provide learners with a foundational knowledge of the core elements of these key business functions, in addition to gaining insights into new emerging trends and the impact of digitisation on supply chains and operations. Through participation in the programme, learners will gain essential skills to support expanding smart manufacturing operations, enabling participants to make a valuable contribution to the implementation of digitalisation strategies within the organisation

Designed and delivered by highly experienced academics and industry professionals, our lecturers know the skills and knowledge that companies are looking for. Our unique part-time, online delivery allows learners to log on live or catch up by watching the recorded sessions which can also be used for revision. Extensive coaching and mentoring workshops will be provided with a specific focus on individual assessment and improvement. 

Accreditation: QQI Level 6 Certificate in Operational Excellence (25 ECTS)

Next Intake: May 2023

*Funding: This is a Skills to Advance subsidised training opportunity for employers seeking to upskill their employees. Applicants must be in current employment. For further information on the Skills to Advance funding policy, please contact the  AMTCE team https://amtce.ie/contact/


AMTCE Funded

Continue to the Course Outline section for module information.

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Course Outline

The course duration is 6 months. This part-time programme is delivered in a blended format, with online lectures during the week. Saturday lectures are a blend of classroom and online. (ECTS: 60 Credits)

Module 1: Operations Management & Supply Chain Management 

Provides learners with a basic understanding of operations management and supply chain management in manufacturing and service organisations. The key functions of operations management involve organisational strategy, product design, forecasting, inventory management, quality control, scheduling, supply chain management and facilities management. Key characteristics of common supply chain strategies and criteria for their selection are presented, as well as an introduction to key performance metrics for supply chain management. Learners will develop their competence to contribute to the functions that design, plan, direct and improve all the activities that transform resources into goods or services in manufacturing and services companies.

Module 2: Emerging Trends in Operations Management

Provides a basic understanding of some trends that accelerate the smart manufacturing future - product manufacturing and service convergence; redefined processes; hybrid human-machine processes; manufacturing ecosystems and manufacturing culture. Learners will develop an awareness of the impacts of the implementation of Industry 4.0, the increased importance of being sustainable and the rise of supply chain technology or blockchain.

Module 3: Fundamentals of Project Management

Aims to give students a basic knowledge of project management techniques used to identify the roles involved (in a team) and the processes used when managing an industrial project from the conceptual stage to full completion. It also aims to enable the student to understand the main aspects of project management methodologies together with key elements of control, risk and financial evaluation. 


Entry Requirements

This course is suitable for those with a minimum qualification at H7/O6 in five Leaving Certificate subjects or equivalent. Proficiency in English Language Required (B2+ level or equivalent on the Common European Framework or Reference for Languages (CEFR).

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Career Path & Progression


This course was designed with a large range of industries in mind. Graduates can expect to develop their careers across a number of sectors in roles such as:

  • Manufacturing Operator
  • Manufacturing Technician
  • Product Builder
  • Process Technician
  • Logistics/Warehouse Operator
  • Business Improvement Specialist
  • Supply Chain Support


Learners may complete additional Innopharma Education QQI Micro-Credential programmes and work towards completing a Level 6 Certificate in Operational Excellence for Digitisation (Minor Award with 60 ECTS) or Level 6 Certificate in Information Technology for Digitisation (Minor Award with 60 ECTS) or Level 6 Higher Certificate in Science in Process Digitisation (120 ECTS).





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First of all, you will need to complete and submit an enquiry form, located at the top of this page. This is to register interest with us in the chosen course. Once submitted a member of the team will be in contact with you via phone call or email to discuss the course in more detail, assess your eligibility and assist you with anything you need to progress further.

Please note at any time if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing Siobhan Keenan at keenans@innopharmalabs.com or calling us at (01) 5743502



Why up-skill for the STEM process manufacturing sectors in Ireland?

  • Over 130,000 employed within these industries
  • Over 40,000 new jobs predicted 
  • Over €62 billion in exports 
  • 9 of top 10 world’s biopharma companies in Ireland
  • 8 of the top 10 worlds medtech companies in Ireland
  • Over 8,000 new jobs predicted by 2020



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