Retail Buyer

Retail Buyer

Manage supplier relationships and the performance 
of stock. Source products through the identification and selection of suppliers. Buy merchandise and allocate stock to stores effectively.

18 Months | 18 Classes

Entry requirements

NQF Level 4 qualification (with some experience in business operations)

The purpose of this qualification is to equip a learner with the knowledge, skills and competencies to perform duties as a Retail Buyer, including sourcing, buying and allocating stock for wholesale and retail outlets. Classroom debate, case studies and student presentations all contribute to lively and enriching course content.

Module 1: Concepts and principles for managing supplier relationships and the performance of merchandise
Module 2: Concepts and principles for identifying and sourcing products, and selecting suppliers.
Module 3: Concepts and principles of buying merchandise
Module 4: Concepts and principles for allocating stock to stores

Prescribed workplace evidence must be collected and endorsed by the student’s mentor/supervisor in the workplace and submitted to NVO for final assessment.

NVO will issue a Statement of Results (SoR) once the programme and all assessments have been completed successfully. EISA (External Integrated Summative Assessment) exam to be booked directly with W&R SETA once NVO programme is completed. Exam fee payable directly to W&R SETA (exam fees to be found on W&R SETA website). The Novia One mock examination will be venue based to simulate exam conditions as applied by the EISA exam. Students will receive a certificate of competence against the qualification directly from QCTO after successfully passing the EISA.

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