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Basics of Stores & Stock Control (BSSC)
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The role the store, warehouse and distribution centre places in the 21st century is often overlooked by many companies.  This seems quite incomprehensible when you consider the vital link this function performs in the supply chain.  Today, even more so then ever, qualified and skilled materials personnel are required to keep the supply chain operational and to add value to a company’s operations.


About the course


The Basics of Stores and Stock Control is an entry level course for those wishing to make a career in one of the many disciplines of warehousing and distribution management.


Who would benefit from attending this course?


This course is targeted at all stores personnel, including the store man and all first-line supervisors.  Other major users of the stores function also gain specific benefit from attending this course.


Entry Requirements


Basic literacy in English and a basic understanding of numeracy.


BSSC course outline


The course consists of thirteen sessions and a final exam:

1.     Warehousing and Supply Chain Management

2.     Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships

3.     Risk and Safety Management

4.     Warehouse Safety and PPE

5.     Inbound Logistics

6.     Classifying and Coding of Stock

7.     Warehouse Layout and Productivity

8.     Materials Handling and Storage Equipment

9.     Stocktaking and Stock Audits

10.  Warehouse Issues

11.  Warehouse Returns, Customer Service and Reverse Logistics

12.  Transportation and Distribution Management

13.  Emergency Situations and Precautions

14.  Final Examination


Learning options


This course is non-unit standard aligned and non-accredited and is instructor led only


  • Led by experienced instructors
  • Structured classroom environment ensures that you will stay on track with your studies
  • Peer discussions help reinforce learning materials


Get started


To enquire about BSSC instructor led courses offered by the SAPICS Authorized Education Partners (AEPs) please click here.




Attend classes – 3 hours per week over 13 weeks.  Homework will need to be done after each session.


About the exam


The final exam covers the full course content.  It is a closed book exam.  The final exam consists of 30 true/false questions and 50 multiple choice questions.  Each true/false question marked correct will earn 1 mark; each multiple choice question marked correct will earn 2 marks.  The total marks available: 130.  A learner requires 65 marks (50%) to pass the exam.  There is no negative marking.  To pass the course and earn the certificate of achievement, a learner will need an overall score of at least 50% in the final examination with a combined minimum of 50% in the homework and final examination.


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