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Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS)

We are living in an age of unprecedented change in the world. Complexity and globalization are the new norms and robust support from well-managed supply chains is desperately needed to enable economies and businesses to grow and flourish. There have also been too many instances where fraud in food supply chains, modern slavery in the clothing and luxury goods market, and natural events disrupting the flow of goods have dented the reputation of businesses and the world’s economies.

The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), is a United Kingdom-based global professional body working for the purchasing and supply professions. With the objective of “leading excellence in procurement and supply”, it aims to promote good practice and provides services for the benefit of a procurement community. CIPS aims to promote and develop high standards of professional skill, ability, and integrity among all those engaged in purchasing and supply chain management.

Entry requirements for Level 4:
·         Minimum Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from any government authorized university.
·         A minimum of at least two A-levels (or international equivalent) or a CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate Qualification is required.
·         Minimum 2 years relevant work experience, in a business environment.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Enhance Ethical Sourcing
  2. Create Equitable Deals
  3. Manage Supplier Relations
  4. Build Accredited Teams
  5. Reduce Wastage and Unnecessary Spend
  6. Tackle Procurement Fraud
  7. Learn a fairer, more cost-effective procurement process.

Organizational Benefits:

• Contribute to significant savings by putting in place a procurement team development plan.

• Put in place cost-effective, targeted training and development to plug gaps and meet organizational needs.

• Build a cadre of well-trained and motivated staff, reducing turnover and making associated cost savings.

• Provide objective and measurable evidence of effective management in the procurement function to senior managers, the board, and shareholders.

• Influence and improve ethical practices in the supply chain by implementing ethical procurement policies and practices across an organization.


Course Structure

Level 4: Diploma

Scope and Influence of Procurement and Supply (L4M1)

Defining Business Need (L4M2)

Commercial Contracting (L4M3)

SectionEthical and Responsible Sourcing (L4M4)

Commercial Negotiation (L4M5)

Supplier Relationships (L4M6)

SectionWhole Life Asset Management (L4M7)

SectionProcurement and Supply in Practice (L4M8)

Level 5: Advanced Diploma

Managing teams & Individual (L5M1)

Managing Supply Chain Risk (L5M2)

“Managing Contractual Risk (L5M3) “

Advanced Contract and Financial Management (L5M4)

“Managing Ethical Procurement and Supply (L5M5) Managing Ethical Procurement and Supply (L5M5) “

Category Management (L5M6)

Achieving Competitive Advantage (L5M7)

Project and Change Management (L5M8)

Operations Management (L5M9)

Logistics Management (L5M10)

Logistics Management (L5M10)

Advanced Negotiation (L5M15)

Level 6: Professional Diploma

Strategic Ethical Leadership (L6M1)

Global Commercial Strategy (L6M2)

Global Strategic Supply Chain Management (L6M3)

Future Strategic Challenges for Profession (L6M4)

Strategic Programme Leadership (L6M5)

Commercial Data Management (L6M7)

Innovation in Procurement and Supply (L6M8)

Supply Network Design (L6M9)

Global Logistics Strategy (L6M10)

Level 4 Diploma in Procurement & Supply

Entry requirements

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from any government authorized university.
  • A minimum of at least two A-levels (or international equivalent) or a CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate Qualification is required.
  • Minimum 2 years relevant work experience, in a business environment.
Who is this level suitable for? 
This qualification is the essential toolkit for anyone planning a career in procurement and supply.
​Developed and written using the Procurement and Supply cycle** as its focus, it is at the same level as the first year of an undergraduate degree course. It’s suitable for those in operational roles or those managing or supervising the procurement and supply function who want to develop their career and work towards MCIPS Chartered Procurement and Supply Professional.

Course Content:
​You will learn about making procurement and supply happen within an organisation, and you will be equipped with an essential range of knowledge and tools that you can apply immediately in your workplace. Learn how to apply a practical, theoretical and technical knowledge, gain a clear understanding of procurement and supply and develop the ability to address complex, nonroutine problems. On completion, you will be able to analyse, interpret and evaluate relevant information and ideas and have an informed awareness of differing perspectives and approaches within the profession. You will also be able to review the effectiveness and appropriateness of methods, actions and results.

Objective Response exam format (OR)

​These questions allow you to select a response from a list of possible answers. You will find these types of exams across all our qualifications levels and they are marked by computer and then moderated by CIPS examiners.
Pass mark: 70%  = 1.5 hours exam duration (72 questions)

Constructed Response (CR)

​These questions require you to create or ‘construct’ a response to the question such as an essay or case study. You will find this type of exam in our diploma level qualifications and they will be marked by subject expert examiners.
Pass mark: 50% = 3 hours exam duration

Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Procurement & Supply

Entry requirements:
You will need to have achieved the CIPS Diploma in procurement and supply or the CIPS Foundation diploma in purchasing and supply

Who is this level suitable for? 
Provides senior buyers, contract and supply chain managers with the expertise to improve organisational procurement and to fulfil organisational objectives. It gives you the knowledge base to reduce cost, improve quality and timescales, manage the supply chain and deal with legal issues.

Course Content:
Building on the practical knowledge and understanding gained at CIPS Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply you will develop a higher level of practical, theoretical and technical knowledge and understanding of procurement and supply. Your learning will focus on how to deal with key aspects of risk in supply chains and mitigation of those risks; processing and evaluating contracts and the impact of legal implications when contracts are breached.

On completion of this qualification you can expect to improve your overall organisational procurement and supply performance to fulfil your organisational objectives.

Objective Response exam format (OR)

​These questions allow you to select a response from a list of possible answers. You will find these types of exams across all our qualifications levels and they are marked by computer and then moderated by CIPS examiners.
Pass mark: 70%  = 1.5 hours exam duration (72 questions)

Constructed Response (CR)

​These questions require you to create or ‘construct’ a response to the question such as an essay or case study. You will find this type of exam in our diploma level qualifications and they will be marked by subject expert examiners.
Pass mark: 50%  = 3 hours exam duration

Level 6 Professional Diploma in Procurement & Supply

Entry requirements:
You will need to have achieved the CIPS Advanced diploma in procurement and supply or the CIPS Advanced diploma in purchasing and supply.

Who is this level suitable for? 
For those who are successful in completing the CIPS Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply; this represents the final level of CIPS qualifications for those working towards MCIPS Chartered Procurement and Supply Professional.

Course Content:
Building on the knowledge and skills learned at the CIPS Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply, you will be able to demonstrate strategic knowledge and leadership skills and find solutions to complex problems. It is designed to develop transferable workplace skills such as excellent communication and the ability to work in and lead a team.

Employers have identified that the ability to think strategically and lead and influence policy and thinking are essential for progression. You will gain an understanding of different perspectives and theories and will be able to critically analyse, interpret and evaluate complex information, concepts and ideas.

Objective Response exam format (OR)

​These questions allow you to select a response from a list of possible answers. You will find these types of exams across all our qualifications levels and they are marked by computer and then moderated by CIPS examiners.
Pass mark: 70%  = 1.5 hours exam duration (72 questions)

Constructed Response (CR)

​These questions require you to create or ‘construct’ a response to the question such as an essay or case study. You will find this type of exam in our diploma level qualifications and they will be marked by subject expert examiners.
Pass mark: 50%  = 3 hours exam duration

CIPS Examination:

Exam Format: COMPUTER BASED EXAMS (CBE)

Question Types: 
1. Objective Response (OR) 
These questions allow you to select a response from a list of possible answers. You will find these types of exams across all our qualifications levels and they are marked by computer and then moderated by CIPS examiners. All Learning Outcomes  within a module will have the same amount of coverage. You must answer all questions within an exam, you can expect no optional questions. All exams are marked out of 100%.

Pass mark: 70%  = 1.5 hours exam duration (expect L2 & L3)

2. Constructed Response (CR)
These questions require you to create or ‘construct’ a response to the question such as an essay or case study. You will find this type of exam in our diploma level qualifications and they will be marked by subject expert examiners. All Learning Outcomes  within a module will have the same amount of coverage. You must answer all questions within an exam, you can expect no optional questions. All exams are marked out of 100%. ​
Pass mark: 50% = 3 hours exam duration (except L6M4)

To find out more please watch this short video and visit the CIPS website.

Examination Enrolment:
There is no need to book your exams! The CPD Team will book your exams on your behalf , however, it is vital to communicate any changes or amendments to your study plan with us. This will ensure that there are no additional chargers or missed cancellations deadlines.

Candidate Responsibility:
To check their CIPS account to ensure that correct exam/s have been booked, this must be done at least one week prior to the deadline for enrolment. Failure to do so may result in delegates not being able to sit their exam.

Exam Cancellation Deadline: 
​Candidates wishing to cancel or amend their exam entry have up to 5 working days after the deadline for enrolment, after this date the only exceptions to cancel is for medical reasons. In order to request cancellation or amendment of your exam booking,