Diploma in Procurement and Supply

A valuable management tool for those moving into junior and middle management procurement roles or those supervising the procurement function.  It focusses on organisational procedures and processes including negotiation, planning, risk management and data analysis.

This is the highest entry point to our diploma qualifications and requires a minimum of at least two A-levels (or international equivalent) or a CIPS Advanced Certificate qualification. Alternatively you need a minimum of two years' experience in a business environment.

Typical job titles:

  • Buyer
  • Procurement / purchasing executive
  • Procurement specialist
  • Contract officer
  • Supply chain / inventory / logistics analyst
  • Supply chain / inventory / logistics planner

Core skills upon completion of this qualification
Provision of advice and guidance to key stakeholders on the performance of organisational procedures and processes in purchasing and supply.

Unit Title:CIPS Reference:Guided 
Learning Hours:
Contexts of procurement and supplyD150
Business needs in procurement and supplyD250
Sourcing in procurement and supplyD350
Negotiating and contracting in procurement and supplyD450
Managing contracts and relationships in procurement and supplyD550
 

CIPS examinations for qualifications units are hand written and paper-based.

The following principles are adhered to when CIPS exam papers are developed:

  • The unit content will be assessed through the use of the learning outcomes (LOs), and parts thereof, published within the unit content guides. All LOs will be assessed within every assessment.
  • All LOs within a unit are weighted equally. The coverage of each LO within an assessment is equally weighted.
  • All questions within an assessment are compulsory. There are no optional questions. All assessments are marked out of 100%.
  • The standard of the assessment is set by the LOs within the unit content.
UnitExam format (3 hours). Pass mark 50%
D1
Contexts
Four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome.
D2
Business needs
Four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome.
D3
Sourcing
Unseen case of around 500 words and five questions each worth 20 marks, each testing a different learning outcome. Questions should be answered within the context of the case.
D4
Negotiating and contracting
Four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome.
D5
Managing contracts and relationships
Four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome.

Examination pass marks:

  • Distinction 75 - 100%
  • Merit 60 - 74%
  • Pass 50 - 59%
  • Fail 0 - 49%

AD6 Operations management: Four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome.

  • Examination pass marks:
  • Distinction 75 - 100%
  • Merit 60 - 74%
  • Pass 50 - 59%
  • Fail 0 - 49%