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Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations

Unit content guideThis qualification is designed for those in an operational role who need the capability to carry out procurement and supply tasks.  You will develop the knowledge to understand demand management, arrange supply logistics and implement new contracts.

Joining a CIPS qualification programme means you will join the largest Institute in the world for those working in procurement and supply. You can join as a member online or by downloading a membership form. You can then book your examinations online or complete an enrolment form.

Entry requirements

You don't need any prior experience or qualifications to start your studies at this stage.

 

Typical job titles:

  • Administrator
  • Assistant buyer
  • Assistant contract officer
  • Contract analyst
  • Stock / inventory controller / planner

 

Core skills upon completion of this qualification
Capability to apply key tasks associated with procurement and supply operations.

Units

Unit Title: CIPS Reference: Guided
Learning Hours:
Procurement and supply environments AC1 30
Procurement and supply operations AC2 30
Procurement and supply workflow AC3 30
Inventory and logistics operations AC4 30
Procurement and supply relationships AC5 30

 

For information about the learning outcomes for each unit, please see the unit content guide.

Examinations

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.

 

Unit Exam format (2 hours)
AC1
Environments
60 multiple-choice questions (MCQs). Select one correct answer from four options. There will be 20 MCQs testing each learning outcome. Pass mark 75%.

AC2
Operations

60 MCQs. Select one correct answer from four options. There will be 20 MCQs testing each learning outcome.  Pass mark 75%.
AC3
Workflow
Practical written exam with four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome. The questions are designed to simulate tasks which might be undertaken in the work environment. Pass mark 50%.
AC4
Inventory and logistics
60 MCQs. Select one correct answer from four options. There will be 20 MCQs testing each learning outcome. Pass mark 75%.
AC5
Relationships
60 MCQs. Select one correct answer from four options. There will be 20 MCQs testing each learning outcome. Pass mark 75%.

 

Examination pass marks (AC 1, 2, 4 and 5): 75%

You must achieve 75% for each section (learning outcome) within the exam in order to pass.

Examination pass marks (AC 3): 50%

The following pass marks and grade bands will apply to the AC3 workflow workbook:

  • Distinction 75 - 100%
  • Merit 60 - 74%
  • Pass 50 - 59%
  • Fail 0 - 49%
 
For information about the learning outcomes for each unit, please see the unit content guide.

Overview

The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply Advanced Certificate in procurement and supply operations is a vocationally related qualification. It has been accredited by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in the UK and appears on the Register of Regulated Qualifications. Qualification accreditation number 600/8017/6.

This qualification is designed for the learner who is in an operational role, who needs the capability to carry out procurement and supply tasks. The learner will develop the knowledge to understand demand management, arrange supply logistics and implement new contracts.

Core skills upon completion of this qualification; Capability to apply key tasks associated with procurement and supply operations.  The Advanced Certificate is designed to help the learner develop the capability to carry out purchasing and supply tasks.

The qualification is designed for both young people and for people who may work within the following typical job titles; Administrator, Assistant buyer, Assistant contract officer, Contract analyst, Stock / inventory controller / planner. There are no age restrictions in relation to this qualification.

There are no entry requirements for this qualification and therefore, the learner is not required to have any prior professional qualifications or experience.  However, if a learner has the CIPS Certificate qualification, then this qualification will build on the learner’s current knowledge and understanding.

The Advanced Certificate in procurement and supply operations consists of five compulsory units.  There are no optional units.

Procurement and supply environments: on completion of this unit, the learner will understand a range of external factors that can impact on procurement and supply operations.  This unit focuses on the wider environment that impacts on procurement and supply in a range of different types of organisations, the public, private and not for profit or third sector can all be involved in fulfilling organisational needs.

Procurement and supply operations: on completion of this unit, the learner will be able to identify a range of considerations in formulating agreements with external organisations.  This unit assesses procurement and supply operations and is structured around the achievement of the five rights namely price, quality, time, quantity and place.

Procurement and supply workflow: on completion of this unit, the learner will be able to interpret a range of data to help develop effective administration processes required when dealing with external organisations.  This unit identifies the typical work flows that procurement and supply personnel can be involved in working on.

Inventory and logistics operations: on completion of this unit, the learner will be able to select appropriate techniques to ensure the right inventory can be purchased or supplied.  This unit focuses on the techniques that can be applied to achieve the availability of inventories through the flow of materials and information.

Procurement and supply relationships: on completion of this unit, candidates will be able to explain a range of main principles and techniques that help develop customer and supplier relationships.  It is essential for procurement and supply personnel to form effective relationships with suppliers, internal and external customers and other stakeholders.  This unit introduces the principles of marketing, the importance of cross functional working and the need to communicate effectively both within the organisation and with people from external organisations.

The CIPS Advanced Certificate in procurement and supply operations is a vocationally related qualification. 

The qualification will not lead to employment, but a professional qualification will enhance the learner’s current skills and practices and equip them with new skills. 

The learner will develop the robust knowledge to:

  • understand and apply demand management through manual or IT based systems
  • carry out stock valuation and ordering
  • arrange supply logistics and the necessary paperwork
  • implement new contracts, including queries on performance, and financial management and contract review.

 

The Advanced Certificate procurement and supply operations will support progression to further learning and the progression would be the CIPS Diploma in Procurement and Supply qualification. 

The current Advanced Apprenticeship in procurement has the CIPS Advanced Certificate procurement and supply operations as the knowledge component of the framework.  The Advanced Apprenticeship offers progression to the CIPS Diploma in Procurement and Supply qualification or a recognised CIPS accredited degree programme. However, a learner may wish to take the qualification outside of the apprenticeship (as a standalone qualification) due to them already being in full time employment and therefore, the apprenticeship route wouldn’t be appropriate. 

There are not different sized versions of the Advanced Certificate in procurement and supply operations qualification.  The qualification is part of the CIPS ladder of qualifications, which ranges from Certificate to Professional Diploma level. View further information regarding CIPS qualifications.

24+ Advanced Learning Loans are available for individuals aged 24 or above to undertake approved qualifications at Levels 3 and 4, at an approved provider in England. 24+ Advanced Learning Loans give individuals access to financial support for tuition costs similar to that available in higher education and are administered by Student Finance England.

24+ Advanced Learning Loans are paid directly to the college or training organisation on behalf of an individual.

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