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