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Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations

Unit content guideThe ideal qualification if you're just starting your career in procurement or if procurement and supply are part of your role. It will enable you to recognise and describe the key processes in procurement and build your professional knowledge and competence.

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:

  • Administrative assistant
  • Purchasing assistant
  • Contracts administrator
  • Stock controller
  • Merchandiser

 

Core skills upon completion of this qualification
Recognise and describe key transactional processes of procurement and supply.

Units

Unit Title: CIPS Reference: Guided
Learning Hours:
Procurement and supply principles NC1 20
Procurement and supply functions NC2 20
Procurement and supply processes NC3 20
Procurement and supply administration NC4 20
Procurement and supply stakeholders NC5 20

 

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)
NC1 Principles 60 multiple-choice questions (MCQs). Select one correct answer from four options. There will be 15 MCQs testing each learning outcome.
NC2 Functions 60 MCQs. Select one correct answer from four options. There will be 20 MCQs testing each learning outcome.
NC3 Processes 60 MCQs. Select one correct answer from four options. There will be 20 MCQs testing each learning outcome.
NC4 Administration 60 MCQs. Select one correct answer from four options. There will be 20 MCQs testing each learning outcome.
NC5 Stakeholders 60 MCQs. Select one correct answer from four options. There will be 15 MCQs testing each learning outcome.

 

Examination pass marks: 75%

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

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

Specification

The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Level 2 Certificate in procurement and supply operations is a vocationally related qualification. It is recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual), CCEA and Qualifications Wales in the UK and appears on the Register of Regulated Qualifications. 

The qualification accreditation number is 600/7209/X.

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