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Diploma in Procurement and Supply

Unit content guideA 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.

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

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.

Units

Unit Title: CIPS Reference: Guided
Learning Hours:
Contexts of procurement and supply
D1 50
Business needs in procurement and supply
D2 50
Sourcing in procurement and supply
D3 50
Negotiating and contracting in procurement and supply
D4 50
Managing contracts and relationships in procurement and supply
D5 50

 

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 (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%

 

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

Overview

The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Diploma in procurement and supply 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 600/6858/9.

This qualification is a valuable management tool for those moving into junior and middle management procurement roles or those supervising the procurement function. It focuses on organisational procedures and processes including negotiating, planning, risk management and data analysis.

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.

The qualification is designed for both young people and for people who may work within the following typical job titles; Buyer, Procurement / purchasing executive, Procurement specialist, Contract officer, Supply chain / inventory / logistics analyst, Supply chain / inventory / logistics planner.

There are no age restrictions in relation to this qualification.

Entry requirements: 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. You may be entitled to some unit exemptions or a bypass may be applicable under the CIPS Exemption policy.

The Diploma in procurement and supply consists of five compulsory units.  There are no optional units.

Contexts of procurement and supply: on completion of this unit, the learner will be able to offer advice and guidance to main stakeholders on the application of the sourcing process. Understand supply chains which organisations operate in.

Business needs in procurement and supply: on completion of this unit, the learner will understand practices that help achieve value for money solutions in procurement.  This unit explores a variety of elements that underpin the development of criteria.  It also considers the options that should be explored when procurement and supply personnel are involved in defining requirements. 

Sourcing in procurement and supply: on completion of this unit, the learner will be able to apply a set of appropriate tools and techniques that can assess sourcing options available to organisations when procuring goods, services or works from external suppliers.  This unit identifies sound approaches to sourcing activities that assess the commercial and technical capabilities of organisations to help achieve the right choice of supplier. 

Negotiating and contracting in procurement and supply: on completion of this unit, the learner will be able to identify approaches to achieve negotiated agreements with external organisations.  Recognise the use of legal terms that should regulate commercial agreements. 

The creation of formalised agreements is a critical part of the work of personnel in procurement and supply. This unit analyses approaches to the negotiation of agreements made with external parties and the formation of legally binding contracts. After contracts have been entered into, there can be conflict over performance issues and on costs, timing and quality of supplies.  This should involve negotiation to achieve required outcomes.

Managing contracts and relationships in procurement and supply: on completion of this unit, candidates will be able to apply methods to improve supplier performance, recognising the need for a structured approach when dealing with performance and relationship issues.  The unit concentrates on approaches to contract and supplier relationship management involving stakeholders in these processes.  Personnel involved in creating contracts and relationships with external organisations need to ensure outcomes that achieve organisational requirements including costs, quality, risk management and timing.

The CIPS Diploma 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 Diploma addresses planning and forecasting for future demand, forward planning for contract development, negotiating volumes, margins and standards, creating and controlling specifications, and contract management.  It also covers the supply market and chain, negotiating with suppliers, conflict resolution and performance review. 

The Diploma in procurement and supply will support progression to further learning and the progression would be the CIPS Advanced diploma in procurement and supply qualification. 

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

From the academic year of 2016/2017, Advanced Learning Loans are available for individuals aged 19 or above to undertake approved qualifications at Levels 3 and 4, at an approved provider in England.  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. 

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