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Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply

Unit content guideAimed at senior procurement professionals and heads of department. It is targeted at building strategic direction and advice, in areas such as change management, stakeholder management and team leadership.

On successful completion of the Diploma, Advanced and Professional diplomas along with three years' experience in a position of responsibility in procurement and supply you will be awarded MCIPS status.

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 will need to have achieved the CIPS Advanced diploma in procurement and supply.

 

Typical job titles:

  • Strategic / senior  /purchasing or procurement manager
  • Head of commercial
  • Supply chain manager
  • Head of logistics / transport
  • Operations manager

 

Core skills upon completion of this qualification
Ability to formulate direction and advice; change management; leading and influencing both internal and external stakeholders in procurement and supply and the management of teams and individuals.

Units

Compulsory units

Unit Title: CIPS Reference Guided
Learning Hours:
Leadership in procurement and supply
PD1 50
Corporate and business strategy
PD2 50
Strategic supply chain management
PD3 50

 

Optional units

Unit Title: CIPS Reference Guided
Learning Hours:
Supply chain diligence
PD4 50
Programme and project management
PD5 50
Legal aspects in procurement and supply (UK)
PD6 50

 

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

Examinations

Unit Exam format (3 hours). Pass mark 50%
PD1 Leadership Unseen case of around 500 words and four questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome. Questions should be answered within the context of the case.
PD2 Corporate and business strategy Four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome.
PD3 Strategic SCM Pre-released case. The case will be 12-15 pages long and based on a realistic organisation. The case is published on the website at least four weeks in advance of the exam date to allow candidates to analyse the information and prepare for the exam. The exam is open-book and there will be four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome. Questions should be answered within the context of the case.
PD4 Supply chain diligence Four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome.
PD5 Programme & project management Four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome.
PD6 Legal aspects (UK) 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.