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Sample Questions

Qualifications 2013 refers to CIPS unit content launched in April 2013.

Sample questions with a range of learning outcomes for each unit are below. They show you the format and style of questions that you will encounter in an assessment. 

Indicative answer content is designed to show you how to best answer the questions. The answer content also provides references to CIPS course books where applicable and the relevant unit content reference.

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The exam format for each unit is listed: 

  • Diploma qualifications three hours duration
  • Certificate qualifications two hours duration.

Professional diploma in procurement and supply

Unit Exam format    
PD1 Leadership Unseen case Sample questions Answer content
PD2 Corporate & business strategy Exam questions Sample questions Answer content
PD3 Strategic SCM Pre-released case Sample questions Answer content
PD4 Supply chain diligence Exam questions Sample questions Answer content
PD5 Programme & project management Exam questions Sample questions Answer content
PD6 Legal aspects (UK) Exam questions Sample questions

Answer content

Advanced diploma in procurement and supply

Unit Exam format    
AD1 Management Unseen case Sample questions Answer content
AD2 Managing risks Unseen case Sample questions Answer content
AD3 Improving competitiveness Pre-released case Sample questions Answer content
AD4 Category management Exam questions Sample questions Answer content
AD5 Sustainability Exam questions Sample questions Answer content
AD6 Operations management Exam questions Sample questions Answer content

Diploma in procurement and supply

Unit Exam format    
D1 Contexts Exam questions Sample questions Answer content
D2 Business needs Exam questions Sample questions Answer content
D3 Sourcing Unseen case Sample questions Answer content
D4 Negotiating and contracting Exam questions Sample questions Answer content
D5 Managing contracts and relationships Exam questions Sample questions Answer content

Advanced certificate in procurement and supply operations

Unit Exam format    
AC1 Environments Multiple-choice questions (MCQ) Sample MCQs  
AC2 Operations MCQ Sample MCQs  
AC3 Workflow Practical written exam   Answer content
AC4 Inventory and logistics MCQ Sample MCQs  
AC5 Relationships MCQ Sample MCQs  

Certificate in procurement and supply operations

Unit Exam format    
NC1 Principles Multiple-choice questions (MCQ) Sample MCQs  
NC2 Functions MCQ Sample MCQs  
NC3 Processes MCQ Sample MCQs  
NC4 Administration MCQ Sample MCQs  
NC5 Stakeholders MCQ Sample MCQs