Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations

Certificate in Procurement & Supply Operations

(CIPS qualification)- Qualification No. 600/7209/X(CIPS qualification)

Entry Requirements: Grade 12 (Commercial subjects and passed with D)

Course Duration: 6 months, beginning 15th January 2016 to 31st June 2016 and   15th July 2016 to 15th November 2016.

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.

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

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.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

1.0 Know the roles of procurement and supply within organisations

1.1 Define the common terms that describe aspects of procurement and supply

  • Definitions of common terms such as procurement, purchasing, buying, supply chain,

Materials management, distribution, logistics and contract management

1.2 Describe the roles of procurement and supply in organisations

  • The typical proportion of costs accounted for by procurements of goods and services
  • The roles of procurement and supply and procurement professionals
  • Achieving value for money
  • Sustainability in procurement and supply
  • The roles of staff with devolved responsibilities for procurement

1.3 Describe the benefits of effective procurement for organisations

  • How effective procurement impacts on profitability – The profit contribution effect
  • Creating savings and improving efficiency
  • Budgets and budget monitoring
  • How effective procurement helps achieve targets

1.4 Identify the five rights of procurement and supply

  • The five rights of procurement and supply
  • Price/ total cost, quality, timing, quantity and place
  • Defining value for money

2.0 Know how products and services are received from suppliers and delivered to customers

2.1 Describe the delivery of products and services that organisations make to customers

  • Defining products and services
  • The customer role
  • Seeing customers as a part of a supply chain