Diploma in Procurement and Supply Operations

Diploma in Procurement and Supply Operations (CIPS Qualification)

Grade 12 and Advanced Certificate in Procurement & Supply Operations.

Note that exemptions are also considered for other qualifications subject to CIPS assessments.  

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.

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.

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%

This certificate is ideal for private and public sector delegates who hold a minimum of a matric qualification; most of whom will be considering or would be involved in supply chain management in the future, or will be active in this area of business and commerce.