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CIPS Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply


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Price
£1,400 inc VAT
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Interest-free payment plans available.

Study method
Online, self-paced
Duration
24 Months
Qualification
Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply
Additional info
  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) not included in price, and must be purchased separately
  • Tutor is available to students

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Overview

The course is for anyone who wants to understand negotiation, planning, risk management and data analysis, among other things.

However, you'll benefit most if you have some experience in procurement and are looking to take on a junior or middle management role.

You should be either:

  • At least 18 with a minimum of 2 A Levels or equivalent, such as a relevant Level 3 Certificate
  • At least 21 with a minimum of two years' work experience in business

The course provides a natural progression from the CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate, but it's not essential to have completed this first.

Qualification

Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply

Description

Key Topics

Your course is fully online and is assessed through 8 in-person exams.

You'll study and be examined on 8 units:

  • Scope and Influence of Procurement & Supply
  • Defining Business Needs
  • Commercial Contracting
  • Ethical and Responsible Sourcing
  • Commercial Negotiation
  • Supplier Relationships
  • Whole Life Asset Management
  • Procurement and Supply in Practice

Who is this course for?

There are 5 levels of CIPS qualification.

If you're new to CIPS:

  • You should begin at Level 2 or 3 if you don't have any qualifications or professional experience.
  • You can start at Level 4 if you're 18+ with two A Levels (or equivalent), or 21+ with at least two years of business experience.
  • Level 4 is the most advanced course you can begin with.

The Level 2 Certificate is ideal if you're a current or aspiring Administrative Assistant, Contracts Administrator, Stock Controller or Merchandiser. It'll help you understand the key transactional processes of procurement.

The Level 3 Advanced Certificate is perfect if you want to excel as an Administrator, Assistant Buyer, Assistant Contract Officer, Contract Analyst, or Stock/Inventory Controller/Planner. You'll learn to handle key operational procurement tasks.

This course, the Level 4 Diploma, is ideal if you're a current or aspiring Buyer, Contract Officer, Procurement Executive/Specialist, or Supply Chain/Inventory/Logistics Planner or Analyst. You'll learn to advise key stakeholders on the performance of procurement procedures and processes.

The Level 5 Advanced Diploma is your next step after Level 4. It'll help you excel as a Senior Buyer or Contract/Supply Chain Manager, and develop your ability to guide business decisions from a procurement perspective.

The Level 6 Professional Diploma is the final step in your CIPS education. This prestigious qualification will enable you to excel in strategic senior roles such as Head of Commercial, Head of Logistics/Transport, Senior Procurement Manager, Supply Chain Manager and Operations Manager.

It will also allow you upgrade to CIPS Chartered Membership (MCIPS) once you have 3 years' experience managing or teaching procurement.

Requirements

You should be either:

  • At least 18 with a minimum of 2 A Levels or equivalent, such as a relevant Level 3 Certificate
  • At least 21 with a minimum of two years' work experience in business

The course provides a natural progression from the CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate, but it's not essential to have completed this first.

Career path

Job titles at this level of study include:

  • Buyer
  • Procurement / purchasing executive
  • Procurement specialist
  • Contract officer
  • Supply chain / inventory / logistics analyst
  • Supply chain / inventory / logistics planner

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