CIPS Level 3: Advanced Certificate in Procurement & Supply – New Syllabus 2019


Level 3 – Advanced Certificate in Procurement & Supply – New Syllabus 2019

Who Should Consider This Level

  • Administrative & Procurement Assistants with at least 2 years experience.
  • Staff involved in the Procurement/Ordering of any goods or services.
  • Contracts Administrator.
  • Stock Controller.
  • Merchandiser.

Courses Contents & Units

The Level 3 Advanced Certificate course comprises of 5 Units, which are delivered using a blend of group interaction, case studies and role plays to support the CIPS course material.  We have a clear objective which is to ensure students are able to relate the learning to practical experience in the workplace.

The units at this level are:

CORE MODULES (Complete all four)

L3M1: Procurement & Supply Environments: Understand the different sectors procurement & supply deal with. Pricing arrangements. The external market environment, the impact of “Trumponomics”. Procedures that regulate the procurement & supply environment.

Click here to access L3M1: Procurement & Supply Environments module syllabus content

L3M2: Ethical Procurement & Supply: Techniques that can achieve added value and contribute to the organisation’s success. Tasks at each stage of the Sourcing process. The significance of ethics for procurement & supply. How operational performance of the function can be measured and improved.

Click here to access L3M2: Ethical Procurement & Supply module syllabus content

L3M3: Contract Administration: Administrative content & key tasks associated with commercial contracts. Understand how to achieve competitive pricing and the role of negotiation in procurement. How to achieve effective tendering. How to measure contract performance.

Click here to access L3M3: Contract Administration module syllabus content

L3M4: Team Dynamics and Change: Roles of staff and how they can support overall organisational success in procurement and supply. Team Dynamics and the challenges associated with achieving organisational change. Triggers for change and methods to deal with change.

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L3M5: Socially Responsible Procurement: The concepts of sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The environmental impact of procurement and supply. Globalisation v green logistics. Carbon footprint v low cost sourcing. The implications of CSR on the procurement function and the Three Pillars of social responsibility. Methods to monitor CSR in procurement and supply.

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L3M6: Socially Responsible Warehousing and Distribution: The concepts of sustainability and CSR. The environmental impact of procurement and supply. Methods of for the storage and movement of stock/inventory. The environmental impact and cost of warehousing and distribution. Sustainable logistics and avoiding environmental damage.

Click here to access L3M6: Socially Responsible Warehousing and Distribution module syllabus content

Entry Requirements

You should typically have worked in a transactional purchasing role with at least 2 years experience in a purchasing or commercial environment.  If you already have a CIPS Level 2 Certificate this qualification will build on your current knowledge and understanding.

Unit Examinations

All assessments are computer based, multiple choice exams designed to test the learning outcomes set out in each CIPS unit. Candidates are assessed by an exam for each unit which consists of a 2 hours multiple-choice exam with Candidates required to answer 60 multiple choice questions.

  1. All students have to join CIPS as a Student Member (currently £187).  Membership fees are paid directly to CIPS by the student.

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.

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