CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations 2018 Syllabus

Distance learning

The EPC Academy for Training and Consulting offer the CIPS qualifications as both classroom or distance learning based methods.

This is the second of our three entry level qualifications and is designed for intermediate level learners looking to specialise in procurement and supply and advance to level 4.

This is the first of our qualifications that give you the opportunity to choose elective modules and create your own specialist pathway, so that the qualification is more relevant to you.

If you are a manager in another profession, a business leader or entrepreneur, this qualification will help you understand how procurement should function and its overall impact on your business success.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification

Typical job titles:

  • Administrator
  • Assistant Buyer
  • Assistant Contracts Officer
  • Stock/ Inventory controller planner
  • Contract Analysist

Core skills upon completion of this qualification

You will be able to apply key tasks associated with procurement and supply.

What will I learn?

Based on the Tactical and Operational levels of CIPS Global Standard, you will learn how to apply factual, procedural and theoretical knowledge of procurement and supply. You will be able to complete tasks and address problems that are well-defined but may be complex and non-routine. You will understand what relevant information is required and how to interpret and review its effectiveness.

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 today. Once you’ve become a CIPS member you can book your examinations online.

What’s involved?

You are required to complete 30 credits to achieve this qualification. You will need to complete four CORE modules which make up 24 of the required credits. Then choose one ELECTIVE module to make up the 6 remaining credits.

What are credits?

Credits are a way of quantifying the number of study hours needed to complete a qualification. 1 credit is equivalent to 10 hours of study. Each module is given a credit value of 3 or 6 credits. 

Four CORE modules make up the required 24 credits

  1. P & S Environments
  2. Ethical P & S
  3. Contract Administration
  4. Team Dynamics & Change

Choose one ELECTIVE module to make up the final remaining six credits

  1. Socially Responsible Procurement
  2. Socially Responsible Warehousing & Distribution

NB: For full details of the syllabus please refer to the attached

Cost for the level 2 qualification via distance learning route will be USD 750

Please note this is payable in advance in line with the examination study plan you agree with us.  

What’s included?

  • 4 x I hour one to one webinars per module with your tutor ( 20 hours in total)
  • Setting of sample exam questions, marking & feedback from you tutor
  • Open email access to your tutor to resolve queries and confirm understanding
  • Specifically, designed materials to facilitate distance learning
  • CIPS offers exams globally six time per year in:
  • January
  • March
  • May
  • July
  • September
  • November

Exam timetables are published by CIPS and available on line and from us when planning your exams. There are globally centres where you can sit exams, these will be supplied as relevant

  • All administration to facilitate your studies and exams.

What format are the exams?

All exams for this qualification are computer-based

The Level 3 qualification is: Objective Response exam format (OR)

These questions allow you to select a response from a list of possible answers. You will find these types of exams across all our qualifications levels; they are marked by computer and then moderated by CIPS examiners

Once you have enrolled as a distance learner student your tutor will go through this in detail and provide samples of exam papers.

Objective Response exam format (OR)

These questions allow you to select a response from a list of possible answers. You will find these types of exams across all our qualifications levels; they are marked by computer and then moderated by CIPS examiners.

The following principles are applied when we develop exam papers:

For each module we will examine your knowledge through the use of every learning outcome (LO) in the syllabus

Using the learning resources, you can check your understanding of each LO

All LOs within a module will have the same amount of coverage.

You must answer all questions within an exam, you can expect no optional questions. All exams are marked out of 100%.

Objective response Exam format

All exams in this qualification will be Objective Response.

The questions in these exams allow you to select a response from a list of possible answers. You will find these types of exams across all our qualifications levels; they are marked by computer and then moderated by CIPS examiners.

Exam pass mark for all modules

You must achieve 70% to pass the exam

How long does it take?

Everyone learns at a different pace and you will have your own personal circumstances to consider before deciding to start a qualification.

Before you start, we strongly recommend that you contact us for advice about different types of learning programmes available, and how long they take to complete.

These are the typical amounts of time required to achieve this qualification is 180 hours

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