CIPS Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply 2018 Syllabus

Distance learning

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

Our updated Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply* gives you the opportunity to choose elective modules and create your own specialist professional pathway, so that your qualification is more relevant for you.    

At this level, you are required to complete five core modules, then choose from a selection to complete three elective modules. Modules can be worth 6 or 12 credits.

Entry requirements for this qualification

You will need to have achieved the CIPS Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply.

Typical job titles:

  • Senior Buyer
  • Chief Buyer
  • Category Manager
  • Contract Manager
  • Logistics Manager
  • Supply Chain Executive

Core skills upon completion of this qualification

You can expect to improve your overall organisational procurement and supply performance and to fulfil your personal and organisational goals.

What will I learn?

Based on the managerial and professional levels of CIPS Global Standard, this qualification will help you to grow in confidence, improve organisational procurement and fulfil objectives.

Building on the practical knowledge and understanding gained at the CIPS Level 4 Diploma in

Procurement and Supply, your learning will focus on:

  • Key aspects of risk in supply chains and mitigation of those risks
  • Processing and evaluating contracts
  • Understanding the impact of legal implications when contracts are breached
  • The different approaches to managing teams and individuals
  • Sustainability and the managerial approaches that promote ethical practices

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 60 credits to achieve this qualification

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 3,6 or 12 credits. 

Five CORE and three elective  modules make up the required 60 credits

L5M1     Managing Teams and individuals (Core, 12 Credits)

L5M2     Managing Supply Chain Risk (Core, 6 Credits)

L5M3     Managing Contractual Risk (Core, 6 Credits)

L5M4     Advanced Contracts & Financial Management (Core, 12 Credits)

L5M5     Managing Ethical Procurement & Supply (Core, 6 Credits)

L5M6     Category Management (Elective, 6 Credits)

L5M7     Achieving Competitive Advantage though Supply Chain (Elective, 6 Credits)

L5M8     Project & Change Management (Elective, 6 Credits)

L5M9     Operations Management (Elective, 6 Credits)

L5M10   Logistics Management  (Elective, 6 Credits)

L5M15   Advanced Negotiation (Elective, 6 Credits)

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

How much does it cost?

The cost of studying for a qualification will vary depending on the level of support you need. However, the distance learning program is designed to provide you with a dedicated tutor to provide support throughout the program.

Cost for the level 5 qualification via distance learning route:

  • For 12 credit Module USD 250
  • For 6 credit Module USD 150

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

What’s included?

  • 6 x I hour one to one webinars per 12 credit modules with your tutor (12 hours in total)
  •  4 x 1 hour one to one webinars per 6 credit modules with your tutor (24 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 time tables 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 5 for this qualification are computer-based

The Level 4 qualification is:

Objective Response exam format (OR) & Constructed Response exam format (CR)

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.

Constructed Response exam format (CR)

These questions require you to create, or ‘construct’, a response to the question, such as an essay or case study. You will find this type of exam in our diploma level qualifications and they will be marked by subject expert examiners

The following principles are applied when we develop our 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%.

  • 12 credit modules are Constructed Response exam format (CR)
  • 6 credit modules are Objective Response exam format (OR)

Exam pass marks and grades

For Objective Response exams the pass mark is 70%.

For Constructed Response exams are graded:

  • 50% Pass
  • 60% Merit
  • 75% Distinction

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.

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