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CIPS Diploma

CIPS updated Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply now consists of eight core modules of 6 or 12 credits, which cover the essential topics that we think you need to know. You can find out more about the updated structure in the tabs below. 


Who is it for?

This qualification is the essential toolkit for anyone planning a career in procurement and supply. Developed and written using the Procurement and Supply cycle, it is at the same level as the first year of an undergraduate degree course.


It’s suitable for those in operational roles or those managing or supervising the procurement and supply function who want to develop their career and work towards MCIPS Chartered Procurement and Supply Professional.

Typical job titles:

  • Buyer
  • Procurement/Purchasing Executive
  • Procurement Specialist
  • Contracting Officer
  • Supply Chain Analyst

Entry requirements

In order to qualify to this level, you need to have one of the following criteria:

  • A minimum of at least two A-levels (or international equivalent) or
  • CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate qualification is required.
  • you will need a minimum of two years’ relevant experience in a business environment.


Credit values

To gain a qualification you are required to complete a total number of credits. This is a way of quantifying the required number of study hours. 1 credit is equivalent to 10 hours of study. Each module is given a credit value of 6 or 12 credits. Total credits required for completion 60


What will I learn?

Based on the operational and managerial levels of CIPS Global Standard, this is the essential toolkit to get you started on your professional procurement journey.

Developed using the Procurement Cycle as its focus, you will:

  • Learn about the core principles, concepts and practical applications when procuring goods or services 
  • Gain essential knowledge and practical skills in contracting, negotiation, supplier relationships, ethics and asset management
  • Understand how procurement fits within the rest of your organisation and how it can help to shape key future business decisions

Based at the same level as a first year of an undergraduate degree course, you will be equipped with essential knowledge and tools that you can apply immediately in your workplace.

Joining a CIPS qualification programme means you will join the largest Institute in the world for those working in procurement and supply.

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