CIPS Level 4 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.

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

Entry requirements for this qualification

This is the highest entry point onto our diploma qualifications. A minimum of at least two A-levels (or international equivalent) or a CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate qualification is required.

Typical job titles:

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

Core skills upon completion of this qualification
You will gain a solid understanding of procurement and supply fundamentals and you will be able to apply this immediately back into your workplace.

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. 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. 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 6 or 12 credits. 
The Diploma consists of eight CORE modules make up the required 60 credits

  1. Scope & Influence of P & S (12 credits)
  2. Ethical & Responsible sourcing (6 credits)
  3. Commercial Contracting (6 credits)
  4. Supplier Relationships (6 credits)
  5. Commercial Negotiation (6 credits)
  6. Whole life asset management (6 credits)
  7. Defining Business Needs (6 credits)
  8. P & S in Practice (12 credits)

NB: For full details of the syllabus please refer to module details of at module page

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 4 qualification via distance learning route: 

  • For 12 credit Module USD 250 or equivalent in Egyptian pounds
  • For 6 credit Module USD 150 or equivalent in Egyptian pounds

What’s included?

CIPS Training includes access to 8 dedicated virtual classroom for each Module in CIPS Diploma and each class includes

  • 10 online live sessions with the instructor to explain the subjects of each 12 credit module
  • 5 online live sessions with the instructor to explain the subjects of each 6 credit module
  • Module Slides Pack  that will be used by the instructor in the online session
  • Additional reading and support materials for each module
  • Assignments to be completed in the specified times defined by the instructor
  • End of module project/quiz that simulate CIPS online exam
  • after successful completion of the project/quiz you will receive Module attendance certificate.

How long does the access to one account remain?

The access is valid for one year or till the completion of all exams which is later.  

How many hours is included in 1 online live instructor session ?

Each online live session is 2 hours

Is there any additional tools?

Yes, Access to EPC e-library that includes around 100 reference books in procurement and supply chain and some of them were the mentioned as references in CIPS Materials

  • 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?

The Level 4 qualification exams are in 2 formats 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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