Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations


Unit content guide

The last exams for this qualification take place in November 2018.  Full details about the updated 2018 syllabus is available now.

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    Units

    Unit Title: CIPS Reference: Guided
    Learning Hours:
    Procurement and supply environments AC1 30
    Procurement and supply operations AC2 30
    Procurement and supply workflow AC3 30
    Inventory and logistics operations AC4 30
    Procurement and supply relationships AC5 30

     

    For information about the learning outcomes for each unit, please see the unit content guide.

     

    Unit exemptions may be granted depending on your prior certified learning. Find out more about how to apply for exemptions.

    Examinations

    CIPS examinations for qualifications units are hand written and paper-based.

    The following principles are adhered to when CIPS exam papers are developed:

    • The unit content will be assessed through the use of the learning outcomes (LOs), and parts thereof, published within the unit content guides. All LOs will be assessed within every assessment.
    • All LOs within a unit are weighted equally. The coverage of each LO within an assessment is equally weighted.
    • All questions within an assessment are compulsory. There are no optional questions. All assessments are marked out of 100%.
    • The standard of the assessment is set by the LOs within the unit content.

     

    Unit Exam format (2 hours)
    AC1
    Environments
    60 multiple-choice questions (MCQs). Select one correct answer from four options. There will be 20 MCQs testing each learning outcome. Pass mark 75%.

    AC2
    Operations

    60 MCQs. Select one correct answer from four options. There will be 20 MCQs testing each learning outcome.  Pass mark 75%.
    AC3
    Workflow
    Practical written exam with four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome. The questions are designed to simulate tasks which might be undertaken in the work environment. Pass mark 50%.
    AC4
    Inventory and logistics
    60 MCQs. Select one correct answer from four options. There will be 20 MCQs testing each learning outcome. Pass mark 75%.
    AC5
    Relationships
    60 MCQs. Select one correct answer from four options. There will be 20 MCQs testing each learning outcome. Pass mark 75%.

     

    Examination pass marks (AC 1, 2, 4 and 5): 75%

    You must achieve 75% for each section (learning outcome) within the exam in order to pass.

    Examination pass marks (AC 3): 50%

    The following pass marks and grade bands will apply to the AC3 workflow workbook:

    • Distinction 75 - 100%
    • Merit 60 - 74%
    • Pass 50 - 59%
    • Fail 0 - 49%
     
    For information about the learning outcomes for each unit, please see the unit content guide.

    Specification

    The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Level 3 Advanced certificate in procurement and supply operations is a vocationally related qualification. It is recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual), CCEA and Qualifications Wales in the UK and appears on the Register of Regulated Qualifications. 

    The qualification accreditation number is 600/8017/6.

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    Next Steps

    For those seeking to continue to MCIPS, the next step is to start the Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply. This is the highest entry level qualification.

    Following successful completion of the Advanced Certificate you will become a Certificate Member.

    Transfer arrangements for current students

    If you are currently studying for this qualification don't stop or delay your studies here are some simple tips for you to follow:

    1. The qualification title has stayed the same.
    2. We will automatically transfer any successfully completed units in the 2013 syllabus and your updated qualifications plan will show this in your MyCIPS account in February 2019.
    3. You will never be expected to repeat learning already achieved.
    4. You will be expected to complete the required number of credits to complete the award.
    5. What will the transfer look like from 2013 to 2018 qualifications syllabus?
    6. Anyone who has passed exams or has been awarded exemptions on 2013 syllabus will be given credits for subjects within the updated 2018 syllabus.

    Here's a quick online guide to find out what your transfer will look like.


    Download transfer arrangements table for CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations 

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