CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations


This is the second of our three entry level qualifications* and will help you to prepare for a career in procurement and supply. It is ideal for learners looking to specialise in the profession and to progress onto the CIPS Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply.

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

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

Are you currently studying this qualification? 

If you are part way through studying for this qualification your full transfer details will now be available in your MyCIPS account.  Alternatively try the online transfer guidance

* Refers to levels within the UK RQF. Other regulatory bodies may have different corresponding levels.
This is the first of CIPS's two entry level qualifications and is ideal for you
Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations

    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.

    This is the first of CIPS qualifications where elective modules are introduced, giving learners the choice of a specialist professional pathway such as Procurement or Supply Chain.

    To get started on a CIPS qualification programme, you will need join as a student member online. You can then book your exams online.

    What can CIPS qualifications do for your career?

    There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

    Typical job titles:

    • Administrator
    • Assistant buyer
    • Assistant contract officer
    • Contract analyst
    • Stock / inventory controller / planner

    Core skills upon completion of this qualification
    You will have the capability to apply key tasks associated with procurement and supply operations.

    View other CIPS qualifications:

    CIPS Level 2 Certificate in Procurement and Supply OperationsCIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply OperationsCIPS Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and SupplyCIPS Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Procurement and SupplyCIPS Level 6 Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply

    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.

    Information
      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 24 of the required credits.

    Select a module below for more information:

    Procurement and Supply Environments (L3M1)Ethical Procurement and Supply (L3M2)Contract Administration (L3M3)Team  Dynamics and Change (L3M4)

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

    Socially Responsible Procurement (L3M5)Socially Responsible Warehousing and Distribution (L3M6)


    CIPS Level 3* Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations is a vocationally related professional qualification. Formal recognition is included within the regulatory frameworks of an increasing number of countries such as the UK (England, Wales and Northern Ireland), UAE (including Dubai) and Africa (including Zambia). Further information on this recognition and the details of corresponding qualifications levels for other international qualifications frameworks are detailed here
    The qualification accreditation number is Ref: 603/3282/7.
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    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 you get in touch with one of our 190 approved study centres for advice about the 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:

    Your total qualification time (TQT)
    The TQT indicates the overall number of guided learning hours, additional self-study and assessment time that is required.

    Guided Learning Hours (GLH)
    You are expected to undertake 200 GLH. The definition of guided learning hours is: ‘A measure of the amount of input time required to achieve the qualification. This includes lectures, tutorials and practicals, as well as supervised study in, for example, learning centres and workshops’.

    Self-studying requirement (SSR)
    Additionally, we recommend that you also commit to at least 90 SSR hours. This includes wider reading of the subject areas and revision to give yourself the best preparation for successfully achieving the qualification.

    Total exam time
    All of the modules in this qualification are assessed by computer-based exams.

    How much does it cost?

    The cost of studying for a qualification will vary depending on the level of support you need.

    CIPS offers exams globally six time per year in:

    • January
    • March
    • May
    • July
    • September
    • November

    As a guide, use our online fee finder - just select your country and the module(s) you plan to take. In addition to the CIPS exam fee, a surcharge may be applied by the exam centre. Use our exam centre finder to check for additional fees.

    Learning resources
    To support your studies CIPS publishes a complete set of study guides [link] with an optional ebook version and a suite of e-learning  to compliment your learning for each module. All are available to buy online.

    Learning resources
    To support your studies, CIPS publishes a complete set of study guides. An eBook version and a suite of eLearning will be available from the end of March 2019 to complement your learning for each module. Study Guides are available to buy online now.

    Study guides, ebooks and elearning
    3 credit modules

    GBP ZAR AUD NZD
    10.00 each 170 each 20.00 each 20.00 each


    Study guides, ebooks and elearning
    6 credit modules

    GBP ZAR AUD NZD
    20.00 each 340 each 35.00 each 40.00 each

    What format are the exams?

    All exams for this qualification are computer-based

    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.
     

     

    Find out more about our new computer-based exams in this short video:

    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 there are no optional questions. All exams are marked out of 100%. 

    Objectove responseExam 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.

    Sample exam papers

    What support can I get for my studies?

    Each of our qualifications has a full list of supporting study resources in the student zone.

    Each module has a study guide, There will be an ebook version and new elearning available from end of March 2019. 

    You can view a sample of our new elearning below:

    Other resources which form part of your membership benefits will support you as you learn:

    CIPS Knowledge
    Access a wealth of expertise, experience, knowledge and resources, including guidelines, white papers, tools and templates.

    Supply Management
    This free online magazine includes latest news, job opportunities and current developments in procurement and supply.

    Guidance on answering exam questions
    Exam guidance documents to help to understand what examiners look for when marking exam papers.

    Networking
    Stay connected with other like-minded professionals 

    Next steps

    Interested in studying the CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations?
    CIPS has a network of over 190 approved study centres globally offering a range of flexible courses. Get in touch to talk about getting started.

     
    Completed CIPS Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations?

    Progress to the CIPS Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply, depending upon your experience.

    Level 4

    Transfer arrangements for current students

    If you are currently studying for this qualification, don't stop or delay your studies. Here are some tips to remember:

    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. 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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