Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations


Unit content guideThis qualification is designed for those in an operational role who need the capability to carry out procurement and supply tasks. You will develop the knowledge to understand demand management, arrange supply logistics and implement new contracts.

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 or by downloading a membership form. You can then book your examinations online or complete an enrolment form.

    Entry requirements

    Anyone can start at this level, you don't need any prior experience or qualifications to start your studies at this stage.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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