Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply


Unit content guideAimed at senior procurement professionals and heads of department. It is targeted at building strategic direction and advice, in areas such as change management, stakeholder management and team leadership.

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.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

This qualification is currently being reviewed and an updated syllabus will be available by the end of January 2019. Your first opportunity to take an exam on the updated syllabus will be in July 2019.

The last opportunity to take an exam on this syllabus will be in May 2019, there will be no resit opportunities. 

It is important that you don't delay your studies as everything that you complete will count towards the updated syllabus.

To make sure you stay fully up to date check our qualifications review web page. 

    Entry requirements

    You will need to have achieved the CIPS Advanced diploma in procurement and supply.

    Typical job titles:

    • Strategic / senior  /purchasing or procurement manager
    • Head of commercial
    • Supply chain manager
    • Head of logistics / transport
    • Operations manager

    Core skills upon completion of this qualification
    Ability to formulate direction and advice; change management; leading and influencing both internal and external stakeholders in procurement and supply and the management of teams and individuals.

    Units

    Compulsory units

    Unit Title: CIPS Reference Guided
    Learning Hours:
    Leadership in procurement and supply
    PD1 50
    Corporate and business strategy
    PD2 50
    Strategic supply chain management
    PD3 50

     

    Optional units

    Please note only two out of the three optional units need to be completed by the member to successfully pass the course.

    Unit Title: CIPS Reference Guided
    Learning Hours:
    Supply chain diligence
    PD4 50
    Programme and project management
    PD5 50
    Legal aspects in procurement and supply (UK)
    PD6 50

     

    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

    Unit Exam format (3 hours). Pass mark 50%
    PD1 Leadership Unseen case of around 500 words and four questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome. Questions should be answered within the context of the case.
    PD2 Corporate and business strategy Four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome.
    PD3 Strategic SCM Pre-released case. The case will be 12-15 pages long and based on a realistic organisation. The case is published on the website at least four weeks in advance of the exam date to allow candidates to analyse the information and prepare for the exam. The exam is open-book and there will be four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome. Questions should be answered within the context of the case.
    PD4 Supply chain diligence Four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome.
    PD5 Programme & project management Four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome.
    PD6 Legal aspects (UK) Four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome.

     

    Examination pass marks:

    • 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 6 Professional diploma in procurement and supply is a higher level qualification.  It has been 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 600/7657/4.

    View the full specification.

    Next steps

    On successful completion of the Diploma, Advanced and Professional diplomas along with three years' experience in a position of responsibility in procurement and supply you can apply to upgrade to MCIPS.

    Find out more about MCIPS.

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