CIPS Level 6 Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply

Our updated Level 6 Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply* qualification can take you all the way on your professional journey to becoming MCIPS. You can also continue to choose elective modules and create your own specialist professional pathway, so that your qualification is more relevant for you.

At this level, you are required to complete four core modules then choose from a selection to complete three elective modules. Modules can be worth 6 or 12 credits.

Existing students -  check the transfer arrangements on our quick online guide to help you with your planning.

* Refers to levels within the UK RQF. Other regulatory bodies may have different corresponding levels.

Procurement professionals who achieve MCIPS status earn more per annum than non-MCIPS colleagues in the same positions and only current members are entitled to use the post-nominals MCIPS.
Gain a career advantage
Studying CIPS qualifications together with your procurement experience required for gaining MCIPS demonstrates your serious intent and commitment to your career - a huge advantage when it comes to career progression.
Achieve your potential
Professional recognition of your skills and competencies enables you to excel in your career in procurement and supply.

    What will I learn?

    Develop your knowledge and skills as a leader

    Based on the professional level of CIPS Global Standard, this qualification builds on the knowledge and skills learned at the CIPS Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply.

    This qualification will help you make a real impact in your career. It is recognised by employers world-wide for producing competent and confident procurement and supply professionals, capable of guiding and leading their organisations to sustainable success. Your learning will focus on:

    • Delivering effective and efficient procurement and supply strategies that enhance an organisation's prospects for long-term financial stability and longer-term success
    • Development, configuration and implementation of global commercial strategy to achieve competitive advantage
    • Evaluating the influence of strategic supply chain management and assessing the methods that are available to measure, improve and optimise supply chain performance
    • Analysing the changing needs of the profession, looking ahead to consider future strategic challenges

    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 can CIPS qualifications do for your career?

    Entry requirements

    You will need to have achieved the CIPS Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply.

    Typical job titles:

    • Senior procurement manager
    • Senior category manager
    • Supply chain manager
    • Head of logisitics and operations manager

    Core skills upon completion of this qualification

    You will be able to:

    • Demonstrate strategic knowledge and leadership skills
    • Develop excellent communication skills and the ability to work with and lead a team
    • Think strategically, lead and influence policy
    • Critically analyse, interpret and evaluate complex information, concepts and ideas
    • Find solutions to complex problems, all within a global context

    View other CIPS qualifications:

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

    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. 

    Four CORE modules make up 42 of the required credits.

    Select a module below for more information:


    Choose three ELECTIVE module to make up the final 18 remaining credits.

    CIPS Level 6* Professional Diploma 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 that you contact one of our approved study centres for advice about different types of learning programmes available, and how long they take to complete.

    Here is the typical amount 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 exam time that is required.

    Guided learning hours (GLH)
    It is expected that you will undertake 250 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-study requirement (SSR)
    Additionally, we recommend that you also commit to at least 335 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 the modules in CIPS qualifications are assessed by an examination.
    All the modules in CIPS qualifications are assessed by 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 six time per year in most areas:

    • 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, each module will have a study guide, eBooks and eLearning. You can check when they will be available. 

    If you buy all three items per module you get the ebook for half price. 

    Study guides, ebooks and learning
    6 credit modules

    20.00 each 340 each 35.00 each 40.00 each


    Study guides, ebooks and learning
    12 credits modules

    40.00 each 690 each 75.00 each 80.00 each

    All study guide, eBooks and eLearning are zero VAT/ GST/ sales tax rated and prices exclude shipping costs. Use our resource availablity tool to find out when each resource will be available.

    We have dedicated resources for this qualification in the student zone.

    Try the eLearning demo:


    What format are the exams?

    All exams for this qualification are computer-based

    In this qualification you will be required to complete a mix of Objective Response (OR) and Constructed Response (CR) exams.

    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.

    Book OR exams early to get your preferred timeslot
    If you are a self-study student, you will need to find an exam centre that hosts the new CBE exams. Use our study and exam centre finder to find out where to take your exam. If you're studying with a study centre, they will organise this for you.

    When you know your preferred exam location, go to book exams

    • Choose any of 3 timeslots on any day during the exam week for Objective Response (OR) exams
    • Exam bookings are live, so your place is confirmed as soon as you book
    • Make sure you get the timeslot you want by booking as soon as possible

    Don’t worry if you miss out - with six exam sittings a year in most countries, there will be another slot available soon.


    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.

    Important notice:In some countries we can only offer CR exams in May and November. You will be required to write these exams by hand; they will not be offered as computer-based exams. To find out if this affects you, use our exam fees and dates finder.



    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, you can expect no optional questions. All exams are marked out of 100%. 

    Exam format

    The types of questions you will encounter in this qualification are known as Objective Response and Constructed Response. 

    Exam pass mark

    For Objective Response exams the pass mark is 70%.

    For Constructed Response exams are graded:

    • 50% Pass
    • 60% Merit
    • 75% Distinction

    Sample exam questions - Objective Response

    During the exam you will be presented with different types of objective response (OR) questions worth different marks. Some will be worth 10 marks, this will be highlighted on your exam. All other questions are worth 1 mark each. See the different types of OR exam questions you can expect in the Exam Guides for Candidates.

    Sample exam questions - Constructed Response

    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 will have a study guide, ebook and elearning. You can check when they will be available.

    For the L6M4 Future Strategic Challenges for the Profession module you can access free CIPS elearning for this module carefully developed to help you prepare for the exam. 

    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 assessors look for when marking exam papers.

    Stay connected with other like-minded professionals 

    For the L6M4 Future Strategic Challenges for the Profession module  you can access free CIPS elearning for this module carefully developed to help you prepare for the exam.

    What next?

    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.

    Next steps

    On successful completion you will be eligible to apply to be upgraded to MCIPS, or with an up to date CIPS Ethical Procurement and Supply certificate you will be eligible to upgrade to MCIPS Chartered Procurement and Supply Professionalyou must be a current member. 

    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 August 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 6 Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply Operations.

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