Study Resources - Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations


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Four CORE modules make up  24 of the required 30 credits 

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


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  What are credits?
Each module is given a credit value of 3 or 6 credits. You are required to complete 30 credits to achieve this qualification.
Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations

    Exam criteria

    Learning outcomes, exam criteria and indicative content

    Select a module below to view learning outcomes, exam criteria and indicative content:

    Procurement and Supply Environments (L3M1)Ethical Procurement and Supply (L3M2)Contract Administration (L3M3)Team  Dynamics and Change (L3M4)Socially Responsible Procurement (L3M5)Socially Responsible Warehousing and Distribution (L3M6)

    Study guides and related resources

    Study Guides and ebooks

    Each module has a study guide available in hard copy now and as an ebook (available at the end of March 2019).


    Following consultation with our studying community we understand that CIPS students learn in a variety of different ways so we’ve completely redesigned our resources. The study text and elearning are aligned to the learning outcomes as set out in each syllabus in a fresh, easy to read format. You can explore key procurement and supply topics in-depth, linking to CIPS Knowledge to provide access to a full range of learning resources.

     

    Elearning
    Available from March 2019, CIPS elearning acts as an additional learning resource alongside the study guide. View sample elearning.

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    CIPS Knowledge

    Select a module to see related white papers and resources for each learning outcome:

    CIPS Knowledge a freely available member only resource designed to support you as you study for each exam.  

    L3M1 | L3M2 | L3M3 | L3M4 | L3M5 | L3M6

    Procurement and Supply Environments (L3M1)

    1.0 Know the different sectors of procurement and supply

    2.0 Understand types of pricing arrangements in commercial agreements

    3.0 Know the external environment and its impact on procurement and supply

    4.0 Understand procedures that regulate procurement and supply

    Ethical Procurement and Supply (L3M2)

    1.0 Know techniques that can achieve added value and its contribution to organisational success

    2.0 Know tasks associated with each stage of the sourcing process

    3.0 Understand the significance of ethics for procurement and supply

    4.0 Understand how operational performance of the procurement and supply function can be measured and improved

    Contract Administration (L3M3)

    1.0 Know the administrative content and key tasks associated with commercial contracts

    2.0 Understand how to achieve competitive pricing and the role of negotiation in procurement and supply

    3.0 Know how effective tendering is achieved

    4.0 Understand how to measure contract performance

    Team Dynamics and Change (L3M4)

    1.0 Know how the individual can support overall organisational success in procurement and supply

    2.0 Understand team dynamics and their influence on procurement and supply

    3.0 Understand the challenges associated with, and methods to achieve organisational change

    Socially Responsible Procurement (L3M5)

    1.0 Understand the concepts of sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

    2.0 Understand the environmental impact of procurement and supply

    3.0 Know the implications of CSR for the procurement and supply function

    4.0 Understand methods to monitor Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in procurement and supply

    Socially Responsible Warehousing and Distribution (L3M6)

    1.0 Understand the concepts of sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

    2.0 Understand the environmental impact of procurement and supply

    3.0 Understand methods for the storage and movement of inventory

    4.0 Understand the environmental impact of warehousing and distribution

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    What next?

    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

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