Study Resources - Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply

View exam criteria and find resources to support your studies.

Access the full range of CIPS study resources for this qualification including past papers, sample papers, course books, elearning and sample exam papers.

Thsi qualifications provides senior buyers, contract and supply chain managers with the expertise to improve organisational procurement and to fulfil objectives.


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 page

    Exam criteria

    Learning outcomes, exam criteria and indicative content

    Download the syllabus to view learning outcomes, exam criteria and indicative content:

    Course books and related resources

    The last exam opportunity for the current Advanced Diploma is in May 2019.
    Current course books and eLearning will not be suitable for studying the updated qualifications. New resources for studying the updated qualification will be available from February 2019.

    Course Books


    Recommended Reading

    AD1 - Management in Procurement and Supply

    AD2 - Managing Risks in Supply Chains

    AD3 - Improving the Competitiveness of Supply Chains

    AD4 - Category Management in Procurement and Supply

    AD5 - Sustainability in Supply Chains

    AD6 - Operations Management in Supply Chains

    Past papers

    Prepare for your exam with past question papers and the principal marker's reports.

    Sample papers

    Check out the format and style of questions that you will encounter in exams:

    AD1 - Management
    Unseen case study

    AD2 - Managing risks
    Unseen case study

    AD3 - Improving competitiveness
    Pre-released case studies

    AD4 - Category management
    Exam questions

    AD5 - Sustainability
    Exam questions

    AD6 - Operations management
    Exam questions

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    Help with your studies

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    You may want to consider getting further support with a CIPS approved study centre and access structured, tutor-led learning to be certain that you have thoroughly covered the whole syllabus ahead of your exam.

    What next?

    Completed CIPS Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply?

    Progress to the CIPS Level 6 Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply.

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