Study Resources - Level 2 Certificate

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Our new learning resources have been created to give you every chance of success in your exams. We understand that everyone learns in different ways so we've completely redesigned our resources to support your study for CIPS exams.

Before you start your studies you must first read the syllabus.  CIPS exam questions are created to test your knowledge of the learning outcomes in the syllabus.  Use it as a checklist to make sure you know and understand each one before your exam. 

CIPS Level 2 Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations

    Study Resources

    Confidently prepare for exam success

    Introducing our brand new Study Guides, eBooks and eLearning, each aligned to our syllabus learning outcomes in a fresh, easy to read format:

    Study Guide - Text Book
    Your text book will give you the foundation of each module.



    Rich, interactive multimedia content that enhances your learning and tests your knowledge.



    Study Guide - eBook
    The online equivalent of your text book. You can access the eBook Study Guide on your phone, tablet or desktop PC anywhere, anytime.



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    Other Suggested Reading:

    • L2M1, L2M2, L2M3, L2M4, L2M5 - The Buyers Toolkit - O'Brien
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    Sample Questions and Answers

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

    These sample questions give you an example of the level of questioning and types of questions. 

    All Objective Response exam questions for Certificate, Advanced Certificate and Diploma are worth 1 mark each.

    You will also find questions in the Study Guides, eBooks and eLearning for you to work through and self-assess as you prepare for your exam.

    CIPS Knowledge

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

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

    L2M1 | L2M2 | L2M3 | L2M4 | L2M5

    Introducing Procurement and Supply (L2M1)

    1.0  Understand the role of procurement and supply within organisations 

    2.0  Understand the organisational impact of procurement and supply 

    3.0  Know how products and services are received from suppliers and delivered to customers

    4.0  Know the stages of the sourcing process 

    5.0  Understand the need for the effective and efficient administration of purchases made with external suppliers 

    6.0  Know the importance of ethics and responsible procurement in organisations and supply chains

    Procurement and Supply Operations (L2M2)

    1.0  Know the types of organisations and how they operate

    2.0  Know the components of contractual agreements

    3.0  Understand sources of information on suppliers and customers 

    4.0  Understand pricing methods used for the purchasing of goods or services

    Stakeholder Relationships (L2M3)

    1.0  Know the stakeholders in procurement and supply

    2.0  Know the key market factors that impact on a procurement and supply function

    3.0  Understand the techniques associated with successful and effective communication in procurement and supply

    4.0  Know approaches for conflict resolution with stakeholders in procurement and supply

    Systems Technology (L2M4)

    1.0  Understand the use of systems technology and databases and how they contribute to procurement and supply

    2.0  Know types of systems for supplier selection, ordering and payment

    3.0  Know why quality management is important in procurement and supply

    Inventory, Logistics and Expediting (L2M5)

    1.0  Know the key elements of effective inventory control

    2.0  Understand the principles and processes associated with effective logistics control

    3.0  Know how effective expediting can be achieved in procurement and supply

    Exam Guides

    Watch this short video to see how to use the computer-based exams platform for CIPS Constructed Response (CR) exams. It also includes guidance on the different types of command words found in the questions and how you should tailor your answers to what the examiner is looking for.



    Our guides will help you to prepare for any of the exam formats that you’re likely to encounter.

    Improve your exam techniques

    Learn how to improve your exam techniques for Constructed Response (CR) exams.  The way that you structure your answer can mean the difference between pass or fail.  Take at look through the following guides to improve your exam technique.

    Download your computer-based exams CR exams techniques guide 


    Our paper-based CR exams (PBEs) are only available in specific countries. To find out if we hold PBEs in your country go to our online exam finder. 

    Download your paper-based constructed response exams techniques guide.




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    Help With Your Studies

    Having some issues studying a module?

    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 Certificate in Procurement and Supply?

    Progress to the CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations or CIPS Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply, depending upon your experience.

    Level 3orLevel 4

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