CIPS Level 4 2018-07-04T10:38:26+01:00

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CIPS Level 4

Diploma in Procurement and Supply


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The CIPS Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply qualification aims to give individuals some insight into best practices, learn to make effective use of information and develop their decision making skills and improve efficiency and effectiveness. This is the highest CIPS Level you can start at when working towards MCIPS status.

Consists of five compulsory units:

  • Negotiating and Contracting in Procurement and Supply
  • Managing Contracts and Relationships in Procurement and Supply
  • Contexts of Procurement and supply
  • Business Needs in Procurement and Supply
  • Sourcing in Procurement and Supply

**CIPS have announced a syllabus change the last opportunity to sit these units is May 2019, Learners will then transition to the new syllabus with the new assessments in July 2019 We will keep learners and employers up to date with changes and transition arrangements, when these are realised by CIPS, which is expected in January 2019**

CIPS Level 4 is for buyers who are looking to progress into management, and those with previous qualifications and experience. This is the highest level you can start the CIPS qualifications at.

Typical job titles of those who start at this level are:

  • Buyer
  • Procurement/purchasing executive
  • Procurement Specialist
  • Contract officer
  • Supply chain/inventory/logistics analyst
  • Supply chain/inventory/logistics planner

First year degree or HNC, NVQ level 4 (UK)
SAQA NQF level 6 (SA), NZQA level 5 (NZ)
AQF diploma (VET/AUS) TQF level 4 (TEVETA)

Successful completion of CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate OR CIPS Level 3 Certificate in Procurement and supply operations . Alternatively, 2 years relevant work experience OR two A-level qualifications (or International equivalent). If you are unsure whether or not you would be able to start at this level please call for a chat or email

The core skills learnt at this level are the provision of advice and guidance to key stakeholders on the performance of organisational procedures and processes in purchasing and supply. This CIPS Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply is a valuable management tool focused on:

  • Planning and forecasting for future demand
  • Forward planning and contract development
  • Negotiation volumes
  • Margins and standards
  • Creating and controlling specifications
  • Contract management

It also covers the supply market chain:

  • Negotiating with suppliers
  • Conflict resolution
  • Performance review

Each unit is assessed through a 3-hour exam consisting of essay style questions. The assessment for D3 Sourcing in Procurement and Supply will be an unseen case study and questions.

Class-based from £2225+vat

“I would recommend SRSCC to anybody who wants to take their procurement career further”

Andrew, Eden Biodesign

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