CIPS Level 3

Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations

91% Pass rate on CIPS advanced certificate
92%

CIPS Level 3 Course Overview

CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply is one of a series of progressive purchasing and supply management qualifications designed by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).  Often, it is those who have been working in procurement for some months and would like to obtain a qualification that start at this level. This qualification aims to give individuals some insight into best practices, learn new skills and technique to improve their own efficiency and effectiveness, but also to familiarise themselves with procurement terminology

CIPS Level 3 Information

CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate consists of 4 compulsory units:

• L3M1 Procurement and Supply Environments
• L3M2 Ethical Procurement and Supply
• L3M3 Contract Administration
• L3M4 Team Dynamics and Change


Choose one Elective Module to make up the final remaining six credits:

• L3M5 Socially Responsible Procurement
• L3M6 Socially Responsible Warehousing and Distribution

• Administrator
• Assistant Buyer
• Assistant Contract Officer
• Contract Analyst
• Stock/ Inventory controller/ planner

A level, NVQ3, Foundation studies (UK)
SAQA NQF level 5 (SA), NZQA level 4 (NZ)
AQF certificate IV (VET/AUS) TQF level 3 (TEVETA)

Successful completion of CIPS Level 2 Certificate, OR relevant work experience. Please contact us if you are unsure which level to start at

The core skill learnt during CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply is the ability to apply key tasks associated with purchasing and supply operations. Students will have robust knowledge to:

  • Understand and apply demand management through manual or IT based systems
  • Carry out stock valuation and ordering
  • Arrange supply logistics and the necessary paperwork
  • Implement new contracts
  • Query performance
  • Financial management
  • Contract review

For full details of all the learning objectives please email info@srscc.co.uk  for the level content guide.

Each unit is assessed through a 1.5-hour computer based exam consisting of drag and drop, multiple choice and drop down list style questions.

Available Learning Options

Classroom

Face to face across the 9 study centres

In-house

Delivered at organisation (minimum numbers apply)

Virtual Classroom

Live video link direct to classroom

CIPS Level 3 Distance Learning

Interactive learning environment with pre-recorded videos, course material, mock test etc.

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Popular FAQs for CIPS Level 3 Course

The CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations is for those who will be working at the tactical level but are moving towards the Operational level of the CIPS Global Standard for Procurement and supply.

The levy funding is only available for UK businesses (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have different Apprenticeship authorities, please refer to your authority) to draw down to fund Apprenticeships. The funding available is dependent on the level of the individual organisations pay bill which is set at a rate of 0.5% of their total pay bill.

The training must be provided by an approved provider who is on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers and the Apprenticeship must be an approved standard.

If you are looking to prepare yourself for working and specialising in procurement and supply then this Level 3 Course is right for you. Even better, finishing the Level 3 Procurement and Supply course puts you in a perfect position to progress onto the Level 4 Procurement and Supply diploma, furthering your knowledge, understanding and expertise in the field of Procurement and Supply Operations.

In this course, you will learn how to apply factual, procedural and theoretical knowledge of procurement and supply in order to equip you with the relevant problem-solving skills that will make you an effective procurement and supply professional.

 

CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate consists of 4 compulsory units:

 

  • L3M1 Procurement and Supply Environments
  • L3M2 Ethical Procurement and Supply
  • L3M3 Contract Administration
  • L3M4 Team Dynamics and Change

 

And one elective module that can be chosen to make up the remaining six credits:

 

  • L3M5 Socially Responsible Procurement
  • L3M6 Socially Responsible Warehousing and Distribution



All of our CIPS courses involve structured learning and additional support for those who need it. Our mentors will provide you with the best guidance and support as well as many resources that are available to aid your learning.

The CIPS Level 3 Procurement and Supply qualification isn’t industry-specific. We see individuals from all different sectors such as the automotive industry to food manufacturing and everything in-between.

Level 3 Advanced Certificate – Often, it is those who have been working in procurement for some months and would like to obtain a qualification that start at this level. This qualification aims to give individuals some insight into best practices, learn new skills and technique to improve their own efficiency and effectiveness, but also to familiarise themselves with procurement terminology. Typical job titles for those at this level are:

  • Assistant Buyer
  • Administrator
  • Assistant Contract Officer
  • Contract Analyst
  • Stock/ Inventory controller/ planner
There is no natural pause, as soon as they finish one module a new one is issued and started. All Apprentices should be actively learning throughout their ‘practical period’ until they get to the EPA Gateway. At this point, they start their project.

The expected overall completion time is 300 hours which is the overall number of guided learning hours, additional self-study and assessment time that is required. Approx 12-14 months.

Learning Materials are provided on all aspects of our courses, whether it be Classroom, Virtual Classroom or Video Learning Environment.

Is CIPS Level 3 right for you? Here's the facts

What’s Next?

After taking a CIPS Level 3 course, you may be looking for ways to progress and further your understanding and skills in the industry. So what’s next? Why not take a look at the CIPS Level 4 course, gaining more insight into industry best practices and developing your decision-making skills. If you’ve finished your CIPS Level 3 course and are ready to get some industry experience, then take a look at our CIPS apprenticeship courses designed to give you practical experience whilst developing your knowledge in procurement and supply.

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CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement & Supply - Factsheet

Aimed At:

Suitable for all sectors and industries. Individuals maybe new to procurement or have limited procurement knowledge, they may also work in other operational departments but have procurement responsibilities for usually low risk items.

Typical job roles are; Procurement and Supply Assistant, Junior / Assistant Buyer, Inventory Controller

Course Content

  • CIPS L3M1 Procurement and Supply Environments
  • CIPS L3M2Ethical Procurement and Supply
  • CIPS L3M3Contract Administration
  • CIPS L3M4Team Dynamics and Change
  • CIPS L3M5 Socially Responsible Procurementor
  • CIPS L3M6 Socially Responsibly Warehousing and Distribution

Assessment

5 Objective Response Examinations (multiple choice)

Individual Support

  • Formative Assessment
  • Revision Sessions
  • Tutor Support
  • Reasonable Adjustments

Employer Support

Dependant on requirements.

Duration

14-18 months

Funding

Training Budget

Individual Benefits

Individuals will be able to apply factual, procedural and theoretical knowledge of procurement and supply.

Individuals will be able to complete tasks and address problems that are well-defined but may be complex and non-routine. They will understand what relevant information is required and how to interpret and review its effectiveness

Employer Benefits

The Programme increases the employee’s competencies in procurement and raises the profile of procurement.

Individuals will be competent in all stages of the procurement cycle and able to apply factual, procedural and theoretical knowledge of procurement and supply

Recognised Qualification and Achievements

CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Vocational Qualification.

Staff Member

Jen Shepherd

Admin and Customer Service Manager

Jenn completed her Apprenticeship in Business and Administration in 2008 and has since built upon a foundation of knowledge and skills in the administration and customer support areas.

Jenn has a degree, as well as a master’s degree, in English which have helped support her commitment to compliance and attention to detail.

Since returning to work from maternity leave in 2020, Jenn has worked in education settings and has an in-depth knowledge on Safeguarding and Child Protection, which she believes is a key part of all employees’ role when working with learners.

Outside of work, Jenn lives with her husband and two young daughters. She had her first book published in 2022 and advocates for the mental wellbeing of new parents.

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Michelle Whalley

Course Progress Mentor

Michelle graduated from Liverpool John Moore’s University in 2003 with a BA(HONs) in Physical Education, Sport, Dance and English, with Qualified Teacher Status. Michelle now holds 20 years’ experience of working in education. Her experience to date is hugely diverse, with a love for learning and striving for excellence across all areas of her life developed from when she was a young girl, representing her country at Athletics. It was from this platform Michelle developed a disciplined approach to every tasks set of her. During her time in teaching, she has taught a wide range of subjects, been a pastoral leader, and led ITT programmes.

Michelle prides herself on her ability to get the best possible outcomes out of people. This has been proven not only in the time she’s spent in education, but also in the set up and running of her own business.

Working in a fast-paced environment, especially becoming a Head of Year as well as teaching has consistently challenged her and ensured she’s flexible and adaptable

Lucy Eckersley

Lucy Eckersley

Administration Assistant

After recently graduating university and achieving a first-class degree in Drama, Lucy wanted to apply her production management experience to an administration role in business. Having worked part time jobs as a waitress and office receptionist during her education, Lucy has good customer service skills and enjoys helping customers and clients by addressing their queries. Lucy is excited to be working at SRSCC and is keen to use her process driven way of working to increase the effectiveness of SRSCC’s administrative processes. In her free time, Lucy enjoys watching musicals and running. She also enjoys spending time outdoors, and loves going hiking from her caravan in the Yorkshire Dales.
Tom Himsworth

Tom Himsworth

Administrative Assistant

Tom graduated from Edgehill University in 2015 with a degree in Creative Writing. After Tom’s journey through university, he worked extensively within the Healthcare sector in mostly administrative roles. It was here that he found his natural organized and observant manner was best suited as it allowed him to understand how each work environment operated, and where processes, customer service and communication could be improved for the benefit of everyone. Throughout his working life, Tom has gained experience with varying mental health conditions and is passionate about advocating the importance of mental health support and well-being. He is currently looking into various volunteer schemes to help champion mental health awareness. Along with this, Tom is an avid writer and is usually working on a story or two and is passionate about learning more about all forms of creative media.
Estelle Marsden

Estelle Marsden

Customer Support Coordinator

Estelle has completed apprenticeships in both Business Administration and Customer service. Her first Role after leaving school was a receptionist at a Podiatrist and that is where she found her passion for helping people and providing positive customer experiences. After 4 years she then moved into retail where her skills progressed further. Estelle has several years’ experience in a customer facing environment, which has led her to the role of Customer Support Coordinator here at SRSCC. Estelle is hoping to expand her expertise further and progress with SRSCC. Other than her passion for Customer Service. Estelle enjoys walking, Hiking, and exploring in her free time. She also enjoys going to the theatre and watching true crime. Estelle likes to spend most of her time with family and friends.
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Emma Jackson

Course Progress Mentor

Emma joined SRSCC in 2019 on a freelance basis taking on a teaching and learning consultancy role. She has 20 years of experience in education as a qualified teacher, working in adult learning, secondary and primary school settings in the UK as well as abroad, namely Japan, Hungary, and France. 

More recently Emma has been teaching yoga, resilience, and mindfulness in primary schools to promote the physical and mental well-being of both pupils and staff.

Being multi-lingual and having a zeal for communication, cultural exchange and life-long learning Emma jumped at the opportunity to join the company as a Course Mentor. Building a good rapport with her learners, supporting them to overcome any challenges on their apprentice journey and facilitating them to fulfil their potential is her motivation.

Cumbrian born and bred in the Lake District, Emma enjoys the outdoors. When not relaxing in tree pose, she is most at home trail running in the hills with her husband and dog. Having clocked up 4 marathons to date, the application of her long-distance running mindset of perseverance, determination, discipline and patience is key to supporting her learners in their studies.

SRSCC Staff Images Ashlee Scribbins

Ashlee Scribbins

Office Administrator

Ashlee has joined the SRSCC team as an Office Administrator, and with a level 2 and 3 in Business Administration, she fits right in!

Ashlee has a wide range of experience from working as a Legal Secretary for the Royal Air Force to managing a team. Ashlee is eager to use her customer service and business administration skills for her new role at SRSCC.

SRSCC Staff Images Declan Hemingway

Declan Hemingway

Business Development Account Manager

 

Declan recently graduated University studying BSc Business and Management with Marketing achieving a 2:1 and was looking for a role in Business Development to put his knowledge and education to the test.

He has a strong desire to grow the SRSCC brand and customer base. Working alongside our Business Development and Relationship Manager; he looks to strengthen both our Commercial and Apprenticeship learner portfolio by liaising with potential and existing learners through building customer relationships and understanding their requirements.