CIPS Level 4

Diploma in Procurement and Supply

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CIPS Level 4 Course Overview

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.

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CIPS Level 4 Course Information

Consists of eight compulsory units:

• L4M1 Scope and Influence of Procurement and Supply
• L4M2 Defining Business Need
• L4M3 Commercial Contracting
• L4M4 Ethical and Responsible Sourcing
• L4M5 Commercial Negotiation
• L4M6 Supply Relationships
• L4M7 Whole Life Asset Management
• L4M8 Procurement and Supply in Practice

Click here to get more details on each module.

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 12 credit unit is assessed through a 3-hour computer based exam consisting of essay style questions. Each 6 credit 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


Face to face across the 9 study centres


Delivered at organisation (minimum numbers apply)

Virtual Classroom

Live video link direct to classroom

CIPS Level 4 Distance Learning

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

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CIPS Level 4 Modules

L4M1 Scope & Influence of Procurement & Supply

Learners will gain a broad understanding of the key steps in procurement and supply, as well as a solid foundation for individuals who work with complicated and unique issues within the sector.

L4M2 Defining Business Need

Exploring a multitude of elements that underpin the development of business cases and specifications, this module is for learners who are required to analyse, interpret and evaluate different market’s information.

L4M3 Commercial Contracting

This module is highly relevant for learners who have a responsibility for the development of legally binding contracts and/or are already operating in the procurement and supply industry.

L4M4 Ethical and Responsible Sourcing

Developed to provide procurement and supply professionals the opportunity to analyse the essential processes used to evaluate possible external suppliers and assure the establishment of ethical and socially responsible sourcing agreements.

L4M5 Commercial Negotiation

Through specific techniques and methodologies, you will learn to identify approaches which will secure negotiated commercial agreements with external organisations and parties.

L4M6 Supplier Relationships

Nurturing a successful supplier relationship is a significant element for procurement professionals, following the completion of this module, learners will be able to successfully maintain and manage relationships with both stakeholders and suppliers.

L4M7 Whole Life Asset Management

Following the undertaking of this module, learners will be adept at explaining methods of inventory storage and control, as well as able to analyse the concept of whole life cost from conception, through to disposal.

L4M8 Procurement & Supply in Practice

As a result of studying this module, learners will not only theoretically understand key elements of procurement and supply management, they will also be able to apply their knowledge into real world business situations, as part of the procurement and supply process.

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CIPS Level 4 FAQs

A step up from L3 Advanced Certificate, the L4 Diploma is a stepping stone up to study L4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply.

The Level 4 Procurement and Supply course is aimed at those already working in the industry with some knowledge or those that have achieved the CIPS L3 Advanced Certificate and are looking to progress further into the Supply and Procurement profession.

At the end of this course, learners will possess transferable workplace skills, developing operational and tactical abilities which allows them to go take on more responsibilities.

  • L4M1 Scope and Influence of Procurement and Supply
  • L4M2 Defining Business Needs
  • L4M3 Commercial Contracting
  • L4M4 Ethical and Responsible Sourcing
  • L4M5 Commercial Negotiation
  • L4M6 Supplier Relationships
  • L4M7 Whole Life Asset Management
  • L4M8 Level 4 Procurement and Supply in Practice

Each of our CIPS courses entails 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 4 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 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply– aimed at individuals who are looking to progress into procurement management, and those with previous qualifications and experience. This is the highest level you can start the CIPS qualifications at without obtaining exemptions.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

No. Here at SRSCC, we have taken every precaution to ensure the safety of our learners and mentors by adopting the use of Virtual Classrooms, allowing students to watch live lessons and ask questions as though they were in a normal classroom. We can also offer remote examinations at an additional cost.

The expected overall completion time is 600 hours which is the overall number of guided learning hours, additional self-study and assessment time that is required. Approx 12 months.

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

Is CIPS Level 4 right for you? Here's the facts

What’s Next?

Upon completion of your CIPS Level 4 course, you may want to further improve and develop your industry skills. The level 5 CIPS course we offer is for just that, aimed at senior buyers, contract managers and supply chain managers, the Level 5 CIPS course arms you with the necessary expertise to improve organisational procurement and more efficiently achieve corporate objectives.
Are you looking for a more practical approach to learning? Why not take a look at our range of CIPS apprenticeships, designed to give you the industry knowledge as well as the hands-on skills that you will need when searching for a career in procurement and supply

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Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply - Factsheet

Aimed At:

Suitable for all industries and sectors. Aimed at individuals with limited or no commercial/procurement experience or people who are completely new to their role.

Typical roles are; Category buyer, Sourcing Executive, Procurement, Operations Support, Buyer, Commercial Relationship Support, Commissioning and Performance, Monitoring Officer, Framework Management Support, Contract Associate, Contract Support

Course Content

  • L4M1 Scope and Influence of Procurement and Supply
  • L4M2 Defining Business Needs
  • L4M7 Whole Life Asset Management
  • L4M3 Commercial Contracting
  • L4M4 Ethical and Responsible Sourcing
  • L4M5 Commercial Negotiation
  • L4M6 Supplier Relationships
  • L4M8 Procurement and Supply in Practice


  • 6 Computer Based Objective Response Examinations (multiple choice)
  • 2 Computer Based Constructive Response Examinations (written)

Individual Support

  • Formative Assessment

  • Revision Sessions

  • Tutor Support

  • Reasonable Adjustments

Employer Support

Dependent on requirements


14-18 months


Training Budget

Individual Benefits

Individuals will be able to understand the processes and activities that make procurement and supply happen within an organisation and will be equipped with an essential range of knowledge and tools that can be applied immediately in the workplace.

Individuals will be able to apply practical, theoretical and technical knowledge, gain a clear understanding of procurement and supply and develop the ability to address complex, non-routine problems.

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 investigate, analyse
and recommend solutions for non-routine complex problems. Including budgeting, costing, risk, whole life cycle costing, increasing efficiency and effectiveness.

Recognised Qualification and Achievements

  • CIPS Level 4 Diploma 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.

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.

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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.

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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.