CIPS Diploma In Procurement & Supply

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Diploma in Procurement and Supply Operations is a vocationally related professional qualification. Formal recognition is included within the regulatory frameworks of an increasing number of countries such as the UK (England, Wales and Northern Ireland), UAE (including Dubai) and Africa (including Zambia). Further information on this recognition and the details of corresponding qualifications levels for other international qualifications frameworks are detailed


  • Scope and Influence of Procurement and Supply
    • Understand and analyse the added value that can be achieved through procurement and supply chain management
    • Understand and analyse the key steps when procuring goods or services
    • Understand and analyse the key aspects of organisational infrastructure that shape the scope of a procurement or supply chain function
    • Understand and analyse the need for compliance with requirements when undertaking procurement activities in different sectors
  • Defining Business Need
    • Understand how to devise a business case for requirements to be sourced from external suppliers
    • Understand market management in procurement and supply
    • Understand the use of specifications in procurement and supply
  • Commercial Contracting
    • Understand the legal issues that relate to the formation of contracts
    • Understand the fundamentals of specifications and key performance indicators that are included in contractual arrangements made with suppliers
    • Understand the key clauses that are included in formal contracts
  • Ethical and Responsible Sourcing
    • Understand options for sourcing requirements from suppliers
    • Understand the key processes that can be applied to the analysis of potential external suppliers
    • Understand compliance issues when sourcing from suppliers
    • Understand ethical and responsible sourcing
  • Commercial Negotiation
    • Understand key approaches in the negotiation of commercial agreements with external organisations
    • Know how to prepare for negotiations with external organisations
    • Understand how commercial negotiations should be undertaken
  • Supplier Relationships
    • Understand the dynamics of relationships in supply chains
    • Understand processes and procedures for successful working with stakeholders
    • Understand the concept of partnering
  • Whole Life Asset Management
    • Understand methods for the storage and movement of inventory
    • Understand the concept of through life cost
  • Procurement and Supply in Practice
    • Demonstrate the application of the procurement cycle
    • Demonstrate the application of the key stages of the sourcing process
    • Demonstrate the application of whole life asset management
    • Demonstrate the application of ethical and responsible sourcing within an organisation

Developed using the Procurement Cycle as its focus, you will:

  • Learn about the core principles, concepts and practical applications when procuring goods or services 
  • Gain essential knowledge and practical skills in contracting, negotiation, supplier relationships, ethics and asset management
  • Understand how procurement fits within the rest of your organisation and how it can help to shape key future business decisions

Based at the same level as a first year of an undergraduate degree course, you will be equipped with essential knowledge and tools that you can apply immediately in your workplace.

Joining a CIPS qualification programme means you will join the largest Institute in the world for those working in procurement and supply. You can join as a member online today. Once you’ve become a CIPS member you can book your examinations online.

CIPS graduate diploma is a graduate level qualification which can be undertaken in a variety of flexible study options. This diploma could be considered a benchmark education programme for the purchasing and supply profession throughout the world.
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Paula Seif
Senior Foreign purchasing & Logistics, Contec

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