The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Level 4

The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Level 4 Diploma in procurement and supply is a
vocationally related qualification. It is recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulator
(Ofqual), CCEA and Qualifications Wales in the UK and appears on the Register of Regulated Qualifications.
The qualification accreditation number is 600/6858/9.

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CIPS Level 4 Diploma in procurement and supply

The Level 4 Diploma is a valuable management tool for those moving into junior and middle management
procurement roles or those supervising the procurement function to provide the relevant knowledge, skills
and understanding. It focuses on organisational procedures and processes including negotiating, planning,
risk management and data analysis.

This qualification is designed for those working within the following typical job titles; Buyer, Procurement /
purchasing executive, Procurement specialist, Contract officer, Supply chain / inventory / logistics analyst,
Supply chain / inventory / logistics planner.
There are no age restrictions in relation to this qualification.

This qualification has been designed in conjunction with employers, study centres, higher education
institutions and other key professionals and stakeholders to ensure it is relevant to current working practices
within the procurement and supply sector. In addition, the content of the qualification is based on the CIPS
Global Standard for Procurement and Supply – a comprehensive competency framework to enhance an
individual’s procurement performance leading to excellent organisational performance.

Both the global standard and qualification are kept under regular review and updated when necessary to
ensure relevance is maintained.

Entry requirements

This is the highest entry point to our diploma qualifications and therefore, in order to complete this
qualification, learners will require a minimum of at least two A-levels (or international equivalent) or a CIPS
Advanced Certificate qualification. Alternatively you need a minimum of two years’ experience in a business
environment. Some unit exemptions or a bypass may be applicable under the CIPS Exemption policy.

Units

Unit Title: CIPS Reference: Guided
Learning Hours:
Contexts of procurement and supply D1 50
Business needs in procurement and supply D2 50
Sourcing in procurement and supply D3 50
Negotiating and contracting in procurement and supply D4 50
Managing contracts and relationships in procurement and supply D5 50

Examinations

CIPS examinations for qualifications units are hand written and paper-based.
The following principles are adhered to when CIPS exam papers are developed:
• The unit content will be assessed through the use of the learning outcomes (LOs), and parts thereof, published within the unit content guides. All LOs will be assessed within every assessment.
• All LOs within a unit are weighted equally. The coverage of each LO within an assessment is equally weighted.
• All questions within an assessment are compulsory. There are no optional questions. All assessments are marked out of 100%.
• The standard of the assessment is set by the LOs within the unit content.

Unit Exam format (3 hours). Pass mark 50%
D1
Contexts
Four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome.
D2
Business needs
Four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome.
D3
Sourcing
Unseen case of around 500 words and five questions each worth 20 marks, each testing a different learning outcome. Questions should be answered within the context of the case.
D4
Negotiating and contracting
Four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome.
D5
Managing contracts and relationships
Four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome.

 

Examination pass marks:

·         Distinction 75 – 100%

·         Merit 60 – 74%

·         Pass 50 – 59%

·         Fail 0 – 49%