CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement andSupply OperationsThe Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Level 3 Advanced Certificate in procurement andsupply operations is a vocationally related qualification. It is recognised by the Office of Qualifications andExaminations Regulator (Ofqual), CCEA Regulation and Qualifications Wales in the UK and appears on theRegister of Regulated Qualifications.The qualification accreditation number is 603/3283/9.IntroductionThe CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations is an intermediate qualificationfor those who wish to specialise in a specific occupation, occupational area or technical role. The qualificationwill prepare learners for work by giving them the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge, technicaland practical skills, and to apply these skills in work-related environments. The qualification also providesprogression to the CIPS Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply.Developed in close collaboration with experts from professional bodies and businesses, and with theproviders who will be delivering the qualifications, the CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement andSupply Operations is designed to develop transferable workplace skills, such as good communication and theability to work in a team; skills which employers have identified as essential for gaining employment in thesector and for progression once the learner is working. At the core of this qualification is the concept ofpreparing people for the working world. Through occupationally-fit-for-purpose assessments, learners willdemonstrate the skills and behaviours needed for sustainable employment.Background and AimsIt is designed as a follow on from the CIPS Level 2 Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations aslearners are expected to develop, use and apply the professional language and skill sets introduced at Level 2within a practical working environment. Individuals will be working at the Tactical but moving towards theOperational level of the CIPS Global Standard for Procurement and Supply. This is the first level of the CIPSqualifications structure where elective modules are introduced, giving learners the choice of a specificprofessional path i.e. Procurement or Supply Chain. The CIPS approach to learning is based around that whichbring together knowledge and understanding (the cognitive domain) with practical and technical skills (thepsychomotor domain). In essence, CIPS qualifications are designed to facilitate a level of learning rigour andbalance that promotes the skills to contextually apply knowledge and learning to enhance organisational andpersonal performance.Leading global excellence in procurement and supply
In keeping with regulatory requirements1 the holder of the qualification will demonstrate the followingknowledge within procurement and supply:Knowledge Descriptor (the holder .)Skills Descriptor (the holder will .)Has factual, procedural and theoretical knowledge andunderstanding of a subject or field of work to completetasks and address problems that while well-defined, maybe complex and non-routine.Can interpret and evaluate relevant information andideas.Is aware of the nature of the area of study or work.Is aware of different perspectives or approaches withinthe area of study or work.Identify, select and use appropriate cognitive andpractical skills, methods and procedures toaddress problems that while well- defined, maybe complex and non-routine.Use appropriate investigation to inform actions.Review how effective methods and actions havebeen.The CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations was developed through directcollaboration and consultation with employers to ensure that the content of the qualification and associatedaward meet with their needs and expectations and are relevant to the procurement and supply function bothnow and in the future. Employers require recruits with the appropriate technical knowledge, and transferableskills essential for employment at the operational level of the procurement and supply organisation and thisAdvanced Certificate meets these requirements through: Consideration of a range of occupationally-related topics, each with a clear purpose, ensuring thatthe learner develops the skills required to recognise and describe the key processes in procurementand supply, building professional knowledge, competence and confidence.Providing up-to-date content which is closely aligned with employers’ needs and identified skill sets.Providing content that has as its base the CIPS Global Standard for Procurement and Supply, therebyensuring an understanding of the intrinsic value that good practice will bring to enhanceorganisational and personal performance.Using assessments that have been developed and identified to help learners to progress to thenext level of the CIPS hierarchical qualifications ladder.Providing an extensive range of support, both resources and people, to ensure that learners and theirtutors have the best possible learning experience during their studies.Developing and adopting an approach that is learner focussed and that is facilitated and administeredto ensure achievement of full potential.The content of the qualification is based on the CIPS Global Standard for Procurement and Supply – acomprehensive competency framework to enhance an individual’s procurement performance leading toexcellent organisational performance. Further information on the global standard can be found here1Ofqual Qualification and Component Levels: Requirements and Guidance for All Awarding Organisations and AllQualifications, 2015, available at: cation-and-component-levels1
Both the global standard and qualification are kept under regular review and updated when necessary toensure relevance is maintained.Entry requirementsThere are no entry requirements for this qualification and therefore, the learner is not required to have anyprior professional qualifications or experience. Some unit exemptions may be applicable under the CIPSExemption policy. Further information on the exemption policy and possible exemptions can be found hereStructureIn order to achieve the award of the CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operationslearners are required to successfully complete the four core and one elective module. The mandated moduleswill ensure an appropriate balance of breadth and depth across the final award, whilst the elective contentwill give learners the opportunity to focus their studies on a given pathway within the profession be thatProcurement (Module L3M5) or Supply Chain (Module L3M6). All learners will develop the technical andpractical skills required in the occupational area and will be given the opportunity to develop a range oftransferable skills and attributes required by employers. It is expected that learners will apply their learning torelevant employment and sector contexts during delivery and that they will apply knowledge and learningmeaningfully within the workplace.Examinations are available on timetabled dates throughout the year. Information on examination dates andadministrative arrangements can be found here.2
The qualification is structured as follows:CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply OperationsCodeModule TitleModule typeCreditExam TypeCore /ValueElectiveExamDurationQuestionsper LOGLHAdditionalself studyModulelearningtimeProcurement andSupply EnvironmentsCore672 ObjectiveResponse2 hours18401860L3M1Core672 ObjectiveResponse2 hours18401860L3M2Ethical Procurementand SupplyCore672 ObjectiveResponse2 hours18401860L3M3ContractAdministrationCore672 ObjectiveResponse2 hours24401860L3M4Team Dynamics andChangeElective672 ObjectiveResponse2 hours18401860L3M5Socially ResponsibleProcurementSocially ResponsibleWarehousing andDistributionElective672 ObjectiveResponse2 hours18401860L3M6Leading global excellence in procurement and supply
Pass criteriaExamination pass mark: 70%You must achieve 70% for each section (learning outcome) within theexam in order to pass.Compulsory modules:L3M1 Procurement and Supply Environments: On completion of this module, learners will be able to identifythe range of environments in which procurement and supply is expected to operate and the external factorsthat can impact on overall success.L3M2 Ethical Procurement and Supply: On completion of this module, learners will be able to identify thesignificance of ethics for procurement and supply and define each stage of the sourcing process, explaininghow operational performance can be measured and improved in support of added value operations.L3M3 Contract Administration: On completion of this module, learners will be able to explain administrativeprocesses behind contract development and how to measure contract performance. They will identify how toachieve competitive pricing and be able to describe how effective tendering is achievedL3M4 Team Dynamics and Change: On completion of this module, learners will be able to identify theinfluence that people and teams can have on procurement and supply success and recognise the challengesassociated with and methods to achieve, organisational change.Elective modules:L3M5 Socially Responsible Procurement: On completion of this module, learners will be able to explain theconcepts and implications of sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility and recognise the potentialenvironmental impact of procurement and supply operations.L3M6 Socially Responsible Warehousing and Distribution: On completion of this module, learners will be ableto describe methods for the storage and movement of inventory and identify the environmental and socialimpact of warehousing and distribution operations.Click here for the full syllabus content guideAll modules within the CIPS qualifications are assessed by examination. Sample examination question papersfor all modules can be found hereThe CIPS assessments permit reasonable adjustments and special arrangements to be made while minimizingthe need for them. For further information regarding the CIPS reasonable adjustment policy, click hereThe number of hours assigned to the Advanced Certificate qualification for Total Qualification Time (TQT) is300. TQT is the number of notional hours which represents an estimate of the total amount of time that couldreasonably be expected to be required in order for a learner to demonstrate the achievement of the level ofattainment necessary for the award of the qualification. This means that an average learner would beexpected to undertake 300 hours in terms of Total Qualification Time, which can consist of 200 guidedlearning hours (40 hours per module) and a recommended 90 hours of additional self-study (18 hours perLeading global excellence in procurement and supply
module), which includes a wider reading of the subject areas and revision to give the learner the bestpreparation for successfully achieving the certificate, plus 10 hours of assessment time (2 hours per module).The CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate in procurement and supply operations forms part of the CIPS ladder ofqualifications and supports progression within employment and also to further learning including to the Level6 Professional Diploma level. The qualification also provides an opportunity to demonstrate continuingprofessional development (CPD).For further information regarding the CIPS qualifications ladder, click here1
It is designed as a follow on from the CIPS Level 2 Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations as learners are expected to develop, use and apply the professional language and skill sets introduced at Level 2 within a practical working environment. Individuals will be working at the Tactical but moving towards the Operational level of the CIPS Global Standard for Procurement and Supply ...