Diploma in Procurement and Supply Operations: CIPS Level 4

How to get your CIPS Level 4 Qualification

A valuable management tool for those moving into junior and middle management procurement roles, or those supervising the procurement function.

It focuses on planning and forecasting for future demand, forward planning for contract development, negotiating volumes, margins and standards, creating and controlling specifications, and contract management.

CIPS Level 4 also covers the supply market and chain, negotiating with suppliers, conflict resolution and performance review.

Who is this course for?

Intermediate learners moving into junior and middle management procurement roles or those supervising the procurement function.

Entry requirements

This qualification requires 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.

What are the main learning outcomes?

It focuses on organisational procedures and processes including negotiation, planning, risk management and data analysis.

Four core modules make up the required credits

  • Contexts of procurement and supply
  • Business needs in procurement and supply
  • Sourcing in procurement and supply
  • Negotiating and contracting in procurement and supply
  • Managing contracts and relationships in procurement and supply

What will this qualification enable me to go onto?

Following successful completion of the Level 4 Diploma, you will be
upgraded to Diploma membership grade.

This qualification provides progression on to the CIPS Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply.


Please note: This qualification is currently being reviewed and an updated syllabus will be available by the end of January 2019. Your last opportunity to take an exam on this syllabus will be in May 2019, there will be no resit opportunities. Your first opportunity to take an exam on the updated syllabus will be in July 2019.

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