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CIPS Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply

This CIPS qualification is designed for those in an operational role who need the capability to carry out procurement and supply tasks.  You will develop the knowledge to understand demand management, arrange supply logistics and implement new contracts.

Joining a CIPS qualification programme means you will enter the largest institution in the world for those working in procurement and supply.

The Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations introduces candidates to a wide range of essential vital skills, providing them with a sound understanding of the challenges facing professionals in the field of purchasing and supply chain management.

YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO

The Advanced certificate in procurement and supply operations consists of five compulsory units. Assessment for each unit is by examination.

Our CIPS-accredited Advanced Certificate in Procurement & Supply Operations is an industry standard qualification that demonstrates to employers you have current skills in procurement and supply and are abreast of the latest developments in purchasing procedure and the purchasing environment.

You will study the range of purchasing procedures and the impact of the national and international business environments on these scenarios, and hone your skills in the client-supplier relationship.

You’ll learn about the importance of securing supply, stock scheduling, and inventory control.

The CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate will equip you with the knowledge and skills to advance your career in purchasing or to progress to the CIPS Level 4 Diploma course.

 

IMPORTANT COURSE INFORMATION

Requirements

No former qualifications or professional experience is necessary to enroll in this programme. It is not required to have achieved the CIPS Level 2 Certificate before starting this programme, but for people with little or no experience, it does aid a smoother transition.

This qualification is designed for those in an operational role who need the capability to carry out procurement and supply tasks. It is ideal for junior buyers and people with under 2 years’ experience. You will develop the knowledge to understand demand management, arrange supply logistics and implement new contracts.

Assessment

Examination for this level is via four exams of 60 multiple choice questions and one workbook assessment. The required pass mark for AC1, AC2, AC4, and AC5 is 75%. For the AC3 workbook assessment, the required pass mark is 50%. All CIPS Level 3 exams are scheduled in May, July, and November every year throughout CIPS own international test centers.

COURSE OUTLINE

Modules

Module 1: Procurement and supply environments

Understand the role and scope of procurement and supply in different economic sectors

Summarise the functions of the private sector

Analyse the role and scope of procurement and supply in the private sector

Analyse the role and scope of procurement and supply in the public sector

Explain the roles of the not for profit or third sector

Understand market forces that impact on procurement and supply

Explain the implications of different types of competitive markets on procurement and supply

Analyse the principles of market demand and supply and how these impact on procurement and supply

Explain the impact that market factors can have on organizations

Understand the external environment and its impact on procurement and supply

Use analytical tools to explain the impact of the external environment on procurement and supply

Explain the implications of economic criteria that impact on procurement and supply

Explain the implications of political and legislative criteria that impact on procurement and supply

Explain the implications of environmental and ethical criteria that impact on procurement and supply

Explain the implications of social criteria that impact on procurement and supply

 

Module 2: Procurement and supply operations

Understand the main techniques that can achieve added value through procurement operations

Explain techniques to obtain supplies to the purchaser’s requirements

Analyse techniques to secure competitive pricing

Explain techniques to achieve quality supplies

Assess techniques to secure required quantities at required timescales

Understand the main tasks associated with each stage of the sourcing process

Explain how procurement needs are identified

Explain criteria that should be applied in creating specifications

Assess approaches to the sourcing of supplies

Explain approaches to the formation of agreements with external organizations

Understand the impact of technology on procurement operations

Explain the impact of electronic procure to pay (P2P) systems on procurement operations

Explain how the use of internet technologies can support procurement operations

Module 3: Procurement and supply workflow

Understand the workflow involved when making agreements with suppliers

Explain the details that should typically be created in a purchase requisition

Explain the process for receiving quotations for the supply of goods or services

Assess the implications of contractual provisions that may be included in quotations for the supply of goods or services

Be able to develop a standard purchase order for goods or services

1 Analyse the details that should typically be created in a purchase order

Complete a purchase order for goods or services

Be able to interpret data relating to the workflow involved in procurement and supply

Calculate future demand from relevant data used within procurement and supply

Use data that relates to the pricing of goods or services for procurement and supply

Use financial data supplied in sets of accounts to gauge the financial standing of organizations in procurement and supply

Draw conclusions from the operation of financial budgets for procurement and supply

Understand how to deliver effective customer service to improve workflow in procurement and supply

Review how customer service improves workflow in procurement and supply

Explain how to clarify requirements when communicating with stakeholders

Explain how technology impacts on communications in procurement and supply

Module 4: Inventory and logistics operations

Understand the main implications of purchasing and supplying inventory

Classify the main types of inventory

Assess the costs involved in holding inventory

Explain the main techniques for the monitoring and control of inventory

Analyse the main techniques for calculating the future demand for inventory

Know the main methods for the storage and movement of inventory

Describe the principles of stores and warehouse design

Describe the use of product coding in inventory operations

Describe the use of warehousing equipment

Understand the principles of transportation in logistics

Explain the main modes of transportation in logistics

Explain documentation that relates to transport in logistics

Assess common types of Incoterms in international logistics

Develop a plan for the transport of freight

Module 5: Procurement and supply relationships

Understand the range of both internal and external relationships in procurement and supply

Assess the roles of personnel within an organization who may be involved in a relationship in procurement and supply

Classify the stakeholders in a relationship between purchasers and suppliers

Explain the appropriateness of cross-functional working when making relationships in procurement and supply

Assess the roles of personnel involved in a supply chain relationship

Understand the contribution that marketing makes to develop customer and supplier relationships

Review the principles and definitions of marketing

Explain techniques associated with marketing

Explain sources of competitive advantage sought through marketing

Explain the relevance of marketing principles to purchasers

Understand the elements of a commercial relationship between purchasers and suppliers

Explain the main techniques for the profiling of purchasers and suppliers

Classify the types of information that can be exchanged between purchasers and suppliers

Explain how technologies may impact on a commercial relationship between purchasers and suppliers

 

 

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