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CIPS Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations

Procurement and Supply Operations – CIPS Certificate

The ideal qualification if you’re just starting your career in procurement or if its part of your role. It will enable you to recognize and describe the critical processes and build your professional knowledge and competence.

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

Throughout the world, CIPS qualifications are recognized as the drivers of leading-edge thinking and professionalism in procurement and supply.

YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO

The Certificate in procurement and supply operations consists of five compulsory units.

This course is designed for those who are interested in gaining a comprehensive overview of procurement and obtaining professional certification in UN and public procurement, accredited with CIPS. It is also relevant to those new to the procurement function or those who have worked in the role but have not previously undertaken formal training. Additionally, those in functions that include close interaction with procurement, such as programme and project staff who would like a more intimate understanding of procurement would find this course relevant.

It will enable you to recognize and describe the critical processes in procurement and build your professional knowledge and competence.

IMPORTANT COURSE INFORMATION

Requirements

You don’t need any prior experience or qualifications to start your studies at this stage.

It is ideal for school leavers or people with little or no experience in the world of procurement and supply chains. It provides an excellent taster of what can be achieved by applying best practice.

Assessment

Assessment is via 5 x 2-hour exams. Each exam consists of 60 multiple choice questions, and the required pass mark is 75%. All CIPS Level 2 exams are scheduled in May, July, and November every year throughout CIPS own international test centers.

COURSE OUTLINE

Module 1: Procurement and supply principles

Know the roles of procurement and supply within organizations

Define the standard terms that describe aspects of procurement and supply

Describe the functions of procurement and supply in organizations

Describe the benefits of efficient procurement for organizations

Identify the five rights of procurement and supply

Know how products and services are received from suppliers and delivered to customers

Describe the delivery of products and services that organizations make to customers

Describe the delivery of products and services produced by external suppliers

Know the main stages of the sourcing process

Describe the main steps of a sourcing process

Understand what makes up the main components of a supply chain

Explain the main elements of a supply chain

Module 2: Procurement and supply functions

Know the main types of organizations and how they operate

Identify the main types of organizations

Describe how organizations operate

Identify the primary operating functions within organizations

Know the main elements of a procurement and supply function

Describe the use of mission and vision statements and objectives by a procurement and supply function

Describe the principal roles and structures of a procurement and supply function within an organization

Define the main procedures that can be created by a procurement and supply function

Know the main market factors that impact on a procurement and supply function

Identify the main economic sectors that effect on a procurement and supply function

Describe the impact of demand and supply on markets

Describe how market factors impact on the procurement and supply activities of an organization

Module 3: Procurement and supply processes

Know the main components of contractual agreements

Describe the main types of contracts

Identify the main kinds of pricing arrangements applied in commercial contracts

Describe the different documents that compose a contract for the purchase or supply of goods or services

Know the primary sources of information on suppliers and customers

Describe the use of the Internet to locate details about suppliers and customers

Describe the use of credit rating agencies

Describe the purpose of intranet, extranet and internet sites to publicise information

Know the main types of systems for supplier selection, ordering, and payment

Describe the use of electronic sourcing systems for supplier selection

Identify methods used in procurement and supply

Describe P2P (purchase to pay)systems for ordering from suppliers and payment to suppliers

Module 4: Procurement and supply administration

Understand the need for the effective and efficient administration of purchases made with external suppliers

Define effective and efficient management

Explain the administration of the pre-contract stages of a sourcing process

Explain the administration of the award and post-award stages of a sourcing process

Describe the need for approval in the administration of procurement and supply

Know the main techniques used for ordering supplies

Describe what is meant by direct and indirectsupplies

Identify the main costs associated with holding inventories

Describe techniques commonly used for ordering inventories

Know the main approaches to achieving timely deliveries of products orservices

Define the processes that should be used when expediting supplies

Describe the importance of effective communication with suppliers and customers o achieve timely deliveries

Describe the use of forecasting to achieve timely deliveries of supplies

Module 5: Procurement and supply stakeholders

Know the main stakeholders in procurement and supply

Identify the main external stakeholders in procurement and supply

Identify the main internal stakeholders that can be involved in purchases from suppliers and supplies delivered to customers

Know the main approaches for conflict resolution with stakeholders in procurement and supply

Describe how conflict can arise in the work of procurement and supply

Describe approaches to conflict resolution with stakeholders in procurement and supply

Explain the contribution that effective teamwork can make when dealing with conflict with stakeholders in procurement and supply

Know why quality management is essential to procurement and supply

Define the main components of quality management in procurement and supply

Identify the costs of quality

Describe the main techniques associated with quality assurance and quality management

Know why clear ethical codes of practice should be used in procurement and supply

Describe the role of ethical codes in procurement and supply

Describe the details that should be included in standard ethical codes

Describe the impact of corporate governance on a procurement and supply function

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