CIPS Level 3

CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply qualification is designed for those who have general business experience or have started a role within procurement. This CIPS qualification will provide students with the knowledge to understand demand management, arrange supply logistics and implement new contracts.

Who Should Consider CIPS Level 3?

Administrative and Procurement Assistants
Junior Buyers
Logistic Analysts
Procurement Officers
Procurement Specialist
Stock Controllers

Aspire procurement training can deliver the Level 3 Procurement and Supply Assistant which includes the CIPS level 3 accreditation.

These apprenticeships are available to all employees of all ages who work within procurement or supply chain roles. Usually taking between 18 and 24 months to complete, an Apprenticeship in Procurement and Supply will contribute positively to your staff’s work performance, teaching them skills which will add significant value to your organisation. Moreover, depending on whether you are a levy payer or not, you can either fund a course for free, or for only 5%!

Study Methods Available

Personal Tutoring

15 x 1 hour sessions with your own personal tutor.
Set the times of your Zoom tutorials to suit your schedule (including evenings and weekends).

Classroom Learning

10 x 3 hour sessions.
Study online or in a physical classroom with scheduled group tuition and engage with other students with similar backgrounds.

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Courses Content & Modules

The Level 3 Advanced Certificate course comprises of 5 units, which are delivered using a blend of group interaction, case studies and role plays to support the CIPS course material. We have a clear objective which is to ensure students are able to relate the learning to practical experience in the workplace.

Core Modules (Complete all 4)
  • 1

    L3M1: Procurement and Supply Environments

    Understand the different sectors procurement & supply deal with. Pricing arrangements. The external market environment, the impact of “Trumponomics”. Procedures that regulate the procurement and supply environment.

  • 2

    L3M2: Ethical Procurement and Supply

    Techniques that can achieve added value and contribute to the organisation’s success. Tasks at each stage of the Sourcing process. The significance of ethics for procurement and supply. How operational performance of the function can be measured and improved.

  • 3

    L3M3: Contract Administration

    Administrative content and key tasks associated with commercial contracts. Understand how to achieve competitive pricing and the role of negotiation in procurement. How to achieve effective tendering. How to measure contract performance.

  • 4

    L3M4: Team Dynamics and Change

    Roles of staff and how they can support overall organisational success in procurement and supply. Team Dynamics and the challenges associated with achieving organisational change. Triggers for change and methods to deal with change.


  • 5

    L3M5: Socially Responsible Procurement

    The concepts of sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The environmental impact of procurement and supply. Globalisation v green logistics. Carbon footprint v low cost sourcing. The implications of CSR on the procurement function and the Three Pillars of social responsibility. Methods to monitor CSR in procurement and supply.

  • 6

    L3M6: Socially Responsible Warehousing and Distribution

    The concepts of sustainability and CSR. The environmental impact of procurement and supply. Methods of for the storage and movement of stock/inventory. The environmental impact and cost of warehousing and distribution. Sustainable logistics and avoiding environmental damage.

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Entry Requirements

This is an entry level qualification. Prior experience or qualifications are not required. However, if you already have a CIPS Level 2 Certificate this qualification will build on your current knowledge and understanding.

CIPS Level 3 Examinations

All assessments are computer based. There are five exams in total for CIPS Level 3. Each exam contains 60 multiple choice questions which need to be answered in 120 minutes.

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Students will have learned how to apply factual, procedural and theoretical knowledge of procurement and supply. Participants will be able to complete tasks and address issues that are well-defined but may be complex and non-routine. Students will gain an understanding of what relevant information is required and how to interpret and review its effectiveness.

For Personal Tutoring courses, students can start at any time. There is no deadline to enrol. For our Classroom courses, please contact us for more information on entry points and availability.

Yes. All study material is included in our course fees. Study resources consist of CIPS module textbooks, lecture slides, case studies and mock exam questions.

CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate usually takes around 6-12 months to complete.