CIPS Level 4

The CIPS Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply is CIPS highest entry point, aimed at those who have worked in a relevant procurement role for at least 2 years. Graduates new to industry can enter at this level too.

Who Should Consider CIPS Level 4?

Procurement Managers
Supply Chain Executives
Category Managers
Contract Managers

CIPS Level 4 Apprenticeship

Aspire Procurement Training can deliver Level 4 Commercial Procurement and Supply apprenticeship which include the CIPS Level 4 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%!

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Study Methods 

Classroom Learning

20 x 3 hour sessions
Study online or in physical locations with scheduled group tuition and engage with other students. View classrooms here. 

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Personal Tutoring

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

Distance Learning

10 x 1 hour sessions - Independent learning
Clarify your understanding with a tutor via Zoom to suit your schedule (including evenings and weekends).

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Courses Modules

The Level 4 Diploma course comprises 8 Core Modules. Students must complete all eight core modules to achieve the Diploma in Procurement and Supply.

Core Modules (Complete all 8 core modules)
  • 1

    L4M1: Scope and Influence of Procurement and Supply

    Understand added value strategies that can be achieved through procurement and supply. Understand the key steps when procuring goods & services. Analyse the key aspects of organisational infrastructure which shape the scope of procurement. The need for compliance when undertaking procurement activities.

  • 2

    L4M2: Defining Business Need

    Understand how to devise a business case when sourcing. Understand market management in procurement & supply. The use of specifications in procurement & supply

  • 3

    L4M3: Commercial Contracting

    Understand the legal issues that relate to the formation of contracts. Specifications and key performance indicators that are included in contracts and key clauses when contracting with suppliers.

  • 4

    L4M4: Ethical and Responsible Sourcing

    Options for sourcing from suppliers. Sourcing processes and the analysis of potential external suppliers. Compliance issues when sourcing and understanding ethical & responsible sourcing.

  • 5

    L4M5: Commercial Negotiation

    Key approaches and strategies in the negotiation of commercial agreements with suppliers. How to prepare for negotiations, stages of negotiation and how commercial negotiations should be undertaken.

  • 6

    L4M6: Supplier Relationships

    Understand the dynamics of relationships in supply chains and when to partner. Processes and procedures for successful working with stakeholders. The concept of partnering.

  • 7

    L4M7: Whole Life Asset Management

    Methods for the storage and movement of inventory (stock). The key elements of inventory control and the concept of through life cost

  • 8

    L4M8: Procurement and Supply in Practice

    Students have to demonstrate the application of the procurement cycle. Demonstrate the application of the key stages of the sourcing process, the application of whole life asset management and the application of ethical and responsible sourcing in the organisation.

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CIPS Level 4 Entry Requirements

A CIPS Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply is CIPS highest entry point. A minimum of at least two A Levels (or international equivalent) or a CIPS level 3 Advanced Certificate qualification is required. Alternatively, you will need a minimum of two years' commercial experience.

CIPS Level 4 Examinations

All assessments are computer based. Assessment is by 2 x 3 hour written examinations and 6 x 1.5 hour multiple choice exams. 

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Students will have learned about making procurement and supply happen within an organisation and will be equipped with a range of knowledge and tools to apply in their workplace. Participants will be able to analyse, interpret and evaluate relevant information and have an informed awareness of differing perspectives and approaches within the profession.

For our Level 4 Personal Tutoring and Distance Learning, 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 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply can be completed within 6 to 12 months.