CIPS Level 5

The CIPS Level 5 Advanced Diploma provides senior buyers, contract and supply chain managers with the expertise to improve organisational procurement and to fulfil organisational objectives. It gives you the knowledge base to reduce cost, improve quality and timescales, manage the supply chain and deal with legal issues.

Who Should Consider CIPS Level 5?

Commercial Manager
Head of Logistic
Operations Manager
Procurement Manager
Purchasing Manager
Senior Category Manager
Strategic Procurement Manager
Supply Chain Manager

Study Formats Available

Classroom Courses

Study online or in physical locations with scheduled group tuition and engage with other students. View classrooms here. 

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).

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Courses Modules

The Level 5 Advanced Diploma comprises 8 Core Modules (2 x full modules and 6 x half modules). Students must complete all eight core modules to achieve the Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply.

Core Modules
  • 1

    L5M1: Managing Teams and Individuals

    Organisation behaviour. Development of management and individuals. Human capital management. IT software in recruitment. Regulatory aspects of employment.

  • 2

    L5M2: Managing Supply Chain Risks

    Appraise a variety of tools and techniques to establish the level of risk in supply chains and to recommend and apply ways of avoiding, mitigating or managing risk.

  • 3

    L5M3: Managing Contract Risk

    Evaluate the legal and process issues relating to the formation of contracts and the legal implications of contractual non-conformance.  Assess the impacts of breach of contract and examine coping remedies and provisions that are available under such circumstances.

  • 4

    L5M4: Advanced Contract and Financial Management.

    Develop measures to ensure and improve contract performance whilst assessing the concept of strategic sourcing and the financial aspects that may impact procurement and supply activity.

  • 5

    L5M5: Managing Ethical Procurement and Supply Chains

    Explain the impact of and initiatives to improve, sustainability and the managerial approaches to promote ethical practices in procurement and supply.

  • 6

    L5M6: Category Management

    Evaluate approaches that can be adopted to develop category management of both direct and indirect organisational expenditure and plan for the associated strategic processes.

  • 7

    L5M7: Achieving Competitive Advantage Through the Supply Chain

    Assess a range of processes that support the achievement of competitive advantage and improvements in organisational performance through its supply chain.

  • 8

    L5M8: Project & Change Management

    Assess the impact and implications of projects, examine approaches applied to the planning and management of projects and recognise the challenges associated with and methods to manage, achieve and maintain organisational change.

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Entry Requirements

Students will need to have achieved the CIPS Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply before starting CIPS Level 5. 

CIPS Level 5 Module 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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Building on the practical knowledge and understanding gained at CIPS Level 4, students will gain a higher level of practical, theoretical and technical knowledge and understanding of procurement and supply. Students will have learned how to deal with key aspects of risk in supply chains and how to mitigate those risks; processing and evaluating contracts and the impact of legal implications when contracts are breached. Participants will have improved their overall organisational performance in procurement and supply.

For our Level 5 Personal Tutoring course, 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 5 Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply can be completed within 6 to 12 months.