CIPS Level 2 (Certificate in Procurement & Supply Operations) is the first of our three entry level qualifications. This level is perfect for those just starting their career with little or no business experience. This qualification is ideal if you are aspiring to move into a career in procurement and supply without any prior knowledge of the profession.

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Who Should Consider This Level?

Administrative Assistant
Assistant Buyer
Assistant Contracts Officer
Contracts Administrator
Inventory Planner
Purchasing/Procurement Assistant
Stock Controller
People new to the business environment

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Courses Modules

You must complete all five core modules to achieve your Certificate in Procurement & Supply Operations.

Core Modules (Complete all 5 core modules)
  • 1

    L2M1: Introducing Procurement & Supply

    Understand the role of procurement & supply in organisations.  Identify common procurement terms and understand the impact of procurement & supply.  Learn the “Five Rights” of procurement & supply, the stages of the sourcing process, administration processes and ethical responsibilities.

  • 2

    L2M2: Procurement & Supply Operations

    Understand the types of organisation, how they operate and contractual agreements.  Identify sources of information on suppliers and learn pricing techniques.

  • 3

    L2M3: Stakeholder Relationships

    Know who the stakeholders are in procurement & supply, and other internal & external stakeholders.  Identify the key market factors which impact the function and the techniques associated with effective stakeholder communication.  Learn approaches to conflict resolution.

  • 4

    L2M4: Systems Technology

    Understand the use of systems technology and how they contribute to procurement & supply (ie: e-sourcing, e-tendering).  Types of system for supplier selection ordering & payment.  Know why quality management is important.

  • 5

    L2M5: Inventory, Logistics & Expediting

    Learn the key elements for inventory control.  Understand the principles & processes associated with effective logistics control.  Learn how effective expediting can be achieved.

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Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for Level 2 Certificate in Procurement and Supply. You do not need any prior experience or qualifications to start your studies at this level.

CIPS Level 2 Module Examinations

There are five exams in total for CIPS Level 2. Each exam contains 60 multiple choice questions which need to be answered in 90 minutes.

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Credits are a way of quantifying the number of study hours needed to complete a qualification.1 credit is equivalent to 10 hours of study. Each module is given a credit value of 3 or 6 credits.

Candidates will have gained a clear understanding of facts, procedures and ideas related to procurement and supply. By the end of this course, students will be able to effectively interpret information and ideas and will have learned how to identify, gather and use relevant information.

For this course, you can start learning at any time. There is no deadline to enrol. To sign up, click here to register your details. After you have submitted your details, a member from Aspire will contact you with your invoice. Once payment has been made, you will receive your study material and be introduced to your tutor.

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 2 Certificate typically takes 6 to 8 months to complete.