Interactive sessions – 2 way Tutor discussion – Chat with other students – Group exercise


Why Study for your MCIPS?

The CIPS Level 4 Diploma in Procurement & Supply takes Buyers and people across the spectrum of procurement roles on a journey around the procurement cycle.  The level 4 qualification combined with experience in a procurement role will open many career doors for you.  The average salary for a person MCIPS qualified is £58,532 (source: CIPS/Hays Salary Survey 2020).

It is aimed at those who have been in an operational/managerial procurement position, or a commercial role, for at least 2 years and are seeking to progress their career and improve their earnings potential.   Graduates new to industry can enter at this level.

Student ages at this level range from 21-60+. It is never to late to improve your skills.

Who Should Consider This Level?

  • Buyer / Senior Buyer / Chief Buyer
  • Procurement Officer / Executive
  • Category Manager / Contract Manager / Sourcing Manager
  • Supply Chain Analyst / Executive
  • Purchasing Executive / Purchasing Manager
  • Supply Chain Manager / Logistics Manager
  • Commercial / Supply Chain Director / Head of Procurement

Package includes:  Virtual Classroom or Skype Tutorials, CIPS Text Books, Case Studies, Slide Packs, Exam Technique Guide, Sample Exam Questions


Course Formats

  • Virtual Classroom Course – Afternoon (1pm-4pm) – 20 Interactive Scheduled Tutorials over 1 year.
  • Virtual Classroom Course – Evening (5.30pm-8.30pm) – 20 Interactive Scheduled Tutorials over 1 year
  • Skype with a Personal Tutor (Set your own tutorial times) – 28 Skype Tutorials
  • Distance Learning with a Personal Tutor – includes 8 x 1 hour Skype tutorials over 1 year

Sign up now to secure your place on our CIPS Level 4 Diploma course

Courses Content & Modules

The Diploma course comprises 8 Core Modules, which are delivered using a blend of group interaction, case studies and role plays.  We have clear objectives to ensure students are able to relate the learning to workplace situations and then deploy the best practice techniques in their job role.

CORE MODULES (Complete all 8 core modules)

  • L4M1 Scope & Influence of Procurement & 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • L4M8 Procurement & 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.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have at least 2 years experience in an operational or managerial procurement role, or in a purchasing, supply chain or commercial environment.

Alternatively, you should have degree or have successfully completed the Level 2 Certificate & Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement & Supply.

Module Examinations

Assessment is by two x 3 hour written examination and six 1.5 hour multiple choice exams. CIPS exam weeks are detailed on the course schedule.

NB.  All students have to join CIPS as a Student Member (£187).

CIPS exam fees & Exam Venue Fees £684 +£54 vat

Membership fees are paid directly to CIPS by the student.  Joining a CIPS qualification programme means you will join the largest Institute in the world for those working in procurement and supply.

You can join as a member online or by downloading a membership form.

Packages, Prices & Schedules

For more information please book on one of free courses or contact us for more information about the packages, price and schedules.