Course Overview

The CIPS Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply has eight core modules of 6 or 12 credits. Based on the operational and managerial levels of CIPS Global Standard, this is the essential toolkit to get you started on your professional procurement journey. This is the highest entry level professional qualification with CIPS. Completion of the Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Professional Diploma enables the award of MCIPS.

Developed using the Procurement Cycle as its focus, you will:

  • Learn about the core principles, concepts and practical applications when procuring goods or services
  • Gain essential knowledge and practical skills in contracting, negotiation, supplier relationships, ethics and asset management
  • Understand how procurement fits within the rest of your organisation and how it can help to shape key future business decisions

Course Content

  • Scope & influence of procurement and supply (L4M1)
  • Defining business need (L4M2)
  • Commercial contracting (L4M3)
  • Ethical & responsible sourcing (L4M4)
  • Commercial negotiation (L4M5)
  • Supplier relationships (L4M6)
  • Whole life asset management (L4M7)
  • Procurement & supply in practice (L4M8)

Format

Distance Mode:

  • 6 credit modules: 3 x 90-minute virtual workshops
  • 12 credit modules: 6 x 90-minute virtual workshops

Fees:

  • 12-unit modules: $690 per module
  • 6-unit modules: $345 per module

Assessment

Assessment for the Diploma is via an exam at the end of each module. There are two different types of exams, which are both delivered as computer based examinations (CBE):

Objective response (OR)

These exams contain short questions in either multiple choice, drop-down list or drag and drop format. Objective response exams are conducted for 6 credit modules: L4M2, L4M3, L4M4, L4M5, L4M6 and L4M7. These exams are 1.5 hours long.

Constructive response (CR)

These exams require students to construct their response to the question, either in the form of short answer questions or essay style questions. Constructive response exams are conducted for 12 credit modules: L4M1 and L4M8. These exams are 3 hours long.