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CIPS Level 3 Advanced CertificateProcurement & Supply Operations

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£87/month interest-free



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£1,325 £1,126

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Average completion time12 months


Support period18 months


100% onlinewith unlimited 1:1 tutor support


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Additional feesCIPS annual student membership fee, CIPS exam fees (5 exams)

  • Accelerate your career with the world's largest purchasing organisation
  • Ideal for current or aspiring Assistant Buyers, Contract Analysts, Stock Controllers, and those in similar roles
  • Learn at your own pace and set your own schedule
  • Unlimited one-to-one support from your personal CIPS tutor
  • 4.8/5 Trustpilot rating from 4000+ independent reviews

Why is this course right for you?

The globally recognised CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations will help you develop the industry-standard skills youll need to launch your career in procurement and supply.

In this entry-level qualification, youll explore the theory, processes and skills involved procurement and supply, learning how to tackle the range of challenging tasks that you'll face at work.

This industry-standard qualification demonstrates to employers that you hold yourself to the highest professional standards, that you have the most up-to-date skills, and that you can apply your expertise across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Entry requirements

As this is an entry-level qualification, there are no formal entry requirements. 


Course content

Your course is fully online and is assessed through 5 in-person exams.

You'll study 4 core units and your choice of 1 elective unit.

Core units

  • Procurement and supply environments
  • Ethical procurement and supply
  • Contact administration
  • Team dynamics and change

Elective units

  • Socially responsible procurement
  • Socially responsible warehousing and distribution

For full details of what you’ll learn on each unit, download our CIPS Level 3 course guide.

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Procurement and Supply FAQs

We’re the UK’s most trusted online CIPS provider, with a Trustpilot rating of 4.8/5 from more than 4000 independent reviews.

We’re also the world’s most experienced online learning provider, having been pioneers in distance learning for 130 years.

Our flexibility, unlimited tutor support, and interest-free payment plans make it easy to shape learning around your life.

That’s why every year, thousands of students like you advance their careers with us.

There are 5 levels of CIPS qualification.

If you're new to CIPS:

  • You should begin at Level 2 or 3 if you don't have any qualifications or professional experience.
  • You can start at Level 4 if you're 18+ with two A Levels (or equivalent), or 21+ with at least two years of business experience.
  • Level 4 is the most advanced course you can begin with.

The CIPS Level 2 Certificate is ideal if you're a current or aspiring Administrative Assistant, Contracts Administrator, Stock Controller or Merchandiser. It'll help you understand the key transactional processes of procurement.

This course, the CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate is perfect if you want to excel as an Administrator, Assistant Buyer, Assistant Contract Officer, Contract Analyst, or Stock/Inventory Controller/Planner. You'll learn to handle key operational procurement tasks.

The CIPS Level 4 Diploma is ideal if you're a current or aspiring Buyer, Contract Officer, Procurement Executive/Specialist, or Supply Chain/Inventory/Logistics Planner or Analyst. You'll learn to advise key stakeholders on the performance of procurement procedures and processes.

The CIPS Level 5 Advanced Diploma is your next step after Level 4. It'll help you excel as a Senior Buyer or Contract/Supply Chain Manager, and develop your ability to guide business decisions from a procurement perspective.

The CIPS Level 6 Professional Diploma is the final step in your CIPS education. This prestigious qualification will enable you to excel in strategic senior roles such as Head of Commercial, Head of Logistics/Transport, Senior Procurement Manager, Supply Chain Manager and Operations Manager.

It will also allow you upgrade to CIPS Chartered Membership (MCIPS) once you have 3 years' experience managing or teaching procurement.

Right away! When you enrol, you’ll be able to log in to your course and get started within an hour.

There are no set start dates or schedules – everything is shaped around you.

  • Unlimited 1:1 tutor support online or by phone
  • Interactive online learning designed by CIPS experts
  • E-books and other additional learning resources
  • 24/7 access to the Student Community, your all-in-one learning platform
  • Student forums to network and share advice with other learners
  • In-house student services team, so you’re never more than a message or phone call away from a helping hand

You can check the technical requirements for accessing your e-books here.

You'll sit 5 exams on this course, each lasting 2 hours. This consists of your core exams:

  • Procurement and supply environments
  • Ethical procurement and supply
  • Contact administration
  • Team dynamics and change

Plus your elective exam:

  • Socially responsible procurement OR
  • Socially responsible warehousing and distribution

Exams are set by CIPS and you'll pay a CIPS fee for each exam. We'll arrange your exams for you and you'll sit them either at your nearest CIPS exam centre, or remotely from home. There's a small additional fee for remote exams. You can check you meet the technical requirements for remote exams here.

In the UK, exam sessions take place 4 times each year:

  • March
  • May
  • July
  • November

We recommend spreading your exams between the sessions, but you're free to take multiple exams in one session as long as the schedules don't overlap.

If you’re funding the course yourself, our flexible 0% payment plans allow you to spread the cost with interest-free monthly instalments. We manage all our payment plans in-house, so there are no third parties or credit checks.

If your employer is funding all or part of your course, we can invoice them directly for your course fees – just let your course advisor know and we’ll arrange everything.

We also accept funding through ELCAS for this course. If you’re an Armed Forces member looking to use the Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme, speak to our course advisors for more details.

Get in touch with our CIPS Advisors on 0800 634 0606.

They’ll talk through your experience, education and ambitions to make sure you’re choosing the right course, then get you enrolled with an interest-free payment plan.

If you have any disabilities which you think might affect your studies or assessments, please tell your Course Advisor before you enrol so we can advise you on whether reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate your needs.

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