The CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement & Supply Operations is ideal if you're looking to formalise and build on your existing skills in procurement and supply.
It's an industry standard qualification which is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), the premier professional body in the industry.
It'll demonstrate to employers that you have the most up-to-date purchasing skills, and ensure you can prove yourself as a procurement professional in practically any business or industry.
You'll learn about the importance of securing supply, stock scheduling, inventory control, demand management, and the client-supplier relationship. You'll study a range of purchasing procedures and how they're impacted by national and international business environments, and you'll gain the skills to arrange supply logistics and implement new contracts.
The CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate will allow you to consolidate your knowledge and give you new, contemporary skills that will allow you to take your purchasing career to the next level. You'll also be able to advance to the CIPS Level 4 Diploma course.
You'll study five units on this course. They're listed below, along with the skills and knowledge you'll cover during each.
Procurement and supply environments
Procurement and supply operations
Procurement and supply relationships
Inventory and logistics operations
Procurement and supply workflow
You don't need any previous experience or qualifications to enrol on our Level 3 Advanced Certificate course. That's because we believe in making home study - and a rewarding future - as accessible as possible.
This course is suitable for anyone who wants to be able to understand demand management, arrange supply logistics and implement new contracts. However, experience in purchasing and supply would be an advantage. The course is ideal for junior buyers or those with under two years purchasing experience.
You must be 18 to enrol on this course.
If you have any disabilities which you believe may impact your studies or assessments, please inform your Course Advisor before
Opportunities and salaries for skilled buyers are outstripping those of many other professions. With a qualification from the leading industry body, you'll be sought after and could be on track for a highly lucrative career.
You'll be able to apply for the many jobs which require candidates to have, or be working towards, a CIPS qualification.
You could hold roles such as:
Once you've completed this course, you can move on to the CIPS Level 4 Diploma in Procurement & Supply. This will allow you to work as a buyer, contract officer, purchasing executive, logistics analyst, and in other similar roles.
We believe in making learning accessible and affordable for all, so you'll have the option to pay for your course through an interest-free payment plan. You'll be able to get started right away with a small deposit and pay the rest by monthly direct debit. Our plans are flexible, so you can pay your balance off sooner if you choose.
If your company will fund your course, we can help you arrange this.
Speak to our course advisors for more information on our payment plans.
Once you enrol, you’ll have access to our Student Community, which will allow you to see your course materials, contact your tutor, submit your assignments and connect with your fellow students.
Your course materials have been specially designed for online learning by experts in the field. You'll work through step-by-step modules so you can easily keep track of your progress.
You'll have the opportunity to join a live induction webinar when you start your course. It's designed to help you navigate your way around the student community, to offer you help and support, and most importantly to give you a warm and friendly welcome to ICS Learn. We usually hold one a week, and you can attend any one that suits you.
You’ll have access to a huge range of resources that will aid your studies, including:
You’ll be assigned an expert academic tutor who'll be with you from enrolment to graduation. Their support is unlimited and you can contact them by phone, email or via the Student Community. They’ll answer any questions you have about coursework, study materials, assessments and exams, and help you work through any part of the course you’re stuck with.
They’ll also give you test papers and mock exams to ensure you’re ready to pass your exams. All your papers will be marked and given constructive feedback so you know exactly what your strengths are and what you can improve.
Our dedicated student support team will be on hand to assist you with administrative tasks, using the Student Community, and any other non-academic queries you may have.
You'll sit five exams for this course, one for each unit you've studied. All your exams will take 2 hours and will be paper-based. They'll be be marked out of 100%.
Each exam will assess you based on the learning outcomes for that unit. Learning outcomes are the skills, knowledge or attitudes you should have learned during the unit.
The exams will be:
Procurement and Supply Environments
Procurement and Supply Operations
Procurement and Supply Workflow
Inventory and Logistics Operations
Procurement and Supply Relationships
Exams are set by CIPS and take place in the UK five times a year:
*Only selected exams are available during the January/March/July sessions. All exams can be taken during the May and November sessions.
You'll sit them at an exam centre and you can sit as many exams as you want in one session. However, exam weeks vary so you should check that no exams overlap. It's generally best to spread out your five exams between the five sessions.
Please note that as exams are set by CIPS, their format may change. The details here are intended only as a guide. You can find out more about your exams on the CIPS website.
There are CIPS membership, administration and exam fees that are additional to your course fee:
These fees are set by CIPS and change at least annually.