Supply Chain Management

The Level 4 Diploma is a valuable management tool for those moving into junior and middle management procurement roles or those supervising the procurement function to provide the relevant knowledge, skills and understanding. It focuses on organisational procedures and processes including negotiating, planning, risk management and data analysis.

This qualification is designed for those working within the following typical job titles; Buyer, Procurement/purchasing executive, Procurement specialist, Contract officer, Supply chain/ inventory/logistics analyst, Supply chain/ inventory/logistics planner.

There are no age restrictions in relation to this qualification

The CIPS new updated Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply now consists of eight core modules of 6 or 12 credits.

                                                                                                    2018 Syllabus


Programme Aim
The aim of this course is to provide participants with:
• A clear understanding of the principles of effective public procurement, the generic procurement process and the role of corporate and transactional procurement
• The capability to plan, implement and evaluate a sourcing process appropriate to the value/risk of the category being procured
• Knowledge of what rules and procedures govern UN and public procurement – and why they exist

What will I learn?

You will learn about making procurement and supply happen within an organisation, and you will be equipped with an essential range of knowledge and tools that you can apply immediately in your workplace. Learn how to apply practical, theoretical and technical knowledge, gain a clear understanding of procurement and supply and develop the ability to address complex, non-routine problems.

On completion, you will be able to analyse, interpret and evaluate relevant information and ideas and have an informed awareness of differing perspectives and approaches within the profession. You will also be able to review the effectiveness and appropriateness of methods, actions and results.

Who should attend ?

  • Buyer / Senior Buyer / Chief Buyer
  • Purchasing Manager / Procurement Manager
  • Procurement Executive / Purchasing Executive
  • Contract Manager/Category Manager/Logistics Manager
  • Commercial/Supply Chain Director

Who is it for?

This qualification is the essential toolkit for anyone planning a career in procurement and supply. Developed and written using the Procurement and Supply cycle. as it’s focus, it is at the same level as the first year of an undergraduate degree course. It’s suitable for those in operational roles or those managing or supervising the procurement and supply function who want to develop their career and work towards MCIPS Chartered Procurement and Supply Professional. What will I learn? You will learn about making procurement and supply

Eligibility Criteria

This is the entry point to our CIPS Diploma qualifications and requires a minimum of two A Levels (or international equivalent) or a CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate qualification. Alternatively you need a minimum of two years’ experience in a business environment.

The CIPS Level 4 Diploma provides natural progression following successful completion of the CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate, but it is not essential to join this programme. You can enter the CIPS learning ladder at the CIPS Diploma Level 4 if you are a buyer looking to go into management or if you have at least 2 years’ professional experience in a purchasing, procurement or supply chain role.

This course provides a valuable management tool for those moving into junior and middle management procurement roles or those supervising the procurement function. It focuses on organisational procedures and processes including negotiation, planning, risk management and data analysis.

Exam Details


Your exams will be computer-based examinations from July 2019 and will be taken at a CIPS online regional examination centre. Our Lancashire head office (Accrington) has been set up as an online examination centre if this location is convenient for you, please speak with our study centre team about this and any other questions relating to your study.

In this qualification you will be required to complete a mix of Objective Response (OR) and Constructed Response (CR) exams.

Objective Response exam format (OR)

These questions allow you to select a response from a list of possible answers. You will find these types of exams across all our qualifications levels; they are marked by computer and then moderated by CIPS examiners.    

Constructed Response exam format (CR)

These questions require you to create, or ‘construct’, a response to the question, such as an essay or case study. You will find this type of exam in our diploma level qualifications and they will be marked by subject expert examiners.

Objective Response exams  : 70 % Pass 

Constructed Response exams :  50% Pass / 60% Merit  / 75% Distinction


Course Contents

Eight CORE modules make up the required 60 credits

  • L4M1 – Scope of Influence of Procurement & Supply 12 Credits
  • L4M2-Defining Business Needs 6 Credits
  • L4M3 – Commercial Contracting 6 Credits
  • L4M4 – Ethical & Responsible Sourcing 6 credits
  • L4M5 – Commercial Negotiation 6 Credits
  • L4M6 – Supplier Relationships 6 Credits
  • L4M7 – Whole Life Asset Management 6 Credits
  • L4M8 – Procurement & Supply in Practice 6 Credits

What are credits?

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 6 or 12 credits.

Batch Schedule


Feb 03, 2018
7:00PM – 10:00PM
Sat – Mon – Wed

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