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CIPS Level 4 DiplomaProcurement & Supply

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£108/month interest-free

12 months


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Average completion time12 months


Support period24 months


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

  • Accelerate your career with the world's largest and most prestigious purchasing organisation
  • Ideal for current or aspiring Buyers, Contract Officers, Logistics Analysts/Planners & similar roles
  • Learn at your own pace and set your own schedule
  • Unlimited 1:1 support from your personal CIPS tutor
  • 9.6/10 Trustpilot rating from 3000+ independent reviews

Why is this course right for you?

Challenging economic times and growing corporate social responsibility are making the role of buyer pivotal in every business. 

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.

You'll develop advanced negotiation skills, be able to confidently measure and analyse the impact of supply chains, and deeply understand the complexities of commercial arrangements and buyer/supplier relationships, bringing internationally recognised best practice to everything you do.

Entry requirements

The course is for anyone who wants to understand negotiation, planning, risk management and data analysis, among other things.

However, you'll benefit most if you have some experience in procurement and are looking to take on a junior or middle management role.

You should be either:

  • At least 18 with a minimum of 2 A Levels or equivalent, such as a relevant Level 3 Certificate
  • At least 21 with a minimum of two years' work experience in business

The course provides a natural progression from the CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate, but it's not essential to have completed this first.

Course content

We’ll shortly be launching an updated CIPS Level 4 course to reflect the new CIPS syllabus. If you enrol now, you’ll automatically be transferred to the new course at no extra cost. The information below is based on the current course.

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

You'll study and be examined on 5 units:

  • Contexts of Procurement and Supply
  • Business Needs in Procurement and Supply
  • Sourcing in Procurement and Supply
  • Negotiating and Contracting in Procurement and Supply
  • Managing Contracts and Relationships in Procurement and Supply

Please note that where this course mentions legislation, this will be based largely on UK law.

For full details of what you’ll learn on each unit, download our CIPS Level 4 course guide.

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We’re a highly respected CIPS provider, with a Trustpilot rating of 9.6/10 from more than 3000 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 in Ireland and 90+ countries worldwide 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 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.

The 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.

This course, the 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 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 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
  • 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'll sit 5 exams on this course, each lasting 3 hours:

  • Contexts of Procurement and Supply 
  • Business Needs in Procurement and Supply 
  • Sourcing in Procurement and Supply
  • Negotiating and Contracting in Procurement and Supply 
  • Managing Contracts and Relationships in Procurement and Supply 

Exams are set by CIPS and you'll arrange to sit them at your nearest CIPS exam centre. 

In the UK, exam sessions take place 5 times each year:

  • January (selected exams only)
  • March (selected exams only)
  • May
  • July (selected exams only)
  • November

We recommend spreading your 5 exams between the 5 sessions, but you're free to take multiple exams in one session as long as the schedules don't overlap.

Get in touch with our CIPS Advisors by email or by calling +44 141 404 6595.

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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