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