Advanced diploma in
procurement and supply

The CIPS Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply is aimed at individuals who have gained the CIPS Level 4 Diploma. On successful completion of Levels 4, 5 and 6 you may apply for full membership of CIPS and use the designatory letters MCIPS after your name. It’s what other companies and employers are now looking for.

This course consists of the following five units:

  • CIPS Unit AD1 – Management in Procurement and Supply
  • CIPS Unit AD2 – Managing Risk in Supply Chains
  • CIPS Unit AD3 – Improving the Competitiveness of Supply Chains
  • CIPS Unit AD4 – Category Management in Procurement and Supply
  • CIPS Unit AD5 – Sustainability in Supply Chains

As one of the top performing CIPS Centres of Excellence in the country you can be assured of a professional, flexible, interactive and student-focused training solution at all of our study centres, each with free wi-fi facilities, unlimited refreshments, free or discounted parking facilities where available and excellent public transport links.

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I would definitely recommend this course. I have been in administration over 20 years and there is so much I do not know. This course is definitely the key to successful procurement. I have already applied things I have learnt on this course to my current role.”

Entry requirements

You will need to have achieved the CIPS Diploma in Procurement & Supply. The Level 5 programme is ideal for experienced buyers and managers who wish to pursue a strategic management or leadership role in purchasing.


Assessment is via 5 x 3 hour exams and the required pass mark is 50%. Successful exams results are graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction. All CIPS Level 6 exams are scheduled in January, March, May, July and November every year. The cost per exam at this level is currently £105 per unit. Click here for more information about CIPS Assessments.

CIPS has an excellent Exam Techniques Guide which we would recommend you read. Click here to download it.

As one of our students you can sit your exams at one of our CIPS exam centres in East Lancashire, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield or Birmingham. Alternatively you can take your exams at one of the many CIPS Regional Exam Centres across the UK and the rest of the world.

Your CIPS Level 5 training programme

If you wish to study for the CIPS Advanced Diploma it is expected that you will undertake 50 guided learning hours per unit, i.e. a total of 250 guided hours. The definition of guided learning hours is:

“A measure of the amount of input time required to achieve the qualification. This includes lectures, tutorials and practicals, as well as supervised study in, for example, learning centres and workshops.”

For guidelines of recommended hours of self-study please download the unit content guide above.

Classroom based study helps students build confidence as learners and you will benefit from the dynamics of being part of a group. With the classroom based option you will be given assignments and studies to complete to help prepare you for your exams. However, for students who are restricted by work and home priorities, we also offer CIPS Level 4 training as a Distance Learning option.

As a Centre of Excellence we operate at the highest possible levels for a CIPS study centre and we believe our training costs are extremely competitive. Training costs are the only fees that you pay to us; you buy your CIPS Advanced Diploma course books, book your exams and enrol for CIPS student membership via the CIPS website. There are 5 units and 5 exams for each level and each exam is currently £105 per unit.

You will also need to become a CIPS student member to enrol for and sit exams. All exams must be booked and paid for directly with CIPS by yourself or your organisation before the exam application deadline.


On successful completion of the Level 4 and Level 5 awards, students can progress onto the CIPS Level 6 Professional Diploma. On successful completion of the Diploma, Advanced and Professional Diplomas and in conjunction with three years’ professional experience in a role of responsibility in procurement and supply, you may apply for full membership of CIPS to use the designatory letters MCIPS on your business card. You will also be invited to attend the annual CIPS Graduation Ceremony in Birmingham.

We have study centres across the country with venues in London, Birmingham, Lancashire, Manchester, Liverpool / St Helens, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield and Rotherham. At each of our CIPS training centres we offer professional, flexible, interactive and student-focused training, with access to free wi-fi facilities and unlimited free refreshments.

For a minimum of 8 delegates this programme can be delivered at your premises and tailored to include any specific requirements you may have. If you would like to discuss your options please call us on: 0845 607 1770 or email: