Certificate in procurement
and supply operations

The CIPS Level 2 Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations is aimed at people who are new to the world of procurement and is designed to cover the basic principles of purchasing, procurement and supply.

This course consists of the following five units:

  • CIPS Unit NC1 – Procurement and Supply Principles
  • CIPS Unit NC2 – Procurement and Supply Functions
  • CIPS Unit NC3 – Procurement and Supply Processes
  • CIPS Unit NC4 – Procurement and Supply Administration
  • CIPS Unit NC5 – Procurement and Supply Stakeholders
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Entry requirements

The CIPS Level 2 Certificate is the ideal starting point if you’re just starting your career in purchasing or if procurement and supply operations are part of your role. It will enable you to recognise and describe key processes in procurement and help build your professional knowledge and competence. It is ideal for school leavers or people with little or no experience in the world of procurement and supply chains. It provides a great taster of what can be achieved by applying best practice.

This programme is available through our Distance Learning programme and is designed to provide an overview for anyone who is interested in developing their knowledge of purchasing and for those who are new to the purchasing function.


CBT-img-30-800x533Assessment is via 5 x 2 hour exams. Each exam consists of 60 multiple choice questions and the required pass mark is 75%. All CIPS Level 2 exams are scheduled in May, July and November every year. The cost for exams at this level is currently £78 per unit (subject to change by CIPS at any time). 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 2 training programme

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 purchase your CIPS Certificate course books, book your exams and enrol for CIPS student membership directly from CIPS.

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.


CBT-img-32-800x533Successful completion of the Level 2 Certificate provides a route for progression on to the CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate, and subsequently the CIPS Level 4 Diploma, the CIPS Level 5 Advanced Diploma and finally 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. It’s what businesses and employers are looking for. 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: enquiries@cipsbusinesstraining.co.uk