CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate

What is CIPS Level 3?

The CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply is designed for those in an operational role, who need the capability to carry out all tasks associated with procurement and supply operations efficiently and effectively. During the course, you will develop your theoretical and practical knowledge in procurement and supply chain management.

The course aims to give individuals some insight into best practices, learn new skills and techniques.

Upon completing all five modules, you will be awarded the Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply. The next programme is the CIPS Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply.

What are the CIPS Level 3 entry requirements?

No former procurement qualifications or professional experience is necessary to enrol on this programme.

How is CIPS Level 3 assessed?

Your exams will be computer-based examinations. These will be taken at either a CIPS online regional examination centre or by a remote exam at a location of your choice.

Who is CIPS Level 3 aimed at?

The CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate is ideal for junior buyers, supporting roles and those with under 2 years’ experience in procurement or supply chain management. It is also suitable for those looking to enter the profession, in roles such as:

  • Administrator

  • Assistant Buyer

  • Assistant Contract Officer

  • Contract Analyst

  • Stock/Inventory Controller/Planner

CIPS Level 3 Timetables

Virtual Live CIPS Level 3 (Tutor: Barry Russell)

Day -12.00pm - 4.00pm / Eve 4.30pm - 8.30pm
ModuleClass 1Class 2Class 3Exam

Virtual Live CIPS Level 3 (Afternoon - Tutor: Emma Knight) 2022/2023

11.00am - 3.00pm
ModuleClass 1Class 2Class 3Class 4Class 5Class 6Exam
L3M303/10/202217/10/202231/10/2022November
L3M409/01/202316/01/202323/01/2023March
L3M506/02/202313/02/202320/02/2023March
L3M1 / L3M220/03/202327/03/202311/04/202317/04/202324/04/2023May

Virtual Live CIPS Level 3 (Evening - Tutor: Emma Knight) 2022/ 2023

4:00pm - 8:00pm
ModuleClass 1Class 2Class 3Exam
L3M303/10/202217/10/202231/10/2022November 2022
L3M409/01/202316/01/202323/01/2023March 2023
L3M506/02/202313/02/202320/02/2023March 2023
L3M120/03/202327/03/202311/04/2023May
L3M217/04/202324/04/202304/05/2023May

Virtual Live CIPS Level 3 - Levy (Tutor: Jack Fielding)

10 am - 3.00pm
ModuleClass 1Class 2Class 3Class 4Exam
L3M323/05/202213/06/202227/06/202206/07/2022July 2022
L3M405/09/202212/09/202219/09/202226/09/2022November 2022
L3M503/10/202210/10/202217/10/202224/10/2022November 2022

Blended CIPS Level 3 Levy (Afternoon - Tutor: Emma Knight) 2022/2023

10.00am - 3.00pm 1st & Last Lesson in Classroom
ModuleClass 1Class 2Class 3Class 4Class 5Class 6Exam
L3M107/10/20220714/10/202221/10/202228/10/2022November
L3M220/01/202303/02/202324/02/202303/03/2023March
L3M331/03/202305/04/202314/04/202321/04/2023May
L3M4 / L3M519/05/202326/05/202309/06/202316/06/202323/06/202330/07/2023July

How is CIPS Level 3 structured?

This course consists of the following five units:

L3M1 – Procurement and Supply Environments (Compulsory)

  • Know the different sectors of procurement and supply.
  • Understand types of pricing arrangements in commercial agreements.
  • Know the external environment and its impact on procurement and supply.
  • Understand procedures that regulate procurement and supply.

L3M2 – Ethical Procurement and Supply (Compulsory)

  • Know techniques that can achieve added value and its contribution to organisational success
  • Know tasks associated with each stage of the sourcing process
  • Understand the significance of ethics for procurement and supply
  • Understand how operational performance of the procurement and supply function can be measured and improved

L3M3 – Contract Administration (Compulsory)

  • Know the different sectors of procurement and supply
  • Understand types of pricing arrangements in commercial agreements
  • Know the external environment and its impact on procurement and supply
  • Understand procedures that regulate procurement and supply

L3M4 – Team Dynamics and Change (Compulsory)

  • Know how the individual can support overall organisational success in procurement and supply.
  • Understand team dynamics and their influence on procurement and supply.

L3M5 Socially Responsible Procurement

Elective – This is the recommended module by CIPS Business Training

  • Understand the concepts of sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
  • Understand the environmental impact of procurement and supply.
  • Know the implications of CSR for the procurement and supply function.
  • Understand methods to monitor Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in procurement and supply.

CIPS Level 3 FAQs

Payment is normally required before starting the course, and we offer a 10-month interest free instalment plan for our self-study students. We also offer payment by module if required which incurs a small admin charge. To enquire about our current cost structure please click here.

Our MCIPS tutors offer outstanding guidance, advice and comprehensive support. We give you unrivalled access to our videos, revision webinars, and in-depth course material. We aim to make your CIPS studies enjoyable, informative and successful.

Our support team are also available to help throughout your studies.

Our learning resources are rated “extremely high” by our students.

Complete the online registration form HERE. Once completed you will receive an invoice for your course followed by an induction date and your online resources. During induction you will receive all dates and course information ready to start your CIPS journey.

Once you have completed level 3 you are qualified to move on to CIPS Level 4 Diploma.

Most students complete their Advanced Certificate over an academic year. However, as the course structure is modular, students can achieve the required 60 credits at their own pace. Our Distance Learning students can receive tutor support for 18 months.

Questions are in an Objective Response 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 CIPS qualifications levels; they are marked by computer and then moderated by the CIPS examiners.

Choose a Study Option

We offer our students the flexibility of traditional Classroom lessons, Interactive Distance Learning, and our new ‘Virtual Live’ Classroom programme.

CIPS Virtual Live

Virtual LIVE Classroom is a brand new and innovative way of delivering CIPS Training ‘online’ and combines the structure of being in a traditional classroom with the flexibility of studying from home, office or on the go.

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Classroom

We have 7 CIPS centres of excellence across the country. All our tutors are experienced practitioners and MCIPS qualified. Our classroom sessions have an excellent balance of teaching, group work and quizzes.

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Distance Learning

Our CIPS Distance Learning offers you a more flexible way to study towards your MCIPS professional license – combining innovative learning and teaching techniques with the ability to study from anywhere in the world.

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How do I register?

Simply complete our online registration form or alternatively contact us with your enquiry online or by calling 01254 356434

Registration Form

How do I register?

Simply complete our online registration form or alternatively contact us with your enquiry online or by calling 01254 356434

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