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CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement & Supply Operations

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification

This is the second of CIPS three entry level qualifications and will help you to prepare for a career in procurement and supply. It is ideal for learners looking to specialise in the profession and to progress onto the CIPS Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply.

This is the first of our qualifications to give you the opportunity to choose elective modules and create your own specialist professional pathway, so that your qualification is more relevant for you.

We offer level 3 classroom training at our Lancashire centre of excellence, this consists of 10 days training over an academic year. Each module is delivered over 2 days training – see timetable here

Download the Advanced Certificate Unit Content Guide

What’s involved?

Credits are a way of quantifying the number of study hours needed to complete a qualification. 1 credit is equivalent to 10 hours of study. Each module is given a credit value of 3 or 6 credits.

What are credits?

Credits are a way of quantifying the number of study hours needed to complete a qualification. 1 credit is equivalent to 10 hours of study. Each module is given a credit value of 6 or 12 credits.

Four CORE modules make up 24 of the required credits
  • CORE Procurement & Supply Environments L3M1 6 credits
  • CORE Ethical Procurement & Supply L3M2 6 credits
  • CORE Contract Administration L3M3 6 Credits
  • CORE Team Dynamics L3M4 6 Credits
Elective Modules- choose one for the remaining 6 Credits.
  • Socially Responsible Procurement L3M5 6 Credits
  • Socially Responsible Warehousing & Distribution L3M6 6 Credits


Your exams will be computer-based examinations from July 2019 and will be taken at a CIPS online regional examination centre. Our Lancashire head office (Accrington) has been set up as an online examination centre if this location is convenient for you, please speak with our study centre team about this and any other questions relating to your study.

The examination is an Objective Response exam 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 and they are marked by computer and then moderated by CIPS examiners

Exam pass mark for all modules- You must achieve 70% to pass the exam.

Study time

Everyone learns at a different pace and in a different way, that’s why Chamber Business Training and your tutor will advise you on the best study option for your circumstances, so it fits with your work and home life.

These are the typical amounts of time required to achieve this qualification:

Your total qualification time (TQT) is 300 hours. The TQT indicates the overall number of guided learning hours, additional self-study and assessment time that is required.

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) You are expected to undertake 200 GLH. The definition of guided learning hours is: ‘A measure of the amount of input time required to achieve the qualification. This includes lectures, tutorials, reading, cpd and practicals, as well as supervised study in, for example, learning centres and workshops’.

Self-studying requirement (SSR) Additionally, CIPS recommend that you also commit to at least 90 SSR hours. This includes wider reading of the subject areas and revision to give yourself the best preparation for successfully achieving the qualification.

Total exam time 10 hours- All the modules in CIPS qualifications are assessed by an examination

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