CIPS Level 4


The CIPS Level 4 Diploma is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree. It is essential learning for anyone in the procurement, purchasing or supply chain profession. CIPS Level 4 Diploma provides comprehensive coverage of all of competences required for excellence in procurement. 95% of CIPS students say CIPS qualifications are recognised as the industry standard.

This is the highest CIPS entry level when working towards your MCIPS. As a student you are required to complete 60 credits to achieve the Diploma qualification.

If you need further help or advice please do not hesitate to contact one of our friendly course advisors…

What are the CIPS Level 4 entry requirements?

If you are a more experienced person, with 2 years relevant experience in a business environment or a graduate, you can start your CIPS journey here. As a ‘Centre of Excellence’ CIPS Study Centre we will help you develop the skills, knowledge and competencies employers are looking for. The CIPS Diploma together with CIPS Levels Advanced and Professional Diplomas is the most common route to reach full membership status (MCIPS).

Qualifications in procurement or related areas are also considered. The entry requirement is successful completion of CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate. Alternatively, 2 years relevant business experience OR two A-level qualifications.

How is CIPS Level 4 assessed?

Your CIPS Level 4 Diploma 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 study centre of your choice. The 6 credit modules are assessed via a 1.5 hour ‘objective response’ exam. The 12 credit modules are assessed via a 3 hour ‘constructed response’ exam.

  • A constructed response (CR) requires you to create an essay or case study.

  • An objective response (OR) is a multiple choice format.

Who is CIPS Level 4 aimed at?

CIPS Level 4 Diploma is for those in a buying, procurement or supply chain role, looking to progress their career. It is also suitable for those looking to enter the profession, in roles such as:

Typical job titles:
  • Buying

  • Procurement/Purchasing

  • Contracts

  • Supply Chain/Inventory

  • Logistics

Please take a moment to view our short video demo to experience the high level of material available to you if you do decide to train with us.

CIPS Level 4 FAQs

Payment is normally required before starting the course. We offer a 10-month interest free instalment plan for our self-funding students. We also offer payment by module if required but, this 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.

Most students complete their diploma over an academic year in line with our timetabled classes and CIPS exams. However, due to our structure being modular, students can achieve the required 60 credits at their own pace. Our Distance Learning students can receive tutor support for 18 months.

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 4 you are qualified to move on to CIPS Level 5 Advanced Diploma.

Study Options

Be flexible and choose the way you want to study CIPS

Online Classroom

Classroom Learning

Distance Learning