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Purchasing & Supply Management Training and Certification

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Established in 1932, Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) is the leading body representing the field of purchasing and supply chain management. In 1992 the institute was awarded a Royal Charter in recognition of the status as a centre of excellence and support for the profession.

A key aim of CIPS is to promote and maintain high standards of professional skill, ability and integrity among all practitioners engaged in purchasing and supply management. This is done through the professional qualifications program and associated membership standard, and by providing public access training programs and a comprehensive range of learning resources.

The members are bound by a code of ethics and are encouraged to make a lifelong commitment to their own professional development. CIPS are also the custodians of the National Occupational Standards in Supply Chain Management. The institute research program helps to shape responses to tomorrow’s challenges by supporting vital academic research. Along with the consultative work with some of the world’s leading organizations, this intelligence enables the institute to visualize the future of leading edge practice.

The CIPS/Hays Salary Guide reveals procurement professionals at tactical levels earn on average 29% more if they are CIPS members.

Professional Training Programs

CIPS Professional Programs

  • Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations: The ideal qualification if you're just starting your career in procurement or if procurement and supply are part of your role. Joining a CIPS qualification programme means you will join the largest Institute in the world for those working in procurement and supply.
  • Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations: This qualification is designed for those in an operational role who need the capability to carry out procurement and supply tasks. You will develop the knowledge to understand demand management, arrange supply logistics and implement new contracts.
  • Diploma in Procurement and Supply: A valuable management tool for those moving into junior and middle management procurement roles or those supervising the procurement function.
  • Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply: Provides senior buyers, contract and supply chain managers with the expertise to improve organisational procurement and to fulfil organisational objectives.
  • Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply: Aimed at senior procurement professionals and heads of department. On successful completion of the Diploma, Advanced and Professional diplomas along with 3 years' experience in a position of responsibility in procurement and supply you will be awarded MCIPS status.
  • Entry Requirements for the above programs: Before you start your studies you should consider what level on the ladder is appropriate for you, based on your education and experience. There are no entry requirements for the Certificate & Advanced Certificate programs. To start the diploma program, you should have at least two A-levels (or international equivalent) or CIPS Advanced Certificate. For professional diploma, you will need to have achieved the CIPS Advanced diploma in procurement and supply.

CPD Programs and Courses


  • Introduction to procurement and category management
  • Introduction to public sector procurement
  • Finance for procurement
  • Buying services
  • Effective procurement
  • Essentials of tendering
  • Modern slavery act
  • Sourcing essentials in procurement
  • Specification writing
  • Supplier appraisal and financial analysis
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Category management

Supply Chain and Logistics

  • Introduction to forecasting techniques and inventory management
  • Introduction to supply chains
  • Forecasting techniques Inventory management
  • Managing effective warehouse operations
  • Assessing, managing and mitigating risk
  • Managing your supply chains (residential)
  • Procurement risk management

Negotiation and Influencing

  • Introduction to negotiation
  • Effective negotiation
  • Advanced negotiation

Legal, Contracts and Contract Management

  • Introduction to contracts
  • Introduction to contract management
  • Applying EU procurement processes
  • Effective IT procurement
  • Legal aspects of procurement
  • A commercial approach to cloud service agreements
  • A commercial approach to software agreements - essentials
  • A commercial approach to software agreements - advanced
  • Contract drafting
  • Contract management
  • TUPE and its impact on procurement
  • Update on contract and commercial law
  • Working with the EC procurement directives

People Management and Leadership

  • Business finance - what buyers need to know
  • Supplier behavior
  • Supplier performance - measurement and management
  • Supplier relationship management
  • Increase the influence of procurement
  • Procurement leadership
  • Leading procurement strategy program

E-Learning Modules


  • Formation of contracts
  • Regulations in procurement and supply
  • Business case requirements for external suppliers
  • Specifications and KPI
  • Contracts with organizations
  • Outsourcing
  • Options for sourcing
  • The procurement process
  • Sourcing from external suppliers
  • Sourcing processes
  • Understanding outsourcing
  • External suppliers administration

Supply Chain Logistics

  • The implications of purchasing and supply inventory
  • Planning and control in operations management
  • Adding value through procurement and supply chain management
  • Relationships in supply chains
  • Achieving timely deliveries
  • Storage and movement of inventory methods
  • Logistics transportation principles
  • Process of managing risks
  • Commercial relationships
  • Marketing, procurement and competitive advantage
  • Adding value in procurement and supply
  • Project management and risk

Negotiation and Influencing

  • Negotiations preparations
  • Conducting commercial negotiations

Legal, Contracts and Contract Management

  • Workflow data interpretation
  • Achieving contract management
  • Legal aspects for the performance of contracts
  • Formation of contracts
  • The main regulations for procurement and supply
  • Approaches in negotiating commercial agreements
  • Preparing for negotiations
  • The main regulations for procurement and supply
  • Legal issues relating to contract formation
  • Main approaches in negotiating commercial agreements
  • Managing contracts
  • Workflow data interpretation
  • The external environment and its impact on procurement and supply
  • The main regulations for procurement and supply
  • People Management and Leadership
  • Performance measures of the supply chain
  • Supply chain management
  • Concepts of corporate strategy
  • Strategy in supply chain
  • Leading change in the supply chain

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