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CIPS Level 4 – Diploma in Procurement & Supply (Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply)

Course Code: EC192

Validated by: CIPS

UK Price: £1,975.00

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The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply is the most prominent professional body for those who are developing a career in purchasing.

This qualification is the normal entry level for graduates or for those with substantial procurement experience.  Many CIPS members, who have previous business experience or qualifications, commence their CIPS studies with this Level 4 qualification.

What Will I Study?

The aims of the course are to provide insight into best practice, develop decision making skills and provide a broad-based education in business relating to the profession.  The course consists of five units which are examinable at various times of the year.

This level is seen as a valuable management tool for those moving into junior and middle management procurement roles or those supervising the procurement function. It focuses on how organisational procedures and processes perform in procurement and supply, including negotiating, planning, risk management and data analysis.

There are two intakes for level 4 – September and January. The September intake starts with module one and the January intake start with module three.

  • Contexts of Procurement & Supply
  • Business Needs in Procurement & Supply
  • Sourcing in Procurement & Supply
  • Negotiating and Contracting in Procurement & Supply
  • Managing Contracts & Relationships in Procurement & Supply

A detailed course content can be found at this link: or we can email it to you in PDF form by request.

If you have completed some CIPS modules already and are unsure where to start, please contact the course leader Mike Keane – or alternatively contact CIPS directly ( who will be able to advise you.

How will the course be delivered?

The college will be delivering the following modules from September 2013.  The level 4 course runs 5pm – 9pm on a Monday evenings or 1pm – 5pm on a Tuesday afternoons.

Entry Requirements

Ideally you will have completed level 2 and/or Level 3 of the CIPS programme.  You’ll need an A Level or an equivalent level qualification as a minimum and some experience in a purchasing & supply role. Many graduates or those who are working in Purchasing and Supply roles, join the CIPS courses with this qualification.

Financial Support

There is no financial support for this course. Request an application pack by telephoning on 01254 292500 or by emailing us at


You can progress onto CIPS Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply once you have successfully completed your studies.

Qualification Achieved

You will receive a Level 4 Diploma in Procurement & Supply from CIPS.

Other Information

How much does it cost?

The full course fee is £1,975 per year (excluding exam fees and registration fees, which are paid directly to CIPS).


CIPS FOUNDATION UK BURSARY: For those in the UK undergoing hardship. A £1,000 bursary awarded to UK students in the most need of aid, intended to help UK students who are struggling to fund/take CIPS qualifications due to personal hardship. The funds for this bursary will be paid on to the grantee’s CIPS account. It can be used towards any CIPS product, and can also be used to pay any venue fees the grantee faces at CIPS approved exam centres. For more information see:

(Prices are subject to change).

Once you have been awarded a place, you will, in due course, need to complete the CIPS Registration Membership document and this can be found at: This needs to be submitted directly to CIPS with the registration fees which are also detailed (You can also register online at this link). CIPS Books can be purchased from here: - we would advise new students to purchase books before the start of the course.
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Course dates:

Mondays 8th September 2014 – 20th July 2015
5pm – 9pm


Tuesdays 9th September 2014 – 21st July 2015
1pm – 5pm


Please note that when the College is closed for Monday bank holidays, students will be expected to attend class on Tuesday evening.


Precise modules and dates are as follows:


Module 1
Contexts of Procurement & Supply
Mondays 8/9/14 – 17/11/14 or Tuesdays 9/9/14 – 18/11/14


Module 2
Business Needs in Procurement & Supply
Mondays 24/11/14 – 26/1/15 or Tuesdays 25/11/14 – 27/1/15


Module 3
Sourcing in Procurement & Supply
Mondays 2/2/15 – 9/3/15 or Tuesdays 3/2/15 – 10/3/15


2nd intake for new students:
odule 4
Negotiating and Contracting in Procurement & Supply

New Students Induction:         Monday:  9/3/15
Module dates:  Mondays 16/3/15 – 18/5/15
New Students Induction:         Tuesday: 10/3/15
Module dates:   Tuesdays 17/3/15 – 19/5/15


Module 5
Managing Contracts & Relationships in Procurement & Supply
Mondays 25/5/15 – 20/7/15 or Tuesdays 26/5/15 – 21/7/15



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 To find out more and to book

Email The Training People at Blackburn College or call us on 01254 292500.

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Please note: Our courses are delivered on site at the main campus and/or off site at one of our dedicated Business Suites

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