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Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations



You’re in an operational procurement and supply role.

The Advanced Certificate is designed to help you develop the capability to carry out purchasing and supply tasks.

Learning Outcomes

You will develop the robust knowledge to: understand and apply demand management through manual or IT based systems, carry out stock valuation and ordering, arrange supply logistics and the necessary paperwork, and implement new contracts, including queries on performance, and financial management and contract review. For more information, you will find our detailed Unit Content on the Course Details tab above.

Entry requirements

No qualifications or experience are necessary. If you have the CIPS Certificate or CIPS International Certificate you’ll find this qualification builds on your current professional understanding, and we encourage you to take the Certificate in procurement and supply operations first.


Unit Title: CIPS Reference: Guided 
Learning Hours:
Procurement and supply environments AC1 30
Procurement and supply operations AC2 30
Procurement and supply workflow AC3 30
Inventory and logistics operations AC4 30
Procurement and supply relationships AC5 30


Procurement and supply environments


  1. Understand the role and scope of procurement and supply in different economic sectors
  2. Understand market forces that impact on procurement and supply
  3. Understand the external environment and its impact on procurement and supply

Procurement and supply operations


  1. Understand the main techniques that can achieve added value through procurement operations
  2. Understand the main tasks associated with each stage of the sourcing process

Procurement and supply workflow


  1. Understand the workflow involved when making agreements with suppliers
  2. Be able to develop a standard purchase order for goods or services
  3. Be able to interpret data relating to the workflow involved in procurement and supply
  4. Understand how to deliver effective customer service to improve workflow in procurement and supply

Inventory and logistics operations


  1. Understand the main implications of purchasing and supplying inventory
  2. Know the main methods for the storage and movement of inventory
  3. Understand the principles of transportation in logistics

Procurement and supply relationships


  1. Understand the range of both internal and external relationships in procurement and supply
  2. Understand the contribution that marketing makes to develop customer and supplier relationships
  3. Understand the elements of a commercial relationship between purchasers and suppliers



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