CIPS Level 5

Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply

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CIPS qualifications are regulated internationally to ensure we offer a recognised, professional standard in procurement and supply. CIPS Level 5* Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply is a vocationally related professional qualification. Formal recognition is included within the regulatory frameworks of an increasing number of countries such as the UK (England, Wales and Northern Ireland), UAE (including Dubai) and Africa (including Zambia). Further information on this recognition and the details of corresponding qualifications levels for other international qualifications frameworks are detailed on our website. CIPS members can have the confidence in our regulated qualifications, which reliably indicate the standard of knowledge, skills and understanding that you, as a learner, are required to demonstrate.

A vocationally related qualification, the Level 5 Advanced Diploma is designed for individuals working at or aspiring to the Managerial and Professional levels of the CIPS Global Standard for Procurement and Supply. The Advanced Diploma is designed for the more experienced members of the profession who are expected to develop, improve and fulfill functional business objectives and also formulate direction. The required knowledge and skills are developed as learners perform practical, work-related tasks with a focus on how to deal with key aspects of risk in supply chains and mitigation of those risks; processing and evaluating contracts and the impact of legal implications and non-conformance of contracts. On completion of this qualification you can expect to improve your overall organisational procurement and supply performance to fulfil your organisational objectives.

 

[L5M1] Managing Teams and Individuals

Module Purpose
On completion of this module, learners will be able to evaluate the different schools of thought and the reasoning behind the variety of approaches to the management of themselves, individuals and groups or teams within organisations.

Module aim(s)
Management is the administration of an organisation, whether it be a business, a not-forprofit organisation, or government body. Management includes the activities of setting the strategy of an organisation and coordinating the efforts of its employees or volunteers to accomplish its objectives through the application of available resources, such as financial, natural, technological, and human resources. In keeping with other organisational functions, those who manage procurement and supply activity must possess expertise in developing and fulfilling organisational and functional objectives. It is therefore, essential that learners gain a wider appreciation of theories and techniques that relate to managing teams and individuals involved with the procurement and supply function.

Credit Value: 12
Exam Type: Constructed Response
Exam Duration: 3 Hrs
Module Learning Time: 120 Hrs

[L5M2]Managing Supply Chain Risk

Module Purpose
On completion of this module, learners will be able to appraise a variety of tools and techniques to establish the level of risk in supply chains and to recommend and apply ways of avoiding, mitigating or managing risk.

Module aim(s)
Risk management is a central part of an organisation’s strategy. It is a process whereby the organisation will identify, record and then address the risks associated with their activities with the aim of driving out or controlling those risks to the overall benefit of organisational efficiency and effectiveness. The supply chain is by its very nature a complex activity which is therefore susceptible to risk and its associated impacts. This module is designed to enable learners to examine the nature of supply chain risk and to evaluate mitigation techniques which are available to them as they deal with the associated challenges. They will undertake risk analysis and consider the advantages of a risk register as they apply a range of appropriate risk management tools and techniques to the supply chain.

Credit Value: 6
Exam Type: Objective Response
Exam Duration: 1.5 Hrs
Module Learning Time: 60 Hrs

[L5M2]Managing Contractual Risk

Module Purpose
On completion of this module, learners will be able to evaluate the legal and process issues relating to the formation of contracts and the legal implications of contractual nonconformance. They will also assess the impacts of breach of contract and examine coping remedies and provisions that are available under such circumstances.

Module aim(s)
As organisations outsource more and more activity it is vital that they ensure that the associated contracts deliver expected services and/or products. Hence, a fundamental area that those who are tasked with managing the procurement and supply function are faced with is the identification, monitoring and management of contractual risk. This module is designed to enable learners to examine the nature of contract risk and the associated legal implications that relate to contract formation and non-conformance. They will also consider the impact of breach of contract and coping strategies to address such breaches.

Credit Value: 6
Exam Type: Objective Response
Exam Duration: 1.5 Hrs
Module Learning Time: 60 Hrs

[L5M4] Advanced Contract and Financial Management

Module Purpose
On completion of this module, learners will be able to develop measures to ensure and improve contract performance as they assess the concept and use of strategic sourcing and also consider financial aspects that may impact procurement and supply activity.

Module aim(s)
In any organisation, a significant element of the procurement and supply function is based around the contracting process. Those involved in the formulation and managementof contracts with external suppliers must therefore have a clear understanding of the strategic nature of contractual performance measures in procurement and supply. Financial management refers to the efficient and effective management of money (funds) to accomplish organisational objectives. This module is designed for those working in the procurement and supply field, with responsibility for contracting elements of the procurement and supply function who must also have a strategic awareness of the impact of financial aspects of their discipline.

Credit Value: 12
Exam Type: Constructed Response
Exam Duration: 3 Hrs
Module Learning Time: 120 Hrs 

[L5M5] Managing Ethical Procurement and Supply

Module Purpose
On completion of this module, learners will be able to explain the impact of and initiatives to improve, sustainability and the managerial approaches to promote ethical practices in procurement and supply.

Module aim(s)
The global economy and the associated advantages of sourcing from a global base of suppliers requires organisations to be prepared to address the ethical challenges that such approaches may present to their procurement and supply activity. Similarly, the concept of sustainability and its impact on the supply chain should not be underestimated as organisations strive to be seen to play their part in the global agenda. This module is designed to give those who have managerial responsibility for the procurement and supply function an understanding of the impact of ethics and sustainability on the supply chain, and the opportunity to analyse initiatives to improve practice and ensure organisational compliance with international standards in respect of ethical and sustainable procurement and supply chain management.

Credit Value: 6
Exam Type: Objective Response
Exam Duration: 1.5 Hrs
Module Learning Time: 60 Hrs 

[L5M6] Category Management

Module Purpose
On completion of this module, learners will be able to evaluate approaches that can be adopted to develop category management of both direct and indirect organisational expenditure and plan for the associated strategic processes.

Module aim(s)
Category management involves applying the end-to-end procurement process to a specific range of goods or services. This involves pre-award processes such as category analysis and demand management, sourcing and contract negotiation, and the post-award processes such as performance management. It is essential that those involved in managing procurement and supply activity can evaluate approaches to develop category management and are able to create process plans which ensure category management success. This module is designed for those who have responsibility for category management as it focuses on the differing approaches for category management using the tools and techniques which are available to assist with the creation of the associated processes for direct or indirect expenditure.

Credit Value: 6
Exam Type: Objective Response
Exam Duration: 1.5 Hrs
Module Learning Time: 60 Hrs

[L5M6] Achieving Competitive Advantage Through the Supply Chain

Module Purpose
On completion of this module, learners will be able to assess a range of processes that support the achievement of competitive advantage and improvements in organisational performance through its supply chain.

Module aim(s)
Competitive advantage is associated with the processes and procedures that an organisation has at its disposal to outperform its competitors. Many organisations see their supply chains as a significant source of achieving competitive advantage. It is therefore important that those with responsibility for managing the supply chain have a clear understanding of the approaches and techniques that are available to leverage the supply chain to achieve competitive advantage. This module is designed for such managers responsible for formulating plans and approaches to achieve competitive advantage for their organisations through the supply chain.

Credit Value: 6
Exam Type: Objective Response
Exam Duration: 1.5 Hrs
Module Learning Time: 60 Hrs 

[L5M6] Project and Change Management

Module Purpose
On completion of this module, learners will be able to assess the impact and implications of projects, examine approaches applied to the planning and management of projects and recognise the challenges associated with and methods to manage, achieve and maintain organisational change.

Module aim(s)
The speed of development and the drive for maintaining organisational competitiveness mean that change is inevitable in the modern workplace. Consequently, those who work and manage in organisations will be expected to deal with change initiatives and to manage those projects which are generated as a direct consequence. This module is designed for those who are involved in the procurement and supply function, who must recognise the wider environment in which they work and be prepared to apply the tools and techniques that will ultimately lead to the successful management of projects and change initiatives.

Credit Value: 6
Exam Type: Objective Response
Exam Duration: 1.5 Hrs
Module Learning Time: 60 Hrs 

[L5M6] Operations Management

Module Purpose
On completion of this module, learners will be able to understand the concepts of operations management that link to the efficiency and effectiveness of the supply chain and explain plans, designs, processes and systems for the improved control or improvement of supply chain operations.

Module aim(s)
In order to ensure success an organisation must create and adopt processes that ensure the consistent production of products and/or services that meet customer demand, both in terms of quantity and quality. This is the responsibility of those who manage the supply chain operations function. This module is designed to enable those involved in procurement and supply to assess techniques that are aimed at improving supply chain operations to the overall benefit of the organisation.

Credit Value: 6
Exam Type: Objective Response
Exam Duration: 1.5 Hrs
Module Learning Time: 60 Hrs 

L5M1

[L5M1] Managing Teams and Individuals

Module Purpose
On completion of this module, learners will be able to evaluate the different schools of thought and the reasoning behind the variety of approaches to the management of themselves, individuals and groups or teams within organisations.

Module aim(s)
Management is the administration of an organisation, whether it be a business, a not-forprofit organisation, or government body. Management includes the activities of setting the strategy of an organisation and coordinating the efforts of its employees or volunteers to accomplish its objectives through the application of available resources, such as financial, natural, technological, and human resources. In keeping with other organisational functions, those who manage procurement and supply activity must possess expertise in developing and fulfilling organisational and functional objectives. It is therefore, essential that learners gain a wider appreciation of theories and techniques that relate to managing teams and individuals involved with the procurement and supply function.

Credit Value: 12
Exam Type: Constructed Response
Exam Duration: 3 Hrs
Module Learning Time: 120 Hrs

L5M2

[L5M2]Managing Supply Chain Risk

Module Purpose
On completion of this module, learners will be able to appraise a variety of tools and techniques to establish the level of risk in supply chains and to recommend and apply ways of avoiding, mitigating or managing risk.

Module aim(s)
Risk management is a central part of an organisation’s strategy. It is a process whereby the organisation will identify, record and then address the risks associated with their activities with the aim of driving out or controlling those risks to the overall benefit of organisational efficiency and effectiveness. The supply chain is by its very nature a complex activity which is therefore susceptible to risk and its associated impacts. This module is designed to enable learners to examine the nature of supply chain risk and to evaluate mitigation techniques which are available to them as they deal with the associated challenges. They will undertake risk analysis and consider the advantages of a risk register as they apply a range of appropriate risk management tools and techniques to the supply chain.

Credit Value: 6
Exam Type: Objective Response
Exam Duration: 1.5 Hrs
Module Learning Time: 60 Hrs

L5M3

[L5M2]Managing Contractual Risk

Module Purpose
On completion of this module, learners will be able to evaluate the legal and process issues relating to the formation of contracts and the legal implications of contractual nonconformance. They will also assess the impacts of breach of contract and examine coping remedies and provisions that are available under such circumstances.

Module aim(s)
As organisations outsource more and more activity it is vital that they ensure that the associated contracts deliver expected services and/or products. Hence, a fundamental area that those who are tasked with managing the procurement and supply function are faced with is the identification, monitoring and management of contractual risk. This module is designed to enable learners to examine the nature of contract risk and the associated legal implications that relate to contract formation and non-conformance. They will also consider the impact of breach of contract and coping strategies to address such breaches.

Credit Value: 6
Exam Type: Objective Response
Exam Duration: 1.5 Hrs
Module Learning Time: 60 Hrs

L5M4

[L5M4] Advanced Contract and Financial Management

Module Purpose
On completion of this module, learners will be able to develop measures to ensure and improve contract performance as they assess the concept and use of strategic sourcing and also consider financial aspects that may impact procurement and supply activity.

Module aim(s)
In any organisation, a significant element of the procurement and supply function is based around the contracting process. Those involved in the formulation and managementof contracts with external suppliers must therefore have a clear understanding of the strategic nature of contractual performance measures in procurement and supply. Financial management refers to the efficient and effective management of money (funds) to accomplish organisational objectives. This module is designed for those working in the procurement and supply field, with responsibility for contracting elements of the procurement and supply function who must also have a strategic awareness of the impact of financial aspects of their discipline.

Credit Value: 12
Exam Type: Constructed Response
Exam Duration: 3 Hrs
Module Learning Time: 120 Hrs 

L5M5

[L5M5] Managing Ethical Procurement and Supply

Module Purpose
On completion of this module, learners will be able to explain the impact of and initiatives to improve, sustainability and the managerial approaches to promote ethical practices in procurement and supply.

Module aim(s)
The global economy and the associated advantages of sourcing from a global base of suppliers requires organisations to be prepared to address the ethical challenges that such approaches may present to their procurement and supply activity. Similarly, the concept of sustainability and its impact on the supply chain should not be underestimated as organisations strive to be seen to play their part in the global agenda. This module is designed to give those who have managerial responsibility for the procurement and supply function an understanding of the impact of ethics and sustainability on the supply chain, and the opportunity to analyse initiatives to improve practice and ensure organisational compliance with international standards in respect of ethical and sustainable procurement and supply chain management.

Credit Value: 6
Exam Type: Objective Response
Exam Duration: 1.5 Hrs
Module Learning Time: 60 Hrs 

L5M6

[L5M6] Category Management

Module Purpose
On completion of this module, learners will be able to evaluate approaches that can be adopted to develop category management of both direct and indirect organisational expenditure and plan for the associated strategic processes.

Module aim(s)
Category management involves applying the end-to-end procurement process to a specific range of goods or services. This involves pre-award processes such as category analysis and demand management, sourcing and contract negotiation, and the post-award processes such as performance management. It is essential that those involved in managing procurement and supply activity can evaluate approaches to develop category management and are able to create process plans which ensure category management success. This module is designed for those who have responsibility for category management as it focuses on the differing approaches for category management using the tools and techniques which are available to assist with the creation of the associated processes for direct or indirect expenditure.

Credit Value: 6
Exam Type: Objective Response
Exam Duration: 1.5 Hrs
Module Learning Time: 60 Hrs

L5M7

[L5M6] Achieving Competitive Advantage Through the Supply Chain

Module Purpose
On completion of this module, learners will be able to assess a range of processes that support the achievement of competitive advantage and improvements in organisational performance through its supply chain.

Module aim(s)
Competitive advantage is associated with the processes and procedures that an organisation has at its disposal to outperform its competitors. Many organisations see their supply chains as a significant source of achieving competitive advantage. It is therefore important that those with responsibility for managing the supply chain have a clear understanding of the approaches and techniques that are available to leverage the supply chain to achieve competitive advantage. This module is designed for such managers responsible for formulating plans and approaches to achieve competitive advantage for their organisations through the supply chain.

Credit Value: 6
Exam Type: Objective Response
Exam Duration: 1.5 Hrs
Module Learning Time: 60 Hrs 

L5M8

[L5M6] Project and Change Management

Module Purpose
On completion of this module, learners will be able to assess the impact and implications of projects, examine approaches applied to the planning and management of projects and recognise the challenges associated with and methods to manage, achieve and maintain organisational change.

Module aim(s)
The speed of development and the drive for maintaining organisational competitiveness mean that change is inevitable in the modern workplace. Consequently, those who work and manage in organisations will be expected to deal with change initiatives and to manage those projects which are generated as a direct consequence. This module is designed for those who are involved in the procurement and supply function, who must recognise the wider environment in which they work and be prepared to apply the tools and techniques that will ultimately lead to the successful management of projects and change initiatives.

Credit Value: 6
Exam Type: Objective Response
Exam Duration: 1.5 Hrs
Module Learning Time: 60 Hrs 

L5M9

[L5M6] Operations Management

Module Purpose
On completion of this module, learners will be able to understand the concepts of operations management that link to the efficiency and effectiveness of the supply chain and explain plans, designs, processes and systems for the improved control or improvement of supply chain operations.

Module aim(s)
In order to ensure success an organisation must create and adopt processes that ensure the consistent production of products and/or services that meet customer demand, both in terms of quantity and quality. This is the responsibility of those who manage the supply chain operations function. This module is designed to enable those involved in procurement and supply to assess techniques that are aimed at improving supply chain operations to the overall benefit of the organisation.

Credit Value: 6
Exam Type: Objective Response
Exam Duration: 1.5 Hrs
Module Learning Time: 60 Hrs