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CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate

Is it right for me?

This qualification is designed for those in an operational role who need the capability to carry out procurement and supply tasks. It is ideal for junior buyers and people with under 2 years’ experience. No former qualifications or professional experience are necessary to enrol on this programme. Successful completion of the Level 3 Advanced Certificate provides a route for progression on to the CIPS Level 4 Diploma, the CIPS Level 5 Advanced Diploma and finally the CIPS Level 6 Professional Diploma. It’s what businesses and employers are looking for.

What will I learn?

The CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations introduces candidates to a wide range of essential key skills, providing them with a sound understanding of the challenges facing professionals in the field of purchasing and supply chain management.

See the detailed content for each of the five units of the course by downloading the syllabus.

Study Options

  • Study at your own pace with our full distance learning programme
  • Study with a group by attending our weekly or weekend face to face or virtual classes

Study Options

  • Study at your own pace with our full distance learning programme
  • Study with a group by attending our weekly or weekend face to face or virtual classes

Course timetable for 2022/2023

Weekday afternoon classes from 12.30 – 2.30 | Weekday evening classes from 6.30 – 8.30

Module From w/c To w/c Exam Date
L3M5 Socially Responsible Procurement12.09.2231.10.22w/c 07.11.22
L3M1 Procurement and Supply Environments12.09.2231.10.22w/c 07.11.22
L3M2 Ethical Procurement and Supply14.11.2212.12.22w/c 13.03.23
L3M3 Contract Administration09.01.2306.02.23w/c 13.03.23
L3M4 Team Dynamics and Change13.02.2306.03.23w/c 13.03.23

The above schedule begins again after completion.

Because the course is modular clients can start at any time. It generally takes 8 months to complete the course. It is perfectly possible to take more exams in any exam period and finish earlier.

Pass rates 2021/2022

  L3M1 L3M2 L3M3 L3M4 L3M5 L3M6
CIPS Overall qualification level pass rate Advanced Certificate: 77%
CBS pass rate 96% 95% 100% 93% 93% n/a

“Very good indeed. Liked the way of presenting things and getting me to think. “

Dave Hook, Assistant Category Manager, Meredith Systems

“Having been with Central Business School for 3 years and just finishing my MCIPS. I have no hesitation in saying the quality of service provided is first class. They have talented, hardworking and genuinely caring tutors who are entirely flexible and very able at all the varied teaching levels they cover. “

Grace P

“David’s style exudes energy and optimism, yet his feet are planted firmly in reality. He quickly created an atmosphere of trust and made the participants feel comfortable. The responses from the participants were very favourable. He received an average score of 4.7 of a possible 5 on the evaluations”

Colin Bellamy, CEO, EMTC

“So impressed with studying my first CIPS module with CBS. Excellent materials, brilliant teaching – not to mention jelly beans to keep your sugar levels up. Perfect! “

Stephanie V

“This course didn’t just explain techniques, it showed you where, when and how to apply them“

Holly Gresham, Procurement Manager, THS

“Central Business School - Polite, friendly, knowledgeable, passionate - and way beyond competent“

Luke S

Contact us

Central Business School
[email protected]
01908 698 849

Milton Keynes Business Centre,
Foxhunter Drive, Linford Wood,
MK14 6GD

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