Certificate Course Overview

The ideal qualification if you’re just starting your career in procurement or if purchasing and supply are part of your role. IT will enable you to recognise and describe the key processes in procurement and build your professional knowledge and competence.

CIPS Qualification

Studying with ABA Procurement, you will gain a CIPS Certificate in Procurement and Supply which is equivalent to a GCSE or NVQ2 (UK)

Blended Learning

ABA Procurement provides a highly effective combination of study centre and home learning, allowing students plenty of time to work with students and well as additional time to absorb and practice what has been learned.

We are able to be flexible with study centre dates to accommodate difficult schedules, providing this is approved by the whole group.


To study for the Certificate it is anticipated that you will need to engage with 150 hours of learning. This would include tutor-led / guided study, homework and research. Additionally we would recommend that you commit a similar number of hours per unit of self-study, which includes wider reading, revision, and exam preparation.

Entry Requirements

There are no prior qualifications necessary to join the CIPS Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply.
All you need is a willingness to learn, and an interest in the subject matter.


Course Structure


  1. To know the roles of procurement and supply in organisations
  2. Know how products are received from suppliers and delivered to buyers
  3. Know the main stages of the sourcing process
  4. Understand what makes up the main components of a supply chain



  1. Know the main types of organisations and how they operate
  2. To know the main elements of a procurement and supply function
  3. Understand the main market factors that Impact on a procurement and supply function



  1. Know the main components of contractual agreements
  2. To know the main sources of information on suppliers and customers
  3. Identify the main types of systems for supplier selection, ordering and payment



  1. Understand the need for the effective and efficient administration of purchasers made with external suppliers
  2. To describe the main techniques used for ordering supplies
  3. Define the main approaches to achieving timely deliveries of products or services



  1. Know the main stakeholders in procurement and supply
  2. Know the main approaches for conflict resolution with stakeholders in procurement and supply
  3. Know why quality control is important in procurement and supply
  4. Understand why clear ethical codes of practise should be used in procurement and supply