Commercial Procurement and Supply

Course Level


Course length

24+ months

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Buying the goods and services that enable an organisation to operate.

Meet the trainer

Course Guide



What's included? / Modules


  • Identify approaches to achieve agreements with external and internal organisations and stakeholders

  • Use a range of contract and supplier performance monitoring, management and reporting techniques

  • Carry out cost management

  • Resolve issues that may be with customers, suppliers or colleagues

  • Recognise the impact that decisionmaking has on costs

  • Evaluate costs by comparison with industry standards


  • Context of procurement and supply

  • Pre-procurement and early market engagement

  • Sourcing and contract agreements

  • Supplier management

  • Category management


  • Be responsive, innovative and seek out opportunities

  • Have a strong commitment and be selfmotivated

  • Create and maintain positive, professional and trusting working relationships

  • Always take into account diverse stakeholder needs and requirements

Entry Requirements

Any entry requirements will be determined by individual employers which may, for example, typically require 5x A*-C Grade GCSEs (must include English & Maths).

Delivery and Assessment

The training is a blended learning delivery model, which takes place in the work place during working hours, wherever this may be, according to the apprentices role. 

This consists of: 

  • 1 to 1 monthly meetings of approx. two hours with a GLP trainer (face to face or telephone)

  • On-line learning courses and/or group sessions

  • Building an electronic portfolio of workrelated evidence

  • Maths and English at Level 2 (if not previously achieved)

  • 20% of time at work to be spent working towards apprenticeship

  • End Point Assessment (EPA) by an external examiner to complete qualification, consisting of: knowledge test, portfolio-based Interview & project presentation

Professional Qualifications, Career Progression, Links to professional Registrations

Professional Registration

Completion of CIPS L4 gains eligibility for equivalent membership of the Institute. CIPS L4 is a pre- requisite for MCIPS (L6) and the full professional licence and offers the potential for Chartered status.


Prior to the end-point assessment there is a requirement to achieve:

  • Level 2 qualifications in English and Maths (GCSE equivalent), and

  • L4 Diploma in Procurement & Supply with the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS).