CIPS Level 6 Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply

The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) is an international organisation, based in the UK, serving the purchasing and supply profession - they are the leading body representing the field of procurement and supply chain management. Joining a CIPS qualification means you will join the largest Institute in the world for those working in procurement and supply.

The CIPS level 6 professional diploma is designed for those who may currently be employed as a senior procurement professional or head of department or, have ambitions to that level of post. The Professional Diploma in procurement and supply is targeted at building strategic procurement competence, giving managers the ability to formulate strategic direction and advice, in terms of change management, stakeholder management and team leadership. This is an industry standard qualification which is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), the premier professional body in the industry.

This qualification is suitable for both those working in Purchasing and Supply as well as those wanting a career change into the industry. This qualification is suitable for colleagues in the logistics industry and study is offered through our Northern Logistics Academy. The Northern Logistics Academy is a logistics and transport training specialist delivering sector specific training and qualifications. St Helens College and Knowsley Community College collaboratively launched the Northern Logistics Academy to plug skills gaps and to encourage uptake of careers within the logistics sector. It has received backing and support from key industry bodies and employers across the Northwest region.

St Helens College is recognised as a CIPS Centre of Excellence. We are the only general further education college in the Liverpool City Region to hold the prestigious accolade as Centre of Excellence for procurement and supply qualifications. Centre of excellence status is awarded to centres that can demonstrate exceptional performance across all aspects of their CIPS procurement and supply provision.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This course has various start dates throughout the year with the next intake in January.

The course is delivered on an evening, taking place on a Wednesday, 5.30pm - 8.30pm. The course takes one year to complete.

Dependent upon demand, this course can be delivered to employees within the workplace. This is done with more intensive study over a shorter period of time. We also offer the option to study individual units with flexible start dates. More information is available upon enquiry.

This course will take place at our Town Centre Campus, Water Street, St Helens, WA10 1PP.

What will I study?

This course gives you the essential information and leadership skills you'll need to provide effective management in procurement.

At this level there are 3 core modules that must be completed as well as 2 that can be selected from the optional units below:

Core Units:

  • Leadership in Procurement and Supply - Understand the main leadership skills and behaviours that are appropriate for improving procurement and supply chain management, be able to create a communication plan to influence personal involved in a supply chain, gain an understanding of how to overcome common challenges faced by procurement and supply chain managers and understand the main methods to lead change in the supply chain.
  • Corporate Business Strategy - Gain understanding of the concept of strategy in organisations in supply chains, the main elements of strategy formulation and implementation that impact on supply chains, the implementation of strategies in supply chains. You will also learn how to develop a plan for the development of the supply chain functional strategy.
  • Strategic Supply Chain Management - Understand how strategic supply chain management can support and influence corporate and business levels of strategy, how different aspects of supply chain design can influence the supply chain strategy, the main techniques to achieve effective strategic supply chain management and be able to create a plan to achieve effective strategic supply chain management.

Optional Units:

  • Supply Chain Diligence - Gain understanding of the main implications of globalisation on supply chain management, the main aspects of the corporate environment and their impact on supply chains, the main financial aspects that affect supply chains and the main performance measures of the supply chain.
  • Programme and Project Management - Understand the main aspects of major programmes and projects, the main contracting issues for major programmes and projects, the main approaches to planning of major programmes and projects and the main approaches to the control of major programmes and projects.
  • Legal Aspects in Procurement and Supply - Understand the main issues that relate to the formation of relationships in supply chains, gain an understanding of how to interpret and apply implied and express contractual terms that impact on procurement and supply, the main regulations that impact of procurement and supply and gain understanding of the legal implications of contractual non-performance in procurement and supply.

How is it assessed?

The course is assessed by a 3 hour exam which has a pass mark of 50%.

Candidates must enrol for examinations directly with CIPS and pay an examination fee. Progression onto the next level is dependent on examination success.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

In order to enter the course, you should possess a minimum of either; a CIPS Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply or a CIPS Level 5 qualification.

What are the course fees?

The total cost of this course is £2125.00. There are CIPS membership, administration and exam fees that are additional to your course fee.

There are a number of payment options including an interest-free payment plan with a monthly direct debit payment.

If your employer is willing to fund your course, we can help you to arrange this.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Upon successful completion of the Diploma, Advanced and Professional diplomas along with 3 years experience in a position of responsibility in procurement and supply you will be awarded MCIPS status.

You could also choose to progress onto a Masters qualification.

I'm interested in this course, what do I do next?

If you would like any further information in relation to this course, please contact our enquiries team directly on 0800 99 66 99 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop into our next Enrolment and Information Event. Alternatively, submit an application form to secure a place.

Ref: Graham Brookes