About CIPS

About CIPS


The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) is a global not-for-profit organisation and serves a range of procurement and supply management professionals.

Horizon Business School is the leading business school in Nigeria offering CIPS programmes to students. Horizon Business School is accredited by Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, United Kingdom.

As the world’s largest organisation dedicated to the supply chain, it has a global community of more than 200,000 in over 150 countries. With a mission is to “think global, be local,” CIPS is considered the voice of the profession. CIPS is recognised an important force in the supply chain world. Helping businesses to control their spend, the company affirms that even small cost reductions can have a major impact on their bottom line.

CIPS qualifications provide best practice education programmes for the procurement and supply profession. Each qualification is a vocationally related qualification, accredited by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in the UK and appears on the Register of Regulated Qualifications.

CIPS can help improve procurement in organisations through:
• Developing people – CIPS helps to drive efficient, capable teams to deliver the most value from your supplier base.
• Improving performance – CIPS can evaluate and accelerate the performance of companies’ procurement and supply functions.
• Source responsibly – Guard against reputational damage by stamping out slavery and corruption and embeding ethical practices.
• Recruit the best – Work with CIPS to bring fresh talent into the business.

Joining the programme
Before you start your studies, join Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply global community as a student member and register as a student of Horizon Business School.

CIPS membership fee is £100 and registration as a student of Horizon Business School is twenty thousand naira only.

Joining a CIPS qualification programme means you will join the largest Institute in the world for those working in procurement and supply. You can join as a member online or by downloading a membership form from CIPS website: www.cips.org.

To take any CIPS examination or assessment your membership must be current.

By introducing computer based exams (CBE), you will now have six opportunities per year to take exams, giving you more opportunities to succeed. CIPS examinations will now be available globally in:
• January
• March
• May
• July
• September
• November

However, CIPS Constructive Response (CR) examinations which are paper based exams can only be written in Nigeria during May and November.

The students should access the online qualifications transfer tool in order to understand their continuing journey from the 2013 to the 2018 version of CIPS qualifications.

Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply Syllabus

CIPS has embarked on a review of its professional qualifications (from Certificate to Professional Diploma). If you are studying for CIPS qualifications and would like to find out more go to the student zone section on CIPS website: www.cips.org/studentzone

The School offers CIPS studies through face to face teaching and distance learning from Certificate level 2 to the Professional Diploma level 6.

Here in is a description of the course contents per level:
Level 2 – Certificate in procurement and supply operations iscomposed of 5 modules:
• Introducing procurement and supply (6 credits, 2hexam)
• Procurement and supply operations (3 credits, 1hexam)
• Stakeholder relationship (3 credits, 1hexam)
• Systems technology (3 credits, 1hexam)
• Inventory, logistics and expediting (3 credits, 1hexam)
The modules are mandatory and a total of180 hours are needed in order to complete the syllabus and be preparedforthe examination (120 guided learning hours, 54 self-study hours and 6 h examination).

Courses Contents & Units
Five CORE modules make up the required 18 credits are L2M1, L2M2, L2M3, L2M4, L2M5.
You are required to complete 18 credits to achieve this qualification.

L2M1: Introducing Procurement & Supply: Understand the role of procurement & supply in organisations. Identify common procurement terms and understand the impact of procurement & supply. Learn the “Five Rights” of procurement & supply, the stages of the sourcing process, administration processes and ethical responsibilities.

Procurement & Supply Operations: Understand the types of organisation, how they operate and contractual agreements. Identify sources of information on suppliers and learn pricing techniques.

Stakeholder Relationships: Know who the stakeholders are n procurement & supply, and other internal & external stakeholders. Identify the key market factors which impact the function and the techniques associated with effective stakeholder communication. Learn approaches to conflict resolution.

Systems Technology: Understand the use of systems technology and how they contribute to procurement & supply (ie: e-sourcing, e-tendering). Types of system for supplier selection ordering & payment. Know why quality management is important.

Inventory, Logistics & Expediting: Learn the key elements for inventory control. Understand the principles & processes associated with effective logistics control. Lear how effective expediting can be achieved.

Who Should Consider this level:
• Administrative Assistant
• Procurement Assistant/Apprentices
• Contracts Administrator
• Stock Controller
• Merchandiser
• People new to the business environment

Entry Requirements
None – you don’t need any prior experience or qualifications to start your studies at this stage.

Unit Examinations
Each exam is 60 multiple choice questions which need to be answered in 90 minutes.

Level 3 – Advanced certificate in procurement and supplyoperations is composed of 4 mandatory modules:
• Procurement and supply environments (6 credits, 2hexam)
• Ethical procurement and supply (6 credits, 2hexam)
• Contract administration (6 credits, 2hexam)
• Team dynamics and change (6 credits, 2h exam) and 1 module to be chosenfrom:
• Socially responsible procurement (6 credits, 2hexam)
• Socially responsible warehousing and distribution (6 credits,2h exam)
It is expected to be needed a total of 300 hours in order to fully complete the syllabus and be prepared for the examination (200 guided learning hours, 90 self-study hours and 10 hours of examination)
Who Should Consider This Level
• Administrative & Procurement Assistants with at least 2 years experience.
• Staff involved in the Procurement/Ordering of any goods or services.
• Contracts Administrator.
• Stock Controller.
• Merchandiser.

Courses Contents & Units
The Level 3 Advanced Certificate course comprises of 5 Units, which are delivered using a blend of group interaction, case studies and role plays to support the CIPS course material. We have a clear objective which is to ensure students are able to relate the learning to practical experience in the workplace.

The units at this level are:
CORE MODULES (Complete all four)
• L3M1: Procurement & Supply Environments: Understand the different sectors procurement & supply deal with. Pricing arrangements. The external market environment, the impact of “Trumponomics”. Procedures that regulate the procurement & supply environment.
• L3M2: Ethical Procurement & Supply: Techniques that can achieve added value and contribute to the organisation’s success. Tasks at each stage of the Sourcing process. The significance of ethics for procurement & supply. How operational performance of the function can be measured and improved.
• L3M3: Contract Administration: Administrative content & key tasks associated with commercial contracts. Understand how to achieve competitive pricing and the role of negotiation in procurement. How to achieve effective tendering. How to measure contract performance.
• L3M4: Team Dynamics and Change: Roles of staff and how they can support overall organisational success in procurement and supply. Team Dynamics and the challenges associated with achieving organisational change. Triggers for change and methods to deal with change.

• L3M5: Socially Responsible Procurement: The concepts of sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The environmental impact of procurement and supply. Globalisation v green logistics. Carbon footprint v low cost sourcing. The implications of CSR on the procurement function and the Three Pillars of social responsibility. Methods to monitor CSR in procurement and supply.
• L3M6: Socially Responsible Warehousing and Distribution: The concepts of sustainability and CSR. The environmental impact of procurement and supply. Methods of for the storage and movement of stock/inventory. The environmental impact and cost of warehousing and distribution. Sustainable logistics and avoiding environmental damage.

Entry Requirements:

You should typically have worked in a transactional purchasing role with at least 2 years experience in a purchasing or commercial environment. If you already have a CIPS Level 2 Certificate this qualification will build on your current knowledge and understanding

Level 4 – Diploma in procurement and supply is composed of 8 mandatory modules:
• Scope and influence of procurement and supply (12 credits, 3h exam)
• Defining business needs (6 credits, 2hexam)
• Commercial contracting (6 credits, 2hexam)
• Ethical and responsible sourcing (6 credits, 2hexam)
• Commercial negotiation (6 credits, 2hexam)
• Supplier relationships (6 credits, 2hexam)
• Whole life asset management (6 credits, 2hexam)
• Procurement and supply practice (12 credits, 3hexam)

It is expected to be needed a total of 600 hours in order to fully complete the syllabus and be prepared for the examination.

Who Should Consider This Level?

• Buyer / Senior Buyer / Chief Buyer
• Procurement Officer/Executive
• Category Manager/Contract Manager/Sourcing Manager
• Supply Chain Analyst/Executive
• Purchasing Executive/Purchasing Manager
• Supply Chain Manager/Logistics Manager
• Commercial/Supply Chain Director/Head of Procurement

Courses Contents & Units

The Diploma course comprises 8 Core Modules, which are delivered using a blend of group interaction, case studies and role plays. We have clear objectives to ensure students are able to relate the learning to workplace situations and then deploy the best practice techniques in their job role.

CORE MODULES (Complete all 8 core modules)
L4M1 Scope & Influence of Procurement & Supply
Understand added value strategies that can be achieved through procurement and supply. Understand the key steps when procuring goods & services. Analyse the key aspects of organisational infrastructure which shape the scope of procurement. The need for compliance when undertaking procurement activities.

L4M2 Defining Business Need

Understand how to devise a business case when sourcing. Understand market management in procurement & supply. The use of specifications in procurement & supply

L4M3 Commercial Contracting
Understand the legal issues that relate to the formation of contracts. Specifications and key performance indicators that are included in contracts and key clauses when contracting with suppliers.

L4M4 Ethical and Responsible Sourcing
Options for sourcing from suppliers. Sourcing processes and the analysis of potential external suppliers. Compliance issues when sourcing and understanding ethical & responsible sourcing.

L4M5 Commercial Negotiation
Key approaches and strategies in the negotiation of commercial agreements with suppliers. How to prepare for negotiations, stages of negotiation and how commercial negotiations should be undertaken.

L4M6 Supplier Relationships
Understand the dynamics of relationships in supply chains and when to partner. Processes and procedures for successful working with stakeholders. The concept of partnering.

L4M7 Whole Life Asset Management
Methods for the storage and movement of inventory (stock). The key elements of inventory control and the concept of through life cost

L4M8 Procurement & Supply in Practice
Students have to demonstrate the application of the procurement cycle. Demonstrate the application of the key stages of the sourcing process, the application of whole life asset management and the application of ethical and responsible sourcing in the organisation.

Entry Requirements
Candidates should have at least 2 years experience in an operational or managerial procurement role, or in a purchasing, supply chain or commercial environment.

Alternatively, you should have a degree or have successfully completed the Level 2 Certificate & Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement & Supply.

Level 5 – Advanced Diploma in procurement and supply
This level consists of5 mandatorymodules:
• Managing teams and individuals (12 credits, 3hexam)
• Advanced contract and financial management (12 credits, 3h exam)
• Managing supply chain risk (6 credits, 2hexam)
• Managing contractual risk (6 credits, 2hexam)
• Managing ethical procurement and supply (6 credits, 2h exam)
and 3 elective modules (18credits):
• Category management (6 credits, 2hexam)
• Advanced negotiation (6 credits, 2hexam)
• Achieving competitive advantage through the supply chain(6 credits, 2hexam)
• Project and change management (6 credits, 2hexam)
• Operations management (6 credits, 2hexam)
• Logistics management (6 credits, 2hexam)

Entry Requirements
You will need to have studied the CIPS Level 4 Diploma in Procurement & Supply.

Level 6 – Professional Diploma in procurement and supply is composed of4 mandatory modules:
• Strategic ethical leadership (12 credits, 3hexam)
• Global commercial strategy (12 credits, 3hexam)
• Global strategic supply chain management (12 credits, 3hexam)
• Future Strategic challenges for the profession (6 credits, 2h exam)
and 3 elective modules (18 credits):
• Strategic programme leadership (6 credits, 2hexam)
• Innovation in procurement and supply (6 credits, 2hexam)
• Commercial data management (6 credits, 2hexam)
• Supply network design (6 credits, 2hexam)
• Global logistics strategy (6 credits, 2hexam)

Entry Requirements
You will need to have achieved the CIPS Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Procurement & Supply.

How to Register
Download the Horizon Business School registration form from here.
Complete and scan the form along with proof of payment of the registration fee of twenty thousand naira to admission@horizonbusinessschool.com
For more information on enrolling onto the range of CIPS programmes, please contact Horizon Business School

Email: info@horizonbusinessschool.com

Telephone: +234.902.424.1669