Duration – This apprenticeship will typically take 24 months to complete not including the end point assessment period
Level – Level 4
Qualifications – Apprentices will complete the CIPS Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply. Apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this prior to the end-point assessment.


There are no formal entry requirements; this will be decided by each employer.

To be eligible for this apprenticeship you must not be enrolled on any funded training courses or hold a similar qualification already at the same level.

Employers who do not pay the apprenticeship levy may be entitled to 100% funding if the apprentice is 16-18. Alternatively employers are required to contribute 5% which can be split over a number of months.

Topics and Assessment

Apprentices will study the CIPS Level 4 Procurement and Supply Diploma as part of their apprenticeship.
9 Modules include:
Scope and Influence of Procurement and Supply
Defining Business Need
Commercial contracting and Commercial Negotiation

Apprentices will attend weekly online workshops and revision sessions with assessment taking place by examination of the module studied.

Who is the course for?

Typical job roles include Commercial support, Commercial analyst, Sourcing executive, Procurement operations support, Buyer, assistant buyer, Commercial relationship support

Apprentices can progress into senior positions and continue on to the level 5 CIPS Procurement and Supply qualification.

Delivery Model

Apprentices will be assigned a development coach who will guide them through the course using a mixture of tutorials, workshops, online materials and self-study.

Workshops will take place online with other apprentices from different organisations to give apprentices the opportunity to share best practice and knowledge. Closed cohorts can also be delivered in person if required.

The diploma is exam based and knowledge is delivered through an intense programme of weekly workshops and revision sessions in the run up to an exam. Apprentices will usually have a break of a few weeks before commencing the next module.

Commercial Procurement and Supply Professional Apprenticeship

This apprenticeship is aimed at those in the profession who have procurement and supply activity at the heart of their role. Transferrable skills are those such as
communication, teamwork, and planning and completing tasks to high standards, all enable the learner to add value to the organisation.

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