CIPS qualifications now available locally through Commerce Edge


The UK based Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) has accredited local World Class Procurement training provider Commerce Edge to be a provider of its internationally recognised Purchasing qualifications.
As a result Commerce Edge will be able to provide students a range of CIPS qualifications ranging from Level 3 International Certificate to Level 6 Graduate Diploma.

Bernie van Niekerk, CEO of Commerce Edge, tells SmartProcurement that “This is a very positive development for our students as they will now be able study towards achieving the internationally recognised MCIPS qualification. This will greatly increase student’s national and international mobility. (CIPS is locally represented through its partnership with IPSA (Institute of Purchasing and Supply SA)

“The following CIPS qualifications is now available through Commerce Edge,” he says.

Level 3 Certificate in Purchasing and Supply

This award is the ideal entry for anyone new to the profession as no prior qualifications or experience is required. It comprises of five units:

* L3-01 Understanding the purchasing environment
* L3-02 Purchasing operations
* L3-03 Client and supplier relationships
* L3-04 Securing supply
* L3-05 Purchasing in action*

Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Purchasing and Supply

Many members who have previous business
experience or qualifications commence their CIPS studies with Level 4.
Together with Level 5 and 6 it is the most common route to reach full
Membership and obtain the designatory letters MCIPS.

  • L4-01 Effective negotiation in purchasing and supply
  • L4-02 Developing contracts in purchasing and supply
  • L4-03 Measuring purchasing performance
  • L4-04 Managing purchasing and supply relationships
  • L4-05 Purchasing contexts*

Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Purchasing and Supply

The Advanced Diploma has five units but this award introduces
options to the student. There are three core units and a choice of five
optional units.

  • L5-01 Management in the Purchasing Function
  • L5-02 Risk management and Supply Chain Vulnerability
  • L5-03 Improving Supply Chain Performance*

Optional Units:

  • L5-10 Marketing for Purchasers
  • L5-11 Storage and Distribution
  • L5-12 Operations Management in the Supply Chain
  • L5-13 The Machinery of Government
  • L5-14 Contracting in the Public Sector

Level 6 Graduate Diploma in Purchasing and Supply

The Graduate Diploma has five units, there are three core units and
two options must be chosen from a choice of five. When the Graduate
Diploma has been successfully completed, members can apply to become a
full Member of CIPS which entitles them to use the designation, MCIPS
after their name.

  • L6-01 Leading and influencing in purchasing
  • L6-02 Strategic supply chain management
  • L6-03 Supply chain management in practice*


  • L6-10 Legal aspects in purchasing and supply
  • L6-11 Advanced project management
  • L6-12 Finance for purchasers
  • L6-13 Strategic Public Sector Program Management
  • L6-14 Public Sector Stakeholders and Governance

For more information contact Margaret Richings of Commerce Edge at (+27) 082 533 2778

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