The Apprenticeship in Commercial Procurement 

The work of procurement and supply professionals include the process of procurement, or buying goods and services; however, these roles can be much broader than just procurement. These roles can extend to a huge range of related commercial activity such as influencing policy, financial analysis, engaging in contract law, and developing strategy to deliver services. The variety of goods and services that procurement professionals are responsible for is vast: goods could range from buying a plane to negotiating new stationary supply. Securing services could include: finding new and innovative IT systems, outsourcing translation services or closing a deal on a construction project for a new building.

Encompassing the entire procurement cycle, achieving the Level 4 in Procurement and Supply will enable an individual to use their breadth and depth of experience to position themselves as a fully effective commercially skilled professional with transferable skills and career options that span the public, private and charitable sectors. This will be supported by the attainment of a Level 4 Diploma with the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS).

Typical job roles in this area include: Commercial Support, Commercial Analyst, Sourcing Executive, Procurement Operations Support, Buyer, Assistant Buyer, Commercial Relationship Support, Commissioning and Performance Monitoring Officer, Framework Management Support, Contract Associate, Contract Support.

Apprenticeship Timeline


On-programme (typically 18 months)

End-Point Assessment Gateway

End-Point Assessment (typically 6 months)

Professional recognition (optional)

Training to develop the occupation standard’s knowledge, skills and behaviours


Working towards Diploma in Procurement and Supply Operations level 4 and

English/maths Level 2 (if required)



Diploma in Procurement and Supply Operations level 4


English/maths Level 2


Agreement of project title and scope

Project report


Presentation & questioning


Graded fail, pass or distinction

Diploma level membership of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)


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