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CIPS recommended reading for the 2013 qualifications

On this page you can find links to all course books, which books CIPS recommends you read to support your studies in each unit, and links to any combined deals we have that may interest you, although the best prices are reserved for our members so please login to see your discount. 

Please remember you are not being examined on how well you know any of the books here (including the CIPS course books), you are being examined on your understanding of the unit content so it will help you to succeed in the examination as well as helping your ongoing professional development if you read about the subjects on the syllabus as much as possible. 

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The full recommended reading list for all units can be downloaded here - the list will open and can be saved by clicking the right-hand mouse button and selecting 'save-as', 'save target as' or similar from the drop-down menu.

Studying members can also follow this link to access exemplar questions and answers for the 2013 qualifications which will further help them in their studies.

Certificate in procurement and supply operations (NC)

The full recommended reading list for this unit only (exam series NC) can be downloaded here.

In addition to the recommended reading below, CIPS suggests the following book would also be useful in all units -

101 Models of Procurement and Supply Chain Management - Jackson, Crocker & Carter


Procurement and supply principles (NC1)


Procurement and supply functions (NC2)


Procurement and supply processes (NC3)


Procurement and supply administration (NC4)


Procurement and supply stakeholders (NC5)


Advanced certificate in procurement and supply operations (AC)

The full recommended reading list for this unit only (exam series AC) can be downloaded here.

In addition to the recommended reading below, CIPS suggests the following book would also be useful in all units - 

101 Models of Procurement and Supply Chain Management - Jackson, Crocker & Carter


Procurement and supply environments (AC1)


Procurement and supply operations (AC2)


Procurement and supply workflow (AC3)


Inventory and logistics operations (AC4)


Procurement and supply relationships (AC5)


Diploma in procurement and supply (D)

The full recommended reading list for this unit only (exam series D) can be downloaded here.

In addition to the recommended reading below, CIPS suggests the following book would also be useful in all units - 

101 Models of Procurement and Supply Chain Management - Jackson, Crocker & Carter 


Contexts of procurement and supply (D1)


 Business needs in procurement and supply (D2)


 Sourcing in procurement and supply (D3)


Negotiating and contracting in procurement and supply (D4)


Managing contracts and relationships in procurement and supply (D5)


Advanced diploma in procurement and supply (AD)

The full recommended reading list for this unit only (exam series AD) can be downloaded here.

In addition to the recommended reading below, CIPS suggests the following book would also be useful in all units - 

101 Models of Procurement and Supply Chain Management - Jackson, Crocker & Carter 


CORE: Management in procurement and supply (AD1)


CORE: Managing risks in supply chains (AD2)


CORE: Improving the competitiveness of supply chains (AD3)


OPTION: Category management in procurement and supply (AD4)


 OPTION: Sustainability in supply chains (AD5)


 OPTION: Operations management in supply chains (AD6)

Professional diploma in procurement and supply (PD)

The full recommended reading list for this unit only (exam series PD) can be downloaded here.

In addition to the recommended reading below, CIPS suggests the following book would also be useful in all units - 

101 Models of Procurement and Supply Chain Management - Jackson, Crocker & Carter 


CORE: Leadership in procurement and supply (PD1)


CORE: Corporate and business strategy (PD2)


CORE: Strategic supply chain management (PD3)


OPTION: Supply Chain Diligence (PD4)


OPTION: Programme and project management (PD5)


OPTION: Legal aspects in procurement and supply (UK) (PD6)