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Who Are We?

The professional body CIPS exists for the public good. It is a not-for-profit organization and is the voice of the profession, promoting and developing high standards of skill, ability and integrity among procurement and supply chain professionals.

Quality Guaranteed

Our qualifications are recognised by OFQUAL in England and regulators in various countries, demonstrating that they meet specific quality standards.

The Global Standard

CIPS Global Standard in Procurement and Supply, which is freely available,  sets the benchmark and operating standards in the profession.

A Commercial Organisation

CIPS helps governments, development agencies, and businesses around the world to excel in procurement and supply, supporting them to improve and deliver results and raise standards.

A Global Community

We are the world’s largest professional body dedicated to procurement and supply with a global community of over 200,000 professionals in over 150 countries, and offices in Africa,
Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Europe and USA.

Why Take a CIPS Qualification?

By studying for and achieving CIPS internationally recognised procurement and supply qualifications you can achieve MCIPS chartered professional status.

This will enable you to:
  • Achieve certified essential knowledge and understanding necessary to practice strategic procurement and supply chain management.
  • Become more valued by your employer, with a greater ability to manage spend and risk.
  • Gain globally recognised qualifications.

What Are The Entry Requirements To CIPS Qualifications?

You can start at any one of our three entry-level qualifications:

  1. Level 2: Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations
  2. Level 3: Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations
  3. Level 4: Diploma in Procurement and Supply

The level you start at will depend on your experience and job role.
There are no entry requirements for the Certificate and Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations.
To enter at the Diploma qualification you will need to provide evidence of:

  • At least two A levels or equivalent
  • At least two years of experience in a relevant business environment.
Throughout the world CIPS qualifications are recognised as driving leading-edge thinking and professionalism in procurement. CIPS is the only independently regulated professional body with an honours degree level qualification. MCIPS chartered professional is recognised worldwide as the standard for procurement professionals.
Amanda O’ Brien
FCMI, FIoD, Group Professional Development Director, CIPS

Supporting You on Your Journey to Professional Recognition

As a CIPS Studying Member, you will be able to access free supporting resources and have full access to CIPS professional member benefits at a reduced subscription rate during the course of your study.

Joining CIPS Brings a Host of Professional Benefits

Boost your earning potential

Access to guidance materials

Get featured on provisional register

Free e-learning for members

Tools and support for your programme

Get updated with news and job opportunities

Access to global events

Explore our e-learning material

Online community to build your contant

CIPS qualifications have given me a well-rounded view of procurement and sourcing. I knew there were a number of areas that I had limited exposure to, the qualifications have helped to fill the gaps, giving me a comprehensive view of supply chain and category management.
Raymond Chan
Graduation Prize Winner 2017

CIPS Professional Qualifications

  1. CORE Introducing Procurement and Supply (L2M1)
  2. CORE Procurement and Supply Operations (L2M2)
  3. CORE Stakeholder Relationships (L2M3)
  4. CORE Systems Technology (L2M4)
  5. CORE Inventory, Logistics and Expediting (L2M5)
  1. CORE Procurement and Supply Environments (L3M1)
  2. CORE Ethical Procurement and Supply (L3M2)
  3. CORE Contract Administration (L3M3)
  4. CORE Team Dynamics and Change (L3M4)

Choose one ELECTIVE module:

  • ELECTIVE Socially Responsible Procurement (L3M5)
  • ELECTIVE Socially Responsible Warehousing and Distribution (L3M6)


  1. CIPS has a global network of over 190 approved study centres. See our page 19 for advice about selecting the right approved study centre for you.

Each Study Centre will take a different approach. See our page 19 for advice about selecting the right approved study centre for you. Take a look at the list of approved centres in your area to find out more. You can also selfstudy, so its really important to consider how much support you need before making your decision. See page 19 for more guidance.


This varies depending on the level of support that your chosen programme provides. Contact your chosen CIPS Study Centre to find out the full cost of the different study programmes that are available.
You’ll find costs for CIPS exams at www.cips.org/assessments and
information about CIPS learning resources at www.cips.org
In most cases CIPS Study Centres include the cost of exams and learning resources within their tuition fees – they will be able to confirm this for you.

This depends on the qualification, and your availability and method of study. Speak to one of CIPS Study Centres to get advice on the type of programme that will suit you and your style of learning.

Joining a CIPS qualifications programme means becoming part of the largest professional body in the world for those working in procurement and supply.
Join as a student member. You can contact any CIPS Study
Centre and talk to them about their study programmes.
Please note, to take any CIPS examinations or assessments your membership must be current. As a studying member you will also enjoy many other benefits and resources to support your learning

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