FAQs 2020-04-07T15:18:24+01:00



Do I need to be a member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS)? 2020-07-24T11:39:43+01:00

Yes, otherwise you cannot register for the examinations and work towards MCIPS status. CIPS Student Membership is approx. £180 for the first year and includes a host of benefits. You can learn more about CIPS membership benefits on the CIPS website http://www.cips.org/en-GB/membership/Why-Join-CIPS/

You will need to apply for CIPS Student Membership at least 10 working days prior to the assessment entry deadline.

What are the benefits in becoming a CIPS member? 2017-07-14T15:26:00+01:00

As a CIPS member you would expect that the qualifications you achieve are internationally recognised leading to increased earnings, and that you will have the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals offering career improvement.

Full details on the benefits of CIPS membership can be found here.

Can I put MCIPS after my name? 2017-07-14T15:26:16+01:00

Yes, but first you must complete CIPS Levels 4, 5 and 6 and have 3 years relevant work

Where can I sit the exams? 2020-07-24T11:40:30+01:00

We have CIPS exam centres in Preston and Manchester, or alternatively you can sit at one of the CIPS regional exam centres. You can search for CIPS exam centres at www.cips.org.

Do I have to wait until the new term to register? 2017-07-14T15:26:41+01:00

No, we offer rolling enrolment so you can start at anytime. Each CIPS unit has been designed as a stand-alone unit so they do not need to be sat in order. We offer blended and flexible learning solutions so contact us with your requirements and we will work with you to establish training timetable that suits you.

Why should I choose to do all units and levels? 2017-07-14T15:27:05+01:00

Choosing to complete all units means that you will get a degree level qualification
that has become the industry standard for purchasing professionals. The knowledge
and experience that you will gain will enable you to add value to your organisation
and improve your career prospects. Stimulating knowledge and awareness
increases ideas and opportunities!

Is CIPS training just for certain sectors? 2017-07-14T15:27:33+01:00

No! All sectors and all organisations can benefit from investing in CIPS training. It is not just about saving money, but about adding value, increasing competitiveness and improving service.

Whatever your corporate goals, you are sure to find that CIPS training will help in achieving them.

Do I have to complete a level before doing a unit from a higher level? 2017-07-14T15:27:53+01:00

No, although until you have completed the whole level you will not get a certificate.

What happens if I fail a unit? 2017-07-14T15:28:11+01:00

You can re-sit at the next available exam series. Our tutors will be available to offer
full support.

Can I get exemptions for units? 2017-07-14T15:28:33+01:00

Yes – depending on your prior learning or experience. You can apply for exemptions for up to three units per level.

Full information is available on the CIPS website. The final decision is made by CIPS.

COVID-19 FAQs by learners

What happens if I am an Apprentice placed on furlough? 2020-04-07T15:13:47+01:00

A furloughed Apprentice can take part in volunteer work or training, as long as it does not provide services to or generate revenue for, or on behalf of an organisation. Apprentices are required to complete online training courses whilst they are furloughed and will be paid at least the NLW/NMW for the time spent training, even if this is more than the 80% of their wage that will be subsidised. The Company has agreed to make this payment to you if you are affected and we will contact you to provide an update if you are in this pool of Apprentices.

What are the minimum requirements for someone to continue learning if they are in a “furloughed” position? 2020-04-07T15:14:38+01:00

As long as you are not contributing to profit/turnover and have access to learning/learning platform. 

If furloughed learners will then be based from home, will they have access to the right tools – will they be limited in what they can complete? 2020-04-07T15:15:49+01:00

As long as they have access to their E-portfolio, their study guides and our Virtual Classroom learners will not be limited. (All learners should have received an invite to the Virtual Classroom – if you haven’t please contact us).

Is there a natural pause in learning? E.g. If a learner has almost finished a module? 2020-04-07T15:13:04+01:00

There is no natural pause, as soon as they finish one module a new one is issued and started. All Apprentices should be actively learning throughout their ‘practical period’ until they get to the EPA Gateway. At this point, they start their project.