What is CIPS?

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CIPS – key facts

  • Established in 1932
  • 1992 awarded a Royal Charter in recognition of being a centre of excellence and support for the procurement profession
  • Over 76,000 members including leading business people, managers and academics
  • MCIPS is an Internationally recognised qualification

Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)

CIPS stands for the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. CIPS are the largest procurement professional body in the world. They represent procurement and supply professionals. CIPS promote procurement best practice and the interests of all procurement professionals to the wider business community and government


MCIPS, or Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, is a highly-regarded qualification and one of the most sought after qualifications for purchasing professionals.

The MCIPS qualification is a professional qualification offered by CIPS to provide evidence of your extensive purchasing and supply knowledge and experience.

When achieved, the MCIPS qualification indicates that you are a fully qualified member of CIPS and distinguishes you as a highly-skilled and experienced professional purchaser.

The CIPS Level 5 Advanced Diploma is akin to a foundation degree or higher national diploma. The qualification is best suited for senior buyers that already have knowledge and experience in purchasing and supply.

The total amount of learning time involved in MCIPS is 600 hours. This is equal to around 12-14 months of study whilst in work.

What are the CIPS qualifications?

CIPS qualifications are the industry standard for anybody working in the procurement and supply industry. CIPS offer 5 qualifications which have been developed with the help of global organisations to ensure they cover the competences and capabilities required in the procurement profession. CIPS offer a progressive ladder of awards from CIPS Level 3 (Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations), to CIPS Level 6 Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply. All UK CIPS qualifications are Ofqual accredited and appear on the Register of Regulated Qualifications

How will CIPS training benefit me personally?

• Enhanced career prospects over 50% of job vacancies advertised in Supply Management specify candidates should have or be studying towards CIPS qualifications

• CIPS is an internationally recognised qualification

• Research has shown that professionals who are MCIPS qualified can earn over £150,000 more in their professional life than those who are not MCIPS

• As a CIPS member you will receive and support which includes a legal helpline, plus discounts on health, home and car insurance. Being a CIPS member also offers great networking opportunities. For full details on CIPS membership visit how to become a CIPS member

• As a CIPS student you will be able to apply for an NUS card entitling you to discount at hundreds of retailers and leisure facilities

• Since January 2015 CIPS now offer suitably qualified and experienced MCIPS and FCIPS members Chartered Procurement and Supply status. To learn more please visit CIPS Chartered Status

You can learn more about becoming a buyer by visiting beabuyer.org

How will CIPS training benefit my organisation?

Investing in CIPS training for your employees will make your business more profitable and competitive due to the improved effectiveness and efficiency of your procurement team. CIPS training will motivate teams and individuals as well as bringing best practice and innovative thinking to the workplace.

Recent scandals in the press have highlighted the increasing need to train procurement staff to ensure you really know your supply chain. CIPS covers key areas such as CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), sustainability, negotiation, ethical trading, leadership and much more.

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How do I achieve MCIPS Chartered Qualification?

To achieve MCIPS you must complete through either assessment or exemption CIPS Level 4 to 6 and have 3 years experience in a responsible position within the procurement and supply profession. We offer a variety of different study options including class-based, in-house, distance and intensive. All options come with full tutor support and formative assessment to ensure you are keeping on the road to success.

If you are not looking for a formal qualification check our range of one day courses delivered by our sister company, SR Strategic Sourcing to brush up your skills.

CIPS Qualifications

CIPS Level 3

Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations.

CIPS Level 4

Diploma in Procurement and Supply.

CIPS Level 5

Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply.

CIPS Level 6

Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply.

Distance Learning

Our CIPS e-learning package is ideal for students who wish to self-study but still want tutor support and guidance.


With an apprenticeship, learners will gain knowledge, the skills, and crucially, the industry experience necessary for a successful career.

One Day Procurement Courses

If you are interested in developing your knowledge or that of your team through CPD courses. We offer introductory and bespoke training courses, designed for those with little to no experience, and more advnaced courses focusing on specialist areas, through our sister company SR Strategic Sourcing Ltd.

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