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About CIPS Qualifications

Throughout the world CIPS qualifications are recognised as driving leading edge thinking and professionalism in procurement. MCIPS is recognised worldwide as the standard for top quality procurement professionals. Download our Guide to Qualifications here.

We offer five qualifications to support your professional development in procurement and supply. On successful completion of the Diploma, Advanced and Professional diplomas and in conjunction with three years' experience in a role of responsibility in procurement and supply, you may apply for full membership of CIPS to use the designatory letters, MCIPS.

To find out more about entry requirements, please choose a unit from the diagram below:

Certificate in procurement and supply operationsAdvanced certificate in procurement and supply operationsDiploma in procurement and supplyAdvanced diploma in procurement and supplyProfessional diploma in procurement and supply

CIPS is an Awarding Body recognised by Ofqual, the qualification regulator for England and Northern Ireland, and the qualifications appear on the Register of Regulated Qualifications.

Joining the programme

Before you start your studies, join our global community as a member

Joining a CIPS qualification programme means you will join the largest Institute in the world for those working in procurement and supply. You can join as a member online or by downloading a membership form.

To take any CIPS examination or assessment your membership must be current member. Studying members also enjoy many other benefits and resources.

Entry requirements

The CIPS ladder of qualifications ranges from Certificate to Professional Diploma level. There are no entry requirements for the qualifications at Certificate or Advanced certificate level. 

If you wish to start on a Diploma level qualification, you should have at least two A-levels (or international equivalent) or a CIPS Certificate level qualification. Students without any prior qualifications must have at least two years’ experience in a business environment.

View the entry requirements for CIPS qualifications:

Unit Title Unit Code
Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations NC
Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations AC
Diploma in Procurement and Supply D
Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply AD
Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply PD

 

What if you already have relevant qualifications or experience?
You may be entitled to some unit exemptions if you already have a relevant degree or qualification. Exemptions are designed to make sure that you do not repeat learning that has already been undertaken and recognised. 

What if you have no relevant qualifications but lots of experience?
If you do not have relevant procurement and supply management qualifications but have been a buyer for around two years or more, with a minimum of at least two A-levels (or international equivalent) or a CIPS Advanced Certificate qualification, you are eligible to start from CIPS Diploma in Procurement and Supply. This is our highest level entry point into the qualifications ladder.

No previous qualifications?
You can start to study with CIPS if you have no previous professional qualifications or experience; our Certificate and Advanced Certificate are available to all.

If you need further individual advice then please contact us.

Unit content guides

Find out more about the full details of the content for each unit by downloading the Unit Content Guides for CIPS qualifications:

Unit Title Unit Code
Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations NC
Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations AC
Diploma in Procurement and Supply D
Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply AD
Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply PD

 

Before you start your studies, join our global community as a member. You can join as a member online or by downloading a membership form.