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.
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:
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.
CIPS Qualifications are internationally recogised, you can view the table which shows how these align with international qualifications in some countries.
UK Qualifications Framework Level
|Other qualifications / achievement at this level
|Professional diploma in procurement and supply
- Bachelors (honours) degree
- NVQ Level 6 (UK)
- SAQA * NQF Level 7 (SA)
- AQF Vocational Graduate Certificate/Graduate Diploma (VET*) (AUS)
- NZQA* Level 7 (NZ)
- TQF * Level 6 (TEVETA)
|Advanced diploma in procurement and supply
- Second year honours degree
- NVQ Level 5 (UK)
- HND (UK)
- SAQA * NQF Level 6 (SA)
- AQF Advanced Diploma (VET*) (AUS)
- NZQA *Level 6 (NZ)
- TQF *Level 5 (TEVETA)
|Diploma in procurement and supply
- First year degree
- NVQ Level 4 (UK)
- HNC (UK)
- SAQA * NQF Level 5 (SA)
- AQF Diploma (VET*) (AUS)
- NZQA* Level 5 (NZ)
- TQF *Level 4 (TEVETA)
|Advanced certificate in procurement and supply operations
- A Level (UK)
- NVQ Level 3 (UK)
- Foundation Studies (Pre-University)
- SAQA * NQF Level 4 (SA)
- AQF Certificate IV (VET*) (AUS)
- NZQA* Level 4 (NZ)
- TQF *Level 3 (TEVETA)
|Certificate in procurement and supply operations
- GCSE (UK)
- NVQ Level 2 (UK)
- AQF* Certificate III (AUS)
* AQF – Australian Qualifications Framework * VET – Vocational Education and Training * NZQA – New Zealand Qualifications Authority * SAQA – South African Qualifications Authority * TQF (TEVTA) – Technical Education, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training Authority (Trinidad and Tobago)
AUS – Australia; SA - South Africa; NZ – New Zealand; UK – United Kingdom
Confirmation of the status of CIPS as an Awarding Body and the accreditation of its qualifications can be found on the Register of Regulated Qualifications website: http://register.ofqual.gov.uk/
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:
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