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How to become a CIPS Member

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The most direct way to become a CIPS Member is by joining today online. Payment by debit or credit card will be required for your application to be processed.

Alternatively, you can simply download the relevant application form from the tab below and send a completed copy to us. You will find our address and contact details for any queries on the form.

CIPS membership forms

 Application form



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 International   Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Sri Lanka, St Lucia, St Vincent, Suriname, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam
 Africa and
  Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde Is, Central African Rep, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Congo Drc, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Niger Republic, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Membership grades

Our membership structure caters for different educational and professional needs. It is designed to allow you entry at an appropriate level, accurately reflecting your academic standards, vocational skills, experience and contribution to the profession.

Qualification/award achieved
Grade on completion
Student Student Member
Affiliate Affiliate Member
Certificate (Level 2 )  Certificate Member
Advanced Certificate (Level 3) Certificate Member
Diploma (Level 4) Diploma Member
Advanced Diploma (Level 5) Associate Member
Professional Diploma (with at least three years’ experience) Full Member MCIPS
Fellow FCIPS

Upgrade to MCIPS

You'll find all the information on achieving MCIPS on our upgrade to MCIPS page.

How to apply for FCIPS

Fellowship (FCIPS) is our highest grade of membership and is awarded as a hallmark of professional standing and contribution to the purchasing profession. We welcome applications from any full (MCIPS) Member from all sectors and all backgrounds from around the world. 

If you are in a senior role in the purchasing and supply management profession and can demonstrate strategic level achievements then you should consider applying. You should have been a full member for at least two years and show that you have committed to CPD. Our Fellowship brochure provides further details of how to apply.

Management Entry Route

The Management Entry Route (MER) is designed for purchasing professionals who are already operating in a senior role within procurement or supply chain management (SCM), who have extensive on-the-job experience, but may not have procurement or SCM qualifications. You may have reached your current role, for instance, through working in Financial Management or General Management followed by a career move within your organisation or industry.

We need to assess your experience and competencies to ensure that you fulfil the criteria to award full membership which allows you to use the designatory letters MCIPS. You will be assessed for your experience, knowledge, and responsibility through an online questionnaire and a telephone interview.

It is a robust, rigorous and transparent process designed for senior professionals in upper management roles, usually with at least five years’ experience at a strategic level.

Find out more about how to progress down the MER route here

Accredited degrees

Find out more about which Post and Under Graduate Programmes are accredited by CIPS

We have accredited a number of specialist post and under graduate programmes around the world. These can be one to three year full or part time degree courses. Taking one of these courses can offer you an alternative route to full membership.

Please be aware that CIPS have attached some conditions to some programmes i.e you need to pass certain modules.  Please check with the course tutor. 

Accredited degree information can be found here, simply select post or under graduate from the drop down.