Choose How to Study


CIPS understands that how you want to study can depend on many things, such as your previous procurement experience, the time available to study and your own learning style.

Because of this, CIPS makes studying for our qualifications as flexible and convenient as possible to give you the best chance of accessing the learning support you want.

You can study: 

    In a Classroom

    Access structured, tutor-led learning with a CIPS approved study centre, and be certain that you have covered the whole syllabus ahead of your exam.

    Studying in a classroom allows you to:

    Tick   Ask your tutor about complex concepts or models
     
    Tick   Share study techniques and feedback with your fellow students
     
    Tick   Learn how the procurement principles you’re studying are applied in a variety of organisations from other procurement professionals
     
    Tick   Study either full or part-time 


    Many of our approved study centres also provide exam facilities.

    In addition, you can also access the full range of CIPS study resources including sample papers, study guides, eLearning and sample exam papers.

    Start your qualifications journey to MCIPS and find a study centre to help you achieve your career goals:

    At a Distance

    Choose when and where you study with distance learning through a CIPS approved study centre, whilst also benefiting from tutor support for your learning.

    It is an ideal choice if you live in an area where there is little or no tuition provision, or just if you prefer to study at your own pace and in your own environment.

    Distance learning allows you to:

    Tick   Study where you want, when you want - get your studies to work around your work and family commitments
     
    Tick   Check how your studies are going with an experienced tutor
     
    Tick   Interact with other students 


    Many of our approved study centres also provide exam facilities, but you may want to find an alternative CIPS exam centre that's closer to you.

    In addition, you can also access the full range of CIPS study resources including sample papers, study guides, eLearning and examiners reports.

    Start your journey to MCIPS and find a study centre to help you achieve your career goals:

    Self–study

    You can also choose to study CIPS qualifications without support from an approved study centre, using CIPS study resources including sample papers, study guides and eLearning. We also have active branches and social media networks that you can join for additional peer support.

    Self-study may be right for you if you are:

    Tick   Self-driven and prefer to learn independently, and can grasp new ideas and concepts quickly
     
    Tick   Capable of great attention to detail to ensure you plan your studies successfully

     
    If these are not your strong points then you should consider the benefits of classroom or distance learning.

    If you choose to self-study you should take care to ensure that you cover the entire syllabus in your learning. You should also be aware that you will not have the opportunity to test your learning, or have the knowledge of a tutor or a networking group to check your understanding.

    In order to take CIPS exams you will need to identify an exam centre where you can sit your examinations using our exam centre finder. Please note that there will be an additional charge from the exam centre for administering your exam, in addition to your exam fee.

    Start your CIPS qualifications journey today by becoming a CIPS member:

    Finding a Study Centre

    Access top quality tuition support at one of our network of over 200 approved study centres across the globe.

    When contacting any of our approved study centres to discuss classroom or distance learning here are some of the questions to ask: 

    1. What’s the study format options such as part-time, evening, weekend or distance learning?
    2. What’s their exam pass success rate? This will tell you how effective their support will be to help you to get through the different types of CIPS exams.
    3. How long is the course; most take around 12 months per level?
    4. What are the fees and what learning support materials do they provide such as study guides, learning resources, revision classes and techniques.
    5. When can you enrol?
    6. Do they hold any open days which you can attend to talk to the tutor or current students?
    7. What level of CIPS approval status do they hold?
    8. Do they provide exam facilities?
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