Key Dates and Timetables


Discover timetables and dates for CIPS examinations. Before attending an exam, candidates should familiarise themselves with the Rules for Examinations.

New Computer Based Exams (CBE) Schedule for 2019

CBEs will be available globally subject to demand six times a year. Level 2 Certificate and Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations will be available from March 2019* and Level 4 Diploma, Level 5 Advanced Diploma and Level 6 Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply from July 2019. Find out more

*Some study centres may be able to offer updated certificate level exams in January 2019, check with your centre.

    CIPS New (2018) Qualifications Exam Formats

    From March 2019 the exam format for Level 2 Certificate and Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply will be an Objective Response (OR) exam.

    What is an objective response (OR) exam?

    There are multiple choice type questions which allow you to select a response from a list of possible answers.

    Another type of objective response question would be to ‘fill in the blanks’ by choosing the answer from a dropdown menu or dropping the answer into a response box.

    There is also a classify, match and order which means drag and drop answers, sort lists and classification lists.

    Some questions will begin with a scenario or statement. This provides you with some additional information to enable you to answer the question.

    You will find these types of exams across all our qualifications levels.  These exams will be marked by computer and then moderated by CIPS examiners in the same way as we do now.

    A flexible exam schedule

    You will be able to choose from one of the available start times for any OR exam at each series. More information to follow in September 2018.

    Exam Schedule and Timetables

    *Select units are available for the January and March exam series.

    Please note, certificates will be posted to successful candidates after result publication. Delivery of certificates should be in 6 – 8 weeks after the result publication date.

    From 2019, CIPS will offer exams six times a year:

    January March May July September

    November

     

    A list of computer-based exam venues will be available in October 2018. Check with your study centre in the first instance to find out about their exam centre arrangements.  

    November 2018 exam series - Key dates

    L2 Certificate and L3 Advanced Certificate
    Your last opportunity to take an exam on the current syllabus in November 2018. All students will transition on to the new qualifications after this date to continue their studies. Read here for more information.

    Exam booking opening August 2018
    International exam entry closure Friday 14 September 2018
    UK exam entry closure Friday 21 September 2018
    International exam cancellation deadline Friday 21 September 2018
    UK exam cancellation deadline Friday 28 September 2018
    Exam week Monday 12 - Friday 16 November 2018
    Results published Wednesday 6 February 2019

    For the full exam timetable, please refer to the 'Exam Schedule and Timetable' tab above.

    January 2019 exam series - Key dates

    L4 Diploma, L5 Advanced Diploma and L6 Professional Diploma

    Exam Booking Opening  October 2018
    UK exam entry closure 30 November 2018
    Exam cancellation deadline 7 December 2018
    Exam week

    Monday 28 - Wednesday 30 January 2019

    Results published Monday 25 March 2019

    For the full exam timetable, please refer to the 'Assessment Schedule and Timetable' tab above.

    March 2019 exam series - Key dates

    L2 Certificate and L3 Advanced Certificate - New (2018) Qualifications: Computer-based exam (CBE)

    Exam booking opening December 2018
    Exam entry closure Friday 4 January 2019
    Exam cancellation deadline Friday 18 January 2019
    Exam week Monday 4 - Friday 8 March 2019
    Results published Wednesday 3 April 2019

    A list of CBE venues will be available in October 2018. Check with your study centre in the first instance to find out about their exam centre arrangements.

    L4 Diploma, L5 Advanced Diploma and L6 Professional Diploma (Paper-based exams)

    Exam booking opening November 2018
    UK exam entry closure Friday 25 January 2018
    Exam cancellation deadline Friday 1 February 2019
    Exam week Monday 11 - Wednesday 13 March 2019
    Results published Wednesday 29 May 2019

    For the full exam timetable, please refer to the 'Exam Schedule and Timetable' tab above.

    May 2019 exam series - Key dates

    L2 Certificate and L3 Advanced Certificate - New (2018) Qualifications: Computer-based exam (CBE)

    Exam booking opening February 2019
    Exam entry closure Friday 15 March 2019
    Exam cancellation deadline Friday 29 March 2019
    Exam week Monday 13 - Friday 17 May 2019
    Results published Wednesday 12 June 2019

    A list of CBE venues will be available in October 2018. Check with your study centre in the first instance to find out about their exam centre arrangements.


    L4 Diploma, L5 Advanced Diploma and L6 Professional Diploma

    Exam Booking Opening  February 2019
    UK exam entry closure Friday 29 March 2019
    Exam cancellation deadline Friday 5 April 2019
    Exam week

    Monday 20 - Friday 24 May 2019

    Results published Wednesday 7 August 2019

    For the full exam timetable, please refer to the 'Assessment Schedule and Timetable' tab above.

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