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31 March 2011
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31 March 2011 | Lindsay Clark

CIPS is set to launch a training award for people from outside the profession who are responsible for some buying.

 ‘Passport to Supply: Supplier Management’ will be open to non-professionals in recognition that they often do purchasing.

“I’m sure you’ve come across this – everyone thinks they are better buyers than we are,” CIPS chief executive David Noble told a CIPS Central London Branch  event last week.

“Unfortunately, in most organisations, a lot of the spend is in the hands of non-professionals. As an institute, we say we don’t like that, but we have to accept the reality of it.


The competency award for non-professionals has been designed for people who do not want to have a career in purchasing, and is very different from an MCIPS qualification, he explained.

“There are a lot of engineers or quantity surveyors who are making big purchasing and supply decisions and are not clear what they are doing,” he added.

The suite of six, 50-minute online learning modules shows how to unlock incremental value, such as innovation, over and above the contract specification, as well as ensuring that non-professionals behave in a consistent, co-operative and collaborative way both internally and externally.

Available around the clock from early April, Passport to Supply enables individuals to learn at their own pace using audio, case studies and quizzes to test learning and make the programme interesting and stimulating.

For details contact Katie Smart on +44 (0)1780 756777 or via

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