Global Standard for Procurement and Supply

The CIPS Global Standard for Procurement and Supply is a comprehensive competency framework. Used by individuals and organisations to enhance performance, the Standard  sets the benchmark for what good looks like in procurement and supply at all levels and across all sectors.

It helps individuals to identify current operating skills and abilities and what is needed to progress.

Organisations of all types can benchmark their procurement professionals against the competencies in the Standard and identify any skills and capability gaps.

The content has been developed through consultation with an extensive, global panel of 3000 practitioners and academics drawn from the diverse sectors and skill sets inherent within the profession.

To give you additional guidance on how individuals and organisations can apply the Standard we've produced this short guide Introducing the Standard.

Or download the the latest Standard as a PDF.

Global Standard Online Tool

    How it works

    The Standard can be used to identify the performance level of any individual, anywhere in the world, who has a responsibility for procurement full time or as part of their job role.

    We’ve developed a user guide that will introduce you and your organisation ways to apply the Standard into the workplace and into personal development plans.


    Step 1 - Choose your level of competency.

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    Step 2 - Choose a theme. These represent the essential areas for effective procurement and supply.

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    Step 3 - Choose a segment. Drill down into the knowledge and capabilities required at the relevant level for you now and where you want to be.

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    Step 4 - Review your chosen segment, download a copy for later and follow the related links to CIPS knowlege, tools and resources to help fill your knowledge and skills gaps.

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    Organisations and individuals can identify and measure their own performance levels in procurement and supply.

    To help you to understand how the Standard can apply to you and your organisation we've created some example case studies.

    Enhance organisational performance

    The Standard can be used to produce a detailed analysis by benchmarking procurement professionals against the knowledge and competencies. It identifies gaps in team capability and corresponding development needs.

    Enhancing individual performance

    The Standard can help to identify current competency levels and the knowledge and capabilities needed to move onto the next career stage; this may be particularly useful  during a performance review.

    Enhancing recruitment and performance reviews

    We have provided guidance in preparing job advertisements, writing job descriptions and carrying out performance reviews.

    Case studies

    Case Study - Enhancing personal performance

    Jane Hutt FCIPS, Finance and Government Business Minister in the Welsh Assembly who has recently been awarded Honorary Fellowship in recognition of her role in driving change in public procurement commented, “In Wales we  developed a competency framework to help public purchasers to identify the skills they need to do their jobs better and the ones they need for future roles.

    “The introduction of Standard is therefore very timely and enables us to link much of our work to standards set internationally by the professional body for procurement staff.”

    Use the example case studies  as a guide to your own development or that of your team members.  Each is relevant and applicable to procurement and supply professionals globally, working for organisations of all shapes and sizes in all sectors. 

    Pathways to Professionalism

    Your journey can take you all the way to MCIPS Chartered Professional.

    From starter to Chartered there is a procurement and supply learning journey for you, to help you acheive your career ambitions.

    Your career pathway

    Download the full career pathway guide for more detail:

    Our qualifications are regulated by Ofqual in England and formally recognised by education regulators in other countries.


    Access the interactive tool and discover the knowledge and skills required at each level of competency from a tactical to an advanced professional in procurement and supply.

    Download a full pdf copy of the CIPS Global Standard for Procurement and Supply. 


    CIPS is proud of the Global Standard and of the obvious relevance that the contents has to the procurement and supply profession and to those colleagues working within other associated professions. The Standard cannot be developed and its currency maintained without suitably experienced reviewers. Whilst acknowledging the key role that all of the panel of 3000+ practitioners and academics who were consulted in the development of this Standard have played, we are particularly grateful to the following list of individuals for their significant and continuing contribution to the annual review and developmental process.

      Amanda O'Brien FCMI FIoD    UK    CIPS
      Andrew Coulcher FCIPS    UK   CIPS
      Andrew Quincey FCIPS   UK   Transport for London
      Antoinette Brandi, FCIPS   Australia   Group Manager OZ Minerals
      Claire G Younghusband FCIPS MBA   UK   CYTY Limited
      David L Loseby FCMI, FCIPS, FRSA   UK   Inchcape Plc
      Demet Gülerman    Turkey   Standard Profil Group, Group Indirect Purchasing Director
      Dipl. Ing. Hagen Helm FCIPS, FRAeS, MBA   Czech Republic   AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s.
      Dr Alan Carroll FCIPS    UK    
      Dr Beverley Lee FCIPS   UK    
      Dr Gary Ramsden MCIPS FCMI CMgr FCILT SFHEA    UK   CIPS
      Duncan Brock FCIPS    UK   CIPS
      Edet Richard        Nigerian Army Headquarter
      Enoch Dugbatey MCIPS   Ghana   Graphic Communications Group Limited
      Fiona Nissen FCIPS   Australia    
      Fiona Revell FCIPS   USA   Siemens Energy Inc
      Gordon Donovan MSc FCIPS   Australia   Metro Trains Melbourne
      Hans Lindblom   Sweden   Hiab (part of Cargotec Corp)
      Helen Alder FCIPS   UK   CIPS
      Jacqueline Hart    UK    
      Jane Wagner   Australia   ACT Regional Chair (Canberra, Australia)
      Kevin Hickman FCIPS    UK   CIPS
      Larry Beard FCIPS   UK   EIPSC
      Leonard K Torsu MBA, FCIPS    UK   Healthcare 4 Africa
      Lisa Campbell FCIPS Chartered Status   Saudi Arabia   King Abdullah University of Science & Technology
      Lucas D'Souza FCIPS   India   Qatar Foundation
      Mark Chamberlain FCIPS   UK   BAE Systems Plc
      Mark Moore  FCIPS   UK    
      Mattia Zerbinati    Hungary   MOL Group
      Mr Mark Kuipers   South Africa   National Treasury
      Newton Matope   UAE   Sevenseas Group
      Professor Danny Samson   Australia   University of Melbourne
      Professor Douglas Boateng MSC, ENGD, FCILT, FSOE, FIPLANTE, FCMI, FIC, FINST.D FIOM FCIPS, FIOD, CDIR   South Africa   IPP Resources
      Ronald Mlalazi FCIPS   South Africa   Commerce Edge Academy
      Salisu Alhaji Uba MCIPS   Nigeria   Ministry of Defence, Nigeria
      Sam Achampong FCIPS   UAE   CIPS MENA
      Stephen Rowe FCIPS, CPO Spotless   Australia   Spotless Group
      Tett Walters FCIPS   South Africa   Ghana Civil Service
      Wael Safwat FCIPS Chartered Status   Canada    
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