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31 July 2020

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Release the procurement champion in you

Our internationally recognised qualifications provide you with the skills employers are looking for and will equip you for a successful career.

Whether you are new to procurement and supply or you want to develop your existing skills, we are here to help you every step of the way.

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We're really proud of how our qualifications give opportunities to people around the world. But don't take our word for it.

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Give your career a boost by studying CIPS professional qualifications:

Get MCIPS

Get MCIPS

Our qualifications lead you to MCIPS membership which shows you are a highly skilled professional and strategic thinker.

What is MCIPS?
Professional recognition

Professional recognition

95% of CIPS students say CIPS qualifications are recognised as the standard for the procurement profession.

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Earn more

Earn more

Those with MCIPS can earn 17% more than non-qualified colleagues and 64% of employers request it (or studying towards it) when recruiting

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Flexible and convenient

Flexible and convenient

Learn at a distance or with tuition from one of our 190 CIPS approved study centres and use CIPS learning resources to help you to learn on the go.

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Our world-leading qualifications - take a look at the syllabus

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Find Your Entry Level

Join as a Student Member and begin at either the Certificate, Advanced Certificate or Diploma, depending on your prior experience and qualifications.

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Certificate

Learn new skills

The ideal qualification if you're just starting your career in procurement or if procurement and supply are part of your role.

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Advanced Certificate

Improve your skills

This qualification is designed for those in an operational role who need the capability to carry out procurement and supply tasks.

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Diploma

Power up your career

A valuable management tool for those moving into junior and middle management procurement roles or those supervising the procurement function.

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Advanced Diploma

Grow in confidence

Provides senior buyers, contract and supply chain managers with the expertise to improve organisational procurement and to fulfil objectives.

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Professional Diploma

Demonstrate professionalism

Aimed at senior procurement professionals and heads of department. On successful completion you can apply for MCIPS.

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Where to begin your studies:

No previous qualifications?

No previous qualifications?

If you have no previous professional qualifications or experience, our Certificate and Advanced Certificate are the starting point for you:

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Experienced?

Experienced?

Do you have a minimum of at least two A-levels (or international equivalent), or at least 2 years' business experience?

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Available worldwide

Available worldwide

Offered as taught courses with one of our 200 study centres globally.

How to Study
Other relevant qualifications?

Other relevant qualifications?

You may be entitled to some unit exemptions if you already have a relevant degree or qualification.

Exemptions

How to get started

 

No previous qualifications?

In a classroom

  • Structured, tutor-led learning
  • Learn with other students at your level
  • Study full time or part-time to pass your exams
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Available to Study worldwide

Self-study

  • Independent self-driven study
  • Learn anywhere, anytime and at your own pace
  • Full access to study resources
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Procurement experience?

At a distance

  • Study where you want, when you want
  • Check in with a tutor
  • Interact with other students and share ideas
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Explore other learning options to put you on the path to MCIPS

Accredited Programmes

Accredited Programmes

Academic and vocational qualifications accredited by CIPS.

Management Entry Route

Management Entry Route

For senior professionals already experienced in procurement and supply.

Corporate Award

Corporate Award

Work-based, applied learning programmes for individuals or whole teams.

BTECs

BTECs

Begin your future as a buyer with the CIPS BTEC procurement pathway (UK only).

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships

For apprentices, employers and training providers, find out about the procurement apprenticeship standard and End Point Assessment (EPA) UK only

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