About Computer based exams
What will the new system look like?
Take a look at the demonstration video 3 minutes
Will Computer Based Exams be available in all areas?
CBEs will be available globally for OR exams subject to demand. There will be some countries where constructed response exams will remain on paper. We will continue with two paper-based exam series for constructed response exams per year in May and November in select locations only.
Embracing Computer Based Exams
We are taking a country-by-country approach to transferring our exams so that changes are implemented only when a country is ready for them and has the capabilities to administer CBEs. We will continue to add new CBE centres as more come on board.
We will provide an exam venue finder in November 2018.
What are Computer based exams (CBEs)?
From July 2018 our Level 2 Certificate and Level 3 Advanced Certificate exams will be available globally as CBEs in selected locations. A full global roll-out for all CIPS qualifications will commence in 2019 and will include the diploma qualifications. Please contact your study and exam centres to check on available locations and to get more information about availability of CBEs.
Exam candidates will sit their exam at an exam centre and will be supervised in-person by an invigilator. Instead of taking a paper-based exam, it will be replaced by a computer.
Candidates will use a locked-down computer, so once the exam commences, candidates cannot navigate away from the exam until it has been securely submitted back to CIPS.
Will I get a my results sooner?
Yes. Candidates will receive their results more quickly than paper-based exams.
Will I get a report on my exam performance?
Yes. Along with the results, candidates will be given access to a personal report based on their performance of learning outcomes of the module. This will provide you with an indication of which learning outcomes you are strong and those that you will need to gain deeper knowledge and understanding.
What is the new exam schedule?
View the key dates and timetables pages for more information.
How will I access my exam on the day?
Candidates be given clear instructions by the invigilator.
Will there be time to practise?
Yes. You will be given lots of opportunity to familiarise yourself with the system leading up to the exam allowing you to focus on the exam questions on the day.
What happens if we lose internet connection during an exam?
Our exams can be run at test centres without the need for internet connectivity, so there is no need to be concerned about this.
Will CBEs be available at all CIPS exam centres?
85% of our exam centres can currently accommodate CBEs. For those that can’t we are working with them to ensure that they will have the required facilities.
How will CIPS maintain the standards and rigour of exams?
Our system will hold many different questions based on the learning outcomes for each of our qualifications. Each OR CBE will consist of randomised questions pulled from these question banks which minimises the chances of any candidate getting the same set of questions.
Will my exam answers be secure?
Yes. CIPS is not alone in moving to CBE. We will be using a tried and tested system that is currently being used by many other professional bodies.
About CIPS Qualifications Review 2018
Why has there been a review?
The review is undertaken to ensure we continue to offer leading–edge thinking within our syllabus content. As employers demand for talented, qualified professionals continues to grow it’s no surprise to us that the needs and expectations of our learners also evolves.
CIPS regularly reviews the structure and content of it’s qualifications. Part of the reason for this is the commitment we have to our regulator, Ofqual.
Where do I get further information and who should I contact to discuss how the updated qualifications might impact upon my studies?
This is the dedicated webpage for updating communications to students about the Qualifications Review 2018. All relevant and up-to-date information can be found here. You should regard this page as your primary source for up to date information about the review.
You can also speak to a CIPS Study Centre about continuing your studies as we provide them with regular updates as the qualifications review progresses.
Another way of keeping up to date will be to read your monthly online student newsletter 'Knowledge Update' and look out for CIPS posts in our social media channels.
We will also be providing regular email updates so it’s important to keep your email address up-to-date in your MyCIPS account.
When will the new learning resources be available?
All of these resources are currently in production and will be released in time for studying towards the updated qualifications.
Level 2 Certificate and Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations study guides will be available to buy online from the end of October 2018. Ebooks version of the study guides will be available from February 2019 along with elearning.
Level 4 Diploma, Level 5 Advanced Diploma and Level 6 Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply, learning resources will be available from March 2019.
All of the current resources in the Student Zone will continue to be a membership benefit for any of CIPS studying members.
Why are the updated Certificate qualifications available before Diploma level qualifications?
This is to give CIPS time to create all of the new resources for CIPS Study Centres and students. CIPS has committed to producing new resources for tutors and learners in plenty of time before the updated qualifications are available.
How much will the new study guides cost?
Level 2 Certificate and Level 3 Advanced Certificate prices can be viewed in the NEW Study Resources tab. All Diploma level prices will be made available at the end of January 2019.
Will books be available online?
We are currently developing paper based study guides with an e-books version. We’ve listened to your feedback and our intention is to provide options for both. Study Guides will be available from the end of October 2018 and ebooks will be available from February 2019.
How much will e-books cost?
Level 2 Certificate and Level 3 Advanced Certificate prices can be viewed in the NEW Study Resources tab.
I’m halfway through my studies – what do the changes mean to me?
There is no need to stop what you are doing as everything already achieved will remain valid.
Level 2 Certificate and Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations
If you are currently studying the Level 2 Certificate and Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations you can find out about the transfer arrangements using our online qualifications transfer tool.
Level 4 Diploma, Level 5 Advanced Diploma and Level 6 Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply
If you are currently studying any of the diploma level qualifications your transition arrangements will be made available at the end of January 2019.
It’s important to keep your contact details up to date in MyCIPS to ensure you receive update communications.
Will the way I take exams change?
Yes, we’ve listened to your feedback and there will be changes to our exams. More about exams