Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Professional Diploma
There will be no changes to the diploma levels syllabus in 2018, an update will be released in July 2018. So don’t slow down or stop as everything that you achieve will be valid under the revised qualifications. You should also speak to your CIPS study centre if you have any questions.
Your transfer arrangements will be available early 2019.
2018 Qualifications Syllabus
Your first opportunity to take the updated CIPS Level 2 Certificate and Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations exams will be in March 2019. If you are registered with a CIPS approved study centre ask if they are planning to hold exams earlier in January 2019.
We want to ensure a seamless transfer for you from the 2013 to the 2018 syllabus and remind you that any units that you have already achieved will remain valid and will count towards your final award. You will not be disadvantaged in any way as we update our qualifications.
So what’s new? Take a look at what’s changed
‘Units’ have been renamed as ‘Modules’
In the updated 2018 qualifications syllabus you will notice that we refer to modules rather than units. Each module has an allocated number of credits and new students from 2018 will be expected to complete the required number of credits for each qualification before they can achieve the award.
What are credits?
Each module is given a credit value of 3 or 6 credits.
The total credit number to complete each qualification is:
Level 2 Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations: 18 credits
Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations: 30 credits
Your total learning time has changed
The total amount of learning time you will be required to complete for these awards has increased but this won’t affect the number of exams you will have to take to complete these qualifications.
Why have they increased?
CIPS Qualifications must continue to represent the diverse sectors and skillsets required within the profession. Each qualification has been updated using CIPS Global Standard for Procurement and Supply V3.0 as their base. This Standard reflects current and emerging best practice in procurement and supply. The key for CIPS qualifications is to support the flexibility and agility which the profession requires. They must address the challenges associated with today’s fast moving business environment.
Here are some simple tips for you to follow:
- The qualification award names have not been changed, the exit award has stayed the same.
- We will automatically transfer any successfully completed units in the 2013 syllabus and your updated final Qualifications Plan will show this in your MyCIPS account in February 2019.
- You will never be expected to repeat learning already achieved.
- You will be expected to complete the required number of credits to complete the award.
What will the transfer look like from 2013 to 2018 qualifications syllabus?
Anyone who has passed exams or has been awarded exemptions on 2013 syllabus will be given credits for subjects within the updated 2018 syllabus.
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Download transfer arrangements table for CIPS Level 2 Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations
Download the updated Level 2 Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations 2018 syllabus
Download transfer arrangements table for the CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations
Download the updated Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations 2018 syllabus
Computer based exams (CBE)
We’ve already introduced computer based exams worldwide, many of our current exam centres have already started to use the new system. All of the exams for the revised Level 2 Certificate and Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations qualifications will be delivered using CBE. See our qualifications review page for an update on the future of CIPS exams.
Your new exam timetable including the updated 2018 syllabus Level 2 Certificate and Level 3 Advanced Certificate qualifications will become available in August 2018, along with confirmation of exam fees for 2018/19.
We are currently developing new learning resources for all modules in the 2018 syllabus. New learning resources for all of the Level 2 Certificate and Level 3 Advanced Certificate modules will be available in September 2018. These resources will include new study guides, ebooks and e-learning to support your continuing qualifications journey. We will publish full details of different resources and their costs during August 2018. It is CIPS intention that the cost of resources will not be more than that for the 2013 syllabus resources, other than annual incremental costs.
Remember: Keep your email details up to date to ensure you receive any updates, we will also post any updates on www.cips.org/qualifications2018 and our social media groups.