February 2020

A new look for our Awards

These Awards are respected as a benchmark for excellence, and winning an Award is one of the most prestigious recognitions an organisation or individual in the profession can receive.

Before submitting your 2020 entries, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the system – please refer to each category for specific information we need for each entry. You can use the text boxes provided on the submission portal, so the only documents you need to upload are supporting material. We recommend you have all the information ready to input into the text fields first – you can copy and paste from a Word doc, but please remove any formatting, bullet points or pictures first. Each entry will need a 100-word executive summary, and you’ll find word count information on all the other sections. As the executive summary may be published on our website when we announce our shortlist, we ask that you don’t include any confidential information or figures in this section.

View process and submit your entry

Continuing Professional Development and the route to Chartered Status for individuals

As a professional body, CIPS exists to develop the growth of procurement insight and intelligence amongst its membership, and the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme paves the way to Chartered Professional status for MCIPS and FCIPS professionals. CIPS professionals are required to complete 30 hours of CPD and to hold an up-to-date CIPS Ethical Procurement and Supply Certificate to be entitled to Chartered Status.

Those with Chartered Status will be listed on the CIPS Professional Register, recognising commitment to professional procurement and supply management practice. It also identifies the most sought-after individuals in the profession who continue to raise the profile and value of procurement and supply management as a vital profession and key to successful organisations.

For employers, professionals with Chartered Status provide proof of a high standard of relevance, knowledge and skills in current practices, ethics and standards.

There is no charge to upgrade to Chartered Professional Status

Chartered Status enables current MCIPS and FCIPS members to evidence commitment to their professional career and ethical procurement and supply practice. This is achieved through undertaking and recording CPD to maintain relevance and demonstrate current knowledge in a fast- moving profession where legislation and new initiatives are a regular occurrence.

By upgrading to become a Chartered Professional you are making a commitment that signals to your peer group and employer that you are serious about committing to continually developing your knowledge, skills and building on your experience.

Many professionals already undertake training, qualifications, the CIPS ethical training and test and other activities to support their career, so this is an opportunity to formally log those activities and gain Chartered Status.

Invest in yourself and show your employer and peers you are at the top of your game.

What counts as Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?

It’s highly likely that many CIPS professionals are already participating in learning and volunteering activities which contribute towards ongoing professional development and CPD without realising it. Almost everything that improves and updates knowledge and skills, training and relevant qualifications, can be logged as CPD such as reading professional books and journals or attending a procurement conference or workshop.

CIPS is committed to championing the benefits of CPD for individuals, businesses, sectors and economies by providing a number of different channels such as member events, knowledge resources, Supply Management publications, skills training and eLearning, and volunteering opportunities. Recording the learning can be done in ways that best suit the individual professional including logging it in the MyCIPS area of the CIPS website.

Current research, such as the CIPS/Hays Salary Survey, emphasises the importance of being current in the profession, and being able to prove relevancy.

The journey to achieving Chartered Status:

  • Fully qualified - have current MCIPS or FCIPS membership
  • Able to evidence 30 hours of recorded CPD – showing up-to-date skills and knowledge of current practices and methods
  • In possession of a CIPS Ethical Procurement and Supply Certificate – renewed annually

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