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Whitehall buyers encouraged to gain CIPS chartered status

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
6 February 2019

Government buyers who are CIPS members are being encouraged to upgrade to chartered status.

In new guidance the Government Commercial Function (GCF) said it “expects” CIPS members and fellows to become chartered professionals. More than 2,000 CIPS buyers will be subject to the guidance.

To gain chartered status, CIPS members have to undertake ethical training, including successful completion of the CIPS ethics test, and commit to carrying out continuing professional development (CPD) to ensure they remain up to date and can demonstrate commercial capability.

CPD includes coaching or mentoring individuals, skills training, taking qualifications and attending events or other professional learning activities.

Marco Salzedo, director of commercial & contract management capability in the GCF at the Cabinet Office, said: “The vision for the GCF is to be the best commercial team in the UK. For our staff who achieve either MCIPS or FCIPS status it is important for them to also gain the recognition, accreditation and acknowledgement on a par with other recognised chartered professionals.

“We are committed to offering high-quality personal and continuing professional development, and chartered status ensures that professionals are continually investing in their careers, skills and the team’s functional capability. As part of our commitment to the government's recent work on outsourcing, the GCF also supports the requirement to take the CIPS ethics test as part of gaining chartered status.”

Malcolm Harrison, group CEO, CIPS, said: “We’re delighted to be working with GCF on such an important programme of improvement and to continue to raise the profile and value of the procurement profession and its commercial capability. CPD and ethics are vital components for any commercial professional who wants to stay up-to-date and demonstrate they’re at the top of their game.

“CIPS refreshed the online CPD programme to drive the procurement profession forward, equipping members and fellows of the institute with a more structured pathway to career development. Our range of activities and the ethics test support the needs of the strategic vision of the organisations our members work for and make individuals the most sought-after in procurement whilst enhancing their capability.

“We welcome more professionals to become chartered to increase their own confidence but also spread the word about the need and value of ethical and sustainable procurement.”

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