CIPS is seeking to gain approval from Her Majesty’s Privy Council to offer a grade of Chartered Membership, beyond and above MCIPS which is designed for advanced professionals who want to distinguish themselves in their career. The project is now fully underway and if all goes to plan by the end of 2014, the applications process will be open for members.
Full members of CIPS (MCIPS) and Fellows of the Institute, (FCIPS) will be given an opportunity to vote later in the year along with a vote to gain support for the proposed change from ‘purchasing’ to ‘procurement’ in the institute’s name. Advance notification of the vote will appear in Supply Management. In the meantime, all members will be able to have their say through a consultation process commencing in February 2014.
Many professional institutes already offer a Chartered Member grade, so CIPS will be joining a long-established tradition. FCIPS will remain the highest grade of membership. But for the businesses that employ Chartered Members, they can be sure of an enhanced level of professionalism, consistent with Masters Level and continued adherence to the ethical standards embedded in to the CIPS Code of Conduct. This will also form a clear pathway for young people to join the profession and have a successful and satisfying career.