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Further your career in procurement and supply

Leading global excellence in procurement and supply

Throughout the world, CIPS qualications are recognised as driving leading-edge thinking and professionalism in the industry.

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3 Benets... ...of professional qualications. Your career advantage Studying with CIPS The worlds largest professional organisation for procurement and supply CIPS qualications Designed to support your professional development as your career progresses Study anywhere... ... in the world. A range of exible options to suit you Supporting your studies... Everything you need for protable learning The right qualications for you CIPS oers ve qualications to support your professional development in procurement and supply CIPS Certicate in procurement and supply operations CIPS Advanced certicate in procurement and supply operations CIPS Diploma in procurement and supply CIPS Advanced diploma in procurement and supply CIPS Professional diploma in procurement and supply Your next steps The path to your professional qualications 4

Each of our qualications has been developed by working closely with our industry partners to make sure they reect current, emerging and best practice in procurement and supply chain management. The result is a range of professional awards that will truly help you to reach your career potential and give you a signicant competitive edge. AMANDA OBRIEN, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

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Benefits...
...of professional qualifications. Your career advantage.
Achieving professional qualications is a major investment in your future. It takes hard work and commitment but the rewards are great. The work you put in now will make a real dierence in your current role and throughout your career in procurement and supply. Be the best you can be
A professional qualication will enhance your current skills and practices and equip you with new skills, providing you with the professional tools to excel in your chosen eld.

Enjoy greater rewards


Our students tell us that a professional qualication is well worth the investment. Those with a professional qualication and membership of a professional body may be able to earn an additional 152,000 during their career.

Get ahead of the competition


A professional qualication demonstrates your serious intent and commitment to being a better professional manager. This is a huge advantage when youre looking to progress in your career.

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Studying with CIPS


The worlds largest professional organisation for procurement and supply.
The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) is the worldwide centre of excellence for procurement and supply management. We use our expertise to ensure our qualications are robust and relevant throughout the world. CIPS is the chartered body dedicated to the procurement and supply profession
We set the standards giving us credibility, expertise, knowledge and resources that are second to none. By applying these standards we can maintain the integrity of CIPS and make sure the profession benets from consistently high levels of competence within its workforce.

CIPS qualications are fully recognised internationally


CIPS qualications are built around standards identied by the profession as essential for sta at dierent levels within organisations. These have been mapped against qualication frameworks from around the world, giving you a serious advantage wherever youre based.

CIPS is truly global


CIPS has a global community of over 88,000 people in 150 countries. Our members range from those just embarking on their careers, right through to Chief Procurement Ocers and Board Directors. Many multinational businesses specify CIPS as their global standard, making our qualications indispensable around the world.

Accredited worldwide
CIPS qualications are designed to meet the highest standards to ensure the profession can claim consistently high levels of workforce competence. The CIPS Awarding Body is regulated by Ofqual in England and Northern Ireland; CIPS qualications are recognised either on the Qualications and Credit Framework (QCF) or the National Qualications Framework (NQF). CIPS is also regulated by the Welsh Government, Teveta, SAQA and ACTT.

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CIPS qualifications
Designed to support your professional development as your career progresses.
CIPS qualications consist of units that we have developed by working closely with employers to make sure they respond to current business requirements. Where youll start and how youll progress
Where you begin your studies depends on your qualications and experience. CIPS Certicate and Advanced certicate in procurement and supply operations are for those in operational roles. Our Diploma qualications are aimed at those managing the procurement and supply function. We advise students to progress through the qualications in sequence to provide the underpinning knowledge needed to move up the qualications ladder.

CIPS qualications are internationally recognised.


CIPS qualications are equivalent to: Professional diploma Bachelors(honours)degree. NVQ Level 6 (UK) in procurement and SAQA NQF level 8 (SA), NZQA level 7 (NZ) supply AQF Vocational graduate certicate/ Graduate diploma (VET/AUS) TQF level 6 (TEVETA) Advanced diploma in procurement and supply Diploma in procurement and supply Second year honours degree, NVQ level 5, HND (UK) SAQA NQF level 7 (SA), NZQA level 6 (NZ) AQF Advanced diploma (VET/AUS) TQF level 5 (TEVETA) First year degree or HNC, NVQ level 4 (UK) SAQA NQF level 6 (SA), NZQA level 5 (NZ) AQF diploma (VET/AUS) TQF level 4 (TEVETA)

If you already have qualications...


If you already have a relevant degree or qualication, you may be able entitled to some exemptions from CIPS units. You can nd full details of our exemption policy and process at www.cips.org.

No previous qualications?
You can start to study with CIPS if you have no previous professional qualications or experience; our Certicate and Advanced certicate in procurement and supply operations are available to all. If you are not sure where to start, contact +44 (0)1780 756777 Advanced certicate A level, NVQ3, Foundation studies (UK) in procurement and SAQA NQF level 5 (SA), NZQA level 4 (NZ) AQF certicate IV (VET/AUS) TQF level 3 (TEVETA) supply operations Certicate in procurement and supply operations GCSE or NVQ2 (UK) AQF certicate III (AUS)

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Study anywhere...
...in the world. A range of exible options to suit you.
Wherever you are in the world, you can study for your CIPS qualication. Simply choose from one of the following options: CIPS study centres
CIPS has a network of more than 200 registered study centres across the globe, allowing you to study at a respected college or university, or with an approved CIPS training provider. Tuition is provided by qualied, experienced professionals. Our study centres oer a range of exible learning options: Part-time traditional classroom learning, during evenings or in the daytime Intensive classroom or workshop sessions Distance learning with tutor support You can take a look at our range of study centres at www.cips.org/qualications. Then simply contact your preferred centres directly for details on their programmes, fees, start dates and timetables.

Self study
Some people prefer to work through their qualication on their own or may not be able to attend a taught course. You can enrol to self study using our course books or enrol with the CIPS Learning Academy which provides printed and e-learning resources. For more advice, please contact our customer services team at customer.services@cips.org.

Assessment
All the units in CIPS qualications are assessed by an examination, although some of the units also have an alternative non-examined option. We hold three examination series each year around the world, with an additional two series currently available in some countries. You can nd exam timetables, a list of exam centres and fees, and exemplar examination papers at www.cips.org/qualications

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Supporting...
...your studies. Everything you need for protable learning
All students who study CIPS qualications need to become a CIPS member. Through this membership youll benet from professional development resources to support your studies and your career. Supply Management monthly journal
Featuring news, views and articles that cover all areas of procurement and supply, along with case studies and other sources of inspiration. www.supplymanagement.com.

CIPS Intelligence
A huge bank of research papers and essential professional resources to boost your performance in your career and your studies. www.cips.org/knowledge

www.cips.org
CIPS website is your rst port of call for information on CIPS, membership and qualications. It includes a student zone and is an essential reference point for sample assessments and exam timetables.

Study packs and recommended reading


These have supported thousands of students to achieve their CIPS qualications. You can nd a list of recommended reading at www.cips.org/book-shop.

CIPS CPD
Available via www.cips.org CIPS CPD is an online tool that allows you to manage your continuing professional development activity.

Qualications Update quarterly newsletter


Produced specically for CIPS students, with information on exams, study tips and news from the student network.

CIPS member networks


An invaluable opportunity to network with other colleagues throughout the profession via CIPS branch events and CIPS social networks including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. www.cips.org.

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The right qualifications


CIPS oers ve qualications to support your professional development in procurement and supply. These qualications have been developed with the help of global organisations to reect the needs of industry and to ensure we cover all the competencies and capabilities that are so essential to the profession.

CIPS Advanced certicate in procurement and supply operations CIPS Certicate in procurement and supply operations

CIPS Diploma in procurement and supply

CIPS Certicate in procurement and supply operations The ideal qualication if youre just starting your career in procurement or if procurement and supply are part of your role. It will enable you to recognise and describe the key processes in procurement and build your professional knowledge and competence. You dont need any prior experience or qualications to start your studies at this stage. For more information see page 10

CIPS Advanced certicate in procurement and supply operations Designed for those in an operational procurement and supply role who need the capability to carry out procurement and supply tasks. No qualications or experience are necessary, but if you have the CIPS Certicate or CIPS International Certicate youll nd this qualication builds on your current professional understanding. For more information see page 11

CIPS Diploma in procurement and supply A valuable management tool for those moving into junior and middle management procurement roles or those supervising the procurement function. It focuses on how organisational procedures and processes perform in procurement and supply, including negotiating, planning, risk management and data analysis. For more information see page 12

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for you ...your route to MCIPS


MCIPS
CIPS Advanced diploma in procurement and supply CIPS Professional diploma in procurement and supply

CIPS Advanced diploma in procurement and supply Provides senior buyers and contract and supply chain managers with the expertise to improve organisational procurement and to full organisational objectives. It gives you the knowledge base to reduce cost, improve quality, manage the supply chain and deal with legal issues. For more information see page 13

CIPS Professional diploma in procurement and supply Aimed at senior procurement professionals and heads of department. It is targeted at building strategic procurement competence, giving managers the ability to formulate strategic direction and advice, in terms of change management, stakeholder management and team leadership. For more information see page 14

MCIPS MCIPS is recognised worldwide as the global standard for top quality procurement professionals. It is a professional accreditation for those working in procurement and supply. To achieve MCIPS, you must complete (by assessment or exemption) the Diploma, Advanced diploma and Professional diploma in procurement and supply. You also need 3 years experience in a position of responsibility in the procurement and supply profession.

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Many employers are now focusing more on job specic qualications. D. TENNYSON

CIPS Certicate in procurement and supply operations


Youre a career starter or your role includes procurement and supply.
The Certicate in procurement and supply operations focuses on giving you the skills you need to recognise and describe the key processes in procurement, and building your professional knowledge and competence

Topics covered:
Principles Functions Processes Administration Stakeholders

Learning Outcomes
You will develop robust knowledge in creating quotations and contract and tender documentation, including e-systems, assessing quotations, addressing customer enquiries and supplier selection, performance issues and reviews. For more information, you will nd our detailed Unit Content Guide at www.cips.org.

Entry requirements
There are no entry requirements. You dont need any prior professional qualications or experience.

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CIPS Advanced certicate in procurement and supply operations


Youre in an operational procurement and supply role
The Advanced Certicate is designed to help you develop the capability to carry out purchasing and supply tasks.

A CIPS qualication will most denitely give you that competitive edge. L. RIOBA

Topics covered:
Environments Operations Workow Inventory and logistics Relations

Learning Outcomes
You will develop the robust knowledge to: understand and apply demand management through manual or IT based systems, carry out stock valuation and ordering, arrange supply logistics and the necessary paperwork, and implement new contracts, including queries on performance, and nancial management and contract review. For more information, you will nd our detailed Unit Content Guide at www.cips.org.

Entry requirements
No qualications or experience are necessary. If you have the CIPS Certicate or CIPS International Certicate youll nd this qualication builds on your current professional understanding, and we encourage you to take the Certicate in procurement and supply operations rst.

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I can denitely say a CIPS qualication has added value to my career . M. KEDWARD

CIPS Diploma in procurement and supply


Youre moving into a junior or middle management procurement role, or you supervise the procurement function.
The Diploma in procurement and supply is a valuable management tool which focuses on how organisational procedures and processes perform in purchasing and supply, including negotiating, planning, risk management and data analysis.

Topics covered:
Contexts Business needs Sourcing Negotiating and contracting Managing contracts and relationships

Learning Outcomes
The Diploma addresses planning and forecasting for future demand, forward planning for contract development, negotiating volumes, margins and standards, creating and controlling specications, and contract management. It also covers the supply market and chain, negotiating with suppliers, conict resolution and performance review. For more information, you will nd our detailed Unit Content Guide at www.cips.org.

Entry requirements
You will need to have completed either the CIPS Certicate in procurement and supply operations, the CIPS Advanced certicate in procurement and supply or the CIPS International advanced certicate in purchasing and supply. Alternatively, you will need either two years experience in a business environment, two A-level qualications / international equivalents.

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CIPS Advanced diploma in procurement and supply


Youre a senior buyer, contract manager or supply chain manager.
The Advanced diploma in procurement and supply is designed to give you the expertise to improve organisational procurement and to full organisational objectives. It helps you develop the knowledge base to reduce cost, improve quality and timescales, manage the supply chain and deal with legal issues.

CIPS is a must if you are looking for a step up in career P. CHOPRA

Topics covered:
Management Managing risks Improving competitiveness of supply chains Category management Sustainability Operations management

Learning Objectives
The Advanced diploma focuses on cost reduction and added value of purchases and supplies, improving timescales and stock control, management and innovation in the procurement and supply process, and developing legal and risk management expertise. For more information, you will nd our detailed Unit Content Guide at www.cips.org.

Entry requirements
You will need to have achieved the CIPS Diploma in procurement and supply or the CIPS Foundation diploma in purchasing and supply. For more details please visit www.cips.org.

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Staying up-to-date with new and emerging issues is important. N. BURGESS

CIPS Professional diploma in procurement and supply


Youre a senior procurement professional or head of department.
The Professional diploma in procurement and supply is targeted at building strategic procurement competence, giving managers the ability to formulate strategic direction and advice, in terms of change management, stakeholder management and team leadership.

Topics covered:
Leadership Corporate and business strategy Strategic supply chain management Supply chain diligence Programme and project management Legal aspects in procurement and supply (UK)

Learning Objectives
The Professional diploma focuses on giving you the strategic acumen to align functional, organisational and supply chain strategies, and to devise and implement change management. The course develops your skills in areas including leadership of stakeholders, the procurement function, teams and relationship management, and project and nancial management. For more information, you will nd our detailed Unit Content Guide at www.cips.org.

Entry requirements
You will need to have achieved the CIPS Advanced diploma in procurement and supply or the CIPS Advanced diploma in purchasing and supply.

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Your next steps


The path to your professional qualications
Choose a qualication
We hope this guide has helped you to nd out about the right qualication for your role and the stage youre at in your career in procurement and supply. If you would like more detail on the course content to help make your decision, you can download our Unit Content Guides from www.cips.org/qualications.

Membership
To take CIPS qualications all students need to be CIPS members. CIPS membership gives you access to a whole host of additional professional development resources to support your studies and career development. If youre not already a member you can enrol at the CIPS website www.cips.org/join.

Contact your local approved study centre


Once you have chosen which CIPS qualication you want to begin, visit www.cips.org to nd a convenient study centre which oers your preferred method of learning. You can enrol on your qualication of choice directly with the study centre. If you would like to discuss the self-study option, please contact our customer service team on +44 (0)1780 756777 or your regional oce.

Find out more


You will nd answers to many other questions at our website at www.cips.org. For any other questions contact our customer services team on +44 (0)1780 756777 or customer.services@cips.org Or you can contact your regional oce. See overleaf for contact details.

CIPS Group Easton House, Easton on the Hill, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 3NZ, United Kingdom T +44 (0)1780 756777 F +44 (0)1780 751610 E info@cips.org

CIPS Africa Ground Floor, Building B, 48 Sovereign Drive, Route 21 Corporate Park, Irene X30, Centurion, Pretoria, South Africa T +27 (0)12 345 6177 F +27 (0)12 345 3309 E infosa@cips.org.za

CIPS Australasia Level 8, 520 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia T 1300 765 142/+61 (0)3 9629 6000 F 1300 765 143/+61 (0)3 9620 5488 E info@cipsa.com.au

CIPS Middle East & North Africa Office 1703, The Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, PO Box 49042, Dubai, United Arab Emirates T +971 (0)4 327 7348 F +971 (0)4 332 5541 E mena.enquiries@cips.org

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