Every organisation relies on buying things to run their business and as buyer you’re in an extremely powerful position. But because buyers often operate behind the scenes, many people aren’t aware of procurement and supply as a career choice. Top buyers are in huge demand around the world and can achieve extremely high positions within companies.
Chartered institute of procurement and Supply (CIPS) exists to promote and develop high standards of professional skill, ability and integrity among all those engaged in purchasing and supply chain management. CIPS assists individuals, organisations and the profession as a whole.
CIPS is the leading voice of the procurement and supply profession and, with a global community of over 103,000 in 150 countries, the largest. We set the standards for the profession and are the only regulated body in the world to promote a Code of Conduct.
Routes to MCIPS
1- CIPS professional qualifications
Throughout the world CIPS qualifications are recognised as driving leading edge thinking and professionalism in procurement. MCIPS is recognised worldwide as the standard for procurement professionals. Download our Guide to Qualifications here.
We offer five qualifications to support your professional development in procurement and supply. On successful completion of the Diploma, Advanced and Professional diplomas and in conjunction with three years’ experience in a role of responsibility in procurement and supply, you may apply for full membership of CIPS to use the designatory letters, MCIPS.
CIPS is an Awarding Body recognised and regulated by Ofqual (England), Qualifications Wales and CCEA (Northern Ireland). CIPS qualifications appear on the Register of Regulated Qualifications and on the QiW database.
Find out more about the full details of the content for each unit by downloading the Unit Content Guides for CIPS qualifications:
2- Accredited degree
If you are studying for, or have already completed a CIPS accredited degree or postgraduate programme within the last 5 years, you will either become fully qualified at the end of your studies, or you may need to undertake some top-up programmes of study to gain MCIPS.
3- Management Entry Route (MER)
The Management Entry Route (MER) is designed for procurement professionals who are already operating in a senior strategic role within procurement or supply chain management with extensive on-the-job experience.
You will be assessed for your experience, knowledge and responsibility through an online questionnaire and a telephone interview. It is a robust, rigorous and transparent process designed for senior professionals in upper management roles, usually with at least five years’ experience at a strategic level.
4- Corporate Award
The CIPS Corporate Award is designed to help groups of between eight and sixteen procurement professionals within an organisation to achieve MCIPS. Each Award programme is tailored to meet specific business needs and to enable you and your purchasing colleagues to build skills and knowledge with the power to deliver competitive advantage.