Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply

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The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), until 8 October 2014 the "Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply",[1] is a United Kingdom-based global professional body working for the purchasing and supply professions. With an objective of "leading excellence in procurement and supply", it aims to promote good practice and provides services for the benefit of a procurement community of 118,000 members.[2]

CIPS aims to promote and develop high standards of professional skill, ability, and integrity among all those engaged in purchasing and supply chain management. Its headquarters are located in Easton on the Hill, just inside Northamptonshire, near Stamford, Lincolnshire.

Members of CIPS are required to uphold the CIPS Code of Conduct.[3] Members are represented within CIPS through Congress. In the UK, CIPS seeks to work with the procurement profession in the public sector and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UK Government's Cabinet Office on 28 May 2012 seeking to "[cement] closer working and enhancing Government purchasing capability".[4] CIPS is also partnered with the US Institute of Supply Management (ISM). CIPS works to promote understanding of procurement as a "career of choice" and to help people interested in procurement enter the profession.[5] The CIPS Foundation supports students who struggle to get into and further their development in the profession.[6]

Professional Certification Programmes[edit]

The professional qualifications programs include:

  • Professional diploma in procurement and supply (CIPS level 6)
  • Advanced diploma in procurement and supply (CIPS level 5)
  • Diploma in procurement and supply (CIPS level 4)
  • Advanced certificate in procurement and supply operations (CIPS level 3)
  • Certificate in procurement and supply operations (CIPS level 2).[7]

Upon completion of the professional diploma and with sufficient procurement experience, candidates can acquire full membership (MCIPS). Before acceding to full membership, students hold associate member status (ACIPS). Higher status may also be achieved through recommendation and achievement in the form of a fellowship (FCIPS).

The exam format for Level 2 and for most of Level 3 is based on multiple choice exams. The exam format for Levels 4 - 6 is based on 3 hour written theory exam format. One Level 3 module is also assessed by written exam.

The program was redesigned and modified in 2013 to incorporate the latest developments in the procurement profession. The Certificate and Advanced Certificate programmes have been reviewed during 2018.[8]

CIPS Worldwide[edit]

  • CIPS Australasia [9]
  • CIPS Hong Kong Branch [10]
  • CIPS Middle East and North Africa.[11] In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, CIPS has branches in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Egypt and Qatar.


The institute's official magazine is Supply Management, published monthly by Haymarket.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ HM’s Privy Council agrees changes to CIPS Charter, 11 November 2014, accessed 11 October 2017; cf. Privy Council Office, Chartered Bodies
  2. ^ CIPS, Annual Report & Accounts 2016, accessed 6 May 2018
  3. ^ CIPS Code of Conduct, accessed 29 February 2016
  4. ^ CIPS, CIPS signs MoU with UK Government's Cabinet Office, 28 May 2012, accessed 11 August 2016
  5. ^ Be a Buyer! Website, accessed 12 August 2016
  6. ^ CIPS Foundation, accessed 11 August 2016
  7. ^ CIPS, Qualifications
  8. ^ CIPS, Qualifications Review 2018, accessed 18 September 2018
  9. ^ Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Australia
  10. ^ CIPS Hong Kong Branch
  11. ^ Sam Achampong to head CIPS MENA operations, 8 June 2015, accessed 14 November 2016
  12. ^

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