What level can I join at?
There are no entry requirements for the Level 2 CIPS Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations or the Level 3 CIPS Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations qualifications.
If you wish to start on the Level 4 CIPS Diploma in Procurement and Supply qualification, you should either have at least two A-levels (or international equivalent), or a CIPS Level 2 Certificate/Level 3 Advanced Certificate qualification or 2 years’ experience in a business environment. Download the Prospectus or take a look at the full syllabus online for each qualification level.Our guide to CIPS qualifications gives full details of all our qualifications.
What are the options I have to study the CIPS qualifications?
We understand that how you want to study can depend on many things, such as your previous procurement experience, the time available to study and your own learning style. Because of this, we make studying for our qualifications as flexible and convenient as possible to give you the best chance of accessing the learning support you want. Make sure you find the study option that's right for you.
How can I book an exam?
You can find, plan and book your exams online. If you are registered with a study centre, your exam bookings are taken care of.
If you are self-studying you can now find dates, costs, nearest exam centres and book your exam all online. Here is a quick video to show you how.
I would like to check my exam booking?
You can view your upcoming exam bookings by logging into MyCIPS
I need an examination confirmation letter?
Go to your MyCIPS account and all of the exam booking information is there waiting for you. Show this on your phone as an acceptable proof of eligibility to sit at the exam centre. Or you can download and print a copy and take it with you. Please note you will also be required to take a photo ID.
I need to cancel my exam?
If you wish to cancel an exam booking you must do this within 7 days of the closure date by either logging into your MyCIPS account and selecting to cancel the exam (located in the booked assessment area. After the 7 days the only way you will be able to cancel an exam is by providing medical evidence.
I need to defer my exam
If you are looking to defer your exam to a later date you will need to contact our CIPS Helpdesk within 7 days of the closure date. THIS WILL NOT BE AUTOMATICALLY REBOOKED FOR YOU. When you are ready to rebook this exam you will need to book in the normal way using money available on your CIPS account.
How would I find out if I would be eligible to apply for an exemption against particular units within the CIPS qualifications?
Exemptions are assessed independently; therefore we cannot advise which units you may receive exemptions for. Students need to apply and the requests will be sent to the exemption assessor for a bespoke assessment.
How do I apply for an exemption?
If you wish to apply for an exemption you will need to complete an Exemptions APCL Application form and return it along With a copy of your qualification certificate, fee, transcript, syllabus and mapping documents.
How can I Pay for Exams, Books and Learning Materials?
You will need to log into your MyCIPS and then go to book exams, bookshop, ebooks or elearning. This will ensure that you take advantage of any member discounts. If there is a cost payment required you will be taken to the checkout.
Paying online is the quickest, safest and securest way to make a purchase.
Ensure you log into your MyCIPS prior to booking or making any purchase to take advantage of any membership discounts and offers. We accept the following via our secure WorldPay platform:
- Credit and debit cards - Visa, Mastercard and Maestro in eight major currencies; GBP, AUD, NZD, RAND, USD, EUR, AED and EUR.
- PayPal in GBP, USD and EUR.
- American Express in GBP and AUD
Payments by direct bank transfer to a CIPS bank account, you are required to notify the CIPS Training & Events Team in advance if you wish to pay by direct bank transfer to ensure the swift processing of your application.
The details for the CIPS bank accounts can be found below in section 17. When making a payment by bank transfer:
- Ensure your payment is clearly referenced with your full name and your CIPS membership number. Without this we will not know you made a payment
- Please provide a copy of the bank receipt by email to relevant team, see full T&Cs for details. Again include your membership number if you have one and a short description of payment, including any reference numbers.
- You will not be eligible to sit exams, books or access any learning material until full payment is received.
You can contact CIPS Helpdesk if you have forgotten your membership number, please note you will need to complete security checks.