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About CIPS

CIPS is the world’s largest professional body serving procurement and supply; a not-for profit organisation that exists for the public.  We have the largest membership of procurement and supply professionals in the world, covering all industries, sectors and job activities and have a global community of over 115,000 in 150 countries. Throughout the world CIPS qualifications are recognised as the drivers of leading-edge thinking and professionalism in procurement and supply.

Become MCIPS

MCIPS membership grade is globally recognised as the professional licence signifying high achievement and ongoing commitment to excellence in procurement and supply.

About our qualifications and exams

We offer five qualifications to support your professional development in procurement and supply.

  • Certificate in procurement and supply operations
  • Advanced certificate in procurement and supply operations  
  • Diploma in procurement and supply 
  • Advanced diploma in procurement and supply
  • Procurement diploma in procurement and supply

Download our Guide to CIPS qualifications

CIPS holds computer-based exams six times a year in January, March, May, July, September and November. In Malawi paper-based exams are also available twice per year. in July and November. You will be required to join CIPS as a Student Member before you can enter for an exam. 

Find about more about becoming a member on the CIPS website The British Council administers exams on behalf of CIPS but all payments for registration, membership and exams are done directly with CIPS through your MYCIPS account. .


Information for CIPS Students Transferring to the Updated Syllabus

If you are currently studying for any of CIPS qualifications.  Here is some helpful guidance for you: 

  • The qualification titles have stayed the same.
  • We will automatically transfer any successfully completed units in the 2013 syllabus and your updated qualifications plan when all of your final results are in. 
  • You will never be expected to repeat learning already achieved.
  • You will be expected to complete the required number of credits to complete the award.
  • Anyone who has passed exams or has been awarded exemptions on 2013 syllabus will be given credits for subjects within the updated 2018 syllabus.

Here's a quick online guide to find out what your transfer will look like.

Information for CIPS students who recently paid money into the British Council Standard bank account for membership or exams.

Please be advised that British Council no longer processes membership applications/renewals or exam registrations. If you recently paid money into our account for CIPS membership renewal/application or exam registration, please download and complete the refund application  form at the bottom of this page and along with your proof of payment submit the documents to us through by 31 March 2021. 

Information for CIPS students who booked CIPS exams or paid for CIPS membership through British Council between November 2018 and June 2020.

If you paid for CIPS exams or membrship renewal through British Council between November 2018 and June 2020 but did not write the exams or have your membership payment updated on your MYCIPS account, please download and complete the refund application form at the bottom of this page and along with your proof of payment submit the documents to us through by 31 March 2021. Please be advised that we will not process any refunds after this period. 


Exam Registration

CIPS requires you to be a registered member prior to registering for any exams.

Membership registration is open throughout the year. To apply as a new member and join online please visit the CIPS website, choose your country then select 'Membership fees and Forms' .

Once you have joined all you need to do is log out and in again, and you'll be able to book and pay for your exams online:

  • In your CIPS account , got to the dashboard and select 'My Exams' and 'Book exams'.
  • For computer - based exams choose any of the three timeslots on any day during the exams week. Paper based exams are timetabled and can also be booked online.
  • Remember to book as early as you can to get your preferred timeslot and date. 


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