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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 exams in international centres three times a year, May, July and November.  For each of our qualifications you are required to complete five units. You will be required to join CIPS as a Student Member before you can enter for an exam. 

Find about more on the CIPS website The British Council administers exams on behalf of CIPS and processes all payments for registration, membership and exams.

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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.


Membership 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, download and complete the application form at the bottom of the page.

Membership Fees:

New membership registration – £100

Renewal – Diploma/Certificate/Student Member £65

Student in suspense – £100

Students suspended more than 2 years: submit new application form and pay £100

Renewal – Full Member/Affiliate £77

Full Member in suspense – £112

Full Member suspended more than 2 years: submit new applicationfForm and pay £112

Renewal - Fellow £97

Exam registration

Exam registrations are offered three times a year for sittings in May, July and November.

To register for your exam simply fill in the exam form at the bottom of the page and attached the proof of payment to your form. 

Examination Fees:

Certificate - £63 per subject

Diploma - £78 per subject

You may then email us the scanned documents or drop them off at our offices.

How to make payment

  1. You will need a reference number before making your payment. Contact the British Council for your unique reference number. Alternatively, you can quote your membership number (if you are a continuing student) or your National ID / Passport number as the reference number on your deposit slip
  2. Please make your registration payment to:
  • Bank: Standard Bank
  • Account name: British Councill
  • Account number: 9100001576213

3. We accept payments into our bank account from the following:

  • Electronic bank transfer from your internet banking
  • Direct deposit (using bank deposit slip) into the above named British Council bank account. Customised deposit slips may be collected from our offices, Standard Bank City Centre branch in Lilongwe or Standard Bank Blantyre main branch.

4. To make the above payments you must quote your registration British Council assigned Reference Number / ID number in all reference fields that are available.

5. For candidates making payments via bank deposit, it is prudent to plan for an extra day or two for processing payments.

6. Failure to quote a reference number may delay your application process.

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