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Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)


Every organization needs to acquire (procure) goods, services and work that is vital to the organisation. Procurement can help to streamline processes, reduce raw material prices and identify better sources of supply. It can help organisations control spend, and with organisations spending more than two thirds of their revenue on procurement, even small cost reductions can have a big impact. Furthermore, corruption increases the cost of procurement contracts by up to 25% in developing countries and can increase up to business costs by up to 10% globally.

Proper procurement practices can help prevent corruption and improve accountability which can protect your brand.  With the changes to the procurement legislation in Trinidad and Tobago, the new regulatory framework will create new job opportunities in Procurement and Supply Chain.

introducing cips

The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), is the world’s largest organisation dedicated to the procurement and supply profession. CIPS is the voice of the procurement and supply profession, with a global community of over 200,000 professionals in over 150 countries. CIPS Global Standard in Procurement and Supply is the benchmark for skills and competencies in the profession.

CIPS offers a range of professional qualifications that have become recognised as the industry standard for the procurement profession. The qualifications are structured and progressive with procurement and supply at the core. They reflect modern procurement practices across the globe and aim to future-proof students. CIPS qualifications are recognised in the UK (Ofqual) and by ACTT.

CTS College offers the following levels of the CIPS programme:


If you want to improve your career or job prospects in procurement and supply chain sector, then the CIPS qualifications will help you to achieve these goals. CIPS provides knowledge and networking capabilities that can lead to a rewarding career. It helps you to demonstrate a variety of skills, including good business sense, financial management, and a flair for communication and negotiation. CIPS prepares you for a range of careers in procurement and supply chain which are in high demand globally and helps with managing the supplier base and maintaining long term relationships with them.

The CIPS programme at CTS College would teach you how to:

  • Build efficient, capable teams to deliver value from your supplier base
  • Evaluate and accelerate the performance of your procurement and supply function
  • Guard against corruption and reputational damage by reinforcing ethical behaviour which drives out malpractice
  • Drive improvements in performance, attitude and behaviour that greatly benefit your organisation's effectiveness and reputation
  • Attract the best to your organisation, unlockining potential and developing expertise
  • Build a community of high-performing professionals that changes how procurement works and delivers greater efficiency, savings and risk mitigation


CTS College has been delivering educational programmes for over 20 years. We have learnt a lot from our students regarding incorporating academics into their busy lifestyles, achieving recognised qualifications over a short period of time and creating payment plans that work for the them.

With that in mind we have designed the CIPS programme to give you the ability to:

  • Attend just one day of class per week
  • Choose between weekend classes or evening classes (based on demand)
  • Focus on just one 12-credit module or two 6-credit modules per semester
  • Select from six intake periods (semesters) per year
  • Complete level 3 in as little as 6 months and levels 4, 5 and 6 in as little as 10 months each
  • Study intensively with detailed syllabus and past paper coverage prior to exams
  • Customise a payment plan to suit your budget (subject to approval)

Target Audience

The CIPS programme is perfect for:

  • Buyers, Procurement / Purchasing Executives
  • Procurement Specialists
  • Contract Officers, Supply Chain / Inventory / Logistics Analysts, Supply Chain / Inventory / Logistics Planners

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to meet the various requirements based on the level of the programme they are interested in enrolling for. Please see the next section for a breakdown of the entry requirements per level.

Programme Levels

The following table shows the various levels of CIPS qualifications offered at CTS College, along with other important details:

CIPS Level Target Audience Completion Requirement Qualification Equivalent Entry Requirements


Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations

This qualification is designed for those in an operational role who need the capability to carry out procurement and supply tasks.

Students are required to achieve 30 credits:

  • 4 core modules (6 credits each)
  • 1 elective module (6 credits)

All 5 modules are Objective Response (OR)

Equivalent to A Level (UK) / CAPE

No formal entry requirements, anyone can start here.


Diploma in Procurement and Supply

A valuable management tool for those moving into junior and middle management procurement roles or those supervising the procurement function.

Students are required to achieve 60 credits:

  • 2 core modules (12 credits each)
  • 6 core modules (6 credits each)

2 modules are Constructed Response (CR)

6 modules are Objective Response (OR)

Equivalent to first year Degree (UK)

Any of the following:

  • A minimum two A levels or equivalent (or higher e.g. Associate Degree, Diploma, etc.) OR
  • At least two years experience in a relevant business environment OR
  • Successful completion of CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply


Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply

Provides senior buyers, contract and supply chain managers with the expertise to improve organisational procurement and to fulfil objectives.

Students are required to achieve 60 credits:

  • 2 core modules (12 credits each)
  • 3 core modules (6 credits each)
  • 3 elective modules (6 credits each)

2 modules are Constructed Response (CR)

6 modules are Objective Response (OR)

Equivalent to second year Degree (UK)

CIPS Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply


Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply

Aimed at senior procurement professionals and heads of department.

Students are required to achieve 60 credits:

  • 3 core modules (12 credits each)
  • 1 core module (6 credits)
  • 3 elective modules (6 credits each)

4 modules are Constructed Response (CR)

3 modules are Objective Response (OR)

Equivalent to Bachelors (Hons) Degree (UK)

CIPS Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply



CIPS has shifted to Computer Based Examinations (CBE) which allows up to 6 examination periods per year. We have tailored our delivery schedule to take full advantage of this flexibility which allows students to complete each qualification in a shorter period of time.

Students may start in any of the following semesters:

  A B C D E F


Jan to Mar

Mar to May

May to Jul

Jul to Sep

Sep to Nov Nov to Mar

Registration Deadline Date

6th Jan, 2024 9th Mar, 2024 4th May, 2024 13th Jul, 2024 7th Sep, 2024 9th Nov, 2024

Exam Entry Deadline Date

13th Feb, 2024 16th Apr, 2024 11th Jun, 2024 20th Aug, 2024 15th Sep, 2024 20th Jan, 2025

Semester Start Date

20th Jan, 2024 23th Mar, 2024 18th May, 2024 27th Jul, 2024 21 Sep, 2024 23 Nov, 2024
Semester End Date 24th Feb, 2024 27th Apr, 2024 22nd Jun, 2024 31st Aug, 2024 26th Oct, 2024 8th Feb, 2025
Exam Dates

11th - 15th Mar, 2024 (OR)

19th - 21st Mar, 2024 (CR)

13th - 17th May, 2024 (OR)

21st - 23rd May, 2024 (CR)

8th - 12th Jul, 2024 (OR)

16th-18th Jul 2024 (CR)

16th - 20th Sep, 2024 (OR)


11th - 15th Nov, 2024 (OR)

19th - 21st Nov, 2024 (CR)

10th - 14th Mar, 2025 (OR)

18th - 20th Mar, 2025 (CR)

Module Delivery

CTS College has structured our classes to allow students to fit the CIPS programme into a busy schedule. With just one day of class per week, students can complete the CIPS Level 3 qualification in as little as 6 months or the Levels 4, 5 and 6 in as little as 10 months. We offer 12 credits (either one 12-credit module or two 6-credit modules) per semester. Classes will be held on Saturdays, however based on the demand, there may be an option for evening classes as well.

The following indicates the modules taught by CTS College in each semester:

  A B C D E F


Jan to Mar

Mar to May

May to Jul

Jul to Sep

Sep to Nov Nov to Jan

Level 3 - Advanced Certificate

  • L3M1
  • L3M2
  • L3M3
  • L3M4
  • L3M6
  • L3M1
  • L3M2
  • L3M3
  • L3M4
  • L3M6

Level 4 - Diploma

  • L4M2
  • L4M3
  • L4M1
  • L4M2
  • L4M3
  • L4M4
  • L4M5
  • L4M8
  • L4M2
  • L4M3
  • L4M6
  • L4M7
  • L4M8
  • L4M1

Level 5 - Advanced Diploma

  • L5M1
  • L5M2
  • L5M3
  • L5M4
  • L5M5
    +1 Elective from:
  • L5M6*
  • L5M15*
  • L5M7*

    2 Elective from:

  • L5M8*
  • L5M9*
  • L5M10*
  • L5M1
Level 6 – Professional Diploma
  • L6M1
  • L6M2
  • L6M3

2 Electives from:

  • L6M5*
  • L6M7*
  • L6M8*
  • L6M10*
  • L6M4
  • L6M9*
  • L6M1

(L - Level | M - Module | * - Elective Modules)


With the implementation of the new syllabus, CIPS has also introduced Computer Based Examinations for all modules. This means that students will be using a computer at a CBE testing centre to complete their exam. CIPS research has suggested that 90% of students prefer CBE exams to paper based examinations. CBE exams have 2 formats:

Objective Response [OR] - Single, short questions that requires the candidate to choose or type a response to the question where the correct answer(s) are predetermined. These are auto marked. There are typically 15 available sitting options per OR exam during the OR exam week.

Constructive Response [CR] - Constructed response questions require the student to ‘construct’ a response to the question, such as an essay, by typing their response. There is only one sitting for a CR exam during the CR exam week.

Benefits of CBE:

  • There are now more exam opportunities per year (6) compared with the paper-based exams
  • There are as much as 15 opportunities to sit an OR exam during the OR exam week (which offers flexibility for working persons)
  • You can receive results more quickly with CBE examinations
  • You can now receive feedback on your exam performance

Fees & Discounts


CTS College offers competitive pricing for the CIPS programme with special introductory fees. We also have payment plans that allow you to pay for your modules in parts. See the fees payable below:

CTS College Registration Fee CTS College Tuition Fees
(per module)
CIPS Registration CIPS Renewal Fee CIPS OR Exam Fees
(per module)
CIPS CR Exam Fees
(per module)

TT$200 per semester

Programme Level 6 Credit 12 Credit
Level 3 TT$1,200 N/A
Level 4 TT$950 TT$1,750
Level 5 TT$1,100 TT$1,800
Level 6 TT$1,700 TT$2,100

(paid first year)

(paid annually from year 2)

£55 (Exam Fee)
£33 (Exam Venue Fee)

£71.50 (Exam Fee)
£50 (Exam Venue Fee)

Discounts Available

Please contact us to find out how you can save up to $2,700 off your CIPS programme fees.

Payment Plans

Students can be given a payment plan where an initial downpayment is made, with an arrangement for the remaining balance to be paid over the next two months. Please feel free to contact us to discuss a payment plan customised for you.

CTS College Payments

The following table shows the details for the 4 convenient ways to pay the CTS College fees for this programme:

Payment Method Details
Linx Paid at the Administration Office
Credit Card Paid at the Administration Office

Paid at the Administration Office

Made Payable to CTS College

Online Bank Transfer

Paid via Online Banking

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CIPS Payments

Please click here to view full instructions on how to pay the CIPS fees.

How To Apply

Registration for the Diploma in Procurement and Supply Level 4 programme is a 2-step process:

Registering with CTS College

Students must register with CTS College each semester in order to undertake tuition. Registration is done at the CTS College administration office.

Registering with CIPS

Students must also register with CIPS before they can undertake any CIPS examination. Additionally, students will be required to pay an annual subscription fee each year to renew their CIPS membership. Membership with CIPS also allows students access to CIPS online resources which will be useful for examination and continued professional development.

The most direct way to become a CIPS Member is by joining online at https://www.cips.org/en/membership/why-join-cips/how-to-join/. Payment by credit card will be required for your application to be processed. If you do not have a credit card please contact CTS College’s administrative office for assistance. Forms are also available at CTS College’s administration office, where students can receive further assistance.

Student Support

Programme Management

The programme management team is responsible for the management of this programme. If you would like further information or clarification on this programme please contact:

Mr. Jude Bernard
Programme Manager
Phone: (868) 796-2140

Mr. Sheldon C. Singh
Programme Administrator
Phone: (868) 398-5035

E-mail: CIPS@CTSCollege.com

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