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Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)

Procurement and Supply Management

Overview

Considering a career in Procurement or Supply Chain?

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. Procurement can help organisations control spend; with organisations spending more than two third of their revenue on procurement, even small cost reduction can have a big impact. Corruption adds up to 25% of the cost of procurement contracts in developing countries and can add up to 10% of business costs globally. Proper procurement practices can help to prevent corruption as well as 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.

What is CIPS?

CIPS, the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, 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 people 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 qualification that have become recognised as the standard for the procurement profession. CIPS qualifications are structured and progressive with procurement and supply at the core. CIPS qualifications reflect modern procurement practices across the globe and aim to future-proof students. CIPS qualifications are recognised in the UK (Ofqual) and by ACTT.

Why study CIPS?

The CIPS qualifications are widely regarded as the industry standard for working in procurement and supply.  If you want to improve your career or job prospects in this 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. CIPS 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; there are in high demand around the world. CIPS is strategic; it is aimed at managing the supplier base and maintaining long term relationships with suppliers.

CIPS can help to promote and improve procurement in your organisation.

  • Develop the people: CIPS can help you to build efficient, capable teams to deliver value from your supplier base.
  • Improve performance: CIPS can evaluate and accelerate the performance of your procurement and supply function.
  • Ethical: Corruption adds up to 25% of the cost of procurement contracts in developing countries, and can add up to 10% of business costs globally. CIPS guards against reputational damage by reinforcing ethical behaviour which drives out malpractice.
  • Professionalism: CIPS drives improvements in performance, attitude and behaviour that greatly benefit their effectiveness and reputation.
  • Talent: CIPS career progression pathway attracts the best to your organisation, unlocks potential and develops expertise.
  • Value: Building a community of high-performing professionals can change how procurement works and delivers greater efficiency, savings and risk mitigation.

Features of the CIPS Programme at CTS College

CTS College has been delivering educational programmes for almost 20 years. We have learnt a lot from our students regarding fitting academics into their busy lifestyle; or achieving a recognized qualification over a shorter duration or even creating a payment plan that works for the student. We’ve taken your various requests into consideration when designing the CIPS programme. 

  • Fits into your busy lifestyle - study just one day of class per week
  • Choice of weekend classes or evening classes* (based on demand)
  • Focus on just one 12-credit module or two 6-credit modules per semester
  • Six intake periods (semesters) per year
  • Accelerated learning – complete Level 3 in as little as 6 months and Levels 4, 5 and 6 in as little as 10 months each.
  • Intensive study school with detailed syllabus and past paper coverage prior to exams – ideal for a refresher for your exam
  • Flexible payment plans to suit your budget

CIPS Qualifications

CTS College is offering a range of CIPS qualifications. The following table shows the CIPS qualifications being offered at CTS College along with the target audience, the qualification equivalent and the entry requirements.

Level 3 - Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations Level 4 - Diploma in Procurement and Supply Level 5 – Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply Level 6 – Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply

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

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

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

Aimed at senior procurement professionals and heads of department.

To complete this level students are required to achieve 30 credits:

  • 4 core modules (each 6 credits)
  • 1 elective module (6 credits)
All 5 modules are Objective Response (OR)

To complete this level students are required to achieve 60 credits:

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

2 modules are Constructed Response (CR)

6 modules are Objective Response (OR)

To complete this level students are required to achieve 60 credits:

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

2 modules are Constructed Response (CR)

6 modules are Objective Response (OR)

To complete this level students are required to achieve 60 credits:

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

4 modules are Constructed Response (CR)

3 modules are Objective Response (OR)

Equivalent to A level (UK) | CAPE

Equivalent to first year degree (UK)

Equivalent to second year degree (UK)

Equivalent to bachelors (hons) degree (UK)

Entry Requirements:

There are no entry requirements for this level. Anyone can start here.

Entry Requirements:

To start at this level, you will need to provide evidence of:

  • a minimum two A levels or equivalent (or higher)
  • OR at least two years’ experience in a relevant business environment.
  • OR successful completion of CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply

Entry Requirements:

There is no direct entry to this level. To progress to this level the student must successfully complete the CIPS Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply.

Entry Requirements:

There is no direct entry to this level. To progress to this level the student must successfully complete the CIPS Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply.

Semester Schedule

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 over a shorter period of time. Students may start in any of the semesters.

  A B C D E F

Semester

Jan to Mar

Mar to May

May to Jul

Jul to Sep

Sep to Nov Nov to Jan

Registration Deadline Date

03 Jan 2020 14 Mar 2020 10 May 2019 12 Jul 2019 6 Sep 2019 15 Nov 2019

Exam Entry Deadline Date

03 Jan 2020 14 Mar 2020 17 May 2019 19 Jul 2019 13 Sep 2019 22 Nov 2019

Semester Start Date

25-Jan 2020 14 Mar 2020 25 May 2019 27 Jul 2019 28 Sep 2019 16 Nov 2019
Exam Dates

2-6 Mar 2020 (OR)

9-11 Mar 2020 (CR)

11-15 May 2020 (OR)

18-20 May 2020 (CR)

15-19 Jul 2019 (OR)

22-24 Jul 2019 (CR)

16-20 Sep 2019 (OR)

23-25 Sep 2019 (CR)

11-15 Nov 2019 (OR)

18-20 Nov 2019 (CR)

20-24 Jan 2020 (OR)

27-29 Jan 2020 (CR)

 

Module Delivery Schedule

CTS College has structured our classes to allow you to fit the CIPS qualification into your busy schedule. With just one day of class per week, students can complete the CIPS L3 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 2 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.

  A B C D E F

Semester

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

Choose 1 Elective

  • L3M5*
  • L3M6*
  • L3M1
  • L3M2
  • L3M3
  • L3M4

Choose 1 Elective

  • L3M5*
  • L3M6*

Level 4 - Diploma

  • L4M1
  • L4M2
  • L4M3
  • L4M4
  • L4M5
  • L4M6
  • L4M7
  • L4M8
REST | RESITS

Level 5 - Advanced Diploma

  • L5M1
  • L5M2
  • L5M3
  • L5M4
  • L5M5

+ 1 Elective from:

  • L5M6*
  • L5M15*
  • L5M7*

2 Electives from:

  • L5M8*
  • L5M9*
  • L5M10*
REST | RESITS
Level 6 – Professional Diploma
  • L6M1
  • L6M2
  • L6M3

2 Electives from:

  • L6M5*
  • L6M7*
  • L6M8*
  • L6M9*
  • L6M4
  • L6M10*
REST | RESITS

*Elective Modules

CIPS Examinations (CBE)

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 require 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 create ‘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 on 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 Payable

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

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

$200 per semester

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

£187
(paid first year)

£137
(paid annually from year 2)

£48 (Exam Fee)
£30 (Exam Venue Fee)

£63 (Exam Fee)
£45 (Exam Venue Fee)

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