CIPS Corporate Certification is an in-depth assessment process that measures your procurement function against our world-class standards across five dimensions (see diagram below). These five dimensions are essential facets of all organisations, no matter who and where you are, and what you do. The whole process aims to ensure that you are operating efficiently and effectively, and can drive constant improvement.
There are two levels of Corporate Certification, Standard and Advanced Standard. Within the Advanced Standard there are three levels of Award:
Corporate Certification Silver Award
Advanced, proactive business supporter
Organisations achieving a Silver Award have demonstrated that procurement is moving from being an operational to a managerial function, building performance, capability and value.
Corporate Certification Gold Award
Leading, strategic value adder
Achieving a Gold Award signifies that procurement has a strategic role within an organisation with the ability to influence the senior management team and other business functions.
Corporate Certification Platinum Award
World-class, strategic value creator
Organisations achieving a Platinum Award are the global elite. They are creating strategic value for their organisations through world-class procurement.
The diagram shows how you can progress through the Standard and Advanced Standard to achieve increasing levels of influence, control and involvement.
All of the Awards are valid for three years.
Fig 1: Overview of Corporate Certification Journey