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Chartered Status

Gain recognition for your commitment to going the extra mile in your career, with Chartered Procurement and Supply Professional status

 

Is Chartered Status right for me?

Watch this short film of Mandy Chippindale FCIPS, who was the first person to be awarded Chartered Procurement and Supply Professional Status, and Bryan Cook FCIPS:

 
A professional with Chartered Status will lead procurement teams and have influence at board level as well as across supply markets by delivering innovative sourcing solutions. A higher-level status than MCIPS, those with Chartered Status will be qualified up to postgraduate degree level and be able to understand institutional risk and contingency approaches in all parts of the organisation, how the supply chain affects innovation, and risk sharing strategies throughout the business. Professionals who hold this status will be the most sought-after talent and those who will take the profession beyond its current boundaries.

If you are considering making an application for Chartered Status you should consider each of the routes available before you decide what’s best for you. Each of the routes will require a considerable time commitment.

There are now six MBA programmes that have accreditation for Chartered Status 

Find out more

 

 

Routes to Chartered Status
Routes to Chartered StatusRoutes to MCIPSRoutes to Chartered StatusAcademic routeRoutes to Chartered StatusExperiential routeRoutes to Chartered StatusApplied learningRoutes to Chartered Status

Experiential route

This route can take anywhere between six and nine months to complete, which is dependent upon the time it takes you to prepare for and undertake each stage of the assessment.

You will be required to complete a combination of an online competency assessment, followed by written personal statements demonstrating achievement and experience based on the segments in the Advanced Professional competency level in the CIPS Global Standard. This will then be followed by a viva interview within the required deadlines before you get to the outcome.

Minimum entry criteria for the Experiential route is:

  • Must be MCIPS or FCIPS
  • Must have three years post MCIPS experience
  • Must have an up to date CIPS Ethics test

Cost

 
Stage 1 and 2 application and online assessment £250.00
Applicants will be required to pay a first instalment of £250.00 after CIPS accepts the application. Applicants will be invited to make the first payment which is non-refundable.
Stage 3, 4 and 5
£545.00
Following a successful outcome of stages 1 and 2 you will be required to pay a further £545.00 to continue.

Total cost £795.00

Academic route

We currently have six accredited specialist MBA programmes as listed below. The content within each programme has been analysed and aligned to the Advanced Professional competency level in the CIPS Global Standard in Procurement and Supply.

We recommend that you apply for Chartered Status once you have completed your MBA programme as a copy of your certificate and transcript will be required at the first stage of the application process.

Minimum entry criteria for the academic route is:

  • Must be current MCIPS or FCIPS
  • Must have 3 years post MCIPS experience
  • Must provide certificate of CIPS accredited MBA programme and transcript
  • Must have an up to date CIPS Ethical Procurement and Supply test.


Download our position statement on MBAs as a route to CIPS Chartered Status.

Programmes available:

University of Northampton – CIPS Accredited MBA
The University of Northampton now offer a Master in Business Administration that is CIPS accredited as a route to becoming Chartered.  This is a distance learning programme and can be undertaken anywhere in the world.  It normally runs twice a year with cohorts starting in September and February and it’s expected to take 12 – 18 months to complete. Full entry criteria, the programme of study and cost details can be found

Universirty of Northampton

University of Northampton

The University of Northampton Masters in Business Administration with CIPS accreditation is a route to becoming Chartered. This is a distance learning programme and can be undertaken anywhere in the world.  It normally runs twice each year with cohorts starting in September and February and it’s expected to take 12 – 18 months to complete.

Distance Learning programme

Full entry criteria, the programme of study and cost details can be found here.


University of Bath

University of Bath

The University of Bath offers a Masters in Business Administration that is now CIPS accredited as a route to becoming Chartered. The programme is available full or part time with two intakes per year in January and October each year. It’s expected to take 24 months to complete and can take a maximum of 5 years to complete.

Full and Part-time programmes available

There are 2 deadlines for the September start full time MBA.  

Full time MBA

1 April for international non EU students

1 August UK/EU

 Part-time Executive MBA there are 2 programme start dates

1 August for the October start

1 November for the January start

Full entry criteria, the programme of study and cost details can be found here.


Leeds Beckett University

Leeds Beckett University offers a Masters in Business Administration that is now accredited by CIPS, as a route to becoming Chartered. There are two distinct MBA programmes: the MBA Graduate and the MBA Executive. Both programmes are made up of the same modules and are delivered on a full-time or part-time basis over 12-24 months. The only key difference between the two is that for the MBA Executive programme, students must have two years work experience.

Delivery is at the City Campus, Leeds

MBA [Executive, MBAEX]

Full entry criteria, the programme of study and cost details can be found here.

MBA [Graduate, MBABA]

Full entry criteria, the programme of study and cost details can be found here.


Auckland University of Technology Business School, New Zealand

Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

Auckland University of Technology offers a Masters in Business Administration that is now CIPS accredited, as a route to becoming Chartered. The MBA is offered as both a full-time and part-time programme, and is designed to give students maximum flexibility by enabling them to choose the number of papers taken in any given term providing the qualification is completed within four years.

Full entry criteria, the programme of study and cost details can be found here.


Curtin University (Graduate School of Business)

Curtin University offers a Masters in Business Administration (Strategic Procurement) that is now CIPS accredited, as a route to becoming Chartered. The MBA is offered as a one year full-time or two year part-time programme.

Full entry criteria, the programme of study and cost details can be found here.


Victoria University

Victoria University offers a Masters in Business Administration that is now accredited by CIPS, as a route to becoming Chartered. Delivered by the Victoria Graduate School of Business (VGSB), the MBA covers a broad range of business and management disciplines and is offered on a full-time or part-time basis.

Full entry criteria, the programme of study and cost details can be found here.

Applied learning route

Master Practitioner Programme

Designed for organisations, the Master Practitioner Programme, accredited by CIPS, is equivalent to a Postgraduate Diploma, and, as the newest level within our highly successful Corporate Award applied learning programme, offers a route for an organisation’s procurement team to reach Chartered Status, subject to achievement criteria.  
The Corporate Award Master Practitioner Programme provides a powerful learning experience which develops and creates procurement and supply chain leaders of the future with the workshops, assignments and final dissertation all focussed on helping your organisation address real challenges, drive business improvements and deliver return on investment.  
It is a unique, executive style programme which examines relevant and current business good practice and thinking, explores the personal skills and behaviours organisations require of senior procurement practitioners and is supported by strong, Masters level academic theories. 
The minimum criteria for a Corporate Award Master Practitioner Programme:
Must be MCIPS or FCIPS 
Programmes can be run for organisations which have 12 or more participants or, subject to the level of interest we receive, we can bring participants together from multiple organisations to run a syndicated Master Practitioner Programme.

The Master Practitioner Programme, accredited by CIPS, is equivalent to a Postgraduate Diploma. As the newest level within our highly successful Corporate Award applied learning programme, it offers a route to reach Chartered Status.

The Corporate Award Master Practitioner Programme provides a powerful learning experience which develops and creates procurement and supply chain leaders of the future with the workshops, assignments and final dissertation all focussed on helping your organisation address real challenges, drive business improvements and deliver return on investment. It is a unique, executive-style programme which examines relevant and current business good practice and thinking, explores the personal skills and behaviours organisations require of senior procurement practitioners and is supported by strong, Masters-level academic theories.

The minimum criteria for a Corporate Award Master Practitioner Programme:

  • Must be MCIPS or FCIPS


Programmes can be run for organisations which have 12 or more participants or, subject to the level of interest we receive, we can bring participants together from multiple organisations to run a syndicated Master Practitioner Programme.

Case Studies

As we proceed on the path to put procurement at the heart of business, we speak to our very first Chartered Professionals about the experience and benefits of becoming Chartered:

 
  Rael Safwat

Wael Safwat FCIPS -  Chairman CIPS Canada Branch

I am currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Supply Chain Management Association Ontario SCMAO, Canada, and the Chairman of the Awards Committee, and have acted as Head of Procurement for various organisations.

I believe that it’s essential, no matter what level in the profession you attain, to keep challenging your skillsets and capability. The continuous professional development that members receive through CIPS and Chartered status is a cornerstone for developing leadership, technical and behavioural competencies.

Continue reading

 
 

 
  Gary Howard

Gary Howard FCIPS -  Supply Chain Director, B/E Aerospace, Interior Structures Business

18 years ago I became Supply Chain Manager at B/E Aerospace, the world's largest aircraft interior manufacturer, responsible for at least 50% of all aircraft seats along with everything from lighting and oxygen systems, to galleys and toilets. I am currently Supply Chain Director for the A350 galley programme, the biggest contract the company has.

My main reasons for becoming Chartered were to continue my professional development and to endorse my achievements in the last 14 years since I became an MCIPS member. Also, having spent some time involved in Congress activities and seeing how CIPS has evolved, I believe that it's inevitable that at some point the profession will become fully licensed and I want to be part of that journey.

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  Natalie Henfrey

Natalie Henfrey, MCIPS.  Managing Consultant, PA Consulting

Becoming Chartered encourages you to widen your skillset... I trained as a Buyer and Manager on the Selfridges graduate programme. After five years I moved into the public sector where I designed and set up a procurement function for a Local Authority, and during which time I qualified for MCIPS membership.

I spent a couple of years working for British Sugar as a Procurement Manager before leaving procurement to work as Head of Supplier Development in retail. Then I moved into consultancy, working at a small supply chain consultancy for ten years before moving into my current role as Procurement Expert at PA Consulting last year.

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FAQs

What is Chartered Status?

Chartered Procurement and Supply Professional status is an individual professional designation conferred by our Royal Charter, which only CIPS can award. The approval of this designation by the Privy Council is a significant milestone in the advancement of the procurement and supply profession. Chartered Status is available to senior procurement and supply professionals who are experienced practitioners and/or qualified to postgraduate level, who are also actively engaged annually in undertaking CPD and continuing their commitment to an ethical profession. By doing so, they signal their commitment to raising the standard of procurement and supply in the workplace.

 

Why do you need Chartered Status?

For those engaging with Chartered Procurement and Supply Professionals, it provides the individuals and their employers with confidence and reassurance that the individual is not only qualified to the highest standard, but also that their Continuing Professional Development is current and up to date and that their ethical awareness and understanding of current practices have been assessed by CIPS on an annualised basis.

For individuals who achieve Chartered Status, it demonstrates to others an accolade of professionalism to the highest standard, and a visible commitment to the profession.

 

What’s the difference between MCIPS and Chartered?

 

MCIPS

 

Chartered Status

  Minimum qualification requirements
 
  • A minimum of 3 years experience
  • Either:
    - Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply
    - Accredited Degree
    - Corporate Award Advanced Practitioner Programme
    - Management Entry Route
 
  • Must have an up to date CIPS Ethics test.
  • Either:
    - CIPS accredited specialist MBA programme
    - Applied Learning: Master Practitioner Programme
    - Experiential route: based on a minimum of 3 years post MCIPS
  Maintenance and renewal
 

Annual renewal is required to maintain use of MCIPS/FCIPS published on CIPS Professional Register

30 CPD hours and up to date CIPS Ethics test is desirable.

 

Annual renewal required to maintain use of Chartered Status published on CIPS Professional Register

A minimum of CIPS silver CPD status and an up to date CIPS Ethics test is essential.

  Standards of competence
(assessed against the CIPS Global Standard for Procurement and Supply)
 

Managerial and Professional level of competency based on CIPS Global Standard.

 

Advanced Professional level of competency based on CIPS Global Standard.

 

Which route is right for me?

Academic
This route is for individuals that have completed one of the CIPS accredited specialist MBA programmes.

Experiential
This is for individuals who have the required experience and meet the other eligibility criteria but would prefer not to do an MBA programme or do not have the opportunity to take part in a organisational led programme.

Applied learning
Accredited by CIPS and equivalent to a Postgraduate Diploma, the CIPS Master Practitioner Programme is designed for organisations to create Procurement and Supply Chain leaders for the future and provides a route for their staff to reach Chartered Status, subject to achievement criteria.

 

What is the cost?

Academic
Accredited MBA programme costs will vary depending on the programme you choose. 

Experiential
There are five stages for the experiential route to Chartered Status. On acceptance of your application we will request that you contact CIPS to make an initial payment for Stages 1 and 2. On successful completion of Stages 1 and 2 you will be required to pay for Stages 3,4 and 5.

The cost for the experiential process is:

  • Stages 1 and 2 - £250.00
  • Stages 3, 4 and 5 - £545.00

 

How will a member with Chartered Status show the designation?

Chartered Status is to be shown as:

MCIPS – Chartered Procurement and Supply Professional

FCIPS – Chartered Procurement and Supply Professional

 

Will there be any increase in charges to the MCIPS and FCIPS membership routes?

No, there is no intention to change membership fees, they along with the membership benefits remain unchanged.

 

What is the renewal process, and will there be increased cost?

In order to renew your membership and maintain Chartered Status you will be required to complete the following:

Annual CIPS Ethics Test
Successfully passing the Ethical Procurement and Supply two-hour online test demonstrates an individual's ability to act with integrity, to recognise situations where ethics and social responsibility need to be considered, and to determine how best to respond.  In support of our commitment to protecting the public it will be an essential requirement to complete an annual CIPS Ethics test to maintain Chartered Status.

Annual Continuing Professional Development
Further essential maintenance will require a member with Chartered Status to renew annually, and to demonstrate that this standard is being maintained through evidence of achieving silver CPD status.

 

Will my membership and Chartered Status renewals coincide?

Although you may renew your membership and commence the Chartered Status route at different times, it is our aim to align your membership renewal, CIPS Ethics Test, silver CPD status to ensure a simplistic renewal process.

 

Will there be additional fees at the point of renewal for Chartered Status?

If your membership is continuous from the point of being awarded Chartered Status you will pay your normal MCIPS or FCIPS renewal fees only. 

 

How can I achieve silver or gold CPD Status?

There are three categories of CPD activity:

  • Knowledge – improving your theoretical and practical knowledge of procurement
  • Skills – improving your ability to do your job as a procurement professional
  • Personal development – improving non-procurement related knowledge and skills

 

To achieve silver or gold CPD status, you must record CPD hours in every category during your CPD year. However there are both a minimum and a maximum number of CPD hours for the personal development category which can contribute towards your CPD status.

Simply ensure you record your learning within your CPD account and the CPD tool will do the rest. The CPD tool will calculate how many CPD hours you have recorded in each CPD category and it will show you a summary of how many CPD hours you have recorded in each CPD category, and a summary of how many CPD hours contribute towards your CPD status.

 

What if I’m not eligible?

All applicants must meet the minimum criteria for any of the routes to Chartered Status. Please go to our qualifications pages to start your journey to becoming a recognised professional in procurement and supply.