Your results and final report will be sent to you within 30 calendar days of you completing the MER interview assessment.
Pass: If you successfully pass all stages of the MER assessment process, and have passed the CIPS ethics test, then CIPS will upgrade you to MCIPS grade of membership. We will send you an email with your outcome report, and then you will receive a welcome pack and certificate in the post within 60 calendar days of your outcome email. (Note – this timescale may depend on your country of residence).
Fail: If you are unsuccessful you will have a detailed report outlining areas for development and advice on suggested next steps for you.
One outcome from the MER assessment is the offer of undertaking a development plan. This offer is made if there is a small shortfall in up to three of the ten themes of the Global Standard at professional level.
CIPS will make this offer to candidates. If they wish to continue on their MER journey, candidates need to take up the offer of a development plan by contacting CIPS and making a payment of the fee.
CIPS will then set the development plan, tailored to the candidate, and give a 90 calendar day deadline for its submission. The submission can include appendices. Full instructions, guidance and assessment criteria are available for each of the tasks outlined and there is also a ‘Development Plan writing guidance’
You must submit your completed development plan to us electronically as a ‘pdf’ by emailing your documents to us at firstname.lastname@example.org . We will then send your work for assessment. If its meets the requirements and standard required, we will then upgrade you to MCIPS and confirm this to you. If you have not met the standard or requirement, you may at CIPS discretion be offered a reattempt. If you fail to meet the requirements of the development plan, you will fail the MER assessment and be withdrawn from the MER route.
What if I fail to meet the 90 day deadline?
If you fail to meet the deadline, we will consider this as a fail. If you are subject to extenuating personal circumstances, then a formal application for an extension must be submitted to email@example.com. CIPS will review any requests and provide a response at its own discretion (see term 11 which also applies to all MER assessment related deadlines).
If you are unsuccessful at meeting the required standard for the development plan CIPS, at its own discretion, may choose to offer you one resubmission opportunity.
If this is the case you will receive a message from us making that offer, and providing you with a deadline for completion of your reattempt.