Q: What's the difference between e-learning courses and other methods of study?
A: Traditional courses involve sitting in a classroom and listening to a teacher, and perhaps taking notes. With CIPS e-learning there are no classrooms, you study in your own time at your own pace, anywhere, anytime as long as you have internet connection. There are no strict timetables or deadlines as you might have in other courses. You will be required to motivate yourself.
Q: What is the difference between distance and e-learning?
A: In the digital age distance learning and e-learning courses are quickly becoming the same thing. Distance learning would usually mean that you would be sent your work by a tutor then you would send it back for marking. CIPS e-learning has a unique Routemap system that guides you through the e-learning modules to keep you on the right track. At the end of each module there is an assessment check to monitor your comprehension.
Q Will I get any support?
A: CIPS e-learning doesn't include tutor support however you will have access to a Programme Manager who can provide you with information about the e-learning programmes. For technical queries you will have access to the Learning & Development Team who are able help from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. They will aim to answer all queries as quickly as possible and can guarantee to respond within 72 hours.
Q: How many exams can I apply for per period?
A: CIPS recommends that candidates should aim to take no more than 3 exams per series – this is based on the current average number of exams taken per candidate. However the examination timetable will permit up to 10 units per examination series. Exam sittings take place in the UK in January, March, May, July and November and Internationally in May, July and November each year.
Q: Does the e-learning include membership to CIPS?
A: No, most new members join as either a student or an affiliate member. If you are unsure about which grade of membership is right for you contact firstname.lastname@example.org You will need to become a CIPS member to enter for CIPS exams.
Q: How do I know which qualification is right for me?
A: Our qualifications pages on our website should give you all of the answers you need, if for any reason you are still unsure contact email@example.com for more information.
Q. Does the e-learning include the cost for CIPS exams?
A: No, you are responsible for registering for your exams. Exam enrolment forms containing all information regarding registration including a list of examination centres are available on the website.
Q: Can I pre-test my knowledge before exams?
A: Yes, past papers are available for all exam style questions. Also at the end of each e-learning module you will be tested on your knowledge.
Q: Is there a discount if I buy a whole qualification (five units) rather than individual units?
A: Yes, there is a 10% discount if you purchase all five units at once.
Q. Does the e-learning cover the full syllabus?
A: Not entirely, therefore we recommend that you use other resources in conjunction with the e-learning modules such as coursebooks and recommended reading to ensure you are fully prepared for your examinations.
Q. Can I buy e-learning online?
A: Yes, when you buy e-learning online it will automatically download into your My Learning account in CIPS e-learning and you can start whenever you are ready.
Q. What if I can't buy online?
A: Download an e-learning booking form and send it to our Customer Services Team, Customer.Services@cips.org +44(0)1780 756777. Before booking please read our Terms and Conditions carefully.
Q: I'm already a CIPS member, can I go straight into CIPS e-learning and buy e-learning?
A: Yes, If you are already a member you can access e-learning one of two ways either visit CIPS e-learning portal and login using your CIPS Membership number and password or in your My CIPS account.