Benefits of CIPS Qualifications

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Throughout the world, CIPS qualifications are recognised as driving leading-edge thinking and professionalism. Developed by working closely with industry they reflect current, emerging and best practice in procurement and supply. CIPS qualifications give you a significant competitive edge to enable you to be the best you can be! A professional qualification will enable you to perform better in your chosen career and enjoy greater rewards.   Those with a professional qualification and membership of a professional body earn more and have greater employability. A professional qualification demonstrates to employers your commitment to being a better professional. CIPS has five professional qualifications to enable you to progress your career. Contact us now for more information and how you can study online.

Why study CIPS?

Explore how a career in procurement opens a wealth of opportunities and can take you anywhere in the world.

Every organisation relies on buying things to run their business and as buyer, you are in an extremely powerful position. But because buyers often operate behind the scenes, many people are not aware of procurement and supply as a career choice. Top buyers are in huge demand around the world and can achieve extremely high positions within companies. Get in touch and understand how to become qualified.

 Your career in procurement and supply

You may be in the first stages of considering a future in procurement and supply or you may already be working as a buyer. If you’re serious about your career, you should be part of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) and take the qualifications you need to reach the highest levels in the profession. MCIPS (Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply) is the internationally recognised standard for a procurement professional and marks you out as at the top of your game, significantly enhancing your career and earning prospects.

Why join Business Academy Online as your Training Provider?

We are a professional knowledgeable CIPS centre with a wealth of expertise and experience. With an innovative modern learning management system and a deep understanding of neuroscience and how people learn and retain information, our training is designed to give you the best chance of success in your exams.

Our training is designed to replicate a virtual classroom, but better as you can re-watch and listen to our training to help aid your understanding.  We provide you with interactive videos, exercises and assignments which are marked by our tutors who are all MCIPS professionals.

Laura Scarfe, our Training Director and lead tutor has worked with CIPS and delivering CIPS training for over 12 years now.  She has experience as a Principal Marker and Assessment Author directly for CIPS so brings a wealth of knowledge as to what student’s need to do in order to achieve the highest marks.  Laura has also been asked repeatedly by CIPS themselves to provide her innovative learning tips to the CIPS training community, creating tutor tips for exam centres across the globe.

Benefits for your organisation.

Investing in CIPS training for your employees will make your business more profitable and competitive due to the improved effectiveness and efficiency of your procurement team. CIPS training will motivate teams and individuals as well as bringing best practice and innovative thinking to the workplace.

Recent scandals in the press have highlighted the increasing need to train purchasing staff to ensure you really know your supply chain. CIPS covers key areas such as CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), sustainability, negotiation, ethical trading, leadership and much more.

  • Industry-led qualifications – whether you have just entered the profession, or you are an experienced manager, the CIPS qualification programme offers something for everyone.
  • Relevance – CIPS qualifications are relevant for purchasing and supply in the 21st century. With current topics and key business essentials, the syllabus introduces fresh content, reflects real-life business issues, and places a strong emphasis on the application, as well as the acquisition, of knowledge and skills.
  • A clear learning path – each qualification level is designed to equate to specific job roles, so you can take what you learn straight into the workplace. You can start and finish the CIPS qualifications journey at the right stage for you, giving you real flexibility and choice and the ability to progress at your own pace as your career progresses.
  • Recognised badge of competence – the qualifications provide a badge of competence, by assessing students against practical learning outcomes. As an international organisation, the badge of competence carries recognition throughout the profession.


Level 5 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
May 2023
M3 & M8
29th Mar, 5th April, 19th April, 26th April
July 2023
25th May, 14th June, 21st June, 5th July
November 2023
M1 & M2
4th Oct, 11th Oct, 18th Oct, 1st Nov
March 2024
M5, M15 & M9
7th Feb, 21st Feb, 28th Feb, 6th March

Level 4 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2023
M3, M5, M7
10th Jan, 24th Jan, 31st Jan, 7th Feb, 21st Feb, 28th Feb
May 2023
M4 & M6
28th March, 4th April, 25th April, 2nd May.
July 2023
6th June, 20th June, 4th July.
November 2023
M1 & M2
10th Oct, 17th Oct, 24th Oct, 31st Oct, 7th Nov