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Routes to MCIPS

and beyond
Choose from one of the joining routes depending on
your qualications and experience all of which our
expert advisers can guide you on.

Accredited Degree and S/NVQ


If you are studying for a CIPS accredited degree or postgraduate

programme, you will either become fully qualied at the end of
your studies, or you may need to undertake some top-up
programmes of study to gain MCIPS. If you are still studying you
will need to join as a Student Member and if you have completed
your studies you will join as an Aliate Member, before being
awarded full MCIPS membership. Learners studying S/NVQ
Level 4 in Supply Chain Management registered before 30 April
2014 must apply for an upgrade to MCIPS by 31 December 2016
following completion of the qualication.

A CIPS Fellowship, or FCIPS, recognises

outstanding achievement and
commitment to the profession. It is not
a professional qualication but an
accolade with tangible benets and an
acknowledgement amongst your peers.

For a full list of accredited degrees, please visit



Affiliate Member*

Professional Qualications

Management Entry Route (MER)

Corporate Award

Joining CIPS as an Aliate Member means you

become part of a powerful network of almost
100,000 people in 150 countries. Its a great
way to stay up to date with developments in
the profession and you will have access to all of
our benets, resources and events.

You will join CIPS as a Student Member and gradually work

your way through our qualications, giving you the
underpinning knowledge you need to achieve MCIPS.
Depending on the qualications and experience you already
have, you may be exempt from some units of study and we
will advise you on this before you commence your studies.
You can study anywhere in the world, either at a CIPS study
centre; by joining a distance learning programme; or through
self study where you learn at your own pace.

If you are a senior procurement and supply

professional, you can gain recognition for your
achievements through MER. You will join us initially
as an Aliate Member and then undergo an
individual assessment. This results in either MCIPS
being awarded immediately, or some additional study
to ll knowledge gaps before you become MCIPS.

The CIPS Corporate Award is designed to help groups

of between eight and sixteen procurement
professionals within an organisation to achieve
MCIPS. Each Award programme is tailored to meet
specic business needs and to enable you and your
purchasing colleagues to build skills and knowledge
with the power to deliver competitive advantage.

For more information about our MER, please visit


For more information on the CIPS Corporate Award,

visit www.cips.org/CorporateAward

*Aliate Membership is for non-studying members

and will not lead to MCIPS.

For more information on aliate membership,

please visit www.cips.org/Aliate

For more information, please download our Guide to

Qualications at www.cips.org/CIPSQualications