Manufacturing, wholesale and retail businesses, as well as nonprofits such as colleges and government agencies rely on procurement professionals to acquire all the goods and services they need to keep operations running.
If you are a supply chain manager, operations manager, head of logistics, or other senior procurement professional looking to secure an additional credential, look no further than the Chartered Institute of Procurement and & Supply (CIPS)’s Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply.
Read on to learn how you can acquire it.
1. Qualifying for the Professional Diploma
This professional diploma is designed for senior procurement professionals who have already earned the Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply, which is also offered by CIPS. The Advanced Diploma is designed for middle-level procurement professionals such as procurements specialists, contract officers and logistics planners.
So if you are an entry-level procurement professional, you should focus on earning the Diploma in Procurement and Supply, followed by the Advanced Diploma. Only then can you be eligible to pursue the Professional Diploma.
If you, however, feel you have the right educational background to pursue the Professional Diploma without being a holder of the Advanced Diploma, you can apply to the CPS for exemption.
2. Securing Membership in the CIPS
Before you can be able to register or book the professional diploma examinations, you must apply to become an affiliate member of the CIPS. To apply, all you need to do is fill out and submit an online application form through the CIPS website. In the form, you will provide your personal details (name, date of birth, sex etc.), address details and employment details. You will also be required to pay an application fee, which is £214.50 as of May 2015.
Alternatively, you can download membership fees and application forms from the CIPs website, fill them out, and send them to the institute via fax or post.
3. Booking the Professional Diploma Examination
Once you are confirmed as an affiliate member of the CIPS, you will be issued a membership ID and password that you will use to log into the website and book your examinations.
Exams are offered in January, March, July and November of each year.
4. Studying for, and Taking Your Examinations
The Professional Diploma contains three compulsory and three optional units:
The compulsory units include:
- Leadership in procurement and supply
- Corporate and business strategy
- Strategic supply chain management
The optional units include:
- Supply chain diligence
- Programme and project management
- Legal aspects in procurement and supply (UK).
To earn the diploma, you must pass all the three compulsory units and any two of the optional units.
According to CIPS, each unit requires 50 hours of guided learning hours. If you wish to self-study, you can purchase course books from the CIPS bookshop. If you go the guided leaning route, here are some reputable training providers:
- University of West London
- Preston’s College.
After completing studying for the course, you can sit the examination on the exam month you chose when booking. CIPS publishes a list of exam centers, from where the exams will be taken.
After passing the five units (results are typically released two months after exam date), you will be awarded the Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply.
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These are the steps to follow when you want to acquire the Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments section below.