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Assessment and examinations

  • Each Level of study requires candidates to successfully pass five modules (sometimes also known as units). 

  • Each module at Level 2 and Level 3 is assessed by a two hour paper with 60 multiple choice questions. Each module at Levels 4, 5 and 6 is assessed by a three hour written examination paper, normally based on a case study.

  • Exam papers are written and marked by CIPS, not by the institute or college you might be studying through.

  •  Exams are scheduled by CIPS at set times during the year. These are currently during the third weeks of May, July and November each year but if you are taking exams in the UK, additional sittings may be possible. Exam timetables cannot be varied under any circumstances. 

  • Candidates may enter for as many module exams as they wish in one sitting, however they should check that the scheduled timings for each are different.

  •  Before you can sit any CIPS exam, you have to be a registered Student Member of CIPS for which a fee is charged, depending on your location. For information on how to join CIPS, please visit the web page  ---here---  Fees for Student Membership can be paid online directly to CIPS using a credit card or you can submit a hard copy Membership Application Form by post with payment by Sterling cheque or draft.

  • CIPS also charge a fee for candidates to enrol on their exams. This fee covers the printing of your exam papers, sending the papers to your selected exam venue and collecting them after you have sat the exams. The fee also covers the marking of your written answer papers. For information on current CIPS exam enrolment fees in different locations, please visit  ---here--- [External Link; New Window]  but please make sure that you check for the correct geographical location. 

  •   Registered Members of CIPS can pay exam enrolment fees online through the CIPS web site using a credit card or submit a hard copy enrolment form by post with payment by Sterling cheque or draft.

  • There are approved exam venues around the world. They are currently listed on the exam enrolment forms for different regions and can be found on the CIPS web site  ---here--- [External Link; New Window] but again please make sure that you check for the correct geographical location.

  •  In addition to the exam enrolment fees which are paid to CIPS, the venue where you sit your exams will normally change you a fee for invigilation. You will need to ask them how much they will charge for the invigilation of each two hour or three hour exam.

  • CIPS has deadlines for exam enrolment. Normally, you will need to enrol at least two months before each exam sitting. Deadlines are listed on the CIPS exam enrolment forms and on their web site

Examination pass marks

The following pass marks and grade bands will apply to all units at Levels 4, 5 and 6 (plus the AC3 workflow module at Level 3).

* Distinction 75 - 100%
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Merit 60 - 74%
* Pass 50 - 59%
* Fail 0 - 49%

A pass mark of 75% is required for each module at Level 2 and Level 3 (but not the AC3 workflow module, see above). Additionally, in order to pass, 75% must be achieved for each of the sections within these exams.  

It should be noted that the exit award at each Level is not graded.

Examinations

CIPS examinations for qualifications modules are hand written and paper-based.

The following principles are adhered to when exam papers are developed by CIPS :

         The module content will be assessed through the use of the learning outcomes (LOs), and parts thereof, published by CIPS within the Unit Content Guides. All LOs will be assessed within every assessment.

         All LOs within a module are weighted equally. The coverage of each LO within an assessment is equally weighted.

         All questions within an assessment are compulsory. There are no optional questions. All assessments are marked out of 100%.

         The standard of the assessment is set by the LOs within the module content. 
With the exception of the exams for AD3 Improving competitiveness and PD3 Strategic supply chain management, all examinations are closed-book.

Exam duration

Exams for modules within the Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Professional Diploma in procurement & supply qualifications are each of 3 hours duration. Exams for modules within the Certificate and Advanced Certificate in procurement & supply operations qualifications are each of 2 hours duration.

 

Exam format

Professional Diploma in procurement & supply

Unit Exam format (3 hours). Pass mark 50%
PD1 Leadership Unseen case of around 500 words and four questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome. Questions should be answered within the context of the case.
PD2 Corporate & business strategy Four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome.
PD3 Strategic SCM Pre-released case. The case will be 12-15 pages long and based on a realistic organisation. The case is published on the website at least four weeks in advance of the exam date to allow candidates to analyse the information and prepare for the exam. The exam is open-book and there will be four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome. Questions should be answered within the context of the case.
PD4 Supply chain diligence Four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome.
PD5 Programme & project management Four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome.
PD6 Legal aspects (UK) Four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome.

Advanced Diploma in procurement & supply

Unit   Exam format (3 hours). Pass mark 50%
AD1 Management Unseen case of around 500 words and four questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome. Questions should be answered within the context of the case.
AD2 Managing risks Unseen case of around 500 words and four questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome. Questions should be answered within the context of the case.
AD3 Improving competitiveness Pre-released case. The case will be 12-15 pages long and based on a realistic organisation. The case is published on the website at least four weeks in advance of the exam date to allow candidates to analyse the information and prepare for the exam. The exam is open-book and there will be four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome. Questions should be answered within the context of the case.
AD4 Category management Four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome.
AD5 Sustainability Four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome.
AD6 Operations management Four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome.

Diploma in procurement & supply

Unit Exam format (3 hours). Pass mark 50%
D1 Contexts Four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome.
D2 Business needs Four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome.
D3 Sourcing Unseen case of around 500 words and five questions each worth 20 marks, each testing a different learning outcome. Questions should be answered within the context of the case.
D4 Negotiating and contracting Four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome.
D5 Managing contracts and relationships Four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome.

Advanced Certificate in procurement & supply operations

Unit Exam format (2 hours)
AC1 Environments 60 multiple-choice questions (MCQs). Select one correct answer from four options. There will be 20 MCQs testing each learning outcome. Pass mark 75%.
AC2 Operations 60 MCQs. Select one correct answer from four options. There will be 20 MCQs testing each learning outcome.  Pass mark 75%.
AC3 Workflow Practical written exam with four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome. The questions are designed to simulate tasks which might be undertaken in the work environment. Pass mark 50%.
AC4 Inventory and logistics 60 MCQs. Select one correct answer from four options. There will be 20 MCQs testing each learning outcome. Pass mark 75%.
AC5 Relationships 60 MCQs. Select one correct answer from four options. There will be 20 MCQs testing each learning outcome. Pass mark 75%.

Certificate in procurement & supply operations

Unit Exam format (2 hours). Pass mark 75%.
NC1 Principles 60 multiple-choice questions (MCQs). Select one correct answer from four options. There will be 15 MCQs testing each learning outcome.
NC2 Functions 60 MCQs. Select one correct answer from four options. There will be 20 MCQs testing each learning outcome.
NC3 Processes 60 MCQs. Select one correct answer from four options. There will be 20 MCQs testing each learning outcome.
NC4 Administration 60 MCQs. Select one correct answer from four options. There will be 20 MCQs testing each learning outcome.
NC5 Stakeholders 60 MCQs. Select one correct answer from four options. There will be 15 MCQs testing each learning outcome.

Key dates

All exam entry closure dates as well as timetables with starting times for each scheduled exam can be found on the CIPS web site. These are published by CIPS each July for a complete 12 month period. CIPS will also identify when exam results are due to be published and how long it takes to send certificates to candidates who successfully complete all five modules for any qualification. Please note that certificates are not awarded for individual modules.

 CIPS have published an Examination Enrolment Guidance [PDF; NEW WINDOW; 97 KB] booklet which should be read together with their Rules for Examinations[PDF; NEW WINDOW; 131 KB] booklet

Exam enrollment

Candidates can use their Student Membership Number to log onto the CIPS web site and enrol for exams online. Alternatively, a hard copy enrolment form can be downloaded from the CIPS web site, completed and sent to CIPS by post of fax. Either way, payment must be made to CIPS at the time of enrolment in order for requests to be processed.

CIPS - MCG Centre Number - 005031578