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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 is assessed by a three hour written examination.
  • 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 in the UK, additional sittings may be possible. Exam timetables cannot be varied under any circumstances. 
  • Before you can sit any CIPS exam, you have to be a registered Student Member of CIPS for which they charge a fee, depending on your location. For information on how to join CIPS, please visit the web page  ---here---  (Fees for CIPS Membership can be paid online 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 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 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 exam enrolment forms. 

Examination pass marks

The following pass marks and grade bands will apply to all units at all levels.

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

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

Examinations

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

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

  • The unit content will be assessed through the use of the learning outcomes (LOs), and parts thereof, published within the unit content guides. All LOs will be assessed within every assessment.

  • All LOs within a unit 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 unit 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 units within the Diploma, Advanced diploma and Professional diploma in procurement & supply qualifications are 3 hours. Exams for units within the Certificate and Advanced certificate in procurement & supply operations qualifications are 2 hours.

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

November 2013 exams series

 

Results published

Wednesday 12 February 2014

   

January 2014 exams series

 

UK Exam entry closure

Friday 13 December 2013

Exam week

Monday 27 - Wednesday 29 January 2014

Results published

Wednesday 16 April 2014

   

March 2014 exams series


 

UK Exam entry closure

Friday 31 January 2014

Exam week

Monday 10 - Wednesday 12 March 2014

Results published

Wednesday 28 May 2014

   

May 2014 exams series


 

International Exam entry closure

Friday 21 March 2014

UK Exam entry closure

Friday 28 March 2014

Exam week

Monday 19 - Friday 23 May 2014

Results published

Wednesday 6 August 2014

   

July 2014 exams series


 

International Exam entry closure

Friday 30 May 2014

UK Exam entry closure

Friday 6 June 2014

Exam week

Monday 21 - Wednesday 23 July 2014

Results published

Wednesday 8 October 2014

   

November 2014 exams series


 

International Exam entry closure

Friday 19 September 2014

UK Exam entry closure

Friday 26 September 2014

Exam week

Monday 17 - Friday 21 November 2014

Results published

Wednesday 4 February 2015

Enrolment guidelines and timetables

Each step of your examination journey, from enrolment to results, is outlined in the Examination Enrolment Guidance [PDF; NEW WINDOW; 97 KB]The guidance has relevant timetable information for you and includes dates for enrolment and closure, the exam week and when results will be available. To help you to plan your path through your studies and exams to professionalism, CIPS will publish examination timetables a full year in advance every July.

If you choose to take your exams in the UK you have five opportunities during the year -January, March, May, July, November*. Learners registered with a study centre should first speak to tutors to find out if they intend to offer exams for each session. Those that wish to take exams outside of the UK can do so three times a year - May, July, November*.

Before attending an exam, candidates should familiarise themselves with the Rules for Examinations [PDF; NEW WINDOW; 131 KB]

Exam weeks vary so please take care when completing your enrolment form. You may enter for as many units as you wish in one sitting, however please check that units are not scheduled to take place at the same time.

Exam series timetables

*Select units are available for the January, March and July exam series.

 

The expected timescale for the issue of certificates, once a candidate has completed and passed a qualification level is two - four weeks.

 

Enrolment forms

If you have already booked your exam and would like to enter for more exams, or you to need to re-sit an exam, you can book online [New Window; External Link]or download the relevant enrolment form below.

UK   March 2014
    Diploma, Advanced diploma and Professional diploma in procurement & supply
    May 2014 
    Certificate and Advanced certificate in procurement and supply operations
    Diploma, Advanced diploma and Professional diploma in procurement & supply

 

Australasia   May 2014 
    Certificate and Advanced certificate in procurement and supply operations
    Diploma, Advanced diploma and Professional diploma in procurement & supply

 

International   May 2014 
    Certificate and Advanced certificate in procurement and supply operations
    Diploma, Advanced diploma and Professional diploma in procurement & supply

 

MENA   May 2014 
Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco,Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen   Certificate and Advanced certificate in procurement and supply operations
  Diploma, Advanced diploma and Professional diploma in procurement & supply

 

 

Africa   May 2014 
  Certificate and Advanced certificate in procurement and supply operations
  Diploma, Advanced diploma and Professional diploma in procurement & supply

 

Southern Africa   May 2014 
Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland   Certificate and Advanced certificate in procurement and supply operations
  Diploma, Advanced diploma and Professional diploma in procurement & supply

 

 

 

CIPS - MCG Centre Number - 005031578