CIPS - Transition
have announced that their current structure of qualifications, the
Professional Stage, Foundation Stage, Advanced Certificate, and
Certificate, will be examined for the last time in November 2006.
will be replaced by a new structure known as “FutureQuals
2006”, which CIPS will support by Distance Learning starting
in September 2006, and have its first exams in May 2007.
the new structure will look like
new structure will be made up of four qualifications. Each qualification
is made up of five units, and each unit has one exam which you need
four qualifications for UK students are:
• Certificate in Purchasing and Supply (Level 3)
• Foundation Diploma in Purchasing and Supply (Level 4)
• Advanced Diploma in Purchasing and Supply (Level 5)
• Graduate Diploma in Purchasing and Supply (Level 6)
qualifications/experience needed to start studying the new Certificate
are the same as those for the current Certificate, and the standard
reached by the end of the new Graduate Diploma is the same as that
at the end of the current Professional Stage, but the steps in between
have been evened out, and the topics which you should be studying
at each level have been rethought.
Level numbers in brackets indicate how the qualification fits in
with the Government’s National Qualifications Framework, which
make it easier to compare CIPS qualifications with academic ones,
and ones gained in other professions.
you have not completed the Professional Stage by the November 2006
exams, you will need to complete your studies under the FutureQuals
have made sure that no-one will need to do more work to gain full
CIPS membership (MCIPS) because of the changes; nor will they need
to do less.
between the current qualifications and the new ones is called transition.
The process is different depending on whether you are currently
studying the Professional Stage, Foundation Stage, Advanced Certificate,
Stage and Foundation Stage students
the current structure, a student starting at the Foundation Stage
has to pass (or be exempted from) six units, and then pass eight
units at Professional Stage to earn MCIPS status. That’s a
total of fourteen passes (including any exemptions).
same will be true in the new structure: you will still need fourteen
passes (and exemptions) that you get on the current structure will
be carried over as credit. For example, if you earn five passes
and exemptions on the current structure before making your transition,
you will have only nine passes to get in the new structure (fourteen
figure out what you need to do under the new structure, you count
backwards from the top. Continuing with CIPS example, if you have
nine passes to get, you will have to do all five Graduate Diploma
units and four from the Advanced Diploma (five plus four makes the
as in the example, you only need part of a level in order to complete
it, you will have a free choice of which units you do at that level.
does mean that you might be able to take the “new” version
of a unit which you have already passed, but be careful in doing
this: every unit syllabus has been rewritten and the style of assessment
will be sufficiently different that it won’t be just a matter
of retaking a unit, you will need to do some work in preparing for
Certificate and Certificate students (UK)
Advanced Certificate and Certificate are being replaced after the
November 2006 exams, and any current student who is part way through
a level will lose any passes which they have earned.
will take place, then, when a student has completed a level. Students
completing the Advanced Certificate go on to next
level the Advanced Diploma; students completing the Certificate
go on to study the Foundation Diploma.
Certificate and Certificate students (outside the UK)
CIPS Level 4 and 3 qualifications outside the UK will continue to
be the Advanced Certificate and Certificate in their current forms.
There are no changes planned in near future as far as CIPS know.
Students completing the Advanced Certificate will next study the
Advanced Diploma instead of the Foundation Stage, and then the Graduate
Diploma after that.
will send a transition statement to all registered students explaining
what you will need to do to complete your CIPS studies under the
new FutureQuals 2006.
- MCG Centre Number - 005031578