Should You Join CIPS?

Why join CIPs?

The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply Chain (CIPS), are the largest institute in the world for procurement and supply chain professionals.

CIPS offers professional qualifications to aid the development of those within the industry depending on your experience. These qualifications combined with three years industry experience, allow procurement and supply chain professionals to apply for full membership of CIPS which subsequently allows members to use the letters MCIPS after their name. MCIPS is recognised worldwide as the global standard for procurement and supply chain professionals.

Another way of joining CIPS is by completing a CIPS accredited degree. Midlands’s universities offering CIPS accredited degrees include Aston University and Coventry University – you can view the full list of accredited courses here.

You can find out more about the other pathways to MCIPS by heading over to the CIPS website here.


Prices may vary based upon your chosen method of learning and the qualification studied. However many organisations actually sponsor employees to undertake CIPS qualifications as they know the skills and knowledge learnt will be beneficial to the organisation.

Does CIPS give me an edge over other candidates?

Organisations will often state if they require a candidate to have a CIPS qualification or MCIPS. However many see CIPS and MCIPS as a natural route for those professionals wanting to progress within the procurement and supply chain industry.

Although having an internationally recognised qualification like CIPS can increase your employability, organisations will be looking for confirmation that candidates can put their theoretical knowledge into practice in the workplace.

ESA Procurement & Supply Chain

ESA Procurement and Supply Chain have a wide range of job opportunities available throughout the Midlands region. If you are interested in finding out more about Procurement and Supply chain roles then you can register with ESA Group here or email us at or alternatively you can call us on 0121 210 5100.