I love getting feedback from readers and love being able to help where I can. I’ll be the first to admit it takes some digging before you fully understand how to join CIPS and what works in what country’s. The CIPS website has too much content that my brain shuts down. Joel from Australia reccently wrote me asking about CIPS, he had CIPS related questions and I want to share part of our correspondence here:
Q. Is it difficult to complete the course entirely on a long distance basis (e.g. no classroom learning?)
A. No, it is doable so long as you are determined, I have an 8am to 5pm job and I manage to study after hours when I can and on weekends. I take a few days extra leave during exams time to prepare and because all past papers are online it is convenient.
Q. I notice that there is an “e-learning option”, which I assume may be for this very purpose. If so, is it worth paying the extra money for?
A. Self-study and e-learn to my knowledge are different. E-learn you more than likely pay for this as I assume there’s someone (a lecturer) you are corresponding with online, self-study you pay for just the exams and the books there’s no other fee.
Q. Are exams, study guides, text books required for each unit only (e.g. 5 each), or are they required per subject within each unit?
A. Book required for each subject per unit.
Q. What is your general opinion on the value of the CIPS accreditation in the procurement industry?
A. It is generally the international standard most employers ask for that I have seen in the industry – with my background I have worked on World Bank, USAID, Global Fund projects – they ask for CIPS qualifications – have also done private sector work with Pricewaterhousecoopers again this is their requirement. It is UK based but recognized internationally.
Q. One final question is with regards to the exams – are they per unit as well (e.g. 5 exams in total) or per subject?
A. They are per subject – you can decide to do one exam the first time (for one subject) or to do all five exams (for five subjects) at once, it’s completely up to you and your capacity.
Do you have any questions that I can help with?