Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS)

About CIPS

CIPS is the world’s largest professional body serving procurement and supply; a not-for profit organisation that exists for the public.  We have the largest membership of procurement and supply professionals in the world, covering all industries, sectors and job activities and have a global community of over 115,000 in 150 countries.  Throughout the world CIPS qualifications are recognised as the drivers of leading-edge thinking and professionalism in procurement and supply.

Become MCIPS

MCIPS membership grade is globally recognised as the professional licence signifying high achievement and ongoing commitment to excellence in procurement and supply.

About our qualifications and exams

We offer five qualifications to support your professional development in procurement and supply.

  • Certificate in procurement and supply operations
  • Advanced certificate in procurement and supply operations  
  • Diploma in procurement and supply 
  • Advanced diploma in procurement and supply
  • Professional diploma in procurement and supply

Download our Guide to CIPS qualifications 

CIPS holds exams in international centres three times a year, May, July and November.  For each of our qualifications you are required to complete five units. You will be required to join CIPS as a Student Member before you can enter for an exam. 

Find about more on the CIPS website


Apply for CIPS Membership

Become a member of CIPS

CIPS requires you to be a member prior to registering for any exams. Membership registration is open throughout the year. To apply as a new member, download and complete the membership application form. When you have completed your registration, you will receive login details from CIPS.

Renew your CIPS membership

To renew your membership, download and complete the renewal application form (PDF, 40.5 KB). Bring it to our office or email it to along with a scanned copy of your proof of payment. You can also keep your details up-to-date via your My CIPS.

Register for an Exam

When you have registered with CIPS, they will send you  your membership number and login details.

Candidates can register for May, July or November exams by completing the CIPS exams enrolment form and submitting it to our British Council office.

Download the CIPS enrolment guides and forms found at the bottom of this page.


How to make payments for memberships and exams

  1. You will need a reference number before making your payment. Contact the British Council for your unique reference number. Alternatively, you can quote your membership number (if you are a continuing student) or your National ID / Passport number as the reference number on your deposit slip
  2. Please make your registration payment to:
  • Bank: Stanbic Bank
  • Account number: 9030005677164
  • Currency: Uganda Shillings
  • Swift code: SBICUGKX

3. We accept payments into our bank account from the following:

  • Electronic bank transfer from your internet banking
  • Direct deposit (using bank deposit slip) into the above named British Council bank account. British Council deposit slips are provided at Stanbic Bank branches countrywide

4. To make the above payments you must quote your registration British Council assigned Reference Number / ID number in all reference fields that are available.

5. For candidates making payments via bank deposit, it is prudent to plan for an extra day or two for processing payments.

6. Failure to quote a reference number may delay your application process.

Once you have made your payment, submit the completed membership or exams application and proof of payment via email to
You will receive confirmation of your registration. CIPS will send you the exam enrolment confirmation. If you do not receive your exam enrolment confirmation from CIPS two weeks before the exam, please contact CIPS.

Your exam enrolment confirmation will include your exam timetable. Once you are registered you can also check your exams itinerary and update your contact details on the My CIPS webpage.

Be sure to browse the CIPS website for essential resources for students and trainers who are studying, taking exams or training for CIPS qualifications.

Exam dates and fees

CIPS exams are offered three times a year – May, July and November.

Exam Booking Opening

Now Open

International exam entry closure

Friday 14 September 2018 

Exam cancellation deadline

Friday 21 September 2018

Exam week

Monday 12 - Wednesday 16 November 2018

Results published

Wednesday 06 February 2019


Examination fees can  be found on the CIPS website  or see the CIPS fees document at the bottom of this page in the downloads section

Fees are payable in Ugandan Shillings. The exchange rate is determined by the British Council on a monthly basis.

Getting your results

Your results will be available on My CIPS.

Special Arrangements

For more information about special arrangements for your examinations, please visit



Please refer to our examinations refund policy.

What to bring to your exam

Please bring the following with you to your exam session:

  • identification such as a valid International Passport, driver's license or National ID Card
  • Exam enrolment confirmation 
  • pens and pencils in a clear plastic bag
  • basic calculator

No electronic devices, e.g. mobile phones, are allowed to be taken into the exams.

Where you can sit your exam



Contact us

Your Frequently Asked Questions about CIPS have been answered.

If you have any questions, please contact the exams team for more information.


The British Council and the examining boards take all reasonable steps to provide continuity of service. We are sure you will understand, however, that we cannot be held responsible for any interruptions caused by circumstances beyond our control. If examinations or their results are disrupted, cancelled or delayed, every effort will be made to resume normal service as soon as possible. The British Council’s liability will be limited to the refund of the registration fee or retesting at a later date.

Fees: All fees are valid for the current registration period only and are subject to change. Before registering, please check the CIPS fees document below for the fees for the next session of exams.