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. For new CIPS members, please contact British Council to acquire a payment reference number. For existing CIPS members, please quote your 9-digit CIPS membership number. Payments without a reference will not be acted upon.
  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 British Council assigned Reference Number / CIPS membership number in all payment 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. You can access your exams enrolment confirmation via your MyCIPS account. If you do not receive your exam enrolment confirmation within 10 working days of your registration, 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 six times a year – January, March, May, July, September and November.

September 2019 exams series - Key dates

Exam booking opening

Now open

Paper enrolment form entry closure

Friday 19 July 2019

CIPS website entry closure

Friday 26 July 2019

Exam period

Monday 16 - Friday 20 September 2019

Results published

Wednesday 16 October 2019


Examination fees can be found on the CIPS website. 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.