CIPS Favours Procurement over Purchasing and Approves Chartered Member Status

Last week CIPS (the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply) members voted at the AGM in Easton on the Hill, Stamford, Lincs for the much-debated name change and the introduction of the Chartered Member status.

So from next year, CIPS will be known as the Combined International Polo Society, the largest global forum for all lovers of the mint with the hole . Membership has already hit the million mark and ... what, have I been reading the wrong press release? Sorry!

Seriously though, CIPS will shortly become the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. As we’ve said before, we can’t get too excited about that – “procurement” plays better in some countries but not all compared to “purchasing,” but I don’t see it having any major effect. 90% of those who voted supported both that move and the more significant introduction of the Chartered Member status. (I don’t have the actual voting numbers though – anyone know that)?

In terms of Chartered status, the key question that was debated at some length over the recent months is whether that new level will devalue the core MCIPS graduate diploma level or indeed Fellowship. I think inevitably it must do to some extent, but that’s not necessarily a reason not to do it.

What CIPS must not do though is be seen to be using it principally as a revenue generation tool and a source of more cost for members. Of course, there may be some reasonable cost involved - such as a one-off fee for gaining the Chartered designation initially. But if we find Chartered membership is much more expensive than MCIPS, or the ethics test is priced as a substantial add-on, then I think there will be some resentment. Subject to that, then as a Chartered Institute, it does seem reasonable that we have the ability to call some members “Chartered”. So personally I’m broadly in favour.

Anyway, approval for the changes has to be sought from Her Majesty’s Privy Council. Assuming the Queen doesn’t have strong feelings about whether procurement should have Chartered status, then it should all happen later this year.

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  1. Shahedur Rahman:

    I understand that CIPS has a Level 7 Executive Diploma in purchasing and supply that is a self managed learning programme available through approved universities. Can you please provide the list of approved universities?

  2. john chisunga:

    please make level 7 available to all countries same way as level 6,if you are going to make it a requirement for chartered memembership.l still feel that chartered membership should replace mcips to maintain standard of our qualifications.

  3. Little acorn:

    That level of interest is pathetic. Why did I not vote? I’m not interested, I pay my annual subscription so I, legitimately, can state my MCIPS on my CV and ‘tick that box’, I don’t even use them on my business cards!

    Roll on retirement and saving my annual membership fee – now, how many different ales will I be able to sample (a very tempting alternative) with the released funds 🙂

    1. b+t:

      So, how should us buyers deal with this monopoly supplier?

    2. Dan:

      I think you can get a tax rebate on membership fees so it shouldn’t cost you anything at the end of the year

      1. Peter Smith:

        The fees are tax deductible but that doesn’t mean it is free Dan – you need a new accountant! It means it costs you in effect 20%,40% or 50% less than the headline fee depending on your salary level. (i.e. the £150 or whatever CIPS fee comes out of your pre-tax earnings).

        1. Dan:

          Ah, thanks for clearing that up. I guess I need an accountant!

  4. Phil Weir:

    Hi Peter,
    you asked about the voting numbers. I asked the same question of CIPS in the Fellows linkedin group last week, and then asked them more questions when the first numbers given were so low. The numbers are:
    ‘The number of votes received were 105 for resolution 1 (Chartered Status) and 8 against (93% in favour) and 102 votes for resolution 2 (name change) and 11 against (90% in favour).’…’ In total 12 employees of CIPS voted and 11 votes came from outside the UK (from 8 different countries).’

    Part of my last response to them was:
    “CIPS clearly don’t have the vote yet to take this forward to HM Privy Council. And you certainly cannot claim “Overwhelming support for CIPS name change and launch of Chartered Status.” While you may be disappointed with the vote, people have in fact exercised their right to vote on these issues, they have decided not to vote. The issue of course being that you don’t know why they have made this decision; and this is where true dialogue and member needs analysis has value.

    I think CIPS needs to take a big deep breath now, go back to its business case, open dialogue rather than merely announce its plans and truly engage with its members. You need to establish why this first vote failed so badly, what changes are needed to engage members and excite them about these ideas, and when the time is right, if the proposals are still seen to have value, do the vote again.

    Yes this will take time, and yes it may even cause some embarrassment to all concerned. But excluding the 12 CIPS employee votes made because of conflict of interest issues means that you basically have one vote for every country outside of the UK and another 75 votes or so for the UK. ”

    And no Peter, I’m not expecting a reply.

    1. Secret Squirrel:

      Now that is interesting and I would agree if that is the case. That’s no mandate to take it forward.

  5. Ian Heptinstall:

    I voted against because I do think it downgrades MCIPS. When I became a chartered engineer I needed a level 6 qualification. Chartered is used in other professions as the main benchmark, not an optional extra step.

    There was a fair amount of discussion on a CIPS LinkedIn group…with nothing from CIPS to say why they used “chartered” when in other professions this is the term applied to the basic professional level.
    It seems to me that we are now saying to other institutions that MCIPS is a kind of halfway house – not quite upto a full professional level.

    If it was really a recognition of post-grad level qualifications, what not call it something else?

  6. Secret Squirrel:

    I think both of those changes are positive and I voted in favour.

    The change for Chartered Membership is a great idea. It promotes the desire to undertake the QCF level 7 (post-graduate level qualification) rather than stopping at level 6.

    Does that downgrade the Professional Diploma? Only in the same way that Masters degrees downgrade Bachelors.

    1. Dan:

      As i understand it, the Graduate Diploma (Level 6) is promoted as a degree-level qualification. Does this mean that being CMCIPS is equivalent to being a masters?

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