Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)

UTech, Jamaica’s application to become a Study Centre for delivery of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) qualifications was approved by that awarding body with effect from March 10, 2017.  This approval as a CIPS Study Centre follows from the award of a contract in April 2016 by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the World Bank to undertake a feasibility study for the establishment of a Caribbean Procurement Training & Consultancy Centre (CPTCC) at its Papine campus, Kingston, Jamaica.

As an approved Study Centre UTech, Jamaica will conduct a pilot programme to train Jamaican participants at CIPS Level 4 (Diploma in Procurement and Supply).  CIPS is an Awarding Body recognised and regulated by Ofqual (England). CIPS is the premier global organisation serving the procurement and supply profession. Dedicated to promoting best practice, CIPS provides a wide range of services for the benefit of members and the wider business community.  

About the CIPS Level 4 Pilot Programme

This pilot is scheduled to commence in October 2017 and end in May 2018 when the CIPS Level 4 examinations are taken.

CIPS Level 4 (Diploma Level) is a valuable management tool for those moving into junior and middle management procurement roles or those supervising the procurement function.  It focuses on organisational procedures and processes including negotiation, planning, risk management and  data analysis.  This course consists of the following five units:

  • UNIT D1        -           Contexts of procurement and supply
  • UNIT D2        -           Business needs in procurement and supply
  • UNIT D3        -           Sourcing in procurement and supply
  • UNIT D4        -           Negotiating and contracting in procurement and supply
  • UNIT D5        -           Managing contracts and relationships in procurement and supply

It is expected that participants will undertake 50 guided learning hours per unit, ie a total of 250 guided hours. All units are assessed individually using a range of assessment methods.