Scotland Excel offers a unique route to gaining professional qualifications accredited by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS). With content customised for the Scottish public sector, and an applied learning approach, it is an effective way for public procurement practitioners to gain professional recognition.
Our CIPS programmes are delivered by Scotland Excel procurement experts using the 'flipped classroom' methodology: pre-work by candidates sets the scene for collaborative and co-operative practical activities in workshops, while post-workshop activities guide candidates on how to successfully complete each assignment.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all workshops are currently delivered online.
CIPS Corporate Award: Practitioner
The Practitioner award is aimed at public sector employees in Scotland who undertake procurement at an operational level. It is a first step to achieving full membership of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (MCIPS), an internationally recognised award for procurement professionals.
The programme is equivalent to the CIPS Certificate, Advanced Certificate and Diploma. Following an induction workshop, students attend a further six full-day workshops:
- Driving value through procurement and supply
- Managing expenditures with suppliers
- Sourcing essentials in procurement and supply
- Developing contracts in procurement and supply
- Effective negotiation
- Integrative assignment workshop
The Practitioner qualification can stand alone or act as a pathway to the Advanced Practitioner programme.
CIPS Corporate Award: Advanced Practitioner
The course is aimed at public sector employees in Scotland who undertake procurement at a more strategic level who hold a CIPS Diploma or Practitioner Award, or who have passed a CIPS Skills Assessment. Students should have prior experience of strategic procurement, people management and change management.
The Advanced Practitioner Award is equivalent to the CIPS Advanced Diploma and the Professional Diploma and consists of an induction workshop, 6 full-day workshops, and 3 one-to-one project surgeries:
- Strategic supply chain management
- Advanced category management
- Contracting excellence in procurement and supply
- Developing people in procurement and supply chain management
- Implementing change in procurement and supply chain management
- Live business project
The Advanced Practitioner programme can offer a stand alone qualification or follow completion of the Practitioner programme.
Why study for a CIPS award with the Scotland Excel Academy?
Content that is specifically customised by Scotland Excel’s procurement experts for the Scottish public sector
- Taught workshops are complemented by guided learning our award-winning online Academy website
Work-based assignments allow candidates to apply key procurement skills to real-life work, providing an immediate return on investment
- Applied-learning methodologies foster deeper learning than via exam