UNDP/CIPS cooperation on procurement training and certification

UNDP procurement certification courses are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) assuring compliance with high international qualification standards as well as offering participants access to a world-wide community of procurement professionals.

All procurement certification course content at Introductory (Level 2), Advanced (Level 3), and Diploma (Level 4) levels is tailored to reflect common United Nations and public procurement rules, policies, practises, and procedures – hereby offering a unique qualification system customized to UN and public procurement requirements.

A prerequisite for participation at Level 4 is prior completion of the Intermediate Level 2 and Advanced Level 3 UNDP/CIPS Certification Programme.

Participants, who complete and pass Level 4 may apply for accelerated entry to Level 5 “Advanced Diploma in Purchasing and Supply” with CIPS.

Each certification level provides a tailored set of student training materials, reference and work books, case studies, exercises, and an assessment process leading to a qualification accredited by CIPS, UK. Included in the package for each level is also a first year student membership of CIPS, providing access to a world-wide community of procurement professionals.

All of the above courses will be followed by a written Work Based Assessment. Assessments are optional for participants but are a requirement to achieve full CIPS accreditation.

All training courses employ modern adult participatory learning methods. Each training module commences with an overview of the rules, procedures and/or theory of the subject in question, and is then followed by case studies, group discussions or exercises. This creates a forum for participants to apply theory and methods to real cases and to foster productive knowledge sharing.

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