Program for individual learners
Our range of well-balanced learning plans matches your individual background and experience to help you grow and prosper in your professional career. These plans help you build professional and practical knowledge and competencies, while successfully advancing your career in procurement.
Professional IFPSM Certification for individual learners
In conjunction with the IFPSM (The International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management), our two-course programs can be completed individually and lead to a valuable, globally-recognized certificate. These programs are delivered online and are essentially self-directed. You can learn wherever and whenever you see fit at your own pace.
Certified International Procurement Professional (CIPP)
The CIPP program is aimed at people who are starting their careers in procurement and want to take on a more tactical responsibility (as opposed to operational). This program takes a generalist approach to procurement, concentrating on the fundamentals, but focusing on tactical procurement skills.
The training is ideal for junior buyers looking for their first professional certification. It leaves you with a basic understanding of the key processes in procurement. It helps build the professional knowledge and competencies that employers are looking for.
Exemplary subjects covered in the program include:
- RFP Management & eSourcing
- (Advanced) Negotiation techniques
- Legal issues in procurement
- Finance essentials
- Procure to Pay (P2P) management
- Contract or Supplier Performance management
- Introduction to Project management
Certified International Advanced Procurement Professional (CIAPP)
The CIAPP program is designed for more seasoned procurement professionals who want to improve their tactical skills and evolve to a more strategic or managerial position within a procurement department. Hence, strategic topics have a more prominent place in the curriculum.
In addition to the topics above, this program includes:
- Strategic sourcing
- Legal & Economic aspects of contracts
- Cost management
- Category management
- SRM or Supplier Relationship management
- Value management
- Coaching (GROW Model)
Frequently Asked Questions
With an intense focus on application in your daily work practices, it is crucial that you are already active in a procurement, contract management, or category management role. This is the primary prerequisite for accessing the CIPP and CIAPP programs. For those who want to enter the advanced CIAPP program, it is beneficial to have a Master’s degree, or at the least a Bachelor’s degree, together with a minimum of five years’ relevant experience in a procurement role.
The online training allows you to study at your own pace. The CIPP program can typically be completed within six months to one year (assuming min. 5 hours of study/month). For the CIAPP program, this will typically take 12 months to complete.
The IFPSM is the umbrella association of 45 national and regional purchasing associations worldwide. It is the largest body and global representative of the procurement and supply chain industry. For more info, visit www.ifpsm.org.
To further professionalize the profession, and, in an attempt to bridge the gap between education and the demand from employers, IFPSM undertook a significant research project called the “Global Standard.” This Global Standard establishes clear, objective criteria for assessing and accrediting educational programs at a bachelor level. Programs that met the Purchasing and Supply Global Standard have objectively demonstrated their ability to produce graduates who meet a rigorous world standard for procurement professionals.
When you join Procurement Academy’s CIPP and CIAPP programs, you are joining a program with a rigorous set of established standards and competencies for those actively engaged in a procurement role. These designations are recognized credentials throughout the world. Once attained, they signify that you, as an individual, have achieved a specific level of world-class training and experience and demonstrate an established level of knowledge necessary to competently perform the work of a corporate buyer.