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The Welsh Government will fund a fixed number of places for individuals from across the Welsh public sector to undertake the MCIPS Advanced Practitioner Level qualification from November 2021.

First published:
7 September 2021
Last updated:

Initial places will be offered to students transitioning from the 2020 practitioner programme with any remaining places offered as appropriate.

The course will be delivered by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).

Applicants will be required to evidence that they have already completed the CIPS L4/Diploma upon application to be eligible for the programme.

Students will undertake and complete this level of the MCIPS qualification in accelerated timescales, over approximately 15 months. The course will be delivered through a virtual on-line platform, using Zoom for face-to-face lectures. Assessment will be assignment based and a 10,000 word project required at the end of the course.

The CIPS corporate award forms part of the Welsh Government’s capacity and capability programme. It aims to provide staff with professional development opportunities, creates professionals of the future, addresses the capacity issues faced across the profession and raises the profile of procurement in Wales.

How to apply

Please ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria and conditions for application; and complete the expression of interest (EOI) form and Learner Agreement below. Please submit to CommercialCapability@gov.wales by 5pm on 30 September 2021.

A small team of commercial procurement staff will review all applications received and agree final student places to ensure a good sector and geographical spread. If we receive a higher number of EOIs from one organisation/sector, we may ask for the number of applications to be reduced if we are over the maximum number of available places.

Conditions for application

The conditions of application are in the Learner Agreement below. Please ensure you read these carefully as you will be required to sign and return the Learner Agreement upon application as confirmation of your acceptance to the terms.

Further details on the CIPS Corporate Award programme.