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The CIPS Award for School Business Professionals - C1

CIPS Award for School Business Professionals is a procurement and supply learning programme that has been designed in partnership by ISBL and CIPS to incorporate terminology, practices and unique challenges specific to school business professionals.

The programme is delivered using different learning methods including practical assessed assignments, interactive workshops and contextualised case studies to make learning relevant.

The successful completion of the programme results in Diploma membership of CIPS. It takes a year to complete with an average of 100 hours of self-study required. There are five modules, comprising a blend of 3 face-to-face training days, webinars and coursework based on real issues encountered by staff.


The benefits

To schools

Value: This practical, applied learning approach delivers proven return on investment.

Business improvement and savings: Work-based assignments drive improvements directly back into your workplace.

Talent: Investing in the development of staff unlocks potential and boosts expertise leading to improved productivity and efficiency.

Professionalism: Helps bring about positive changes in performance and behaviour that benefit your school.

To school business professionals

Be the best you can be: Supports you to demonstrate your value to your school by helping you realise efficiencies and savings through high-quality procurement.

Opportunities: Successful completion of the programme can help unlock career advancement and specialist opportunities.

Accreditation: The programme provides a route to Diploma professional membership status and is a step towards MCIPS status.

Network: Participation provides knowledge sharing and networking across the education sector.



London (venue TBC)


Based on the CIPS core syllabus, the programme also brings out learning of particular relevance to school business professionals:

The sourcing process and effective tendering

Procurement approach and strategy


Collaborative buying

Contract and supplier management

Exit and re-procurement

Operating in EU frameworks and legislation

Supplier appraisal

Developing specifications

Effective purchasing

Driving value

Procedures in procurement and supply

The impact of the external environment

Effective negotiation


In these times of budget restrictions and economic uncertainty it is more important than ever that we learn from each other, share experiences and best practices to deliver the best public services that we can


£2999 plus VAT for ISBL members

£3540 plus VAT for non-members

This includes CIPS Student membership and ISBL Student membership

For more information email: training@isbl.org.uk or click here

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