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The CIPS Award for School Business Professionals (C1)

This award is a procurement and supply learning programme based on CIPS Global Standard and adapted for the education sector. It has been designed to incorporate terminology, practices and unique challenges specific to school business professionals.

The successful completion of the programme results in Diploma membership of CIPS.

This programme is underpinned by the ISBL Professional Standards and is recognised by the Department for Education.


What will you study?

You will study the following five modules:

  • Module 1 – Driving Value through procurement and supply
  • Module 2 – Managing Expenditures with Suppliers
  • Module 3 – Developing Contracts in procurement and supply
  • Module 4 – Sourcing Essentials in procurement and supply
  • Module 5 – Effective Negotiation


How long is the programme?

12 months, with an average of 100 hours of self-study required.

You can view a draft time timetable for the programme here.


How is the programme delivered?

It is delivered online, using interactive webinars and learning sessions, practical assessed assignments and remote tutor support.

The programme starts with an introductory webinar and each module starts with a day of online sessions.

The programme will be delivered via the CIPS virtual classroom using the market leading Adobe Connect platform supported by a wide range of digital content.


How is the programme funded?

The programme is either paid for directly by your school/trust or it can be self-funded. It is separate from the apprenticeship scheme and unfortunately is not eligible for apprenticeship funding.


ISBL Professional Development Fund

Through the ISBL Professional Development Fund, we are providing 10% towards the cost of the programme for the first 12 bookings on this November 2020 cohort*. All you have to do is book onto this November cohort and the 10% funding will be applied automatically.


SBC Online

SBC Online has partnered with ISBL to help take your procurement knowledge and experience one step further by contributing towards the cost of your CIPS Award for School Business Professionals*.






*The ISBL Professional Development Fund and SBC Online offer can be used together, giving you a combined 20% towards the cost of this CIPS Award for School Business Professionals.






Delivered by CIPS subject matter experts


Member rate: £2,999 + VAT

Non member rate: £3,540 +VAT

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