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Supply Chain Management S/NVQs (leading to MCIPS) Update

Friday 1 August 2014

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For the last 15 years or so S/NVQ Level 4 in Supply Chain Management (SCM)has been recognised for full membership of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS) as long as students can also prove they have at least three years experience  in "a position of responsibility in purchasing and supply management".  The current accreditation end date (last date for registrations) of the current suite of SCM NVQs (offered by Edexcel) is 30th April 2014.  However, SVQs (Scottish Vocational Qualifications) in Supply Chain Management (basically the same qualification as the NVQ) offered by SQA will continue to be available until 31st December 2014. This means that those students who wish to enrol at Levels 2 and/or 3 will be able to continue to do so until the end of this year. 

Both NVQs/SVQs at Level 4 will no longer recognised by CIPS for MCIPS if students are not "registered" with Edexcel or SQA by the end of April deadline.  Students have to apply for their membership of CIPS no later than 31st December 2016 – see  for further details.

The Future

Some replacement VQ qualifications are very near to completion and should be available by the end of Summer 2014.  In the meantime, it is regrettable that CIPS will not agree to support  an extension to the above "cut off" date resulting in a break in provision.  Qube has been working on this important Qualifications Development  with other stakeholders such as the Sector Skills Council (Skills for Logistics), other NVQ Providers and two new Awarding Bodies, OCN and ABC Awards. 

These new QCF qualifications will be at Levels 3, 4, 5 and 6 and will soon be accredited by Ofqual following which CIPS is expected to carry out a "mapping" exercise to their own academic qualifications and it is hoped this will enable a vocational pathway to MCIPS to continue.

Watch this space for further news!

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