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Procurement Excellence Programme Standard

Ensure effective governance for supply assurance and compliance, gain greater influence over spend and demonstrate value by achieving an internationally recognised award   

Designed and delivered by the world's leading procurement specialists, CIPS Procurement Excellence Programme is the only independent, comprehensive and procurement-specific assessment of its kind. Achieving the Standard Award signifies that you have all the procurement governance mechanisms in place for effective supply assurance and compliance. You will also start achieving cost savings through a series of 'quick wins' and build credibility with senior management to generate stronger buy-in and investment for systems and staff.

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CIPS Procurement Excellence Programme is an in-depth assessment process that measures your procurement function against our world-class standards across five dimensions (see diagram below). These five dimensions are essential facets of all organisations, no matter who and where you are, and what you do. The whole process aims to ensure that you are operating efficiently and effectively, and can drive constant improvement.

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There are two levels of Procurement Excellence Programme (formerly known as CIPS Corporate Certification), Standard and Advanced. The diagram shows how you can progress through these levels to achieve increasing levels of influence, control and involvement. Please note, you must have completed the Standard programme before you progress to Advanced. All of the awards are valid for two years.

PEP journey

Fig 1: Overview of Procurement Excellence Programme Journey 


Reassurance: Ensuring that you have key enablers in place for effective governance gives you the confidence and peace of mind that you can achieve supply assurance and compliance.


Credibility: Working towards a specific award tells the world, and your own stakeholders, that you are operating effectively, building your reputation and ensuring greater recognition of, and confidence in, the procurement function.


Influence: Increasing your credibility results in increasing your influence, giving you more input into business procurement decisions and greater control over spend.


Value: Examining your procurement and supplier management procedures in targeted detail highlights where improvements and efficiencies can be made, helping you to deliver savings and value, and drive change.


Relationships: Going on the journey engages and empowers your team, building morale, and strengthens your relationships with key stakeholders


So far, more than 300 organisations around the world have worked with CIPS to evaluate and improve their procurement and supply functions through the process. It has fast become the 'must have' way to:

  • focus on evaluating procurement performance;
  • drive improvement and value, and provide the rationale and framework for transformational change; and
  • by achieving an independent, respected award, demonstrate improvement and performance to the world.


Find out which organisations are current award holders.

“Musanada is on a journey to procurement life cycle excellence and everyone here is delighted the company has received this prestigious certification in terms of a global benchmark reference.”

H E Mohamed Khalifa Al-Fahed Al-Mehairi, CEO, Musanada, Standard Award


“Attaining this globally-recognised benchmark reflects the enormous effort that the procurement and contracts and supplier relations teams have spent in driving continuous improvement and the desire to build and refine our capability and process.”
Keith Bird, General Manager of Commercial, Queensland Rail, Standard Award


“For American Express the recertification provided an opportunity to review our policies and practices against the ever more demanding CIPS standards, to ensure that American Express remains at the forefront of best business practice.”
Maggie Willis, VP International Global Supply Management, American Express, Standard Award


"This project has been a great learning experience for us; together we developed and implemented many policies and practices that will improve procurement in KAAUH. Striving for continuous improvement and development of our employees, we look forward to future supply chain achievements."
Fahad AlShiddi, Supply Chain Sourcing Director & Mohammad AlBolaihess, Supply Chain Operations Director, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz University Hospital (KAAUH), Standard Award

See our more detailed case studies for further success stories.


Only fully licensed Procurement Excellence assessors, recruited by CIPS, are able to carry out assessments both in the UK and internationally. Our assessors have a wealth of experience of procurement activity at both a strategic and operational level, and a strong knowledge of both private and public sector procurement and key organisations. Find out more about them by accessing their biographies below.

 NameLicensed untilBase
Alan Cooley MCIPS 2019 UK
Alan Martin MCIPS 2019 UK 
Andre Basson 2019 Africa 
Caspar Vrensen 2019 Italy
Chris Hodgson MCIPS 2021 Australia 
Chris Sykes  FCIPS 2019  UK 
Dan Fielding FCIPS 2019  Australia 
Dave Nellist FCIPS 2021 New Zealand
Faruk Demir  2019  Turkey 
Gordon Donovan FCIPS  2019  Australia 
Hanck van Laar MCIPS 2019  Africa
Helen Berezina  2019  Switzerland
Jane McAuliffe MCIPS
2019 UK
Jesus Campos 2021 Mexico
Jonathan Cheung MCIPS 2021 Singapore
Keith Crichton MCIPS 2019 UK
Laura Hobbs MCIPS 2019 UK
Marie Brennan FCIPS 2019 UK
Mariusz Turek MCIPS 2019 Poland
Mark Henderson MCIPS 2019 UK
Mike Mari FCIPS 2019 UK
Mike Radbourne MCIPS 2019 UK
Nick Ralphs MCIPS 2019 UK
Norman McLennan FCIPS 2019 UK
Paolo Zaza 2019 Italy
Paul Xifaras FCIPS 2019 Australia
Peter Williams FCIPS 2019 UK
Rob Morgan 2021 UK
Steve Johnson FCIPS 2019 UK
Wiktor Rak  2019 Poland

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For more information on how CIPS Procurement Excellence Programme can put your organisation on the pathway to world-class procurement and supply, contact us.