Professional status for the Purchasing and Supply Management environment

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The purchasing and supply management environment had changed over the past eight years in South Africa. The role of the purchasing and supply practitioner is no longer the procuring of products and services, but it become more and more strategic. The purchasing department has a bigger impact on the bottom line of companies. Savings, effective spending, strategic sourcing are some of the key words in the purchasing and supply management environment.

To achieve that, The Institute of Purchasing and Supply, South Africa had set new requirements for Certified Purchasing Practioner (CPP) certification.

The Certified Purchasing Practioner (CPP) is certification for the purchasing and supply management profession in South Africa. In awarding this certification the Institute is stating that the Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) has attained the basic level of competence within the purchasing and supply management profession in South Africa. Practioners that achieved this certification may write CPP (IPSA) on their business cards.

Requirements for the Certified Purchasing Practioner (CPP) certification:

  • Must be a member of the Institute with one of the following:

Qualification

Experience

Programme in Purchasing & Supply Management (UNISA)

1 year

Programme in Public Procurement & Supply Management (UNISA)

1 year

Advanced Diploma in Purchasing and Supply (CIPS UK)

1 year

Purchasing Management Diploma (Varsity College or Damelin)

1 year

South African Management and Development Institute (SAMDI) Certificate

3 years

              Or

  • Practioners in the purchasing and supply chain environment with 5 years experience may write the CPP Board Examination

  • Practioners who complete a programme through one of the accredited Training Providers from National Treasury with three years experience in the Supply Chain Management may write the CPP Board Examination

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