CIPP & CIAPP Certification?
CIPP & CIAPP are certifications that come with an all inclusive fee of USD 2,195 for CIPP and USD 2,995 for CIAPP. The fees include all the learning tools - Scenario based e-learning, simulations, task/short assignments, refreshers, quizes, assessments & exams .
CIPS Level 4 includes 8 core modules with a total of 60 Credit Hours
CIPS Level 5 requires a total of 8 modules to be completed with five core modules and 3 electives (to select from among 6 electives) - Total of 60 Credit Hours.
CIPS Level 5 Core Modules
CIPS Level 5 Elective Modules
Finally, Level 6 requires completion of 7 modules with 4 core modules and 3 electives (to be selected from among 5 electives) - Total of 60 Credit Hours.
CIPS Level 6 Core Modules
CIPS Level 6 Elective Modules
MCIPS pricing is not easily to discern as it includes a membership fee of about 250 GBP, buying study materials (online or printed), attending classes (the price for which cannot be easily found on the website) and then an exam fee + an exam venue surcharge fee.
While there seems to be only 1 exam for Level 2 & 3, there are multiple exams for each course in Level 4, 5 & 6.
Overall the cost of MCIPS certification will vary depending whether you start at level 2, 3 or 4, starting at about GBP 2,000 (about USD 2,600) for exams alone from Level 4 to Level 6.
For Study Guide/materials costs, CIPS seems to have One Study Guide for each Subject, which would likely add another 560 GBP overall for all study guides.
Overall the cost of MCIPS Certification would be around GBP 2,600 (USD 3,400), considering one would start at Level 4 as an Entry Level. Normally working professionals with experience might start at Level 4, but those without much experience would likely need to start at Level 2, which would add additional costs to MCIPS certification.
For more details & explanations see at the end where we include images and detailed pricing for each item.
The Section below provides supporting proof & detailed explanations for CPSM & MCIPS Procurement Certification Programs.
MCIPS Initial Membership Fee & Exam Costs
* Membership Fee for MCIPS = GBP 256
* Exam Fees
The exam fee for one Level 4 course is GBP 48 + GBP 30 for exam venue x 8 modules/courses = GBP 624.
Level 5 exam fees for each course are same as Level 4 and at 8 modules is GBP 624 as well
Level 6 exam fees for each course are the same as Level 4. At 7 modules total cost for level 6 is GBP 546.
See Image Below for Membership Fee and Exam Fee for One Level 6 Course
Membership & Exam costs ONLY for MCIPS (see below for Study Materials Costs).
Member & Exam Costs for MCIPS are at GBP 2,050 (USD 2,650)
MCIPS Study Materials Pricing & Costs
Level 4 has 8 courses to be completed with 6 study guides priced at GBP 20 and 2 study guides at GBP 40. Overall level 4 study guides cost would be GBP 200.
Image below taken from CIPS website shows the pricing of study guides.
Similar to level 4 there are 8 courses to be completed but there are 11 study guides because some courses are electives. Overall though, buying the study guides for Level 5 would be around GBP 200 as well.
There are 7 courses to be completed in Level 6 with electives. Pricing is similar to Level 4 & 5 with GBP 20 to 40 per guide. This would make an approximate cost of GBP 160.
Overall study Guides Costs for MCIPS Certifications would then be:
Total Cost for MCIPS study materials is GBP 560.
Overall Costs for MCIPS then are:
Member & Exam Costs = GBP 2,050 + Study Materials Costs = GBP 560
Total cost for MCIPS certification would be around GBP 2,610 (USD 3,400).
This EXCLUDES any shipping costs for study materials, which further ads to the issue that MCIPS cost and pricing is pretty opaque and not easy to find out.
Shipping Costs vary by country but it would likely add another 500 to 1,000 GBP or more.