After May 2019…


With some sadness today I am announcing that our study centre will no longer deliver classroom teaching beyond May 2019. After 12 years of delivering face-to-face teaching to CIPS students, our school will, with effect from Autumn 2019 become an online teaching centre only. We will aim to begin teaching the L4 CIPS Diploma in late September 2019, and teaching of the L5 Adv Dip and L6 Prof Dip within the following year. Search ‘Ian Tait’ or go to as the Autumn approaches for further details. Please continue to recommend this school to your colleagues. For your immediate future tuition requirements, the CIPS website displays details of around a dozen study centres in the London area, who can provide approved tuition in a variety of formats.

I know that the discontinuation of face-to-face teaching will be a disappointment to many people. I am sorry that it is not practicable for us to carry on beyond May 2019 delivering the service we have provided since we were first licensed by CIPS in 2007. However, the CIPS change of education scheme is an appropriate time for us to hang up the chalk. I would like to extend a very warm thank you to all students, sponsors, tutors, invigilators and backroom colleagues for all of the work they have done to enable the school to operate over this period.

For those employers who have paid for services beyond May 2019, refunds will be made as soon as practicable. A separate News item will be published regarding refunds.

For the avoidance of doubt, we plan to offer tuition in the following subjects between March and May 2019 to enable students to complete their current study level where feasible:

D1 Contexts, D4 Negotiating and Contracting, AD3 (part) ICSC,  AD4 Category Management, AD6 Operations Management, PD3 (part) SSCM, PD4 Supply Chain Diligence. All subjects will be taught at London Bridge except D1 which will be taught at East Croydon. Examination facilities will be available for these subjects at our centre.

We will not offer face-to-face tuition in any subjects from the new CIPS education scheme, nor will we offer examination facilities for those.

Once again, huge and sincere thanks to all who have participated in our school.

Ian Tait,  12 February 2019


November 2018 Exam Pass Rates


Our centre’s pass rates for the November 2018 CIPS exams are as follows:

L4  CIPS Diploma  89% passed

L5  Advanced Diploma  90% passed

L6  Professional Diploma  100% passed

Congratulations to our students who were successful in these examinations, and thanks to all students who have sent messages of gratitude for the teaching. Thanks also to our excellent tutors.

JIT 12.2.2019

CIPS D2 Class Times


D2 ‘Business Needs’ evening classes (6-9) will run as follows:

LB Mondays, 18, 25 February 2019.

CR Wednesdays, 13, 20, 27 February 2019.

All-day session Saturday, 2 March 2019 (10-5), venue to be Croydon Park Hotel, CR9 5AA.

Thank you.


Textbooks for CIPS Courses


The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply is no longer selling CIPS / Profex textboooks for the 2013 (current) range of qualifications. Textbooks can be obtained from Profex Publishing Ltd

These textbooks have the same content as the earlier CIPS / Profex textbooks for the 2013 qualifications. Profex usually offers a next day delivery service if your books are ordered before lunchtime.

CIPS (and Profex) will be selling textbooks for the new (2018) qualifications in due course.


Ian Tait and Co Audited Pass Rates


Documents audited by CIPS, using CIPS-sourced official data, confirm the following pass rates for our study centre, in the most recent CIPS audit (July / Aug 2018):

CIPS Diploma (L4) – 91%

Advanced Diploma (L5) – 98%

Professional Diploma (L6) – 84%

In 14 out of 15 subjects taught at our school, we achieved significantly above the CIPS average pass rate for the period audited.

Warm thanks to all students and tutors who helped achieve these super results.



High-quality CIPS tuition


High-quality CIPS tuition helping you, your employer & your career

The strapline of our organisation is not just a random set of consultancy-inspired words. They’re serious, like our teaching. Let’s take a look at each of these three sets of benefits in more detail.

Firstly, the benefits to the individual. The increased competence of the individual students can be found both in and out of the workplace. Many students increase their confidence, not only through increasing their technical knowledge of procurement and supply chain, but also through their contributions in class where they find themselves in discussion with students from other organisations and sectors, whose work and life experiences may be radically different. Take for example the ‘Pareto Principle’- the idea that a small percentage of an overall group of items has a disproportionate effect on that group – sometimes known as ‘the 80/20 rule’. Recognition and understanding of the principle helps an individual prioritise their work tasks as well as in some cases aspects of their private lives. Your top five suppliers might account for 70% of your overall organisational spend, or your mortgage / rent and car loan might account for 75% of your monthly after-tax family outgoings. An understanding of what really matters in the workplace helps develop focus, efficiency and higher-quality outputs.

For the individual there is also the likelihood of increasing recognition and enhanced status among colleagues. Peers begin to recognise someone as a ‘professional’ rather than someone who just ‘gets by’. And linked to this, sometimes surprisingly quickly comes the possibility of progression within the organisation, and of course, progression is likely to bring increased personal financial rewards.

For the employer, the benefits of staff undertaking CIPS studies should be almost self-evident. The CIPS Diploma provides all-round professional training at the level of the buyer or procurement manager. The reduced guesswork and risk to be found through qualified team members leads the employer to have greater confidence in their staff, who will have enhanced work quality coupled with faster more value-enhancing decision-making. So, for example, the CIPS subject of ‘Sourcing’ teaches the employee how to effectively locate and contract the most suitable supplier for organisational needs. A process which might previously have been hit-and-miss now becomes almost a science with a step-by-step approach resulting in better quality more reliable suppliers, often with lower overall cost and substantially reduced risk. What price a late delivery when the organisation’s most valued client is waiting? What cost a supplier unexpectedly going into liquidation? What value lost when trading on inappropriate terms and conditions when defective goods or services are received? And these are only three routine experiences of under-performing organisations, all addressed in a single subject, out of five subjects which make up the CIPS Diploma. A single enhanced sourcing or negotiation experience, say, can easily repay the investment in CIPS qualifications, many times over. What we are discussing here is not a rarity – these are routine benefits of undertaking the CIPS educational experience.

In terms of an individual’s career, it follows from the above that the individual can only benefit from all of this. The CIPS (Level4) Diploma is in demand from employers, but the CIPS (Level 6) Professional Diploma is even more in demand owing to the thoroughness of its coverage, the rigour of the assessments and the depth of thinking and understanding it creates in individuals. We have many examples of sponsoring employers promoting and financially rewarding students on our courses, with several being promoted not once but twice by their sponsoring employers during their three years with us. And for those who have invested in themselves, or who have outgrown their sponsoring organisation, we have seen ex-students changing employer and gaining, in some cases, very substantial benefits.

In conclusion, our strapline is not just a trite phrase to sell something to potential customers – it reflects reality as many of our ex-students are happy to testify in our brochure, or at our Summer Open Evenings.