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Skills Assessment

Identify talent, address development needs

Identify the skills in your team to help with people development and succession management with a CIPS Skills Gap Analysis – your in-depth procurement training needs assessment.

The assessment is tailored to meet your specific business objectives and allows you to target your training spend so that you can make the best use of budgets. Carrying out a Skills Gap Analysis post training also allows you to evaluate the impact of any training you have carried out. 

For more information on how CIPS Skills Gap Analysis can help you strengthen your procurement team contact us


We typically begin by assessing procurement knowledge using our online assessment. We can then carry out more in-depth probing to analyse an appropriate training and development starting point to bridge knowledge gaps.

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Competency Assessment Tool 

CIPS Competency Assessment Tool is an online questionnaire that will take approximately one and a half to two hours to complete.

There are 132 multiple choice questions across the 11 themes of the CIPS Global Standard in Procurement and Supply:

Eleven themes of the CIPS Global Standard

For each theme there will be 12 questions split equally across the Operational, Managerial. Professional and Advanced Professional competency levels. At the end of each theme candidates will be required to give their answers a confidence rating. 

The output of the competency assessment is a guide for employers of the strengths and development needs across the team, along with a personal report of individuals to help address their own development needs. 


Benchmarking: Taking the data from all of those that have undertaken the online assessment allows us to measure performance against the average and best in class from all sectors

Value: By assessing the gaps in your team’s knowledge you can strategically target and prioritise training spend to get the most from your budget

Knowledge: CIPS Skills Gap Analysis lets you see at a glance your procurement strengths and development needs, highlighting the stars of the future and assisting in the recruitment process

Development: The results from the online competency assessment allows you to identify the people in your team who would benefit most from a targeted development programme.


Global organisations that have enjoyed the benefits of Skills Gap Analysis include:

  • Babcock International Group

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For more information on how CIPS Skills Gap Analysis can help you strengthen your procurement team contact us.