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Please provide letter(s) of reference from your employer(s) (or clients if self-employed).  The referee(s) must be able to comment on your competence and confirm your work history over the last 24 months [1] as documented by you in this application. The referee(s) should be in a similar or higher professional level to you and cannot be someone who reports to you or who is a family member. The information should be supplied via a letter (on company letterhead) and include your job title, a detailed job description and precise dates of employment or client relationship. Letters of appointment or contracts are not accepted. To facilitate the reference submission process, you may copy the information from the work experience submission in this application and use it as part of the reference letter, which can then be verified by the employer/client referee. Please attach the completed and signed reference letter(s) to the application.

CIPS reserves the right to contact employers/clients to verify information. You should inform your references about this to allow them to speak to a CIPS Secretariat representative.


[1] There is an application requirement to demonstrate “recent experience”. Applicants need to provide evidence that they have 1,000 hours of professional work experience in the year preceding application.

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