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NZQA Procurement Qualification

The Level 6 NZ Certificate in Infrastructure (Procurement Procedures) is now fully government funded!

This qualification was previously known as the CPP or NZTA Qualified Tender Evaluator qualification. It’s New Zealand’s undisputed benchmark qualification for practical, NZQA-certified procurement practitioners – and it’s specifically designed for NZ Government procurement professionals.

You can watch a recent video presentation hosted by IPWEA (Institute of Public Works Engineers Australasia) about this qualification and training programme below.

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How it works

After registering for assessment, the next step is to complete your first Unit Standard 18930 on Legal and Ethical aspects of tendering. It will take you only around 4 hours, and earns you the first 15 out of the total 80 credits for this qualifictaion.

The two-day Clever Buying course should be done within the first 90 days of your enrolment. While online tutorials are available as a supplement, we strongly recommend attendance at the two-day course as course attendees always complete their qualification faster and more easily than others who don’t attend in person.

After the course, you’ll get one-on-one coaching from an expert NZQA-qualified Procurement Assessor as you work through your four remaining work-based procurement assignments. 

These involve:

  1. Preparing a detailed procurement plan for two live or scenario-based projects (usually includes one procurement plan that’s mostly completed on the two-day Clever Buying course). Formal assessment is through both written evidence and a professional discussion.
  2. Preparing a RFx Document (supported with a robust procurement plan, which can be the one you have already prepared). This can be based on a scenario that we can provide, or a real-life example from your workplace. Feedback will be given on that. This should involve using the Government RFx template.
  3. Preparing a Procurement Plan, followed by a full set of RFx documents for one or more real-life examples in your workplace. Assessment will be through both written evidence and a professional discussion.
  4. Processing and evaluating tenders, including managing the process, developing scoring systems, briefing Tender Evaluation Teams and preparing Tender Evaluation Reports. Two examples (at least) are needed. Assessment will be through both written evidence and a professional discussion.

Key Facts on the NZQA Procurement Qualification

The qualification is mandatory for one member of the Tender Evaluation Team for significant projects funded by Waka Kotahi/ the NZ Transport Agency. Because it’s the only NZQA qualification aimed specifically at practical procurement through tenders, and the only qualification that covers NZ Government Procurement Rules, it is also a valid and highly respected qualification for a wide range of industries.

We are working with Government Procurement (MBIE) personnel and other government groups to raise awareness of the value of the qualification across all of government procurement.

There are more than 460 procurement professionals registered for the NZQA Procurement qualification through the Clever Buying programme. All graduates have provided excellent feedback on the value of their journey through achieving this qualification.

Note: NZQA Procurement Qualification candidates must complete and submit at least one assignment every three months. Your NZQA-Qualified personal trainer/ assessor will be on hand to help you or give advice at any stage.

If you have questions about your progress through the qualification, or you would like to know more about getting qualified, please contact us.

Upcoming Courses

Clever Buying - NZQA Level 6 Procurement Training

6-7 July
Places available, (subject to minimum numbers)
11-12 August
Places available
08 - 09 June
Places available
27 - 28 July
Places available

Future courses also available, for more details get in touch

Short Courses