How the subsidised study works
Each year the Academy subsidises a limited number of eligible individuals working in the New Zealand public sector by paying the Pathfinder Assessment fee, the student’s annual CIPS membership fee and costs towards the pathway determined by the Pathfinder Assessment. Subsidies may be paid as soon as you agree to join the programme, so it’s important that you decide carefully before committing yourself. This comprises:
- The use of study guides
- We subsidise a maximum of two subjects per trimester and up to five subjects in any 12 month period. However, you can choose to self-fund additional subjects over and above this number.
- You need to study at least three subjects per 12 month period - we subsidise you to study a minimum of 3 subjects in any 12 month period. You can’t study less than this minimum number of subjects, unless of course you only have one or two papers left to complete.
Note that individuals (or their employer) will need to pay for the exam(s) and any recommended reading material.
The subsidy applies to a minimum and maximum number of papers per trimester/year
We subsidise a maximum of two units (subjects) per trimester and up to five units in any 12 month period, although you can choose to self-fund additional subjects over and above this number.
You must study and sit exams for at least three units per 12 month period. You can’t study less than this minimum number of units unless of course, you only have one or two papers left to complete. Students not meeting this number will be asked to explain why they have not met the criteria. Continued lack of progress may result in the student being removed from the programme.
If you fail, or fail to sit, an exam, we won’t refund the subsidy to allow you to study the same unit again; similarly if you don’t study and sit the minimum number of units/exams in a 12 month period, you will be asked to explain why you haven’t done so.
Subsidies are paid in advance
Subsidies may be paid as soon as you agree to join the programme, so it’s important that you consider and decide carefully before committing yourself. To help you decide, we strongly suggest you read So you’re thinking of studying for CIPS qualifications… [403 kB PDF]
If you leave public sector employment you may be asked to repay the cost of any subsidy paid by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in the preceding 12 months.
On-going financial support is dependent on achievement
We regularly audit progress by individual students and will follow up with any student who doesn’t appear to be making headway. Continued lack of progress will be followed up with the student and their manager, and may result in the student being removed from the programme.
Am I eligible?
To apply for subsidised study, you must meet all the following criteria:
- Are employees of the public sector, including Public Service, State Services, State sector and Local Government employees
- Have the funds in place for their fee contribution
- Have your manager’s endorsement and support
Depending on demand, the following may also be taken into consideration:
- Evidence of relevance of the qualification to your current role (contained in your manager’s endorsement/statement of support)
- Preference will be given to applicants whose Chief Executives have given a commitment to the All of Government contracts through the Government Procurement Reform programme
How do I apply?
The annual Academy intake usually opens in November each year - once the enrolment period is confirmed it will be announced in the 'what's new' section of the procurement homepage.
If you haven’t already, make sure you read So you’re thinking of studying for CIPS qualifications… [344 kB PDF] to help you decide whether you should take on this commitment.
How do we assess applications?
Selection is in two stages; firstly an initial assessment of the application by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, followed by a Pathfinder Assessment by a representative of CIPS (Australasia) (CIPSA).
We recommend you review the following before completing your application:
- The Qualifications pages of the CIPS website
- Our assessing your procurement know-how page
- The New Zealand edition of the Australasian Procurement and Construction Council’s guide to Building Government Procurement Capabilities