NZQA Procurement Qualification

The Level 6 NZ Certificate in Infrastructure (Procurement Procedures) is the qualification that was previously known as the CPP or NZTA Qualified evaluator qualification. It's the benchmark for practical, NZQA-certified procurement qualifications and it's specifically designed for government procurement professionals.

The NZQA Qualification is currently delivered through Connexis ITO. Students must have a training agreement with Connexis in order to get qualified.

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Meet your asessors: Caroline BootBruce Buxton and Steve Raynor.

How it works

After registering for assessment, the next step in the process is for candidates to complete the two-day Clever Buying course as the first part of their assessment. Candidates are mentored, guided, and given frequent feedback on their workplace RFT documents and procurement processes that contribute to the assessment process. 

After the Clever Buying course, the assessment consists of a series of five assignments, which are typically completed based on procurement activities in their workplaces:

  1. Prepare a detailed procurement plan for a live (preferably) or scenario-based project, demonstrating best practice, thorough and conscientious procurement planning. Assessment will be through both written evidence and a professional discussion.
  2. Prepare 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. Complete an assignment via desk research, i.e. written and verbal questions to demonstrate your understanding of application of Government Rules of Sourcing, Cartel Conduct and NZ Case Law on Tendering
  4. Prepare a Procurement Plan, followed by a full set of RFx documents for a real-life example in your workplace. Assessment will be through both written evidence and a professional discussion.
  5. Complete tender process administration and evaluation, including preparing Tender Evaluation Reports. Two examples (at least) are needed. Assessment will be through both written evidence and a professional discussion.

Update on the NZQA Procurement Qualification

What’s the difference? Some key changes include:

  • The new version (NZ Certificate in Infrastructure Procurement Procedures) now applies to all of infrastructure, not just transport – so it’s a far more useful and wide-ranging qualification than the old one. The skills which are taught and assessed actually apply to all complex procurement, going well beyond infrastructure.
  • The new version of the NZQA Procurement Qualification still has four unit standards, but they are now all mandatory.
  • The Government’s Rules of Sourcing are now a key part of the knowledge that’s needed.
  • There’s a stronger focus on effective procurement planning.
  • The NZQA Level Six assessment allows candidates to work on scenario-based examples for part of their qualification. This recognises that candidates don’t always have the opportunity to demonstrate best practice tendering in their workplaces on a large number of examples. It also provides more reliable evidence of individual competence than previous mechanisms, which often relied on documents produced jointly rather than by an individual.

These changes have resulted in the new version of the qualification being far more useful and relevant than the old version.

The qualification is still mandatory for one member of the Tender Evaluation Team for significant projects funded by the NZ Transport Agency. Because it’s the only NZQA qualification aimed specifically at practical procurement through tenders, it will also be a valid and highly respected qualification for a wide range of industries into the future.

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; and we hope to make more headway this year.

We now have more than 100 procurement professionals registered for the NZQA Procurement qualification with Clever Buying; and they are already making good headway through their Unit Standards. All graduates have provided excellent feedback on the value of their journey through achieving this qualification.

Note: If you’re one of the people currently working through your NZQA Procurement qualification, please note that tyou need to complete and submit at least one assignment every three months, or attend an additional training/ support day. It’s a great reason to keep up momentum on your assignments! Your 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.