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CITPNZ Application Process

Chartered IT Professional NZ has a robust but achievable assessment process, designed to balance objective requirements with subjective assessment of knowledge and skills by subject experts.

Application and assessment process

The application and assessment process is as follows:

  1. Complete the 10-step online application
    This includes initial self-analysis of skills and confirmation of all requirements (details below).

  2. Assessment Process
    The ITP assessment team will then analyse and independently validate your application, then assess the application against the CITP standard.

  3. Complete Breadth of Knowledge test (optional)
    All CITPNZ applicants must provide evidence of meeting the CITP Breadth of Knowledge requirements. Evidence can include a peer review as part of the interview process, a formal sit-down test, or possessing an ITP-accredited degree.
  4. Teleconference Interview
    The final phase includes completion of a teleconference interview with both an ITP assessor and a subject expert.


Step 1: Complete the 10-step online application

All applications are submitted online and involve completing 10 steps.   Most of the steps are a series of straight forward questions.  Step 4 & 5 require a more in-depth analysis and self-reflection.

The application process will direct you through each step, and the steps may be completed over time and submitted once you are happy with the details you have provided.

Generally speaking, if you can clearly understand the stated requirements and self-assess yourself against these objectively, you will know by the end of the application process whether CITPNZ is suitable for you.

Part 1: Outline your career pathway to date

Part 2: Confirm you meet the Entry Requirements

Part 3: Confirm SFIA Level of Responsibility

Part 4: Select two most applicable IT Skills to be assessed against

Part 5: Complete and Upload Supporting Material

Part 6: Provide details of 2 Supporters/Referees

Part 7: Confirm awareness of the Breadth of Knowledge requirement

Part 8: Confirm Professional Knowledge

Part 9: Confirm Acceptance of Ongoing Requirements

Part 10: Pay Accreditation and first Annual Fee

Once these 10 steps are complete, you can submit your application for assessment.


Step 2: Assessment Process

Assessment Stage 1 (awaiting supporters & processing stage 1)

The first stage of assessment involves your two referees/supporters completing an online form to support your application. This form is automatically sent to them when you submit your application.

Your referees must meet the specified criteria and be able, prepared and willing to vouch for both your suitability and competency. Their responses are also validated by the assessment team via phone.

Assessment Stage 2 (processing stage 2)

In the second stage of assessment, the assessment team will complete a paper assessment, based on the written documentation provided in your application. At this stage the assigned Assessor may request additional information from you to clarify specific aspects of your application.


Step 3: Breadth of Knowledge Test (optional)

All CITPNZ applicants must provide evidence of meeting the CITP Breadth of Knowledge requirements. This can be achieved via peer-review (as part of the interview process), a formal sit-down test, or by holding an ITP-accredited degree (or a degree accredited by a Seoul Accord signatory).

The formal test comprises 75 multiple choice questions which cover a broad range of topics. As well as achieving a pass mark of 8/15 in each of the 5 sections, candidates must correctly answer 50/75 (67%) overall. If candidates don't pass the first time they will be able to resit once. If this is unsuccessful, the application will lapse and the candidate will have to wait 6 months before applying for CITPNZ again.

Applicants can take up to two hours to complete the test, however most will not need this long. The test must be undertaken in person in invigilated (ie exam) conditions.

The test is available to sit at locations across New Zealand and there is no additional cost to sit the test. Overseas applicants may be able to sit the test at international Test Centres - please contact us for more information.

You can find out more about the Breadth of Knowledge test here.


Step 4: Teleconference Interview

In the final stage of assessment you will be asked to take part in a 30-45 minute teleconference interview with an Assessor plus an assigned Subject Expert.

The Subject Expert will be a recognised expert within the skill areas you have chosen. These will generally be a Chartered IT Professional with specialisms identical to yours.

Following the Teleconference, a final assessment of your application will be completed and you will be notified of the outcome promptly.


Ready to apply for CITPNZ?

Ready to apply? The main application is submitted online and you can complete this over time. The online process will guide you through the application process and you can submit your application when you're ready.


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