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CITPNZ Entry requirements

Other than full membership to ITP, the primary requirement for CITPNZ is that an applicant can show genuine results operating at SFIA Level 5. The application process guides you through providing evidence of each step.


sfialevelsThe CITPNZ level

The Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) is a competency and skills matrix used by the IT industry in over 100 countries to assess and match IT skills. It is overseen and administered by the SFIA Foundation.

As well as defining 96 IT-related skills, SFIA defines 7 levels of responsibility and competency. Level 1 (Follow) outlines practitioners at the start of their career, where they have no responsibility for outcomes and someone else signs off on their work. Level 7 (Strategic) outlines those who are ultimately responsible for a large area of work and operate at a strategic level.

Chartered IT Professional assesses applicants to Level 5 of SFIA (Ensure/Advise) or above. Those operating at Level 5 have the experience and training to be able to provide professional IT advice and be responsible for major outcomes.

So the CITPNZ level if defined as:


Works under broad direction. Is fully accountable for own technical work and/or project/supervisory responsibilities. Receives assignments in the form of objectives. Establishes own milestones and team objectives, and delegates responsibilities. Work is often self-initiated.


Influences organisation, customers, suppliers and peers within industry on the contribution of own specialism. Has significant responsibility for the work of others and for the allocation of resources. Makes decisions which impact on the success of assigned projects i.e. results, deadlines and budget. Develops business relationships with customers.


Performs a challenging range and variety of complex technical or professional work activities. Undertakes work which requires the application of fundamental principles in a wide and often unpredictable range of contexts. Understands the relationship between own specialism and wider customer/organisational requirements.

Business skills

Advises on the available standards, methods, tools and applications relevant to own specialism and can make correct choices from alternatives. Analyses, diagnoses, designs, plans, executes and evaluates work to time, cost and quality targets. Communicates effectively, formally and informally, with colleagues, subordinates and customers. Demonstrates leadership.

Facilitates collaboration between stakeholders who have diverse objectives. Understands the relevance of own area of responsibility/specialism to the employing organisation. Takes customer requirements into account when making proposals. Takes initiative to keep skills up to date. Mentors more junior colleagues. Maintains an awareness of developments in the industry. Analyses requirements and advises on scope and options for operational improvement. Demonstrates creativity and innovation in applying solutions for the benefit of the customer.

More details in the SFIA Section.


Other requirements

The level above is the core requirements of an applicant for CITPNZ in addition to full membership to ITP, however the assessment also looks at other related areas:


This requires the following (shown in detail below):

  • Broad ICT knowledge is assessed via either peer review by a subject expert or a formal test, exploring the fundamental concepts underpinning IT.
  • Specialist ICT knowledge focuses on two specific IT skills or competencies, again using SFIA level 5.
  • Professional knowledge looks at the non-technical general professional knowledge senior IT Professionals should hold.
  • Competency and responsibility uses the SFIA level 5 definition above.
  • Sound character is important - the public need to be able to have confidence in IT professionals.

CITPNZ is targeted towards senior professionals who are responsible for IT systems, projects and other significant work. Others in the team may find Certified Technologist more suitable.


Requirements of Area 1: Skills and Knowledge

Applicants must demonstrate suitable Skills and Knowledge to competently and successfully carry on work as an IT Professional.

  • A broad knowledge of the skills related to their ICT area of expertise. and
  • A specialist knowledge and operating at Level 5 of two specific SFIA skills as outlined in the SFIA Framework.


Requirements of Area 2: Professional Knowledge

Professional Knowledge covers the non-technical knowledge aspects of being a professional.

The detailed Professional Knowledge Curriculum for this area is developed and maintained independently and contains the professional knowledge requirements for the following areas:

  • Ethics and Code of Practice
  • Understanding of concepts of Security and Privacy
  • Knowledge of ICT Legal Issues
  • ICT Professionals in an Organisational Context


Requirements of Area 3: Competency and Responsibility

This focuses on whether an applicant meets the Competency and Responsibility expectations of a senior IT Professional.

We use SFIA's Level 5 requirements for this, as outlined above.

Note that the subjective SFIA definitions below paint a picture of the sorts of expectations of someone operating at Level 5 of the Framework. This should NOT be used as a checklist - applicants do not need to meet all of the requirements listed, just those relevant to their position.


Requirement of Area 4: Sound Character

In addition to the entry requirements, applicants must be of Good and Sound Character.

Provision of two referees

An assessor will conduct a short and confidential telephone interview with two referees provided by the applicant. The referees also complete a brief written assessment of the applicant, confirming their work.

Referees are asked a number of questions related to how well they know the applicant and whether in their professional opinion the applicant is of a sound character, suitable for accreditation. The assessment team may also contact others who may know or have known the applicant to further assess their character, or whether they are operating at the required level.

Publication of applicant's name to IT community

The applicant's name will be published prior to award, with a request that any member knowing of any reason the applicant should not advance to provide this in writing.

Serious criminal convictions

The applicant must disclose prior criminal convictions for the purpose of attaining whether the applicant meets the sound character requirements, as well as disclose whether they are currently under investigation by the New Zealand Police, or have charges pending on any matter related to dishonesty or fraud.

It should be noted that criminal conviction(s) will not automatically exclude the applicant from successfully obtaining CITPNZ, however the conviction(s) will be considered if they amount to professional misconduct or raise serious concerns as to the honesty or respectability of the applicant.

An applicant may be declined for Certification if convictions are of sufficient gravity to be termed "reprehensible" (or "inexcusable", "disgraceful", "deplorable" or "dishonourable")*.

This includes:

  • Repeated offences related to dishonesty, professional misconduct or fraud;
  • Recent offences, within the last 2 years, that relate to dishonesty, professional misconduct or fraud;
  • Serious convictions of crimes which have a maximum punishment in law of 2 years imprisonment or greater.

Should the assessor believe the applicant is not of good and sound character, ITP will write to the applicant outlining the reasoning for this draft determination. The applicant may then respond in writing which will be considered in the final determination.

* Terminology provided in Auckland District Law Society v Atkinson (New Zealand Law Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, 15 August 1990)


The bulk of the assessment process focuses on requirement 1 and 3 - whether an applicant achieves results at SFIA level 5 (as above), and possesses the broad knowledge and professional knowledge necessary to be a successful senior IT professional.

Full membership to IT Professionals NZ

To apply and continue to hold CITPNZ certification, you must be a full member of ITP NZ.  You can apply for membership during the CITPNZ application process if you arent already a member.

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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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