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CIPS subsidised study

Subsidised study for NZ Public Sector

The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) offers internationally recognised professional qualifications to support procurement practitioners in their professional development.

New Zealand Public Sector procurement professionals seeking CIPS qualifications can apply for subsidised study. Successful applicants will have a one year’s CIPS membership fully paid for by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment.

CIPS membership allows you to register for exams and access their online study materials and membership support. We support you by lending course books and revision notes, and giving you access to an online shared workspace to study with other subsidised students. Familiarise yourself with the CIPS qualification framework on the CIPS website.

Note that the subsidy does not apply to the Management Entry Route or any other alternative paths to MCIPS offered by CIPS.

Working towards MCIPS

You qualify for MCIPS if you have three or more years’ procurement experience and complete the following diplomas:

  • Diploma in Procurement and Supply (Level 4)
  • Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply (Level 5)
  • Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply (Level 6)

Each diploma qualification comprises of five examinable course units and an enrolment fee applies for each unit. The subsidy does not cover the enrolment fee. Examinations are usually held in May, July and November. Consult the CIPS website for more information.

Studying for CIPS requires balancing work and personal commitments. Here’s a rough guide to the study time commitment you should expect to set aside.

  Average time commitment
Diploma in Procurement and Supply (Level 4) 60-80 hours per Level 4 unit
Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply (Level 5) 80-100 hours per Level 5 unit
Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply (Level 6) > 100 hours per Level 6 unit



You must:

  • be employed by a Public sector entity (which includes the State sector and Local Government) in a procurement role;
  • have your manager’s approval; and
  • commit to sit and pay for a minimum of three exams per year.

Please note that there are limited places.

Private sector professionals are not eligible for this subsidy and should get in touch with CIPS.

Apply for subsidised study

Applications for 2016 have closed.

Contact us at to register your interest; we will notify you when applications for 2017 open.


Last updated 9 December 2015