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AdmiNZ Certification

AdmiNZ Certification is a credentialing process that verifies you are a professional and have skills that demonstrate excellence in your field. Having Certification will give you an edge when applying for a job, when asking for a promotion, or when going through a performance evaluation.

AdmiNZ is the only administrative organisation in New Zealand offering an accreditation or registration pathway through this Certification process.

Certification is similar in concept to the professional registration that applies to teachers, nurses, doctors, plumbers and accountants. Just as a chartered accountant needs to gain a qualification, undertake a period of practical work experience and undertake continual professional development, AdmiNZ developed Certification to recognise the sum total of the administrative professionals’ formal learning and practical experience.  Please note AdmiNZ Certification is not a formal registration process, and people can work as an administrative professional without Certification.

Having certification states that you have the standards required to practice your profession.


AdmiNZ developed Certification as a benchmark of the skills and competency that administrative professionals hold, or should hold, to undertake their roles within their workplaces.  It was developed

  • as a robust, credible and reliable process that employers could have faith in that those who hold it will meet that benchmark.
  • to confirm to those who achieved Certification that they would know their own skills were of a similar standard to others who had achieved Certification. 

A sub-committee of AdmiNZ worked to develop this process over a 12-month period from 2002.  One of the sub-committee members was Jay Lamburn, then Executive Director of the Public Sector Industry Training Organisation (PSTO).  The process was trialled over the next 12 months, refined and finally launched at the Association's AGM/Conference in New Plymouth in 2004 by the Honourable Harry Dynhoven MP. The first three recipients (Elizabeth Signal, Manawatu; Brenda Wallace, Wellington; Trudy Tyler, Nelson) received their certificates at the Conference.

Key dates for Certification:
20 March Certification & Provisional Certification applications due
1 April re-Certification applications due

Certification Process

PO Box 5431

Lambton Quay

Wellington 6145


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