About Us

Our History

Although our history can be tied to credit organisations operating in the 1960’s, the NZ Credit & Finance Institute (NZCFI) was formally incorporated in 1985.  Back then the organisation ran with regional branches, each separately incorporated.  It was another 10 years before the value of establishing one national entity was recognised and in October 1995 the NZCFI took its place in the economy as the foremost authority on matters relating to credit management in New Zealand.

Our membership is given a voice when the NZCFI is called upon to advise Government, through consultation and at select committees, on law reforms that impact the credit and finance industry.  We have impacted legislative changes affecting company law, privacy, insolvency and finance.  And we remain committed to preparing submissions to represent our member interests when law changes are considered in the future.

Above all, we lead the way in the provision of training and professional development opportunities for people employed in credit and finance positions – irrespective of seniority or the industry in which you work.

Objectives

As the only organisation available exclusively to those working in credit and finance, the NZCFI:

  1. Fosters professional unity, cooperation and mutual assistance
  2. Promotes education and professional advancement to increase the proficiency of those employed in the field of credit and finance
Member benefits

Recently surveyed, our members appreciate these facilities:

  • Networking with peers
  • Technical training
  • The provision of Government and regulatory speakers
  • Presentations on general or macro factors impacting business, such as the state of the economy
  • Training on ‘soft’ people skills – such as the psychology associated with credit management and negotiation skills
  • Access to case studies from companies in similar industries or faced with navigating similar legislation or issues
  • Advocacy at a national level
  • N3 discount cards to all financial Members (see details)n3 & NZCFI
NZQA Qualifications at Member Only rates

In recognition of our ongoing commitment to education and our partnership with Rapid Results who administer the NZQA credit qualifications, members are provided with a $50.00 discount on each of the two NZQA courses.
That’s effectively nearly a third of an annual membership fee invested back in you – and your personal professional development!
Additionally, upon completion of either qualification, you will be gifted a year’s FREE membership with the NZCFI.
See Qualifications for more detail.

Quarterly updates via our publication The Pulse

Taking its name from our branding, ‘The financial pulse of our nation’, our quarterly publication is The Pulse. This interesting read aims to keep you up to date with activities happening nationally, so that you can elect to participate in events outside of your region and/or provide opportunities for others in your team to participate when they are situated elsewhere.

The latest edition, showing insolvency figures nationally, allowed members to track trends in the filing of Creditors’ Petitions and Liquidations, and to see the types of remedy being taken; among them, the ratio of Summary Instalment Orders, Debtor Petitions and No Asset Procedures.

  • It’s information like this that lets you see that you’re not alone
  • Elsewhere in the country other credit professionals are facing similar challenges
  • A membership with the NZCFI puts you in contact with peers and industry colleagues whom you can both assist and learn from
See below to read our latest news in issues of The Pulse

June 2019

 

Internationally

Through an NZCFI membership, you will have access to a worldwide network to exchange ideas and information.

Membership Grading
  • Member – an ungraded person who acknowledges the importance of the credit profession and seeks to gain an improved understanding of the role of credit through membership of the NZCFI.
  • Affiliate – a person involved in an associated profession. Examples are accounting, legal, banking, credit teaching, mercantile reporting, collection agencies, credit insurance and employment agencies.
  • Associate (ANZCFI) – a person with proven experience at a credit management level over an approved period subject to the NZCFI grading criteria.
  • Certified Credit Executive (CCE) – a person who has passed the prescribed course of examinations as set down from time to time by the NZCFI.
  • Fellow (FNZCFI) – a person who has a record of outstanding achievements in th NZCFI activities and who has been a member for at least five years, such applications to be approved by the NZCFI board.
  • Life Member – as proposed by the Board and approved by an Annual General Meeting.

Applications for membership as a Member

  • A character reference must accompany application for grading as a member.

 Application for membership as an Affiliate

  • A character reference and a business reference must accompany applications for grading as an Affiliate.

 Applications for membership as an Associate (ANZCFI) and certified Credit Executive (CCE)

Criteria for applications in this category:

  • A character reference and a business reference/s must accompany applications for grading in these categories.
  • The business reference/s must state in detail the nature and extent of the duties performed by the applicant currently and during a three year period up to the date of the application for grading.
  • Applicants must currently spend, and during the three year period up to the date of the application for grading have spent, a minimum of 60% of their time at work in the area of credit control and/or credit management. The business reference/s must confirm that these requirements are abe to be met by the applicant.
  • In order to maintain grading in these categories, the applicant agrees to maintain the minimum of 15 hours per annum of formalized continuing professional development as defined by the Board of the NZCFI from time to time.

Through an NZCFI membership, you will have access to a worldwide network to exchange ideas and information.

Cost of Membership ?

An annual membership is $178.50 (inclusive of GST) for the first year.  Thereafter, membership is renewable annually on the anniversary of the date on which you joined.