- Must know the applicant and be familiar with their work.
- They may be called upon by the membership convenor to discuss the applicant they have supported.
- If you're having trouble finding someone to sponsor your application, we recommend you join one of our local branches so you can start networking with other NZPI members, once they get to know you and your planning related work they may be able to sign your application.
- If you submit an application that doesn't meet sponsor/supporter requirements - it slows processing as the application must be returned and new sponsors/supporters sought.
Guidance note for sponsors of Full Membership Candidates
The Role of the Sponsor
The role of sponsor is two fold:
- To provide a written testimony of the candidate’s application via the Sponsor Declaration, which can be found in the Full Membership Application Form.
- To act as mentor to the candidate throughout their application for full membership.
The role of the Sponsor is to review and ultimately testify that a Candidate member’s practical work experience as having met the requirements set by the profession, prior to the final submission of that documented experience to the NZPI Membership Convenor.
The sponsor will also be asked to advise via the Sponsor Declaration, which can be found in the Full Membership Application Form, on the following:
- The nature of the professional relationship between the candidate and sponsor
- A short written statement of the reasons for sponsoring the candidate.
The Membership Convenor will contact the sponsor prior to an interview being approved to enable discussion regarding the application.
A sponsor also has the role of ongoing support to the candidate, throughout their application for full membership.
Who can be a Sponsor?
The Sponsor must be a Full Member of the Institute in good standing who has more than three years of experience as a Full Member.
The Sponsor must agree to the Candidate member’s request to serve as their Sponsor, and will be provided with this guidance note by the candidate upon agreeing to serve as a Sponsor.
Sponsors should carefully review and familiarize themselves with the Guidance note, and use it for reference as they undertake their role.
What happens after the candidate is interviewed?
The Chair of the Interview Panel will contact the sponsor within 24 hours following the interview to advise the sponsor of the Panel’s decision.
If the candidate has been unsuccessful in his/her application the Chair will discuss with the Sponsor how the Sponsor might best support the candidate’s progress towards a subsequent application and a letter outlining the content of the discussion forwarded within 10 days of the interview to the applicant.