Monday, 22 January 2024 23:13

Applications open for ICCASkills NZ scholarship programme 2024.

ICCA CEO Senthil Gopinath and Tourism NZ Leonie Ashford. ICCA CEO Senthil Gopinath and Tourism NZ Leonie Ashford.

Tourism New Zealand is pleased to announce the continuation of its ICCASkills scholarship programme in 2024.

The programme offers New Zealand business events professionals the chance to undertake internationally recognised certifications.

Developed by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and designed by industry experts, ICCASkills delivers the only globally recognised certification for suppliers in every sector of the meetings industry. ICCASkills offers two certification tracks: the CICS (Certified International Convention Specialist) for junior professionals and CICE (Certified International Convention Executive) for those in management roles.

A limited number of scholarships are available for New Zealand-based professionals working in the business events industry, with Tourism New Zealand sharing costs with the scholarship recipient’s employer.

In addition to online courses starting in March 2024, an in-person ICCASkills training event will be held in New Zealand for the first time, in September 2024.

The three-day training event will take place at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre in Christchurch from September 10-12, facilitated by ICCA’s expert international instructors Deanna Varga and Juan José García.

International events professionals will also be invited to attend this course. Domestic learners will also have the opportunity to participate in a post-training activity programme (at their own cost), details to be confirmed.   

Tourism New Zealand General Manager NZ & Business Events Bjoern Spreitzer says: “Business Events are a key part of Tourism New Zealand’s strategy to attract high-quality visitors who positively benefit New Zealand’s nature, culture, society, and economy.

“Business events are all about people – it is important to invest in our people in the industry and educate and elevate New Zealand’s event sector to ensure international visitors continue to have a world-class experience here.

“This is a valuable professional development opportunity for New Zealand’s event professionals, and we encourage people to attend the training in person to make the most of the networking opportunities.”

ICCA CEO Senthil Gopinath says: “Through two courses - CICE for experienced professionals, and CICS for new colleagues starting out - ICCASkills champions real-world learning and growth irrespective of age or experience. Positive feedback about the know-how and effectiveness of our expert instructors again shows the tangible value of attending courses designed for our industry, by our industry. 

“We salute Tourism New Zealand for their foresight and ongoing commitment to a programme that will grow and grow.”


Places are limited. For terms and conditions and to apply visit: https://businessevents.newzealand.com/news-and-success-stories/iccaskills-new-zealand-scholarship-2024/