What is CMI?

CMI stands for Competitive Manufacturing Initiative, which is a consortium of ITOs established in 2005 to support the development of qualifications and unit standards in Competitive Manufacturing in New Zealand. Competenz, on behalf of the consortium, is the standard setting body and manage the quality assurance of the standards and reviews of the standards and qualifications.

If you have any questions, please contact

  • Matt Vandy - m.vandy@competenz.org.nz 021 815 044
  • Jim MacBride-Stewart - j.macbride-stewart@competenz.org.nz 027 554 2357
  • Alternatively you can contact Competenz on 0800 526 1800


      What is Competitive Manufacturing?

      Competitive Manufacturing reflects practices and principles that have been developed over the last 80 years, often referred to as Lean Manufacturing or just ‘Lean’. It provides tools, knowledge and skills for establishing work systems and practices that support immediate and ongoing improvements to a business. These usually target improvements in efficiency, waste reduction, customer service, employee morale and costs.

      The term Competitive Manufacturing describes a large range of systematic practices and approaches leading to improved performance. It covers but is not limited to:

      • Lean systems
      • Agile systems
      • Monitoring and data gathering systems such as Systems Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) software
      • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems
      • Materials Resource Planning (MRP)
      • Proprietary systems such as SAP
      • Statistical process control systems such as six sigma, three sigma, just in time, kanban and other pull related control systems
      • Supply, value and demand chain monitoring and analysis


      Contacting your ITO about CM Qualifications

      Current consortium members have their logos on this page. By clicking on the relevant logo you will be taken directly to the ITO website where further information and contact details are available.


      Registered Providers and other ITOs looking for information?

      For registered providers seeking further information regarding CM, please click here
      For ITOs seeking further information regarding the CM consortium, please click here