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Support HR practitioners to grow in the right direction with HRNZ’s Professional Accreditation.

  • Shape future people leaders by encouraging HR practitioners to gain professional accreditation with HRNZ.
  • Empower your HR candidates to stand out from the crowd.
  • Set industry-wide professional standards.

What is HRNZ’s Professional Accreditation? 

Our Professional Accreditation programme provides recognition for outstanding performance and commitment to professional development by proven HR practitioners.  

HR practitioners can achieve recognised standards of excellence and competence in HR practices through: 

Emerging Professional Members are recognised by the post-nominal EPMHRNZ and the Chartered Members are recognised by the post-nominal CMRHRNZ. You may find these post-nominals next to people’s name on LinkedIn profiles or in their email signature.  

The Charter of Human Resources New Zealand 

Human Resources New Zealand (HRNZ) promotes excellence in Human Resources Management and in performance, development and leadership of people at work. Chartered Members and Chartered Fellows of HRNZ are committed to upholding the principles of the Charter. Their qualifications, background, character, and experience make them role models for other members and practitioners, their organisations, and the HR community as a whole. 

The Path – The Capability Framework for HR Professionals in Aotearoa, New Zealand 

The Path consists of three elements that together outline what excellence in HR looks like over a number of different levels from a basic delivery level, through to a strategic governance level. These three elements are: 

  • The Core Capabilities, 6 elements that sit at the heart of our framework and capture the essence of good HR practice, 
  • The Capability Levels, which outline different levels that an HR practitioner can operate in across their roles and in their careers, and 
  • The Domains of Knowledge, which represent the different specialist areas of HR. 


Why do Accredited HR professionals stand out from the crowd? 

By achieving Accreditation, they have demonstrated that they are: 

  • Driven individuals who are dedicated to their professional development 
  • Committed to the HR profession and the community 
  • Passionate about shaping the future of HR and organisations through their people 
  • Worthy of receiving recognition for their outstanding performance 
  • Ready to lead into tomorrow and make a difference in their organisation 

To become chartered, practitioners must: 

  • Complete the HRNZ Capability self-assessment  
  • Submit their CV along with any supporting evidence 
  • Complete the HRNZ Code of Practice module 
  • Provide evidence of their Continuing Professional Development (CPD points) 
  • Provide multiple references for verification 

Chartered Membership applicants also participate in an in-depth interview with an HRNZ assessment panel to validate that they meet the requirements. 


Why does it matter to you as a Recruiter? 

Benchmark your HR candidates against industry-wide professional standards 

HRNZ’s Professional Accreditation gives a measure of your candidate’s experience and abilities and represents their holistic qualities as an HR professional. 

Understanding this can help you demonstrate to your clients how candidates may add value to their organisation, via the application of proven skill sets and expertise. 

Because HRNZ’s Profession Accreditation is now aligned with The Path, a common language can be used between you, your clients, and your candidates. This allows for easier comparison between candidate profiles and will enable you to better match your candidates to available roles. 

Enhance your candidate support services 

Help your HR candidates stand out through Professional Accreditation with HRNZ. Accreditation provides validation of their knowledge, skillset and experiences.  

Accreditation is not only about the title professionals gain, but about the journey they take to be there. This journey includes a range of rich learning experiences and growth opportunities that would be beneficial for your HR talent pool to partake in.  

Activities could include the HRNZ mentoring programme, attending professional development courses or webinars, networking with other great HR professionals, or contributing to the profession through the delivery of thought leadership. 

You can use The Path framework and its associated tools to help your candidates set professional development goals and plan their journey towards accreditation.  


What do our Chartered Members say about Professional Accreditation?  

  • "This was an opportunity to take stock of where I’d come from and where I am going.” - Janet Long CMRHNZ 
  • “Chartered Membership provides our clients the confidence that they are interacting with a qualified and ethical professional who values remaining up to date. It is also a credit to every manager and leader I’ve encountered; they have shaped my knowledge and experience that I draw on as a Chartered Member to uphold the human resources profession.” - Tracey Bryant CMHRNZ 

  • “The qualification of helping in coaching rising HR stars” - Sarah Tong CMHRNZ 

  • “It gives me a sense of pride that the governing body for HR has tested my knowledge and experience and has recognised that I am at this level of expertise.”  - Sally Miller CMHRNZ   

Chartered Member Profiles 

How can you support your people on this pathway? 

Encouraging professional development and supporting peoples' journey towards accreditation is easy. For example, you could: 

  • Sit down with your candidates to discuss their goals and career aspirations 
  • Help with the creation of a development plan that works towards achieving their goals
  • Direct them towards HRNZ Professional Development opportunities (networking events, mentoring programme, PD courses, etc.) and our insightful bank of resources (HR Magazines, HR News, HR guides, e-Learning, etc.) 
  • Encourage networking with other Accredited professionals. 
  • Educate them on The Path, the Capability Framework for HR Professionals.
  • Encourage them to explore Professional Accreditation options 



1. Become an HRNZ Member

For full access to our insightful bank of resources, Professional Development courses, opportunity to connect with HR professionals and more.

Encourage your team to join

2. Professional Accreditation Information Pack

Find out more

3. The Path - The Capability Framework for HR professionals

  • The Path Card Decks - Please email [email protected] for more information on how to purchase this.
  • Self-assessment tool
  • Upcoming! The Path toolkit [Including: Individual Capability Profile, Team Capability Matrix and Personal Development plan Template]

Explore The Path