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Earning points

The table below outlines the types of activities recognised and the relative points value of each.  Any enquiries about professional development activities and points accrual should be directed to [email protected] 

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For examples of some CPD scenarios, please refer to the CPD Scenario document.




20 per annum

Participation in a work-based process of professional development

Participation in a development conversation or process that involves planning of, and reflection on, work-based activities that enhance professional development.

Note: Independent HR consultants may receive the same credit for an equivalent process involving peer review of their professional development.

Two per contact hour

Participation in HRNZ-approved programmes of continuing education

These are post-experience forms of education targeted at the needs of HR professionals who have already met HRNZ’s assessment of competence for chartered membership. They earn a premium because of the assessment of learning. Providers need to meet assessment requirements approved by HRNZ.

One per contact hour

Short courses, webinars, workshops and conferences

These activities must be relevant to a member’s CPD, but they do not involve assessment of learning and do not require HRNZ approval. Many providers, including HRNZ itself, will offer relevant options.

One per hour of development [max 25 pa]

Research and development

Development of professional development courses, methods or thought leadership which advances the HR profession and/or people leadership practice.

One per contact hour

Professional networking events and special interest forums

Participation in communities of practice and professional networks e.g. SIGs, which enable individuals to learn with others facing the same HR and/or people leadership business challenges.

One per contact hour

Mentoring in the HRNZ or other formal system.

As long as the mentoring is relevant to CPD, involvement can be either as mentor or mentee.

10 credits per annum

Informal study

This relates to personal, self-guided study that helps the individual to develop their HR or business knowledge.  Over the 3-year period this can generate a maximum of 10 credits per annum without any need for evidence. This can include reading the HR Magazine.

TwoCode of Practice Module

For completing the Code of Practice Module on the eLearning Platform

One per contact hourHRNZ eLearning PlatformFor each hour on the eLearning Platform



Members may apply on an exceptional basis for other activities to receive CPD credits

HRNZ completes regular quality audits on continuing professional development activities undertaken by members.  Members may be asked to provide documentary evidence of non-HRNZ development activities. For full details, please refer to the CPD Framework. Processes & Policies document.