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Chartered Membership

Gain the recognition you deserve for your capability and professionalism as a leader of our HR community. Chartered Members are champions of the HR profession in New Zealand. The Code of Practice and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) commitment encourage high standards of professionalism from New Zealand HR Professionals.

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What is HRNZ's Chartered Membership?

HRNZ's Chartered Membership programme is the only professional standard for HR practitioners in New Zealand. 

Becoming a Chartered Member ratifies your professional capability as an HR practitioner, whilst demonstrating a commitment to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and leadership across our HR community in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Who is it for?

The chartering process is aimed at experienced HR professionals, who are committed to and leading in the profession.

Members should be already at, or wanting to advance into more, senior roles and should be operating at a Leads level in alignment with The Path, a capability framework that clearly maps the different stages of an HR professionals’ career. To be eligible for Chartered Membership, you need to be able to demonstrate six core capabilities at a Leads level. This can be as a generalist, or someone in a specialist role. 

What are the key benefits?


  • Acknowledgement through a robust and transparent process of your capabilities as a senior HR professional.
  • Post-nominals to reflect your level of achievement and professionalism.
  • Demonstration of your commitment and demonstration to a range of skills essential for future leaders (such as a commitment to te tiriti and diversity, equity and inclusion)


  • The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) system ensures your knowledge is current and encourages development through further learning.
  • A dynamic range of CPD activities are offered by HRNZ to meet individual development goals.


  • Chartered status provides clear demonstration of your capabilities to potential employers.
  • Increased opportunity for career advancement.
  • Eligibility for a higher status of chartered membership.


How to Apply

The chartering process is aimed at experienced HR professionals in mid-level or senior roles across both specialist and generalist disciplines of HR and provides a platform to recognise their skills and experience as leaders in HR across 6 core capabilities essential to excellence in HR practice - at a Leads level in alignment with The Path.

Achieve professional accreditation as a Chartered Member with our easy 6 step process.

  1. Complete the self-assessment that indicates suitability for chartering
  2. Complete application form
  3. Update CV and include in your application
  4. Complete the Code of Practice Module
  5. Provide evidence of 25 CPD points completed in last 12 months
  6. Put together a list of references who can endorse your skills and experience

Download the Application Form

Applicants must be a current HRNZ Financial member.

For more details on the application process and how to prepare your application (for Chartered Membership, Chartered Fellows or Academics), please click the most suitable tile below.



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. HRNZ facilitates its members’ professional development, and seeks to enhance the standard and effectiveness of those members through information and education on industry best practice and their professional, legal, moral and general rights and responsibilities. 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 community as a whole.



A Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow should:

  1. At all times conduct themselves with the utmost professional and personal integrity and accountability, consistent with the highest ethical standards and recognising the trust and responsibility vested in them.
  2. At all times exercise the highest degree of skill, care and diligence in the Human Resources (HR) roles entrusted to them, exercising independent thought and applying an enquiring mind, so as to ensure that each organisation with which they are involved obtains the full benefit of their expertise, experience and wisdom.
  3. Consistently demonstrate leadership in all facets of their HR roles, and within HRNZ, ensuring that all colleagues are provided the opportunity to benefit from their expertise, experience and wisdom.
  4. Respect always the professional and personal reputations of other members of the HR profession and HRNZ itself – and, in particular, not do, or cause or permit to be done, anything which is likely to bring HRNZ into disrepute or is otherwise inconsistent with any of the standards and ideals set out in this Charter.
  5. Actively support and encourage diversity in their HR practice and within HRNZ.
  6. Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to continuing professional development, in order both to retain currency of skills and knowledge and to serve as an example to all colleagues.
  7. Actively promote, generally, the highest standards of HR practice.
  8. Demonstrate good character, consistent with their role, the prominence of their position within HRNZ and in the community as a whole, the principles set out in this Charter, and the objects of HRNZ.


Hear their stories

Check out Chartered Member and Distinguished Fellow profiles to hear the stories from the leading HR professionals and learn from their experience!