HRINZ has two categories of membership:
- General Members are HR practitioners who are involved or interested in Human Resource Management and development.
- Professional Members are HR practitioners who sought and gained HRINZ's formal recognition of their skills, knowledge, expertise and experience in Human Resource Management and development.
The first level of Professional Membership is recognised with the suffix MHRINZ. Applicants for professional membership may apply as a Generalist, Specialist or Academic.
The second level of Professional Membership occurs when the member is subsequently recognised by HRINZ and as an Associate Fellow - AFHRINZ.
A Fellow of the Institute (FHRINZ) recognises outstanding contribution to Human Resource Management and to HRINZ.
Accreditation is an important membership step. It demonstrates that Academics and HR practitioners have satisfied HRINZ that they have the necessary qualifications, knowledge, skills, competence, expertise and experience as well as possessing an ongoing commitment to HR professionalism and excellence in a tertiary or workplace environment.
Accreditation also provides a visual reminder to others that the HR practitioner has advanced skills, knowledge, expertise and credibility in Human Resource Management. Professional Members use the post nominal MHRINZ after their name to denote HRINZ's recognition and are presented with a Membership Certificate and pin.
Professional Members have the right to participate in HRINZ activities including governance roles and membership of the Board.
To be eligible for Associate Fellow status applicants must be Professional Members and meet the Associate Fellow criteria listed on the HRINZ website.
- HR practitioners eligible for Associate Fellow status must be recognised and nominated by their Branch peers as having been actively involved as an influential leader in the HR community or academic environment
- Academic members eligible for Associate Fellow status must be recognised and nominated by their Branch peers as having been actively involved as an influential leader in the academic environment or HR community
To be eligible for Fellowship status (HR practitioners or Academics) professional members must be nominated by their respective Branch and meet the Board's criteria for personal integrity, professional competence and/or academic standing within the tertiary environment; and made an outstanding contribution to the field of Human Resource Management.