FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS CHARTERED MEMBERSHIP?
Chartered membership is an initiative from the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ) to recognise the contribution and relevance of the Human Resources Profession within the New Zealand workplace. Membership status is open to all who work in and are interested in the Human Resources profession as a current financial member of the Institute.
All financial members will be granted a post nominal recognizing their status under the new Chartered membership system. Those who have not been through the Chartered membership accreditation process will be given the post nominal recognition of AHRINZ from 1 April 2017.
Financial members who wish to progress their professional development can gain a higher recognition and become a Chartered member. Members seeking Chartered membership status will need to successfully complete a new accreditation process which is currently being developed.
Current professional members will be automatically transferred to Chartered member status and those post nominal recognition and criteria are as follows:-
Chartered Member – CMHRINZ
Definition - A Human Resources practitioner who has passed the CMHRINZ assessment and has commitment to the HRINZ Charter. Current MHRINZ will automatically transfer to this post nominal.
Chartered Fellow – CFHRINZ
Definition - CMHRINZ status plus: Testimonials of appropriate experience and background, plus contribution to the HR profession through HRINZ or similar. Current Associate Fellows or Fellows will be automatically transferred to Chartered Fellow status.
Distinguished Fellow – DistFHRINZ
Definition - Outstanding contribution or services to HR. Current Life Fellows will be automatically transferred to Distinguished Fellow.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
Whilst the new accreditation process is currently being designed, HRINZ does not envision charging members for accreditation during the transition. Hence the only current cost involved with becoming a Chartered member will be normal membership fees and fees relating to any necessary professional development which may need to be undertaken. The HRINZ Board will decide whether, in time, membership/Chartering costs may be reviewed once the Chartering process is fully established and in place.
The Board does reserve the right to charge for the additional benefit of Chartering at some future date and would, of course, advise accordingly.
WHAT IS IN IT FOR ME?
As a Chartered member you’ll be in high demand and the preferred choice for recruiters wanting the very best for their client or organisation.
Benefits of becoming a Chartered member include:
- Post Nominal recognition
- Membership of a growing group of professionals who share a dedication to and
- expertise in the Human Resources profession in New Zealand
- Maintenance of a recognized record of on-going learning and growth
- Acknowledgement on the HRINZ website
- Access to current thought leadership and technical news
- Peer recognition from others in your organisation from other professions.
Your commitment to becoming a Chartered member and the profession means you will become a trusted advisor and Human Resources leader.
Furthermore this is your way to enhance and enrich your career opportunities and shape your future. Participating in continuous professional development (CPD) shows your dedication to the profession and on-going commitment to excellent practice.
HOW WILL MY ORGANISATION BENEFIT?
Assurance that their staff have access to:
- World leading insight and expertise that combines theoretical, business and practical experience
- Enhanced competitive advantage through access to the latest best practice and trends in all things people
- The ability to highlight the value they place in people by supporting Chartering, which enhances its employment brand
- Highly skilled and engaged HR teams who drive organisational strength and directly impact business performance
- Support to build Human Resources leaders who can contribute to business strategy not just as a functional service
- Enhance your competitive advantage through ensuring you have access to the latest good practice and trends in all things people
- HR teams that are continually developing their expertise and skill to ensure an ongoing focus on improvement and best Human Resources practice for their organisations
- Chartered HR Professionals that can provide line managers with advice and coaching from qualified professionals so they can better lead and develop their staff
- Professionals who help your managers create a work place where your staff actually want to come to work on a Monday through building better work place practices and culture
- Assurance that its people practices are recognised by an external body
- As all organisations know, you trust Chartered Accountants with your finances but who are you willing to trust with your greatest asset - your people?
WHAT IS REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN CHARTERED MEMBERSHIP STATUS?
To become a Chartered member of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand you must:
- Be a financial member of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand and;
- Be a practicing HR Professional and;
- Complete the Chartered membership assessment and;
- Demonstrate your commitment to the Charter and;
- Commit to on-going learning and growth by undertaking CPD.
HOW DO CURRENT HRINZ PROFESSIONALLY ACCREDITED MEMBERS TRANSITION TO THE NEW CHARTERED MEMBERSHIP?
If you are a current Professional member you will be automatically transferred to the new Chartered membership on 1st April 2017. You do not need to do anything as your records and post nominal recognition will be handled by the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand.
Before 1 April 2017 the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand will have sent out communications to all professional members to advise of their new post nominal and you will have the opportunity to review your new post nominal status. You can contact us if you have any questions or feel it isn’t correct.
WHAT HAPPENS TO ALL CURRENT MEMBERS (WHO AREN’T PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS ALREADY) UNDER THE CHARTER?
If you are not currently a professional member you will be given a post nominal of AHRINZ (letters to use after your name) to recognize your membership status on 1 April 2017. HRINZ will confirm the new post nominal in writing. This post nominal will not mean that you have received Chartered status but acknowledges your commitment to the HR profession.
HOW DO NON-PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS ACHIEVE CHARTERED STATUS POST 1 APRIL?
Non-professional members can still apply for Chartered membership after 1 April through the normal process. We are working on the details of how you can apply for Chartered membership and information about this will be provided as soon as it is available.
IF I’M CURRENTLY IN THE PROCESS FOR PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP HOW DOES THAT GET IMPACTED?
There will be no impact on your application. Your application will continue to be processed and included into the Chartered membership programme.
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE ACCREDITATION PROCESS BETWEEN 1 APRIL AND SEPTEMBER 2017?
The process will continue to accept submissions during this time. However, there may be some delays in processing your application and these will be managed on a case by case basis.
HOW WILL THE NEW ACCREDITATION PROCESS DIFFER FROM THE CURRENT PROFESSIONAL GRADING PANEL (PGP)?
The current Professional Grading Panel (PGP) will continue to run and accept professional membership submissions during the transition period as usual; meanwhile a new process will be confirmed and communicated to members when complete.
WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD)?
The Charter of the Institute contains, at Charter Clause 6, a commitment for Chartered members to: “Demonstrate an on going commitment to continuing professional development, in order both to retain currency of skills and knowledge and to serve as an example to all colleagues.”
Rule 6.8 (a) of the March 2017 HRINZ Constitution requires a Chartered member to provide confirmation that they will satisfy any applicable Chartered member CPD requirements. HRINZ’s approach to CPD, in the light of the new Chartered membership categories, is currently being developed by a member led project team comprised of representatives from the HRINZ Board, the Professional Grading Panel, leading NZ HR academic tertiary institutions and senior, highly experienced professional members.
The project team is currently reviewing a wide range of options open to HRINZ for CPD as well as reviewing HRINZ’s current Professional Development Programme. There are currently no mandated, formalized CPD requirements or a supporting system. The new professional accreditation process and the associated approach to continuing professional development will be launched at the NZ HR Conference and Expo on 15 September, 2017.
I AM A STUDENT/AFFILIATE/GRADUATE MEMBER OF HRINZ. CAN I STILL USE THE NEW, AHRINZ POST NOMINALS?
Yes, you can.
I AM A PROFESSIONAL MEMBER/FELLOW/CHARTERED MEMBER/OTHER MEMBER OF AN HR INSTITUTE OUTSIDE NEW ZEALAND. CAN I BECOME A CHARTERED MEMBER OF HRINZ?
Currently HRINZ only recognise, in this respect, Chartered MCIPD/Chartered FCIPD from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in the UK.
I HAVE A HRINZ LAPEL PIN WHICH I AM VERY PROUD OF AND WEAR REGULARLY. CAN I KEEP THE PIN AND CAN I CONTINUE TO WEAR IT?
Yes, you can both keep the pin and continue to wear it with pride. During the transition period from April to September 2017 the Chartering project team will be looking at all the opportunities HRINZ have around pins and other forms of professional recognition.
WILL MY CPD MONITORED?
Yes it will. The Assessment panel will have a sub panel of industry experts to hold regular audits of Chartred members.
HOW DO I APPLY TO BECOME CHARTERED AND LOG MY CPD LEARNING?
We're working through the final logistical to present to members a technology platform. This will be completed for 1st April 2018 and we'll provide you with all the necessary links and direction to the page.