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 are granted a post nominal recognizing their status under the new Chartered membership system. Those who have not been through the Chartered membership accreditation process were 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 were 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. Previous MHRINZ were automatically transfered 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. Previous Associate Fellows or Fellows were automatically transferred to Chartered Fellow status.
Distinguished Fellow – DistFHRINZ
Definition - Outstanding contribution or services to HR. Previous Life Fellows were 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 were a Professional member you were automatically transferred to the new Chartered membership on 1st April 2017. You did not need to do anything as your records and post nominal recognition was handled by the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand.
WHAT HAPPENS TO ALL CURRENT MEMBERS (WHO AREN’T PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS ALREADY) UNDER THE CHARTER?
If you are not a professional member you were given a post nominal of AHRINZ (letters to use after your name) to recognize your membership status on 1 April 2017. HRINZ confirmed 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 did 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 the new process is now complete to accept Chartering applications here.
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.
There is now mandated, formalized CPD requirements and a supporting system. The new professional accreditation process and the associated approach to continuing professional development is now complete and you can now Log your CPD here.
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.