Professional Members of HFESNZ have undergone an application and peer review process assessing their human factors and ergonomics education, supervised training and experience against our society's membership criteria. This is a rigorous process that is aligned with international standards and has been endorsed by the International Ergonomics Association. Certified Professional Members have met all education, supervised training and experience criteria. Associate Professional Members have met the necessary education and supervised training criteria, but have not yet gained all the experience required. Technical Professional Members have detailed knowledge of some education topics and a 'systems' and HFE approach to their work, but will be working in a more narrow field of HFE practice.
All Professional Members are required to abide a Code of Conduct and a Complaints and Disciplinary Process applies. It is a requirement for Certified Professional Members providing consultancy services to hold appropriate Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurances, and Statutory Liability insurance is recommended. These insurances are also recommended for Associate and Technical Professional Members.
Professional Members may have a range of experience, interest areas and fields of expertise so it is recommended that you make enquiries to ensure you find someone with the required skill set. Certified Professional Members of HFESNZ are eligible for and may also choose to list on the HASANZ Register. This is a separate application process that is linked to HFESNZ processes.
Those interested in Professional Membership may be interested in this November 2019 report 'Building the Professions' (HASANZ). The report (funded by WorkSafe and the Skills Organisation) provides the first ever review of capacity, capability and demand within New Zealand’s health and safety workforce – including in our discipline. It highlights the forecast growth in demand, and the challenges facing the workforce. It makes recommendations for improving competency frameworks, accessibility to education and training, and continuing professional development. Human factors and ergonomics is one of the priority disciplines for action. The findings will be used to support workforce planning. Building the Professions Report, Nov 2019