Professional Members of HFESNZ must meet criteria including education, supervised training and experience. This flow chart shows the Professional Membership pathways, and further information is contained in the HFESNZ Professional Affairs Board Manual.   

The application process requires that appropriate and strong evidence is submitted to support your claims.  Some of the types of evidence (strong to weak) are: 

  1. Strongest evidence is a working link through to a journal article or the item of evidence, perhaps on the publisher's website; or a university website if for evidence of qualifications etc.
  2. On the basis that not everyone has access to academic journal websites, an alternative is attaching a PDF version of a paper or item of evidence.
  3. Next strongest evidence is a screen clipping or copy of an abstract/header page for the online journal article, copied into a word document or as an image.  Screen clippings can be utilised effectively as evidence - e.g extracts from reports to clients, extracts from supervision logs etc. 
  4. Weaker evidence is copying the content of an abstract etc into a Word document, along with reference information.
  5. Weakest evidence is the reference only for a paper or item of work.

Tertiary qualification evidence should include details of course content (transcripts) and grades (certificates). Increasingly these may be available via direct online links. 


Certified Professional Members are the most senior and experienced of HFESNZ's Professional Members. In addition to meeting the initial application criteria, they must also meet 3 yearly re-certification requirements that ensure they maintain currency in the field.  Work is afoot to develop a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme that will replace the recertification requirement, likely extended to all Professional Membership grades. 

Their are two routes for attaining certification - the most common is Route A, requiring education, supervised training and two years experience.  The alternate  - Route B, requires applicants to have at least a Masters degree in any field, and a minimum of 6 years experience of ergonomics work.  These applicants must provide evidence of peer reviewed publications to demonstrate competence. 

For Route A, the formal components of education, supervised training and work experience are based on those outlined in the 1992 HETPEP report ('Towards a European Model for Ergonomists' - Final Report of Working Group. 'Harmonising European Training Programmes for Ergonomics Profession'). This requires:

Education - at least THREE academic years of tertiary education in any field. This must include ONE full-time year of education in human factors/ergonomics. This education may precede or be interleaved with the supervised training requirements. The applicant must be able to verify formal education in five core knowledge areas: human factors/ergonomics principles; human characteristics; work analysis and measurement; people and technology; professional issues. Evidence must be provided to demonstrate how the applicant has applied this knowledge in practice. For example site visits, classroom based projects, case studies, simulated tasks or scenarios.

Supervised training - applicants must have completed at least ONE full-time year (approximately 2000 hours) of supervised training in human factors/ergonomics practice. Supervision must be provided by a Certified NZHFE (or international equivalent) human factors/ergonomics professional. The quality and nature of the supervision, a log of direct contact hours and duration of the project must be verified by the supervisor. Work activities that may have been used as examples for practical applications of knowledge cannot be used for training hours and demonstration of knowledge. Supervision may occur as part of project work, a thesis or working closely with other human factors professionals/ergonomists.

Experience - TWO full-time years of professional practice in the human factors/ergonomics field is required after completion of the educational and supervised training components. At least one year must have been in New Zealand. Professional practice in human factors/ergonomics may include consultancy work, design, field or laboratory research, tertiary-level teaching, training in short courses on human factors/ergonomics or management in human factors/ergonomics.

For Route B:

Education - the applicant must have at least a Masters degree in any field. Competence in four core knowledge areas (human factors/ergonomics principles; human characteristics; work analysis and measurement; people and technology) must be demonstrated in the form of peer reviewed publications in human factors/ergonomics journals and conference proceedings.

Experience - in supervision and/or consultancy and/or applied research in the human factors/ergonomics field spanning a MINIMUM OF SIX YEARS at post-Masters level. At least two years must have been in New Zealand.

The General Conditions that must be met by Certified Professional Members (on initial application and at the 3 yearly Recertification) are: 

  1. The applicant is practicing human factors/ergonomics in the broad ‘systems’ sense of the definition and in fields that may include physiology, biomechanics, psychology and work organisation.
  2. The applicant has a shared perspective with other human factors professionals/ergonomists that is demonstrated via active and ongoing participation in a variety of HFE-specific activities such as professional development meetings, conferences, publication and study.
  3. The practice of the human factors professional/ergonomist must be carried out at a level equivalent to that of a university graduated professional.
  4. The applicant is practicing human factors/ergonomics as an intrinsic part of design activities.

Contact the Convenor by clicking here to email  for the application package.


Associate Professional Members have completed education and supervised training but have not yet completed two years of work experience in the field.  Some Associate Professional Members may have previously been Certified but have not maintained the currency of practice that is reflected in Certified Professional Membership. Other Associate Professional Members may have previously been registered or certified in other countries with similar requirements for certification, but be in the process of gaining a year's experience in New Zealand before gaining HFESNZ Certified Professional Membership. During this year the requirements are that they develop links with the New Zealand HFE professional community, learn of the health and safety legislation and environment in New Zealand, and become familiar with Treaty of Waitangi and cultural issues that will enable them to work effectively here. Associate Professional Membership is a stepping stone to Certified Professional Membership. Work is afoot to develop a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme that will likely include all Professional Membership grades. 

Contact the Convenor by clicking here to email  for the application package


Technical Professional Members must have detailed knowledge of at least one education topic, and some knowledge of another from: anatomy and physiology, the work environment, people and systems, psychology, and methods and tools, and be working with a 'systems' approach. They must carry out human factors/ergonomics as a significant part of their work (though they may not call it that), and must have done a number of significant HFE projects over recent years. Technical members will be working in a more narrow field of practice, but still within the HFE scope. Work is afoot to develop a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme that will likely include all Professional Membership grades. 

Contact the Convenor by clicking here to email  for the application package


HFE Workforce Development

Those interested in Professional Membership may be interested in the HASANZ Building the Professions Report, Nov 2019. 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 the discipline of HFE. 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.