NZ Certified Ergonomists

The Centre for Certification of New Zealand Ergonomists (HFESNZ) assesses and certifies qualified professional practitioners of ergonomics. The Centre is a sub-committee of the HFESNZ. The certification scheme is modelled on the Centre for Registration of European Ergonomists (CREE) scheme, on which the certification criteria and administration procedures are based. The HFESNZ is a federated member of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) and the Centre is abreast of current IEA developments regarding certification programme guidelines. The New Zealand and Australian Ergonomics Societies in 1998 jointly developed core competencies for ergonomists and these are also taken into consideration in certifying ergonomists. The Centre for Certification was established as the Board for Certification of New Zealand Ergonomists (BCNZE) in 1997 and began assessing applications in 1998. It is administered by an elected Board.

If you are interested in applying for Certification, please contact the Convenor, Marion Edwin at -   for an application package.



Certified & Associate New Zealand Ergonomists
Register of Members (August 2015)

Certified New Zealand Ergonomists

Liz Ashby
Certified: July 2001
MSc Ergonomics (1997), Associateship Physiotherapy (1987)
Human Matters
Ph: 027 2448575

Professor Tim Bentley
Certified: July 2000, Associate: April 1999
PhD (1998), MSc Ergonomics (1994)
School of Management
Massey University at Albany
Private Bag 102 904
Ph: 09 414 0800 ext. 9578
Fax: 09 441 8109

Karl Bridges
Certified: August 2012
MSc Human Factors and Safety Assessment in Aeronautics (2004), BSc Psychology (1999)
HFEx Ltd, PO Box 47039, Ponsonby
Ph: 021 858283

Marion Edwin
Certified: August 2004, Associate: April 2002
Master of Ergonomics (2nd Class Hons) (2005), Dip. Occupational Therapy (1986)
Optimise Ltd
PO Box 390
Ph: 03 526 8867
Mob: 027 626 1300

Professor Stephen Legg
Certified: April 1999
PhD (1979), Bsc (Hons) Human Biology (1974)
Department of Human Resources, Health and Workplace Management, Massey University,
Private Bag 11 222
Ph: 06 350 5779 x2786 Fax: 06 350 5661

Dr Dave Moore
Certified: April 1998
PhD Ergonomics and Management Systems (2007), Dip. Ergonomics (1993), BA (Hons) Architectural Studies (1983) 
Senior Lecturer in Construction Management, Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies, AUT City Campus, Level 3, WS Building, 34 St Paul St, Auckland 1010,  Phone 09 921 9999 ext 6935, mob 021445091       Email. 

Dr David Tappin
Certified: April 1998
PhD Management (2009), MSc Ergonomics (1989), Dip. Physiotherapy (1984)
Department of Management (Albany)
Telephone: +64 9 4140800 ext 9536
Mobile: +64 21 1070585

Dr Richard Parker
Certified: July 2000, Associate: April 1998
Senior Scientist, Scion
Forestry Road, University of Canterbury, Christchurch
Telephone: +64 3 364 2949 | DDI +64 3 364 2987 ext 7822 Mobile +64 27 290 6964

Associate New Zealand Ergonomists

Sue Alexander
Associate: September 2006
PG Dip Ergs (2002), Adv Dip Phty (OMT) (1989)
Alexander Ergonomics Consulting
PO Box 12-191, Beckenham
Mob: 021 266 5015
Ph: (hm) 03 332 1659

Mr Paul Dickinson
Reverted to Associate: February 2009; Certified: February 2003 to February 2009
Dip. Ergonomics (1996), Master of Business Studies (OSH major)(2003)
9 Norfolk St
Ph: Aus 0415204097

Frank Darby
Re-joined as Associate: October 2008; Certified: April 1998 to March 2005
MSc (Ergonomics) Loughborough (1987); Bsc (Hons) (1970)
6 College St
Ph: 06 377 4547
Mob: 027 240 9794

Patrick Kirk
Reverted to Associate: 2007; Certified: July 2000 to December 2007, Associate: April 1998
MBS (Dist) (1996), Dip. Bus. Admin. in Management (Dist) (1994)
Kirk & Associates Ltd
PO Box 183
Ph: 07 345 3649 Fax: 07 346 354
Mob: 027 246 3548

Andrew Scuffham
28E Bidwell Street

Gillian Somerville
Reverted to Associate: November 2005; Certified: April 2000 - August 2004
MSc Ergonomics (1994), BA Human Geography (1983)
61 Islington St
Ph: 09 376 4764
Mob: 021 968 131


Certification Criteria

The criteria for certification as either Associate or fully Certified scheme members is outlined below, and in the Flow Chart in the attached pdf document.   Certification FlowChart




Professional Code of Conduct

This code is based on the 'IEA Code of Professional Conduct'. The International Ergonomics Association (IEA) is an umbrella body of Federated Societies, Affiliated Societies and Sustaining Members from developed and developing countries around the world. All members of the New Zealand Certification Scheme must abide by this code.

International Ergonomics Association Code of Professional Conduct.
The professional conduct of all ergonomists must be beyond reproach in keeping with the highest standards of professionalism. In particular, in pursuit of their profession, ergonomists must pay special attention to the following:

1. They should maintain at all times professional integrity, objectivity, and respect for evidence.
2. They should conduct themselves such as to never compromise the integrity of their profession.
3. They should endeavour to promote the cause of ergonomics and disseminate new knowledge toward the benefit of humankind individually and collectively.
4. They should always value the welfare of all persons affected by their work whether or not this is within the terms of reference of their employment.
5. They should not use race, disability, gender, sexual preference, age, religion, or national origin as a consideration in hiring, promoting, or training in any job where such consideration is irrelevant to the demands of the job.
6. They should show an impeccable regard for the social and moral expectations of the community in which they work.
7. They should not use their position as a teacher, a granting of contracting official, an employer or an employee, or any other position of influence, to coerce or harass others.
8. They should avoid all situations that contain elements of conflict of interest and must provide full disclosure of those conflicts to all potentially affected parties.
9. They should take all reasonable steps to ensure that those working under their supervision act with full compliance to this code of professional conduct.
10. When becoming aware of professional misconduct by a colleague, that is not resolved by discussion with the colleague concerned, they should take steps to bring that misconduct to the attention of the appropriate ergonomics authority, doing so without malice.

Professional Qualifications
In pursuit of their profession, all ergonomists:
1. Should have the responsibility of accurately representing their professional qualifications and the institution they represent.
2. Should not lay false claim to professional qualifications, affiliations, characteristics or capabilities for themselves or their organisations.
3. Should present their educational background in detail where a brief summary statement of qualifications would be deceptive or misleading. Furthermore, they should not allow their names to be used in connection with their services in such a way as to misrepresent the nature and efficiency of their services. When such a misrepresentation has occurred, the members should do everything to correct the situation as soon as they become aware.
4. Should endeavour to maintain their professional competence, while recognising and working within this limit, and they shall strive to identify and overcome the factors restricting their competence.

In pursuit of their profession, all ergonomists:
1. Should limit their practice to those areas of ergonomics for which they are qualified by virtue of training and/or experience and not extend their practice beyond the scope of their competence. Any work taken outside their competence must be conducted only with proper professional supervision.
2. When requested to provide services outside their professional competence, they should provide all reasonable assistance to obtaining such services from those who are qualified to provide them.
3. Should not make misleading, exaggerated, or unjustified claims for effectiveness of their methods. Furthermore, they should not advertise their services in a way that creates unrealistic expectations of the effectiveness of their services.
4. Should not use their affiliation with the Board for Certification of New Zealand Ergonomists, the NZ Ergonomics Society, or any other ergonomics society, in a way to create an impression of tacit approval by these organisations.
5. Should avoid exaggeration, superficiality, deception, and sensationalism. They should also avoid any misrepresentation in all statements, presentations, and submissions to the client, the employer, or media.
6. Should hold the safety of the person, property, and health of individuals potentially affected by their work of paramount importance.
7. Should take all reasonable steps to preserve the confidentiality of information acquired through their professional practice and to protect the privacy of individuals or organisations about whom the information was collected or held. Furthermore, they should not divulge the identity of individuals or organisations without express permission from those concerned.
8. Should neither solicit nor accept financial material benefit from those receiving their services beyond what was contractually agreed. Furthermore, they should not accept such rewards from more than one source for the same work without the consent of all parties concerned.
9. Should not advertise their service nor solicit employment in any way which might bring ergonomics or professional colleagues in disrepute.
10. See footnote .
11. Should refrain from adverse public comment or criticism of the views, services or conduct of a professional colleague unless the person's activity endangers the rights or well-being of others.

In pursuit of their profession, all ergonomists should endeavour to provide opportunity and encouragement for the development and advancement of all those with whom he/she comes in contact. Ergonomists who are engaged in research should follow the following set of principles for the conduct and reporting of their research.

Conduct of research
All ergonomists should comply with the Geneva Convention and Helsinki Accord in treating both human and animal subjects, in addition to obeying national and local laws and regulations, as well as generally accepted procedures within the scientific community. In particular, ergonomists:
1. Should determine if the conduct of their research has the promise of benefit beyond the limits of the hazard exposure of the subjects. They should also determine carefully and as accurately as possible the exposure to the hazards and stress to their research subjects and divulge them accurately.
2. Should determine carefully and as accurately as possible the degree of hazard present in the research they are conducting and avoid exposure to their human research subjects as much as possible to ensure that no harm comes to them. Ergonomists should ensure that no harm comes to the human subject. Ergonomists should ensure that any experiment is terminated immediately if the subject's exposure to hazards exceeds commonly accepted thresholds.
3. Should endure that ethical principles and practices are followed in their research laboratories by their collaborators, assistants, students, and employees.
4. Should conduct only those research projects which have been approved by the local ethics committee. The ergonomist must establish an informed consent form for human subjects. Information must be provided to human subjects in plain and clear language indicating the terms of participation particularly with respect to any elements of hazardous exposure, pain or injury involved in the entire experiment.
5. Should empower human research subjects to terminate their involvement in the research at any time when they deem it necessary without any prejudice. The identity of human subjects must always be kept confidential unless permission is obtained from the subjects.
6. Should not coerce any potential human research subject to participate as a subject in a research project, nor use undue monetary reward to induce subjects to take risks they would not otherwise take.

Reporting of Research
In pursuit of their profession, all ergonomists *who are engaged in research and scholarly activities have an obligation to report their work to the general scientific community and to give credit to those who have contributed on a professional level to that work. This reporting can be through the means of a publication in a journal or presentation at a scientific meeting of any ergonomics society.
1. Ergonomists should ensure the integrity and accuracy of the data recorded and conclusions drawn therefrom before reporting to the general scientific community. It is incumbent upon the ergonomist to maintain the highest standards of scientific rigour in experimentation, analysis and results reported.
2. It is incumbent upon the ergonomist to maintain the highest degree of objectivity when they are reviewing or editing works of other colleagues, In particular, they must ensure that their objectivity is not impaired by their own views even if the data and the reported results conflict with their own previously published work.
3. Ergonomists should not plagiarize. The works and quotations taken from others must be duly recognised by identifying the original source.
4. Ergonomists should pay special attention to communication of research in a way to optimize understanding of practitioners for potential industrial application, if so chosen. Therefore, the design implications must be addressed where applicable. 

Core Competencies

Human factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia Inc. (formerly the Ergonomics Society of Australia Inc) and NEW ZEALAND ERGONOMICS SOCIETY


Final Document

•A superior knowledge of available ergonomics information
•A command of the methodologies used by ergonomists in applying that knowledge to the design of a product, system, job, or environment
•Applied his or her knowledge in the analysis, design, testing and evaluation of products, systems, jobs and environments.
The requirements for certification reflect this definition.

UNIT 1: Demonstrates professional behaviour and conduct in practice.
Element 1.1: Practices in a professional and ethical manner.

Element 1.2: Aware of the diversity of practice areas within the profession of ergonomics.

Element 1.3: Recognises the scope and limitations of the existing knowledge base of the profession during practice.

Element 1.4: Contributes to the validation of ergonomics practice through research as appropriate.

Element 1.5: Assumes responsibility for, and actively works to enhance, the level of own professional practice.

Element 1.6: Communicates effectively with clients, users, other professionals and members of the public.

Element 1.7: Strives to ensure optimal outcomes for clients and users within ethical considerations of the profession.

Element 1.8: Understands the industrial, legal and liability issues that impact upon an ergonomist's area of professional practice.

Element 1.9: Promotes the application of ergonomics.

UNIT 2: Uses relevant information appropriately for ergonomics practice.
Element 2.1: Has knowledge of the basic principles of ergonomics during assessment.

Element 2.2: Determines appropriate information for ergonomics practice.

Element 2.3: Accesses appropriate information.

Element 2.4: Uses information appropriately.

UNIT 3: Assesses the degree of match between people and their activities, equipment, environment and systems.
Element 3.1: Appreciates the extent of human variability.

Element 3.2: Determines the demands placed on people by their activities, equipment, environment and systems.

Element 3.3: Determines people's capacity to interact optimally with their activities, equipment, environment and systems .

Element 3.4: Determines the match between people and their activities, equipment, environment and systems.

UNIT 4: Designs and implements interventions to enhance the match between people and their activities, equipment, environment and systems.

Element 4.1: Consults and collaborates effectively with clients and users when developing, selecting and implementing optimal intervention/designs(s).

Element 4.2: Participates effectively in the design process.

Element 4.3: Develops and recommends options for ergonomics intervention/design.

Element 4.4: Facilitates selection of appropriate intervention/design.

Element 4.5: Facilitates implementation of interventions.

Element 4.6: Provides advice on the impact of legislation, codes of practice, Australian Standards and industry-based standards relevant to professional area of ergonomics practice.

Element 4.7: Records and reports outcomes of ergonomics assessments and interventions accurately and professionally.

UNIT 5: Evaluates ergonomics interventions.
Element 5.1: Evaluates quality and outcomes of ergonomics interventions.

Element 5.2: Facilitates modification of intervention as required, in accordance with evaluation results.

Element 5.3: Makes recommendations regarding future interventions as a result of the evaluation.

UNIT 6: Imparts ergonomics skills and information.
Element 6.1: Identifies client/user learning needs and opportunities.

Element 6.2: Formulates strategies for transfer of relevant knowledge and skills.

Element 6.3: Develops and conducts appropriate ergonomics-related education and training.

Board Members

Current Board members are

Marion Edwin (Convenor)

Andrew Scuffham

Dave Moore

 For information regarding certification requirements and application materials email Marion Edwin at: