NZ Professional Ergonomists - Certified and Associate Members of HFESNZ

The HFESNZ assesses and certifies qualified professional practitioners of ergonomics -  Associate or Certified New Zealand Human Factors Professionals/Ergonomists (Associate or Certified NZHFE). See HFESNZ Certified Ergonomists and HFESNZ Associate Ergonomists for more information about the levels of expertise you can expect. All Certified and Associate members of HFESNZ must abide the Code of Conduct, and are expected to take responsible steps regarding professional indemnity and public liability. Should there be any complaints about the professional conduct of HFESNZ Certified or Associate Ergonomists, these can be made via the committee and HFESNZ processes. 


If you are interested in applying for Associate or Certified Professional Membership of the HFESNZ, please contact the Certification Assessors via for an application package.


In 2007 the New Zealand certification scheme was accredited by the International Ergonomics Association. It is modelled on the Centre for Registration of European Ergonomists (CREE), on which the certification criteria and administration procedures are based. The HFESNZ is a federated member of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) and 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 Board for Certification of New Zealand Ergonomists (BCNZE) was originally established in 1997 and began assessing applications in 1998. It was first administered by a separate elected Board, but with the October 2015 HFESNZ Rules revision, has now become integral to the HFESNZ committee.




HFESNZ Certified Ergonomists (as of November 2015)


An ergonomist gains HFESNZ certification when they apply and have met the following requirements :

EITHER – At least THREE years of tertiary education including at least ONE year ergonomics education, plus ONE YEAR (2000 hours) supervised training by a Certified NZ Ergonomist or equivalent. Followed by TWO YEARS experience working in the field of ergonomics.

OR – By attaining a high level of competence in ergonomics as demonstrated via peer reviewed publications in all relevant areas of human factors and ergonomics.

Ergonomists/human factors professionals that have received their education/training/work experience overseas must have worked for at least 12 months in New Zealand to gain certification.

HFESNZ Certified Ergonomists are reviewed every three years to ensure their practise is relevant and current. HFESNZ Certified Ergonomists may refer to themselves as either Ergonomists or Human Factors Professionals, using the titles:

  • Certified NZ Human Factors and Ergonomics Professional or
  • Certified NZ Ergonomist or
  • Certified NZ Human Factors Professional
  • and the post nominals CNZErg or CNZHFE.

HFESNZ Certified Ergonomists must abide the Code of Conduct.


Professor Tim Bentley

Certified: July 2000, Associate: April 1999
PhD (1998), MSc Ergonomics (1994). 
Director, AUT Future of Work Programme and Co-Director, NZ Work Resarch Institute Faculty of Business and Law, AUT UniversityCity Campus, 42 Wakefield Street, Auckland. 
Ph: 09 921 9999 x 5446   


Karl Bridges

Certified: August 2012
MSc Human Factors and Safety Assessment (2004), BSc (Hons) Psychology (1999)
HFEx Ltd, PO Box 47039, Ponsonby, AUCKLAND, 1144
Ph: 09 889 9346     Mob: 021 858 283


Mr Paul Dickinson

Certified - Nov 2015; Reverted to Associate: February 2009; Certified: February 2003 to February 2009
Dip. Ergonomics (1996), Master of Business Studies (OSH major)(2003)
9 Norfolk St, Blackwood, Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA 5051
Ph: Aus 0415204097


Marion Edwin

Certified: August 2004, Associate: April 2002
Master of Ergonomics (2nd Class Hons) (2005), Dip. Occupational Therapy (1986)
Optimise Ltd, PO Box 390, MOTUEKA 7143
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, PALMERSTON NORTH
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, School of Management, AUT City Campus, Level 3, WS Building, 34 St Paul St, Auckland 1010.
Phone 09 921 9999 ext 43384 Mob 0211070585       

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


HFESNZ Associate Ergonomists (as of November 2015)


Applicants can become an HFESNZ Associate Ergonomist when they have completed the formal education and supervised training requirements for certification (but have not yet completed TWO full time years relevant experience working in the field of ergonomics following completion of the education and supervision requirements).

In addition, HFESNZ Associate Ergonomists may be previously HFESNZ Certified Ergonomists that can no longer meet the 3 yearly recertification requirements (evidence of depth and breadth of practice and being active in the profession). This can occur as job demands alter, perhaps impacting on the range and variety of ergonomics/human factors practice opportunities available to them.  In this case these practitioners may ‘revert to Associate’ membership and still retain professional membership of HFESNZ. 

HFESNZ Associate Ergonomists may refer to themselves as either an Associate Ergonomist or Associate Human Factors Professional, using the title:

-      Associate NZ Human Factors and Ergonomics Professional or

-      Associate NZ Ergonomist or

-      Associate NZ Human Factors Professional

and the post-nominals AssocNZHFE.

HFESNZ Associate Ergonomists must abide the Code of Conduct.


Sue Alexander

Associate: September 2006
PG Dip Ergs (2002), Adv Dip Phty (OMT) (1989)
Alexander Ergonomics Consulting, PO Box 12-191, Beckenham, CHRISTCHURCH 8242
Mob: 021 266 5015     Ph: (hm) 03 332 1659


Liz Ashby

Associate from April 2013; Certified: July 2001 – April 2013. 
MSc Ergonomics (1997), Associateship Physiotherapy (1987)
Human Matters, AUCKLAND. 
Ph: 027 2448575, 


Frank Darby

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


Leanne Hunter

Associate: November 2015
MSc Health Ergonomics (Dist) 2006, Surrey.  BSc Sport and Exercise 1999, Auckland. 
114 Lowes Road, Rolleston, Canterbury 7614.
Phone 021 475 567


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, ROTORUA
Ph: 07 345 3649     Fax: 07 346 354     Mob: 027 246 3548


Gillian Somerville

Reverted to Associate: November 2005; Certified: April 2000 - August 2004
MSc Ergonomics (1994), BA Human Geography (1983)
61 Islington St, Ponsonby, AUCKLAND 1011
Ph: 09 376 4764   Mob: 021 968 131


Professional Code of Conduct

This code is based on the International Ergonomics Association’s (IEA) ‘Code of Conduct for Ergonomists’ (July 2006). The fundamental ethical principles of this code are:

·         Beneficence – do good

·         Veracity – truthfulness and integrity

·         Autonomy – respect for persons

·         Justice – fairness

 All Professional Members of the HFESNZ must abide by this Code of Professional Conduct.


Professional Conduct

In the conduct of their profession, human factors professionals/ergonomists shall:

1.     maintain at all times personal and professional integrity, objectivity and respect for evidence.

2.     not lay false claim to educational qualifications, professional affiliations, characteristics or capacities for themselves or their organisations.

3.     refrain from making misleading, exaggerated or unjustified claims for the effectiveness of their methods, and they shall not advertise services in a way likely to encourage unrealistic expectations about the effectiveness and results of those services.

4.     limit their practice to those areas of ergonomics for which they are qualified by virtue of training and/or experience, and endeavour to maintain and develop their professional competence. Any work taken outside the competence must be conducted only with proper professional supervision or they shall give every reasonable assistance towards obtaining the required services from those qualified to provide them.

5.     always value the welfare of all persons affected by their work, protecting the privacy of individuals and organisations and follow ethical principles when conducting or reporting on research involving human participants.

6.     not use race, ethnicity, disability, gender, sexual preference, age, religion, or national origin as a consideration in hiring, promoting, or training in any situation where such consideration is irrelevant.

7.     avoid all situations that contain elements of conflict of interest, and provide full disclosure of those conflicts to all potentially affected parties.

8.     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 shall not divulge the identity of individuals or organizations without permission from those concerned.

9.     neither solicit nor accept financial or material benefit from those receiving their services beyond what was contractually agreed. Furthermore, they shall not accept such rewards from more than one source for the same work without the consent of all parties concerned.

10.  when becoming aware of professional misconduct by a colleague, that is not resolved by discussion with the colleague concerned, they shall take steps to bring that misconduct to the attention of appropriate authorities in the professional organisations to which they belong.

11.  take all reasonable steps to ensure that those working under their supervision act with full compliance to this code of conduct.

12.  endeavour to promote the cause of ergonomics and disseminate new knowledge toward the benefit of humankind individually and collectively.

13.  show an impeccable regard for the social, cultural and moral expectations of the community in which they work.

14.  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.

15.  present their educational background in detail where a brief summary statement of qualifications would be deceptive or misleading.  Furthermore, they shall 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.

16.  hold the safety of the person, property, and health of individuals potentially affected by their work of paramount importance.

17.  restrict criticism to professional issues and refrain from personal censure.

Conduct of Research

All human factors professionals/ergonomists shall 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, human factors professionals/ergonomists shall:

1.   where there is any potential for harm, seek and act on guidance from a competent ethics advisor or committee.

2.   identify all potential sources or causes of harm in the research they are conducting.  These hazards must then be effectively managed, including compliance with any requirements of the ethics advisor, to ensure that the risk of harm to participants is minimised.

3.   ensure that participants are fully informed of the outcome of the risk assessment and of any requirements identified by the independent ethics advisor before seeking informed consent.

4.   obtain prior written informed consent from human participants. Information must be provided in writing and orally to human participants in plain and clear language indicating the terms of participation, particularly about any hazards involved. Occasionally there may be exceptions in which the human participant is not able to consent. In such cases prior informed consent should be obtained from a person with (preferably legal) responsibility for the participant.

5.   empower human participants to terminate their involvement in the research at any time without prejudice.

6.   terminate any research process or experiment immediately if the participant's exposure to hazards exceeds commonly accepted thresholds. Further, if necessary, medical treatment must be provided.

7.   keep the identity of human participants confidential unless permission is obtained from the participants.

8.   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.

9.   ensure these ethical guidelines are followed by their collaborators, assistants, students, and employees.


Reporting of Research

In pursuit of their profession, human factors professionals/ergonomists who are engaged in research and scholarly activities have an obligation to report their work to the scientific community.  In particular, human factors professionals/ergonomists shall:

1.   ensure the integrity and accuracy of the data recorded before reporting results and conclusions to the scientific community.

2.   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.   identify original sources (i.e. not plagiarise) and give credit to those who have contributed on a professional level to the work.

4.   pay special attention to communication of research findings so as to facilitate their practical application.



Core Competencies

A joint Australia/New Zealand project defined the following ergonomics competencies.

•   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.