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 The Papua New Guinea Human Resources Institute (PNGHRI) mission is to increase the effectiveness of people in achieving organization objectives and in improving their well-being at work. Professional affiliation to PNGHRI is not a legal requirement yet it is a compulsory professional requirement to be recognized as part of a profession and accredited under a professional body. PNGHRI aims to regulate the practice of HR to meet world standard best practice HRM for every HR practitioners in PNG and to be on par with the rest of the world. Through its international affiliation, individual affiliations to PNGHRI are also recognized in the Asia-Pacific region and given an independent membership grading accordingly to measure that standard

International Affiliation

The membership accreditation by PNGHRI is in line with the Asia Pacific Federation of Human Resource Managers (APFHRM), which PNGHRI is affiliated to. APFHRM is a regional body that governs the practices of human resource management in the Asia-Pacific region under the World Federation of People Management Association (WFPMA) guidelines and standards set by the United Nation (UN) framework on human capital development. According to APFHRM homepage ( WFPMA was founded in 1979 to aid the development and improve the effectiveness of professional people management all over the world. WFPMA is an international NGO network that set the standards for every regional body like APFHRM to adapt and accredit HR practitioners in each member country with the latest development in HR practices and world’s best HR practice.

According to WFPMA, every country must form an association and must have membership of more than 200 HR personnel, conduct professional development trainings in HR practices and principles, Employment Laws, Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), provide competency seminars and held an annual conference with AGM every year to qualify for affiliation to the regional body.



The objectives of PNGHRI professional membership are in line with the WFPMA standards and APFHRM requirements which are basically to:

  • develop professional skills and attain high standards of performance in Human Resources Management amongst members; and
  • promote understanding of Human Resource Management and its contribution to the effectiveness of organizations; and
  • advance recognition of the Institute as an authoritative professional body in all matters concerning people at work in all provinces within Papua New Guinea; and
  • apply the profits (if any) or any other income in promoting the objective of the Institute.


Members can achieve best practice standards that will lead to Certified HR Practitioners (CHRP-PNG).