Notice to potential Certified Professional Ergonomists (CPEs)

The Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE) Professional Affairs Board (PAB) in Australia has recently adopted the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) HFE competencies as its benchmark. Consequently the PAB Certification Committee has just commenced a review to ensure that that its processes and standards are compatible with these.

As a result, from 8 May 2024, the PAB will not accept any new applications until this action has been completed. We expect that some changes will be required and these will take up to six months to compile and endorse. The PAB does not anticipate too many changes in what an applicant is required to submit, although the assessment process might change a little.

In the meantime the PAB suggests that any person wishing to submit an application for Certification starts compiling the evidence that is required under the current system and prepare a draft portfolio of the work that you intend to submit. The PAB will post a notice on the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia’s (HFESA’s) website and in the regular Member updates when its work on this has been completed and the new guidelines have been prepared. It will then be able to accept applications under the new Rules.