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IPMZ History


  • 1960 : An informal group of personnel officers organised itself to discuss personnel practices and listen to guest speakers.

  • 1962 :The Personnel Management Panel was formed. A syllabus for a diploma in personnel management was put forward.

  • 1963 : The first Executive Committee, known as the "Steering Committee" was elected. There were 40 applications for membership to the Personnel Management Panel.

  • 1965 : The first examinations for Part 1 of the Diploma were held. IPMR was established as a branch of IPMSA.

  • 1967 : The Diploma courses were advertised in the local press as correspondence courses with UNISA, with tutorials at UCR during vacations.

  • 1973 : IPMR set up offices in Savoy House, Inez Terrace, Harare and employed three permanent staff - a national organiser, a shorthand typist and a messenger.

  • 1974 : IPMR formally merged with IPMSA in order to extend its services. This meant, among other things, that the IPMR diploma would be phased out.

  • 1981 : The Institute separated from IPMSA and became IPMZ.

  • 1983 : The new local intermediate diplomas were introduced.

  • 1985 : The first five graduates of the local intermediate diploma received their certificates.

  • 1986 : Council agreed to appoint Howard Dean as consultant director. A local publications programme was instituted and IPMZ collaborated with NCEAZ on an Annual Labour Relations Briefing. The Personnel Practitioner of the year award became a national award.

  • 1987 : IPMZ took up residence in Dzidzo House on a 10 year lease. Matabeleland branch opened an office. IPMZ ran its first National Convention since 1982.

  • 1988 : IPMZ launched its Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management.

  • 1989 : The first National Trainer's Symposium was held bringing to three the number of national conferences for human resource specialists held annually by the Institute.

  • 1990 : IPMZ celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a radio programme, a convention at the Harare International Conference Centre, a prize for the best student in Human Resources at the Harare Polytechnic, a student bursary and membership of 2000 of which 1300 were student members. The Institute now had a representative on the National Manpower Advisory Council.

  • 1991 : IPMZ drew up a Code of Professional Conduct which was circulated to all the members.

  • 1995 : IPMZ celebrates its 30th Anniversary with a newspaper supplement.

  • 1997 : IPMZ moved to even bigger premises at No. 1 Union Avenue , another indication of Institute's expansion.

  • 2000 : IPMZ celebrates its 35th Anniversary, Consultant Director Howard Dean leaves IPMZ at the end of his contract in February. Council appointed Lawrence Dahwa as Director.

  • 2001 : The Institute buys a house in Hillside which may be converted into its offices in future.

  • 2004 : For the first time in many years IPMZ invited IPMSA to its Convention, in turn the President and the Director were invited to IPMSA's Convention in Sun City .

  • 2005 : The Institute celebrates its 40th Anniversary with a National Convention at Montclair Hotel, Nyanga. Over the years IPMZ developed a range of services including five active branches, annual calendar of seminars as part of Continuing Professional Education, four diplomas, six day certificate courses supported by a membership of 6592 countrywide.

  • 2006 : First Senior HR Executives Forum at Leopard Rock in Vumba

  • 2008 : IPMZ hosts African Federation of Human Resource Management Associations in Victoria Falls.

  • 2008 : IPMZ wins ACCOR International Services Excellency Award in Mumbai India.

  • 2009 : Institute changes name from Institute of Personnel Management to Institute of People Management. A new constitution is adopted towards Chartered Status.

  • 2010 : IPMZ celebrates 45th Anniversary. Annual convention at Elephant Hills Continental attracts a number of Regional Companies and delegates from South Africa, Zambia and Cote ‘d’ Vore. Convention held concurrently with an IPMZ exhibition for the first time.

  • 2010 : IPMZ holds first Women’s Convention.

  • 2011 : IPMZ Introduces New Curriculum

  • 2012 : Institute adopts a Voluntary Chartered Status System