Institute of People Management of Zimbabwe (IPMZ) is a professional association of people with an interest in people management, training those who want to improve their knowledge of, and skill in, professional people practices and principles. The Institute promotes professionalism by establishing appropriate qualifications, defining codes of conduct, promoting research, spreading knowledge of people management.

The Institute offers professional qualifications in the fields of Human Resources Management, Human Resources Development, Labour relations at Diploma and Higher Diploma levels. Each Diploma takes approximately 24 months of part-time study with exams in April and October. IPMZ also offers short courses training (CPD’s) , networking platforms such as annual conferences to refresh skills and update people on developments in the field of human resources. The annual National Convention is the most important event in the Institute’s efforts to ensure the continuing professional development of its members


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.

1973 : IPMZ 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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

2010 : IPMZ holds first Women’s Convention.

2011 : IPMZ Introduces New Curriculum.

2012 : Institute adopts a Voluntary Chartered Status System.

2014 : IPMZ Purchases and moves to The IPMZ House, Avondale.

2015 : IPMZ Launches HR Standards with SABPP.

2016 : IPMZ Re – Introduces the HR Excellence Awards.

2017 : The Institute Launches the IPMZ Women in HR Network.

2018: Mentorship programme formed,

2019: Student Chapters at Universities

2020: IPMZ starts ISO certification programme