About Us

The Institute of People Management is a professional membership body representing Human Resources Management. We are a not-for-profit, independent body with official professional recognition from the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). We dedicate our efforts to providing knowledge and tools for strategic and operational people management and development that contribute to growth, profitability and sustainability of businesses. Our values are member-centric, integrity and advocacy.

Since our inception in 1945, we have been enhancing the competence of HR Professionals. IPM has and continues to play a key role in professionalizing and credentialing HR within South Africa and on the wider continent.

We’re the founding member of the African Human Resource Confederation (AHRC), the AU of Human Resources. Through our membership of the AHRC, we are affiliated to the World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA). We are also a sister organisation to HR professional bodies across the globe, such as the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) in USA, the Chartered Institute of People Development (CIPD) in UK and the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) in Australia. We consistently leverage global networks for the benefit of members.

The IPM vision is to be the portal to thought leadership in people management.

The IPM Mission is to be the leading and trusted Professional HR body of choice.

IPM Overarching Strategic Result
Providing members with easy access to the latest information, expertise, knowledge, training and development, systems, processes and networks in people management to enhance the capabilities of the HR Professional in the work environment regionally, nationally and internationally.

Our package of membership benefits and services is designed to equip HR professionals with the strategic thinking and practical tools they need to influence and have impact within the workplace.

Business size

26-100 employees


Commercial presence