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Our Story2020-12-01T22:07:21+08:00

With two decades behind us, OPRA consultants have worked across every sector
and at all levels to help organisations select, retain, and develop their staff.


Paul Englert and Dr Mike Smith recognise a gap in the
New Zealand market for a provider of cost-effective business psychology solutions that are grounded in research. 
OPRA is established and trades under Occupational Psychology Research Associates. OPRA employs two
part-time staff.


OPRA secures the distribution rights to a range of internationally recognised psychometric tests and HR solutions. Sarah Burke joins OPRA as a shareholder and director. OPRA commences the development and distribution of a proprietary range of assessment solutions for the New Zealand market.


OPRA's commitment to building a strong consulting base that is supported by robust psychometrics continues to gain momentum. OPRA Publishing and Consulting Group is formed to better reflect the company’s dual focus on consulting and psychometric test distribution.


OPRA merges with Bauer and Associates and enters the Auckland market. Dr Mike Smith retires.


OPRA opens a Christchurch office, and in doing so, becomes the first dedicated team of business psychologists to have a national presence.


By 2006, OPRA has tested in excess of 70,000 candidates and release one of New Zealand’s most extensive normative databases. The company begin to expand into offshore markets. Fred Bauer retires from OPRA.


OPRA's global reach expands through the distribution of psychometric solutions into Europe, South East Asia, and Brazil. Paul Englert moves to the UK to support global sales of Psytech (GeneSys) psychometric tests.


OPRA expands into Australia through a joint venture with Australian recruitment specialists, Beilby Corporation.


OPRA opens an office in Singapore and appoints Beng Huan Tey as the Manager. The New Zealand office hosts OPRA’s first international conference for staff from across Asia-Pacific.


OPRA Australia is established, replacing the joint venture with Beilby and Manager of Australia, Ben Hainsworth, is appointed. CGH, one of Australia’s largest privately only recruitment businesses, becomes the major stakeholder in OPRA Australia. A senior management team is put in place to take a strategic and operational lead in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia.


OPRA rebrand as OPRA Australia, OPRA Singapore and OPRA New Zealand to reflect our Asia-Pacific focus and dedication to cross-country collaboration. 
OPRA is now a truly international business employing 22 staff across 10 offices.


OPRA expand their accreditation offering with the introduction of e-learning for psychometric test administration.


OPRA's e-learning offering expands to include the OPRA Develop offering. Off the back of the success of e-learning, OPRA launch the Total OPRA Develop programme for Leaders, integrating OPRA's various develop programmes into a single programme.


OPRA receives the Bronze award from the Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards In Technology for the future focussed skills solution developed for Westpac Australia.


OPRA is recognised by the Training Solutions Award as one of the 20 companies to watch in the area of assessment and evaluation.