Become an Academic Member (AMAHRI)

Academic membership recognises your professional contribution to the delivery and expansion of HR thinking and knowledge, maintaining professionalism in practice and commitment to self development. 

Eligible HR academics can apply to become a non-certified academic member (AMAHRI) via the Academic Pathway 

HR academics who successfully undertake the Academic Pathway to HR certification but have not yet been awarded certification by the National Certification Council may use the post-nominals AMAHRI (AHRI Academic Member).


The post-nominals AMAHRI:

  • Recognises your professional contribution to HR thinking and knowledge,
  • Indicates your commitment to maintaining professionalism in practice and to self-development, and
  • Confirms your agreement to abide by the AHRI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and the Continuing Professional Development policy.

Who is an Academic Member?

For those progressing down an HR academic pathway, the AHRI Academic Member uses their knowledge and research experience to contribute to the design, delivery and management of higher education programs and/or research. They understand their organisation’s operating environment, its context and objectives and how their own role fits into these.

They use this understanding to build and foster relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders to foster a productive and sustainable organisational culture and ensure organisational capability.


Academic membership indicates that this member is beginning to gain credibility in one or several HR subject areas and is starting to grow into a team or subject leader role within their academic division or department and/or lead independent research and small teams.

Who can apply?

To apply to become an AHRI Academic Member, you will most likely have attained the following types of positions in the HR field:

  • Lecturer
  • Teaching Fellow
  • Teacher or course tutor
  • Research associate or research officer

The academic member ideally should have a Masters qualification, or must have a minimum educational qualification - an undergraduate degree, that provides the required underpinning knowledge. 

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