Please note: As of 1 January 2018 AHRI is no longer admitting new, lapsed, rejoining or upgrading applicants to the CAHRI membership level.

Your CAHRI membership

As a current AHRI professional member (CAHRI) your professional membership gives you full access to exclusive HR resources and discounts on training and events, and means that you are covered by AHRI ProCover professional indemnity insurance.

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As a CAHRI member you are also eligible to start your journey towards achieving HR certification − the industry standard for the HR profession.

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Renewing your CAHRI membership

Membership fee: $396 per year

If you have a current CAHRI membership, you will be able to retain this level of AHRI membership in perpetuity, as long as your membership remains current into the future and you continue to meet your CPD obligations. 

Should your membership be overdue by more than two months past your due date, you will cease to be an AHRI member. You will need to submit a new application for membership at a different level (for example, MAHRI) if you wish to re-join.

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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

AHRI professional members, Certified HR Practitioners and Certified HR Academics are required to undertake continuing professional development (CPD) to maintain their HR certification and AHRI professional membership.

By taking up AHRI's professional development opportunities and events, you can stay ahead of the latest HR trends and research while keeping your HR skills and knowledge up to date. These activities earn you CPD points along the way. 

Undertaking CPD provides assurance to employers and stakeholders of an HR practitioner's contemporary skills and behaviour. Learn more

CPD Points required (Over a three-year period): 60 Hours

Types of CPD-eligible activities:

Minimum of 40 points by participating in the following activities:
Type 1 – Formal education
Type 2 – Learning activities
Type 3 – Conferences and seminars
Type 4 – Presentation of papers

The remaining 20 points may be accumulated by participating in the following activities:
Type 5 – Industry involvement
Type 6 – Service to the profession
Type 7 – Informal learning

A random sample of 10% of all CAHRI members will be audited on an annual basis. 

For new or upgrading members

Although CAHRI is no longer available to new or upgrading applicants, you have other membership options:

  • Professional member (MAHRI)
  • Fellow member (FAHRI)
  • Affiliate member (non-professional membership)

There are also two Certified HR Practitioner membership levels:

  • Certified Practitioner HR (CPHR)
  • Fellow Certified Practitioner HR (FCPHR)

These certified practitioner membership levels are only available to members who have successfully completed one of the certification pathways and have been awarded certification by the National Certification Council. 

If you are not yet a member, you will need to join as a MAHRI level member prior to participating in the AHRI Practising Certification Program (APC) or Senior Leaders Pathway (SLP).

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Contact us

Have a question about your membership? Call 03 9918 9230 to speak to a Member Career Partner or email


What were the entry requirements for a CAHRI?

The entry requirements for Professional Member CAHRI were at least eight years of experience in an HR role including two years of leadership/ strategic HR management experience OR a postgraduate qualification plus five years of HR experience including two years of leadership/ strategic HR management experience.

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Can I downgrade my professional membership to an affiliate one?

Yes you may; however, before you downgrade your membership from a professional to affiliate level, please bear in mind the following:

  • Only professional members are covered by AHRI ProCover professional indemnity insurance
  • If you decide at a later date to upgrade your membership you may be asked to provide your supporting documents again
  • If you are concerned about meeting your CPD requirements, please call 03 9918 9230 to speak to a Member Career Partner.  Activities you have completed or are currently completing may be claimed as CPD points.

What payment methods can I use to pay my membership fee?

AHRI accepts Visa, MasterCard, Diners or American Express when paying your annual membership fee. You can also pay over the phone (03 9918 9230) by providing your credit card details, by cheque made payable to AHRI or by EFT payment.

Alternatively, Australia based members can set up automatic monthly direct debit via select credit cards (Visa and MasterCard). For more information on this payment method, please call us on (03) 9918 9230 or email

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What are the terms and conditions of my membership?

View online the full terms and conditions of your membership.

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