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Why hire an AHRI member?

As an employer, you will know that recruiting unqualified staff can be costly to your business. When it comes to recruiting HR roles, many organisations choose to engage a professional recruiter to help find the right candidate. As this isn't feasible for every HR appointment, other ways of validating your recruitment selection should be considered. 

A Professional Membership with the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) confirms that your HR candidate has the appropriate qualifications and capabilities. As Australia's only national HR professional association, AHRI represents around 20,000 human resource and people management professionals by setting standards and building the capability of the profession. 

When you hire an AHRI Professional Member, you are selecting a candidate whose skills and experience have been assessed against the AHRI professional recognition framework. The framework has been developed in consultation with industry practitioners and includes a broad range of specialist and business capabilities such as strategic thinking, business acumen, stakeholder management, workforce planning and change management. 

The AHRI accreditation process ensures demonstration of credibility, expertise and commitment to the HR profession, which will give you confidence in making your recruitment selection.


AHRI post-nominals provide a clear picture of HR capability and experience you are gaining when you recruit an AHRI Professional Member. AHRI awards four levels of Professional membership:

  • Graduate Member (GAHRI)
  • Professional Member (MAHRI) 
  • Academic Member (AMAHRI)
  • Professional Member (CAHRI) - No longer available to new applicants
  • Fellow (FAHRI)
  • Certified Practitioner Human Resources (CPHR)
  • Fellow Certified Practitioner Human Resources (FCPHR)
  • Certified Academic Human Resources (CAHR)
  • Fellow Certified AcademicHuman Resources (FCAHR)

In addition, Affiliate membership, Student membership and Organisation membership are available. More information on eligibility and criteria around experience and skill level can be found here


Beyond proven capability and experience, an AHRI Professional Member also brings additional benefits to your business including:


While achievement of AHRI Professional Membership demonstrates professional excellence, AHRI requires Professional Members to continue their commitment to continuing professional development (CPD). 

Each year AHRI offers a range of professional development activities throughout Australia including conferences, seminars, master classes, forums and webinars. In addition, AHRI offers ongoing opportunities for advanced education and qualifications. AHRI members also receive AHRI's monthly magazine HRmonthly, and weekly e-newsletters full of the latest HR news.


AHRI Professional Members have full access to a wide range of online resources, services, templates and policies. They also have access to ongoing professional support through the AHRI Mentoring Program and the AHRI:ASSIST Service, which provides your business with support for critical HR queries and issues.


Free professional indemnity insurance is included with AHRI Professional Membership. AHRI ProCover protects your HR employees in the event that they are exposed to litigation with no cover from the business or are personally named in a legal action relating to their activities as a HR practitioner – offering peace of mind for both employer and employee.

If you want to find out more about the benefits of hiring an AHRI Professional Member, speak to AHRI's membership team on 03 9918 9200 or by email.


Professional members receive free professional indemnity insurance as part of their membership.

Did you know...

That AHRI represents around 20,000 HR professionals from Australia and around the globe?

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