Certificate IV in Human Resources

Start your HR career today, at your own pace or with others

AHRI’s nationally-accredited Certificate IV in Human Resources program is designed for:

  • Aspiring HR professionals seeking the foundational skillset to start their career
  • HR professionals looking to expand their capabilities
  • Administrative staff responsible for HR functions within their workplace

You can also book a call with our Member and Student Support team, and we'll call you to discuss the program further.

Expression of Interest for Intake 1 (2022) here

What you will learn

In this program, you will:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the role HR plays in supporting the business strategy.
  • Learn how to source talent and link them to their organisation's business goals.
  • Become aware of key workplace legislation as they relate to the employment cycle.
  • Learn how to ensure a safe and healthy workplace from experienced facilitators who are HR professionals.

Why study with AHRI?

Expertise: Learn from Australia’s leaders in HR.

Industry-focused: Relevant, practical and interactive learning.

Flexible learning: Choose to study at your own pace or learn with others.

No entry requirements: Start your HR career today.

The AHRI difference

In a recent NCVER Student Outcomes survey, AHRI was rated four points higher than other RTOs in student satisfaction (93% vs 89%) and over 98% were employed or enrolled in further study after the training.

Studying with the professional institute of HR practitioners means you get the best training, the best outcomes and, most of all, the best foundation for your journey towards HR certification later in your career.

Support during your studies and beyond

By becoming an AHRI member you can unlock a special rate for the program, as well as all the benefits that come from being part of your professional institution. Join network forums, such as our Emerging HR Professionals forums, designed to get you networking with other HR professionals as soon as possible.

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Training package

The BSB41015 Certificate IV in Human Resources program will be offered by AHRI for the final time in Intake 3 (2021) - commencing in late August. The course access period will end on 4 April 2022 and there will be no extensions to the course completion date. AHRI will introduce the updated version of this qualification in 2022. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Have a question?

Call us on 1300 811 880 or email enquiries@ahri.com.au. Alternatively, book a call with our Member and Student Support team, and we'll call you to discuss the program further.

Want to train your team?

To find out more about in-house delivery for groups of five or more, contact our Corporate Accounts team by emailing orgsupport@ahri.com.au.

This is a nationally-accredited vocational program recognised throughout Australia. (RTO provider number: 110087)

Frequently asked questions

How much does it cost to study the Certificate IV in HR program?

The enrolment fees for the program depend on your choice of study mode (either Distance or Virtual Workshop mode) and study duration (either 6-months or 12-months). The different enrolment fees are listed here on our website. AHRI members receive a discount on enrolment fees, and we also offer subsidised enrolment fees for eligible students under the Victorian Government’s Skills First program.

What payment methods do you offer? How can I pay the enrolment fees?

The enrolment fees for the program can be paid up-front via credit card or invoice. If you can’t pay your fees up-front, you can enrol via a Payment Plan, and pay your fees in six instalments throughout the duration of the program. Payment Plans are not available to international residents or Skills First students.

When does the program start/finish?

There are three intakes of AHRI’s Certificate IV in HR program each year. The 6-month program is offered in all three intakes (via Distance or Virtual Workshop mode). The 12-month program is offered only once a year (via Distance mode only). The program dates can be found here on our website.

Can I start anytime? What are the course timelines/dates?

At present, AHRI’s Certificate IV in HR program is not available on-demand. There are three intakes of the program offered at specific times throughout the year. The 6-month program is offered in all three intakes (via Distance or Virtual Workshop mode). The 12-month program is offered only once a year (via Distance mode only). The program dates can be found here on our website.

What discounts are available? Do you offer subsidised course fees?

AHRI members receive significant discounts on enrolments fees in the Certificate IV in HR program. Not yet a member? Join today. We also offer subsidised enrolment fees for eligible students under the Victorian Government’s Skills First program – click here to learn more.

What’s the difference between Distance and Virtual Workshop mode?

You can choose to study AHRI’s Certificate IV in HR program via Distance or Virtual Workshop mode over a study period of 6-months. Alternatively, you can opt to study the program over 12-months (via Distance mode only).

Students who select Virtual Workshop mode attend six full-day, facilitator-led virtual workshops (via platforms such as Zoom) throughout the study period. These virtual workshops are designed to deliver the content of the program topics in an environment where peer discussion takes place. They provide an opportunity for interactive learning and are an ideal way to form new professional networks.

Students who select Distance mode are self-directed and can study at their own pace. Distance mode is a popular option for those that are unable to be absent from work to attend the full-day virtual workshops. The content of the program is covered via six one-hour topic webinars throughout the program. There are also six one-hour virtual check-in sessions hosted by a facilitator to provide students an opportunity to ask questions about the course content and assessment tasks.

For more information on the differences between Distance and Virtual Workshop mode, refer to the Program Information guide which can be downloaded from our website.

What is the Skills First program? How do I know if I am eligible?

Skills First is a Victorian Government program that enables eligible students to study at a reduced, subsidised rate. The program is only available to Victorian residents or candidates with a Victorian Government exception. Payment Plans are not available for Skills First students. To assess your eligibility for Skills First and enrol in the program, visit this page on our website. Please note that applications for the Skills First program must be received no later than two weeks before the standard enrolment close date – visit this page on our website for application deadlines.

Can I receive credit towards outcomes of the program? What’s the difference between Credit Transfer and RPL?

If you have existing qualifications or experience, you could be eligible to receive credit towards the outcomes of the program through skills recognition. There are two types of skills recognition: Credit Transfer (CT) and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Credit Transfer applies when a student has already met the learning / competency outcomes of the Certificate IV in HR program through previous formal learning. Alternatively, skills and knowledge gained informally through life and work experience – which meet the competency requirements of VET training – can be formally recognised through Recognition of Prior Learning. To assess your eligibility for CT or RPL and make an application, visit this page on our website.

Do you offer a Diploma of HR?

AHRI does not currently offer a Diploma of Human Resources. For experienced HR professionals with at least five years’ HR experience, or HR graduates with at least two years’ HR experience, we offer the AHRI Practising Certification (APC) program which is equivalent to an AQF Level 8 postgraduate certificate level, providing you advanced entry into Masters of HR or MBA qualifications. To learn more about the APC program, visit this page on our website. You may also be interested in AHRI’s suite of short courses – click here to learn more.