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AHRI Accreditation

As the professional association for human resources, AHRI is tasked with ensuring HR professionals and people managers have the essential prerequisite skills and knowledge required to work in the HR profession.

While AHRI offers two HR qualification courses - our nationally accredited BSB41015 Certificate IV in Human Resources, and the AHRI Practising Certification program - course accreditation is the process whereby AHRI reviews, and where appropriate, recognises other VET, undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Australian education institutions.

Through the accreditation process, AHRI brings research and industry knowledge to human resources curriculum development to ensure alignment to essential HR skills and knowledge. AHRI delegates this responsibility to a National Accreditation Committee (NAC) which has the task of assessing the curriculum content of HR courses for accreditation by AHRI.

The focus for assessment of academic courses is underpinned by two key criteria:

  • The institution implements internal quality assurance processes for planning courses, seeking and demonstrating stakeholder input, monitoring outcomes, evaluating feedback, implementing changes and seeking continuous improvement
  • The applicant course will equip a graduate to meet the desired accredited HR course outcomes

To view our current AHRI accredited courses, Click here

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Application/submissions open: 7 February 2018. Please click HERE to go to the submission portal

Submissions close: 2 May 2018

Assessment period: May 2018

Outcomes communicated:  Mid August 2018

Accreditation Process

  1. Download the 2018 course accreditation application form and complete the application:
    • An application for each course for which the institution is seeking accreditation needs to be complete (e.g. if you are seeking accreditation for 3 courses then 3 separate applications would be required).
    • Only applications utilising the 2018 application form will be accepted
  2. Submit the application form(s) 
  3. Once you have completed the application form/s you will be required to submit and pay the accreditation application fee via the AHRI accreditation online portal.

    To complete the submission and payment, you will require the following:

    1. AHRI login details: AHRI login details will be required to submit your application via the portal. If you do not have a login, you will need to create one via the same link.
    2. Payment: Accreditation fees must be made at the same time that applications are uploaded to the AHRI accreditation online portal. Multiple applications can be submitted and the portal will calculate the price based on the number of applications selected. Application fees are as follows:
      Accreditation application fees (incl. 10% GST)
      *Pricing is based per course
      VET/TAFE University
  4. Upload your documents
  • Select the amount of courses you are applying for accreditation
  • Provide the title of each course
  • Attach and save the application form for each course
  • Proceed to payment
  • Confirmation of upload will appear on your screen
  • Receipts will be generated and sent within 2 business days

    Desk audit

    AHRI conducts an independent desk audit of applications to verify that the course accreditation application is complete and correct. Applications that pass the desk audit will be put forward to the AHRI National Accreditation Committee (NAC) for assessment.

    Note: Incomplete applications are returned for further detail or evidence.

    AHRI National Accreditation Committee (NAC)

    The NAC assesses the course accreditation applications and reports on outcomes, with the accreditation outcomes. Further information about outcomes is provided in the table below.

Accreditation Process Outcomes

Accredited The NAC finds that based upon the application submitted that the course is to be accredited. Upon confirmation of acceptance AHRI adds the course to its register of Accredited Courses and sends the applicant an Accredited Course Logo. Use of the logo is bound by conditions supplied by AHRI to the qualifying institution, for the qualifying accreditation period.
Accreditation Pending The NAC finds that further evidence is required in order to fully assess if the course is suitable for accreditation. In the case of an applicant that is required to provide further evidence, AHRI will provide feedback indicating the gaps in information provided, and a date by which this must be provided to the NAC for reconsideration.
Accreditation Premature The NAC finds that the application by an institution is premature and that further more in depth consideration must be given by the institution prior to a future application. In the case of an application being premature, AHRI will provide feedback indicating the gaps in information provided and guidance regarding the resubmission of an application the following year.

Accreditation period

The period for accreditation of an AHRI accredited course is generally three (3) years. After this period, the education provider will need to apply for reaccreditation of the course.

However, where a course is scheduled for significant impending change or is in teach-out mode, the National Accreditation Committee may only approve accreditation of a course for a 12 month / one (1) year period.

As part of AHRI’s management of the course accreditation process, the education provider will be notified by AHRI when a course is due for reaccreditation.


Course accreditation applications and all supporting evidence are confidential between the AHRI National Accreditation Committee and the tertiary institution.

AHRI Student membership information

AHRI’s student membership has a number of benefits which have all been designed to support you now and prepare you for when you graduate.

The cost is $33 for 12 months of membership. Benefits include:

  • Access to AHRI:Assist - this is an online information portal that has been built around the employment lifecycle and all things relating to HR
  • The AHRI Work Experience Placement Program – this program is designed to match student members with hosts in order for them to gain real life experience in HR. The program runs three times a year.
  • AHRI Mentoring Program – the program matches students with an experienced mentor who can help guide them through the transition into the workplace.
  • Access to HRMonline
  • Access to research and whitepapers

For any further queries, please contact or call 03 9918 9230 to speak with our Career Member Partners team.

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