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AHRI Practising Certification Program

About the program

Start your journey towards becoming a Certified HR Practitioner by enrolling in the AHRI Practising Certification Program. Semester 2 2017 enrolments are now open.

The AHRI Practising Certification Program (APC) is an industry-recognised equivalent of an AQF level 8 postgraduate program, designed to ensure the highest possible standards of HR practice and ultimately lead to professional certification upon graduation. This work-integrated program includes an in-depth examination of the key functions of HR management competencies and their application in the business environment, the organisation and the individual. Access to a workplace is essential for participants to complete their final capstone unit consisting of a work-based project in order to meet all requirements for professional HR certification.

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DOWNLOAD 2017 PROGRAM INFORMATION

The program information guide contains detailed information about learning units, structure, duration and investment.

The Semester 2 Program Guide will be available on 10 April 2017.

Program outcomes

Underpinned by AHRI's Model of Excellence, program participants will equip themselves with the professional HR capabilities and leadership behaviours to:

  • Become a Certified HR Practitioner
  • Apply HR thought leadership and insight to foster a productive and sustainable culture that drives individual and organisational objectives
  • Build organisational capability and influence organisational objectives

Who is this program designed for?

This work-integrated program is ideal for HR professionals with solid on-the-job HR experience, who are seeking to advance their career by gaining professional HR certification.

Entry requirements

Applicants must meet one of the following program entry requirements:

  • Experienced HR professionals with a minimum of five (5) years' working in a HR role (without a formal qualification); or
  • HR professionals with an undergraduate degree from a recognised tertiary institution and a minimum of two (2) years' recent experience in a HR role; or
  • Experienced people managers or business leaders with a minimum five (5) years' relevant vocational practice in management, seeking to broaden and enhance their HRM capability

If you are not currently an AHRI member and you wish to commence your studies in the APC Program, please visit AHRI membership to learn how to obtain your professional membership prior to enrolment.

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning Pathways

AHRI offers Skills Recognition through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Credit Transfer (CT) to recognise the skills and knowledge you have gained through formal study, life/work experience and non-accredited training.

If you would like to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning to complete Unit 4 in Semester 2 2017, the application deadline for an eligibility check is 11 April 2017.

If you would like to apply for Credit Transfer to complete Unit 4 in Semester 2 2017, the application deadline is 2 June 2017.

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Assessment

Assessment in the AHRI Practising Certification Program is designed to assess the knowledge, skills and behaviours required of HR professionals in the application of advanced strategic HR management. Program participants will be applying their 'toolkit' of HR competencies and behaviours learnt throughout the APC Program, through a combination of theoretical and applied work-based assessments and reflections recorded in their learning journals.

Please note that program participants may only commence assessment for unit 4, after requirements have been successfully met for units 1, 2 and 3.

2017 program dates

2017 SemesterEnrolments open/closeSemester startsSemester completion
1 Enrolments now closed 27 Feb 2017 17 Jul 2017
2 10 April 2017/ 7 July 2017 31 July 2017 1 Jan 2018

Program duration

Part-time: 2 years

The APC Program is offered over two years on a part-time basis. Participants undertake a learning unit per semester and are expected to commit 8 to 10 hours per week over the 16-week semester per unit. All four learning units of the APC Program must be completed within four years of commencement.

Delivery modes

Distance

This method of learning offers participants the flexibility to study at a time and pace that suits them. Distance learners may choose to study all four units via distance, or attend a workshop if they prefer to access to a workshop learning environment for a given unit.

Workshop – NSW/VIC

Workshop delivery provides facilitator-led interactive sessions on how to apply HR knowledge to practical situations.

Workshop – WA

We are currently accepting expressions of interest for the Perth workshop-based delivery for Unit 2.
Please email apcinhouse@ahri.com.au to register your interest. 

Workshop dates: Semester 2 2017

Unit

Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4
Unit 11 Aug4 Sept2 Oct (VIC), 3 Oct (NSW)30 Oct
Unit 2      8 Aug         29 Aug         26 Sept           24 Oct        
Unit 410 Aug11 Aug5 Oct2 Nov

*Workshops can be cancelled at AHRI's discretion prior to the start of the program due to insufficient numbers.

For details on the program duration, download the 2017 Program Information

Learning support

All program participants will be supported by an academic coordinator who is contactable via email and will answer any questions about program content and assessments. Participants also have access to an online forum to connect and interact with others through course-related discussion and learning.

Program fees

The AHRI Practising Certification Program (APC) comprises of four learning units. The fees for each unit vary depending on the delivery method you select – either distance or workshop.

LEAD THE WAY IN 2017 BY BECOMING A CERTIFIED HR PRACTITIONER

Demonstrate your ability and commitment to become a Certified HR Practitioner by applying for the AHRI Practising Certification Program (APC) in 2017. Like doctors, accountants and lawyers, getting your HR certification sets out clearly to employers and organisations that you meet high professional standards and practise good HR. 

Since the launch of HR certification  and the APC Program, many HR practitioners have taken up the distance learning option which means lower running costs in terms of venue hire and overheads. These economies of scale have enabled us to pass on cost savings to members who enrol in 2017 for two units or more of the APC Program via the distance learning option. In 2017 we seek to improve our commitment to the environment, and have included a paperless study option for the distance delivery format.

Fees per unit

 DISTANCE UNIT FEEWORKSHOP UNIT FEE
Domestic$495.00$995.00
International$795.00n/a
   
   
   

Please note: Fees are not subject to the Australia Goods and Services Tax (GST) as this is a GST-free education program.

Unit 1 participants enrol here

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • Prior to registering for Unit 1, it is your responsibility to ensure you meet the entry requirements as above. Please note that a $100 administration fee may apply if you are deemed ineligible for Unit 1. Your eligibility will be assessed against your CV and academic transcripts which you will upload during the registration process. Please ensure these are current and clearly identify your eligibility.
  • You MUST be a current MAHRI member or above to enrol into the APC Program.
  • If you are not yet a MAHRI member or above please create your membership here.
  • If you need to renew or upgrade your membership please click here to contact the membership team or call 03 9918 9230

COURSE ENROLMENT:

  • Please note: within 24 hours of registration you will receive an email with a link to complete the student portal enrolment form. This must be completed for your registration to be confirmed. Please be aware that your CV and any relevant academic transcripts will need to be uploaded at this time.
UnitDelivery ModeEnrol
APC Unit 1 Semester 2 2017Distance

Melbourne Workshop

Sydney Workshop
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Unit 2,3 and 4 participants enrol here

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

    • It is your responsibility to ensure you enrol into the correct Unit. A $100 administration fee may apply if you enrol into the incorrect unit. Please email apc@ahri.com.au for any clarification on which unit you are able to enrol for.
    • Please Note:
      • The academic requirements of unit 1 must be successfully completed before you can enrol into Unit 2 or 3
      • The academic requirements of unit 1, 2 and 3 must be completed before you can enrol into Unit 4

COURSE ENROLMENT:

UnitDelivery ModeEnrol
APC Unit 2 Semester 2 2017

Distance

Melbourne

Sydney

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APC Unit 3 Semester 2 2017 Distance

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APC Unit 4 Semester 2 2017 Distance

Melbourne

Sydney
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Where to next?

AHRI recognises the importance of continuous professional development (CPD) and learning for graduates of the AHRI Practising Certification Program (APC).

We work with 18 university partners who offer AHRI accredited postgraduate qualifications so that APC graduates can broaden their knowledge base and strategic skills by continuing their study into HR postgraduate qualifications.

We are also securing pathways for APC graduates to earn credits towards non-HR streamed MBAs with selected university partners. This offers APC graduates opportunities to acquire skills beyond HR by pursuing business degree MBAs.

Currently we have secured articulation arrangements for APC graduates with Griffith University, Curtin Business Graduate School, Edith Cowan University, Deakin University, Central Queensland University (CQUniversity), Charles Sturt University, La Trobe University, AIM Business School and Murdoch University for the following programs:

Find out more

To find out more about about APC please contact an AHRI education team member at apc@ahri.com.au or call us at 1300 811 880.

To find out more about HR certification please click here.

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