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AHRI Practising Certification Program

Start your journey towards becoming a Certified HR Practitioner by enrolling in the AHRI Practising Certification Program.

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

If you would like further information about the AHRI Practising Certification Program, please send an enquiry to the following email:

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; and
  • Build organisational capability and influence organisational objectives.

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

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.

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Program structure and assessment

The APC Program requires completion of four learning units:


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.

2018 Program Dates

Unit 1, 2 & 3

TrimesterEnrolments closeTrimester startsTrimester completion
1 13 Dec 201715 Jan 2018 2 Apr 2018
26 Apr 20187 May 201823 Jul 2018
330 Jul 201827 Aug 201812 Nov 2018

Unit 4

TrimesterEnrolments closeTrimester startsTrimester completion
1 13 Dec 201715 Jan 2018 30 Jul 2018
26 Apr 20187 May 201826 Nov 2018
330 Jul 201827 Aug 201815 Apr 2019

Program duration

Part-time: 18 months

The APC Program is offered over 18 months on a part-time basis. Participants undertake a learning unit per semester and are expected to commit at least 10 hours per week over the study period. All four learning units of the APC Program must be completed within four years of commencement.

Delivery modes

Workshop or distance

The APC is offered via distance or workshop mode. Whether selecting to study via distance or workshop, students are offered comprehensive learning and assessment materials and academic support to enable successful completion of their studies.

Find out more about distance and workshop study in the 2018 Program Information Guide.

In-house delivery

The APC can be delivered to your organisation in-company to develop team capability and consistency of HR skills across the business.

This approach of delivering the APC Program offers significant individual and organisational benefits including:

  • The opportunity to implement a project that will impact on organisational capability;
  • Flexible onsite delivery with maximum group size of 20 participants; and
  • Integration of advanced strategic HR management into organisational strategy.

For further information on in-house delivery contact

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.

Fees per unit


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

Contact us

To talk to an AHRI education team member: 

p: 1300 811 880


To find out more about HR certification please click here.

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.

To find out more about AHRI Accredited qualifications please click here.

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