Skip to

Global website search.

Other websites


Unit 1: The Strategic HR Professional

This unit provides an overview of the HR profession, it examines management theory, historical practices and continuous research behind the competencies required of today's HR professional. Participants will consider the value of strategic HR practices to organisational performance and how they are measured.

This unit will enable students to:

  • Practise as an HR professional from a sound base of management and HR theory;
  • Identify strategies and initiatives that can orient an organisation's HR practice towards meeting current and future business challenges;
  • Draw on strategic management theories, frameworks and processes, and analyse the organisation's strategic direction and HR strategy;
  • Design effective HR strategies and practices which assist the organisation in meeting its strategic objectives and that align with the culture of the organisation;
  • Understand the role of the HR professional and improve HR competencies by assessing current competency levels against the AHRI Model of Excellence;
  • Draw on a range of change management models to plan, implement and evaluate a change initiative within the organisation; and
  • Identify suitable HR key performance indicators, evaluation models  and tools, and evaluate and report on the value of HR practice in the organisation.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this unit of study, the following learning outcomes will be achieved:

  1. Apply contemporary human resource management strategies and practice to achieve organisational objectives; and
  2. Understand the role, core competencies and behaviours required of HR professionals and their impact on the organisation, and employ these competencies and behaviours through an understanding of the organisational context to achieve organisational objectives.

The unit of study requires approximately 128 hours study time (including assessment).

Find a Course

APC case study

Learn about the ATO's path to HR certification through the APC program.

Link to video about the ATO's path to certification with Jacqui Curtis

Prefer in-house training?

AHRI can customise all short courses and education to the needs of your company and its people.

Read the benefits

Training Needs Analysis Tool

Create your HR career plan in 30 mins with AHRI's free online training needs analysis tool.

Find out more

AHRI Assist