Apply for the Academic Pathway

Become a Fellow Certified Academic HR (FCAHR) or Certified Academic HR (CAHR) via the Academic Pathway towards HR certification. Please check your eligibility for this pathway before you start your application.


The Academic Pathway application process is outlined in six steps below:

  1. Express your interest (12 months expiry)
  2. Prepare your portfolio
  3. Submit your portfolio and make payment
  4. Verifying your portfolio submission via DocuSign
  5. Interview (30 minutes)
  6. Consideration by the National Certification Council (NCC) 

Step 1. Express your interest

Complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) online form

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You must hold current AHRI membership (Affiliate, MAHRI, CAHRI or FAHRI) to apply for Academic certification. 

Not currently an AHRI member? You can apply for AHRI membership online after you have submitted your EOI form online. You can also call AHRI on 03 9918 9230 or email for assistance.

Once AHRI receives your EOI submission, your CV will be reviewed for eligibility by AHRI for eligibility to proceed with your portfolio.

Please note, once you have submitted your EOI, you have 12 months to submit your portfolio (pending approval) from the date of submission. Past this date, when you are ready, you will need to submit another EOI for review to proceed.


Step 2. Prepare your portfolio

After your EOI submission, you will receive a portfolio template with instructions on how to put together an Academic Pathway application, and the submission timelines for the respective National Certification Council (NCC) meeting dates.

The Academic Pathway allows you to showcase your research, teaching excellence and industry engagement. Your portfolio of evidence should demonstrate your contribution as an experienced academic and will be assessed and verified as part of the application process. The portfolio template also requires you to consider how you have applied the expert knowledge, skills and behaviours captured within the AHRI Model of Excellence (MoE).

View an example of a completed Academic Pathway application


Step 3. Submit your portfolio and make payment - View Submission Dates

Before uploading your portfolio, please review it against the checklist on the last page of the template. Once inside the portal, complete the portfolio submission form, upload your portfolio (in word format only) and your current CV.

You can pay the application fee of $599.00 (including GST) online by credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, AMEX or Diners. Payments are not refundable after submission.

All payments and uploads must be received by the cut-off date for each NCC meeting listed below. Submissions received after the due date may not be processed in time for consideration at the next NCC meeting.  Click here to view the due dates prior to each meeting.

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Step 4. Verifying your portfolio submission via DocuSign

Once your case study application is received, you and your sponsor/referee will be contacted via DocuSign.

Your sponsor is to verify the evidence presented based on their observation of the outcomes outlined in your portfolio. They will also confirm that this is your own work and is an appropriate demonstration of your skills, knowledge, capabilities and behaviours.

Please ensure your nominated sponsor/referee is at Head of School/Dean/DVC or Vice Chancellor level and is contactable via email.

A DocuSign email will also be forwarded to you at the same time requesting your signature, date and your permission for reproduction. Here is a sample of the Academic Pathway verification form that AHRI will send with your portfolio via DocuSign.

Once the portfolio has been signed by both parties, this confirms the submission is completed and a signed copy will be emailed to you and your sponsor/referee, as well as to the assessor for review.

You or your sponsor/referee do not need a DocuSign account to sign the document. This application is compatible with laptops, desktops, tablets and mobile devices connected to the internet.

Completed Academic Pathway applications will receive 32 CPD points. To learn more about CPD, click here for more information.

Step 5. Interview

After your application has been reviewed by our NCC Sub Committee member, they will contact you regarding their recommendation.

If successful to proceed, the NCC Sub Committee member will organise a date and time for a 30-minute interview. The purpose of the interview is to seek further validation of your portfolio to assist with their advice to the NCC.


Step 6. NCC consideration

The National Certification Council meets up to four times a year to review applications for certification via the four pathways.

Your portfolio (together with any additional documents) and CV, along with a summary of the interview outcomes, will be presented to the NCC for consideration. The AHRI certification team will advise you of the NCC meeting outcomes within three weeks.