APC Program: Recognition of Prior Learning

APC units eligible for RPL

Units eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning in the AHRI Practising Certification Program (APC) are:

  • Unit 1 The strategic HR professional
  • Unit 2 The HR organisational environment
  • Unit 3 Workforce design, development and performance.

If recognition of prior learning is awarded, candidates will be eligible to enrol into the remaining unit(s) of study. The APC Unit 4: Applied project in organisational capability is not available for RPL.

Who can apply for RPL?

To be eligible to apply for an RPL assessment, you will need to be an AHRI Professional member and have completed six years' or more recent experience in an HR generalist role. 

HR generalists are required to have broad knowledge of HR and people matters and be able to turn their hand to different aspects of HR from planning to recruitment, performance management to termination, reporting to evaluation.

What is an HR generalist? 

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Wish to apply but not currently an AHRI member? You need to become a professional member prior to submitting your RPL application.

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Step 1. Apply for a free eligibility check

The eligibility check provides a preliminary assessment of your previous work experience, against relevant skills and knowledge requirements of the RPL assessment. You will need to complete and upload the following documents as part of your free eligibility check:

  • Your current CV (including a brief overview demonstrating your 6+ years' generalist HR experience), and
  • Any relevant academic transcripts.

Eligibility checks for Intake 2, 2020 are now open. Apply here 


Step 2. Eligibility confirmation and RPL application payment

If you are deemed eligible to undertake an RPL pathway, you will receive a link to make payment for the RPL application. You will also be required to complete the RPL application form and submit your supporting evidence (see Step 3). 

Please note that refunds will not be provided for unsuccessful RPL applications. Prior to payment, please

RPL application fee

Fee per unit (Unit 1, 2 or 3) $495
Fee for RPL bundle (Units 1, 2 and 3) $1,350

Step 3: Complete your RPL application form and provide evidence

Once payment is received, you will be granted access to the AHRI Education Portal. Complete your RPL application with supporting evidence and upload to the AHRI Education Portal  by the due date.

Upload your RPL application and supporting evidence 


Step 4: Receive your RPL outcome

Your RPL application will be assessed by an RPL assessor and you will be informed of your RPL outcome. 


Step 5: Enrol into Unit 4

If your RPL outcome is successful for APC Units 1, 2 and 3, you will be granted eligibility to apply for the Unit 4 Capstone: Applied project in organisational capability.

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 RPL timelines for 2020

Process steps for RPL

Trimester 1,

Trimester 2,

Trimester 3,

Apply for an eligibility check

27 Sept. 2019 31 Jan. 2020 29 May 2020

Eligibility confirmed and emailed link to enrol and pay

4 Oct. 2019 7 Feb. 2020 5 June 2020

Payment due

11 Oct. 2019 14 Feb. 2020 12 June 2020

Education portal access granted

18 Oct. 2019 21 Feb. 2020 19 June 2020

RPL application form due

22 Nov. 2019 23 March 2020 20 July 2020

Receive RPL outcome

6 Dec. 2019 6 April 2020 3 Aug 2020

Enrol in Unit 4 Applied project in organisational capability

Unit 4 enrolments close: 
13 December 2019
Unit 4 enrolments close: 
20 April 2020
Unit 4 enrolments close: 
17 August 2020