HR certification can be achieved in Australia by following one of three available pathways. Eligibility for each of the pathways is dependent on individual experience, skills and capability.
HR practitioners can utilise the HR Certification Pathfinder to receive a recommendation on the best suited pathway for their personal situation.
Pathways to HR Certification
HR Certification in Australia
National Certification Council (NCC)
AHRI Practising Certification Program (APC)
APC Program (4 units)
Mid to senior level HR practitioner
Intensive interview with NCC sub-committee
Case study/portfolio and sponsor verification
Senior to executive level HR practitioner
CIPD Reciprocity Agreement
CIPD Chartered Members
PATHWAY 1: PATHWAY TOWARDS HR CERTIFICATION BY UNDERTAKING THE APC PROGRAM
The APC program is a 4-unit study program equivalent to an AQF level 8 postgraduate program. This program is ideal for experienced HR professionals or people managers with a minimum of 5 years HR experience. Skills recognition is also offered, through Recognition of Prior Learning or Credit Transfer. Find out more about Pathway 1.
PATHWAY 2: SENIOR PATHWAY TOWARDS HR CERTIFICATION
Via this pathway, senior practitioners submit a case study and undertake an intensive interview by the NCC sub-committee. Find out more about Pathway 2.
PATHWAY 3: PATHWAY TOWARDS HR CERTIFICATION FOR CIPD CHARTERED MEMBERS
This pathway is available to HR practitioners who have achieved the equivalent of certified practitioner status by attaining the Chartered CIPD category from CIPD in the United Kingdom. Find out more about Pathway 3.
The time is right for a post-nominal that signifies to business the professionalism of the HR person they are employing. Hopefully, the HR profession will take it up and take pride in it.
Jim Bailey LFAHRI, AHRI's inaugural National President
AHRI, in partnership with senior members of the HR profession, need to champion certification as a means to recognise the quality of the professionals in the field and to continue to lift the contribution of the HR profession in enabling business success.
Grant Kerswell FAHRI, HR Director, Broadspectrum
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