How to get HR certified
Get ahead in your career with HR certification, the industry standard for HR practitioners.
Experienced HR practitioners can achieve HR certification through one of three different pathways:
- Pathway 1: AHRI Practising Certification Program
- Pathway 2: Senior Leaders Pathway
- Pathway 3: CIPD Reciprocity Pathway
Eligibility for each pathway is dependent on your experience, skills and capability. Find the best pathway for you.
Find out more:
- Use the HR Certification Pathfinder to find the best pathway for you
- Learn about the three HR certification pathways
- Attend an information session
- Contact the Certification Team
"HR certification demonstrates to business stakeholders my HR experience, knowledge and skills."
Connie Kuhlman CPHR, Field HR Lead – ANZ, Accenture Australia
The National Certification Council oversees the HR standards, administration and credentialing of eligible candidates seeking HR certification. Upon successful completion of an HR certification pathway AHRI members are awarded the post-nominals of:
- CPHR (Certified Practitioner Human Resources) or
- FCPHR (Fellow Certified Practitioner Human Resources).
We're minded to look at initiatives to lift HR managers onto that strategic planning role … but also we've got to equip HR with the capability.
John Lloyd, Public Services Commissioner
Certification professionalises HR by providing a solid foundation and developmental path to follow. Organisations start to look for it.
Georgia Siabanis FCPHR, HR Director, The Turning Lane
Why even the most senior HR professional should get certified
When you’ve reached the top of the tree, professionally speaking, why bother with HR certification? We spoke with some of the most senior professionals and got their answers.
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