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Academic Pathway

WHAT IS THE ACADEMIC PATHWAY?

The Academic Pathway (AP) offers experienced academics an opportunity to become HR certified, in recognition of their professional contribution to thinking and knowledge within the HR discipline, through academic research and/or teaching.

The AP is based on the assessment and verification of a portfolio of evidence that demonstrates your contribution, as an experienced academic. A template will be provided to assist you in capturing key evidence of research and/or teaching in a portfolio format.

The pathway allows you to showcase your research, teaching excellence and industry engagement.

Once your portfolio is reviewed by the certification team and feedback provided, an interview time will be set for you with subcommittee members of the National Certification Council (NCC) to further explore the portfolio outcomes. Once this process is successfully completed, your certification application can then be presented to the NCC for review.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

This pathway towards HR certification is dependent on your academic experience and position and three categories may be awarded by the NCC:

Category 1: Fellow Certified Academic HR (FCAHR)

AHRI Academic Fellow is a level of professional membership that recognises academics who use their knowledge and research expertise to provide direction and leadership in the HR discipline in academia. Academic Fellows provide insight and guidance to facilitate the development and delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate higher education programs and/or research in the HR discipline. The Academic Fellow has an established reputation outside the organisation and uses this as a basis for sharing good practice internally.

Academic Fellow membership indicates that the AHRI member is an academic or research leader renowned nationally and beyond, as an expert in a broad range of HR subject areas. It also demonstrates significant depth in research and/or teaching, with major contributions to appropriate policy or strategic decisions and initiatives within their institution/organisation, or more broadly in relation to HR teaching, learning, research or development.

The Academic Fellow fully understands their institution or organisation’s operating environment, its context and objectives and how their own role fits into these. They use this understanding to build and foster relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders to create a productive and sustainable organisational culture, and ensure organisational capability. In many cases, they also use this knowledge to promote the value of HRM externally, in government, industry and community forums. 

An Academic Fellow will most likely have attained any of these positions:

  • Professor or any Senior Academic position; or
  • Director of Research, Professorial Research Fellow or its equivalent in a non-academic research organisation.

Academic Fellow membership recognises the individual’s professional contribution to the delivery and expansion of HR thinking and knowledge, not only within their own institution but at a national and international level. It also indicates their commitment to maintaining professionalism in practice and continuous development of self and others, as well as confirming agreement to abide by the AHRI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and the CPD policy.

The Academic Fellow would normally possess a relevant PhD or Doctorate qualification/or equivalent.

Category 2: Certified Academic HR (CAHR)

The AHRI Certified Academic member uses their knowledge and research experience to contribute to the design, delivery and management of higher education programs and/or research within the HR discipline. They fully understand their institution or organisation’s operating environment, its context and objectives and how their own role fits into these. They use this understanding to build and foster relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders to create a productive and sustainable organisational culture, and ensure organisational capability. In many cases, they also use this knowledge to promote the value of HRM externally, in government, industry and community forums.

A Certified Academic member will most likely have attained any of these positions:

  • Senior or Principal Lecturer, Senior Teaching Fellow, Curriculum Leader or equivalent academic position;
  • Senior/Principal Researcher or Senior/Principal Research Fellow; or
  • Lecturer and evidence of substantial research or teaching and learning contribution to the HR field.

Certified Academic membership recognises the individual’s professional contribution to the delivery and expansion of HR thinking and knowledge, not only within their own institution but at a national level. It also indicates their commitment to maintaining professionalism in practice and continuous development of self and others, as well as confirming agreement to abide by the AHRI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and the CPD policy. 

The Certified Academic member would normally have a PhD or Doctoral qualification/or equivalent.

Please note:

  1. Based on your portfolio evidence the NCC will award either FCAHR or CAHR.
  2. If you are not currently an AHRI member and you wish to commence with the Academic Pathway, please visit AHRI membership to learn how to obtain your professional membership prior to enrolment.

Category 3: Academic Member (AMAHRI)

For those that are progressing down an HR academic pathway, the AHRI Academic Member uses their knowledge and research experience to contribute to the design, delivery and management of higher education programs and/or research. They understand their organisation’s operating environment, its context and objectives and how their own role fits into these. They use this understanding to build and foster relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders in order to foster a productive and sustainable organisational culture and ensure organisational capability.

Academic membership indicates that this member is beginning to gain credibility in one or several HR subject areas and is starting to grow into a team or subject leader role within their academic division or department and/or lead independent research and small teams.

An Academic Member will most likely have attained the following sorts of positions in the HR field:

  • Lecturer;
  • Teaching Fellow;
  • Teacher or Course Tutor; or
  • Research Associate or Research Officer.

Academic membership recognises the member’s professional contribution to the delivery and expansion of HR thinking and knowledge, maintaining professionalism in practice and commitment to self development. It also indicates that the individual has agreed to abide by the AHRI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and the CPD policy. The Academic member ideally should have a Masters qualification or must have a minimum educational qualification that provides the required underpinning knowledge, this is an undergraduate degree.

Members at this level may use the post-nominal AMAHRI.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

The Academic Pathway application fee is ($495.00 incl. GST) and is payable at the time of submission.

READY TO APPLY?

Please contact a member of the AHRI certification team by emailing academics@ahri.com.au.

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