Pathway 1: APC program
Mid to Senior Level HR Practitioners
Start your journey towards becoming a Certified HR Practitioner by enrolling in the AHRI Practising Certification Program. This program is ideal for experienced HR professionals with a minimum five years' HR experience. Skills recognition is also offered through Recognition of Prior Learning or Credit Transfer.
The APC Program has been developed around the globally benchmarked AHRI Model of Excellence. With the program, AHRI leads the way in ensuring HR certification recognises HR capability as a combination of what you know and how you apply this knowledge in practice. The APC program is a four-unit study program equivalent to an AQF level 8 postgraduate program.
"The APC Program has not only improved my knowledge, but has given me confidence in my HR capabilities which I am now applying to the workplace in a very tangible way."
Current APC participant, Julianne Jex, Director, Workplace Relations, Australian Bureau of Statistics
"Job candidates who have, or are embarking on the APC Program, show me that they have a commitment to ongoing development and the wider HR profession."
Rowena Bain CAHRI, Assistant Secretary in the Culture and People Development Branch, Department of Defence
"I was immediately hooked on learning with the very first workshop, and could see linkages in my day to day HR business everywhere in Defence."
Current APC Program participant Melissa Hennessy, Assistant Director Diversity, Diversity Directorate, Culture and People Development Branch, Defence People Group
"The APC Program's strong focus on strategic HR has really made me think differently about the needs of the business... My business partners now value my opinion a lot more than they used to."
Current APC Program participant Julie Dawson at RSM Australia
"With my peers and outside the ATO, the capstone project was an ideal vehicle for demonstrating my experience in the HR profession and personally the program provided me with a sense of accomplishment and validation."
Kerrie Wilby CPHR, Director, Learning and development, ATO People
"The APC Program gets participants to think strategically, and not just operationally… When these job applicants spoke about HR, they were grounded with a sense of pragmatism, and weren't just quoting textbook theory."
Elizabeth Nunez FAHRI, National Director of HR, RSM Australia
Find out more
- Individuals: APC program and enrolment dates.
- Inhouse APC program for HR teams: email@example.com.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
This pathway towards HR certification is suitable for:
- Experienced HR professionals with a minimum of five (5) years’ experience in a HR role and no formal qualification; or
- HR professionals with an undergraduate degree from a recognised tertiary institution and a minimum of two (2) years’ recent experience in a HR role; or
- Business leaders with a minimum five (5) years relevant vocational practice in management, seeking to broaden and enhance their HRM capability.
Please note: If you are not currently an AHRI member and you wish to commence your studies in the APC program, please visit AHRI membership to learn how to obtain your professional membership prior to enrolment.
AHRI offers Skills Recognition through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Credit Transfer (CT) to recognise the skills and knowledge you have gained through formal study, life/work experience and non-accredited training.
WHAT IS RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING (RPL)?
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the recognition of skills and knowledge gained through life and work experience and through non-accredited training.
WHAT IS CREDIT TRANSFER?
Credit Transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal training and/or qualifications. Your previous post-graduate study may count towards credits for units within the APC Program. AHRI will consider AHRI accredited qualifications completed within the last 10 years. If your qualifications are more than 10 years old, you can still submit an application if you can demonstrate you have maintained involvement in the subject area, to ensure currency of knowledge and skills.
To read detailed information about RPL and Credit Transfer, visit the APC Program page.
If Pathway 1 towards HR certification isn’t the right pathway for you, please use the HR Certification Pathfinder to receive an instant online recommendation on the most suitable pathway for you. Other pathways you might be eligible for are:
Pathway 2: Senior Leaders 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.
Pathway 4: Academic pathway
This pathway offers an opportunity for academics and senior academics to become a Certified Academic HR, considering a portfolio of evidence demonstrating contribution to the body of HR knowledge and/or excellence in HR teaching practice. Find out more about Pathway 4.
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
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