Pathway 4: Academic pathway
PATHWAY 4: ACADEMIC PATHWAY
The Academic Pathway (AP) offers experienced academics and senior academics an opportunity to become a Certified Academic HR, in recognition of their professional contribution to the thinking and knowledge within the HR discipline, through academic research and/or teaching.
"If academics are doing work that influences thinking around HR practice, then that is worth considering in terms of the understanding and knowledge that feeds back into the profession. It’s another way of ensuring high standards of expertise."
Dr John Molineux FCPHR, senior lecturer, Deakin University
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
This pathway towards HR academic certification has been divided into three levels of membership:
1. FCAHR (Fellow Certified Academic HR)
AHRI Academic Fellow is a level of professional membership which recognises Academics who use their knowledge and research expertise to provide direction and leadership in the HR discipline in academia. They 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 shows that s/he has 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 in order to foster 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.
* 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 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.
2. CAHR (Certified Academic HR)
The AHRI Certified Academic member uses their knowledge and research experience to contribute to the design, delivery and management of higher education programmes 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 in order to foster 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.
* 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.
Applicants wanting to become Certified Academics will be required to complete one of the following certification pathways. These pathways are:
* The Senior Academic pathway, which includes the preparation and submission of a portfolio with evidence of teaching/research/consulting philosophies mapped to the AHRI Model of Excellence, along with stakeholder support and an interview with the sub-committee of the NCC prior to presentation to the NCC.
* The CIPD reciprocity agreement pathway, which recognises an equivalent academic certification pathway has already been undertaken with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
3. AMAHRI (Academic Member)
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 programmes 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:
* Teaching Fellow
* Teacher or Course Tutor
* 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.
READY TO APPLY?
STEP 1: EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST
Expressions of interest can be made by filling in an EOI form online.
Please note you need to sign in to the AHRI website prior to submitting this form. If you do not recall your login details, please contact our Member Services team on 03 9918 9200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you have submitted your EOI and CV via the link above, you will be sent a copy of the case study template, along with advice regarding timelines for the submission in relation to the Council meeting dates, which convenes three times per year. Note, you must hold current AHRI membership to apply for certification.
If you are not currently an AHRI member, once you have submitted your EOI you can visit the membership section of the AHRI website and apply for membership. If you need assistance with your membership application, please contact our Member Services team on 03 9918 9200 or email email@example.com
STEP 2: WRITING THE PORTFOLIO
The portfolio template provided to you after your EOI submission includes specific instructions on how to put together a AP application. Your portfolio is based on the assessment and verification of a portfolio of evidence that demonstrates your contribution, as an experienced academic. The pathway allows you to showcase your research, teaching excellence and industry engagement. The template requires you to consider how you have applied the expert knowledge, skills and behaviours captured within the AHRI Model of Excellence.
STEP 3: SUBMIT YOUR CASE STUDY AND MAKE PAYMENT
Before uploading your portfolio, please review your application submission against the checklist on the final page of the template.
Once inside the portal, you will be asked to complete the submission form, upload your portfolio (in word format only).
The application submission cost is $495.00 (including GST). You can pay directly online by credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, AMEX or Diners.
Please note, all submissions and payments must be received by the cut-off date for each National Certification Council meeting as per the below table. Submissions received after the due date may not be processed in time for the next NCC meeting.
|Portfolio Submission / Payment Due Date||NCC Meeting Date|
|3 August 2018||26 August 2018|
|1 November 2018||12 December 2018|
STEP 4: DOCUSIGN
Once we have received your portfolio submission, we will contact your sponsor/referee via DocuSign to see verification of the evidence presented based on your sponsor/referee's observation of the outcomes outline in your portfolio. Further, the verification confirms that this is the applicant's own work and is an appropriate demonstration of their skills, knowledge, capabilities and behaviours relevant to their project. Please ensure your nominated sponsor/referee is at the Head of School/Dean/DVC or Vice Chancellor level and is contactable via email.
Once your sponsor has signed off your portfolio, the documents will be forwarded to you to check your permission for reproduction and to sign and date.
When this has been completed, both you and your sponsor/referee will receive the signed copy and your submission will go to the assessor for review.
Please note, you or your sponsor/referee do not need a DocuSign account to sign.
STEP 5: INTERVIEW
After your application has been reviewed, an interview will then be scheduled with a sub-committee of the NCC. The purpose of the interview is to seek further validation of your portfolio to assist with its presentation to the NCC.
The AHRI certification team will contact you with interview time options and confirm this in advance.
STEP 6: NCC CONSIDERATION
The NCC meets up to four times per year to review applications for certification via the four pathways.
Your portfolio (together with any additional documents) and CV, along with a summary of the interview outcomes, will be presented to the NCC for consideration. You will be advised of the outcomes of the Council by the AHRI certification team within three weeks after the meeting.
CONTACT AHRI ABOUT THE ACADEMIC PATHWAY
If you would like to speak to AHRI about the academic pathway, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the Academic Pathway 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 1: Pathway towards HR certification by undertaking the APC Program
The APC Program is a four-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 five years' HR experience. Skills recognition is offered through RPL or Credit Transfer. Find out more about Pathway 1.
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.
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