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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.

The Academic Pathway 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.

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.

To apply for the Academic Pathway, please email

NCC Meeting Dates

Please note, all payments and uploads must be received by the cut-off date for each 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.

NCC Meeting DateCase Study Submission / Payment Due Date
13 December 2017Closed 
15 February 20185 January 2018
26 September 20183 August 2018
12 December 20181 November 2018


If you would like to speak to AHRI about the academic pathway, please email us at


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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