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The National Certification Council

AHRI has established a National Certification Council (NCC) to oversee the HR standards, administration and decision making that result in the credentialing of eligible candidates seeking HR certification.

In addition to making decisions on the suitability of candidates who will become Certified Practitioners – the NCC is also responsible for reviewing HR standards and hearing appeals. The NCC is made up of experts from the public service and industry, and academics from Australia and overseas.

On successful completion of the four units of the AHRI Practising Certification Program (APC), candidates will be eligible, at the discretion of the NCC, to be awarded HR certification and to use a Certified Practitioner post-nominal.

Successful APC candidates will be entitled, through the authority of the National Certification Council, to use a Certified Practitioner post-nominal, which will signify that they have:

  • Achieved a cognitive mastery of globally benchmarked HR knowledge and skills
  • Demonstrated the capacity to apply knowledge and skill in the workplace
  • Made a commitment to continuous professional development (CPD).

The NCC will also be responsible for overseeing the mechanisms available to members in routine assessments and CPD audits. A key responsibility of the NCC will be to preserve the standards that enable AHRI to signal to discerning employers that by employing certified HR professionals, they are sourcing appropriately credentialed HR business partners who have a high degree of HR expertise and the capability to do what they say they can do.

Successful completion of the four units of the AHRI Practising Certification Program (APC) establishes eligibility, but the NCC is authorised to exercise its own judgement on individual applicants who come before it seeking certification.

Meet the members of the NCC here.


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