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Why employ a Certified HR Practitioner?

Employing a Certified HR Practitioner means that as an employer you have certainty on how your HR business partner can benefit your business.

HR practitioners are only awarded certification status once they have completed one of four certification pathways, demonstrating that they have the skills, knowledge and behaviours as set by the National Certification Council.

Being certified as an HR professional means that they have:

  • Achieved a cognitive mastery of globally benchmarked HR knowledge and skills;
  • Demonstrated the capability to apply these knowledge and skills in your business; and
  • Made a commitment to continuous professional development (CPD).

AHRI’s fast growing community of Certified HR Practitioners work in a wide range of private, public sector and not-for-profit organisations, including NAB, Lendlease, PwC, Rio Tinto, SAP, CSIRO, Australian Red Cross and Deakin University.

Hear why business leaders throughout Australia are are supporting the certification of HR practitioners.

"HR certification means professionals have attained and practised a high standard of HR skills and competencies that will improve the business they are working in."

Trevor Heldt CPHR, HR Director, CSIRO

"We live in a highly credentialed world which expects certainty and accept advice from those with proven skill sets. Law, engineering and medicine have formal standards and HR should have them too."

David Owens MAHRI, Managing Director, HR Partners – A Randstad Company

"Job candidates who are undergoing the APC Program had a partnership mindset; they talked about providing advice to the wider business and developing outcomes that aligned with business needs."

Rowena Bain CAHRI, Assistant Secretary in the Culture and People Development Branch, Department of Defence

"HR certification shows that HR standards are overseen by a professional body and gives anyone who is hiring the absolute confidence that there will be professional service given in the role."

Clifford Gillam FCPHR, Executive Director – Workforce, Department of Education (Western Australia)

Post-nominals of Certified HR Practitioners

The National Certification Councill oversees the HR standards, administration and credentialing of eligible candidates seeking HR certification. Certified HR Practitioners who have successfully completed a certification pathway are awarded one of the following post-nominals:

  • CPHR (Certified Practitioner Human Resources);
  • FCPHR (Fellow Certified Practitioner Human Resources);
  • CAHR (Certified Academic Human Resources);
  • FCAHR (Fellow Certified Academic Human Resources)


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

Setting the HR standard

setting the bar for the profession


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

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