Why get certified
Stand out from the crowd and take your HR career to the next level by attaining HR certification – the industry standard for the HR profession in Australia.
Whether you are a mid-level HR professional, a senior HR leader, an HR consultant or an HR academic, achieving HR certification:
- Validates your HR skills and experience;
- Demonstrates to employers / clients your capability as a HR business partner; and
- Shows your commitment to the HR profession.
"HR certification played a huge role in my career progression. Had I not completed the program I wouldn't be where I am today, or have achieved what I have."
Jessica Kaaden CPHR, HR Business Partner, Office of Public Prosecutions, Victoria
"Undertaking the APC Program were great for my self-confidence and definitely gave me a foot up in the recruitment process – and will also help as I transition to my new role."
Current APC Program participant Jess Lang, HR Business Partner, Department of Defence
"If HR is to have a seat at the table it has to be genuinely seen as an equal and to have professional standards that we are held accountable to. And that includes behaviours and how we conduct ourselves."
Clare Murphy FCPHR, Director of People and Strategy, St Michael’s Grammar School, and 2016 AHRI Award winner
"HR certification also about us as individuals, standing strong and proud that we have met the industry and global standards for our profession."
Trevor Heldt CPHR, HR Director, CSIRO
“Being a certified practitioner helps me stand out in the marketplace. As a consultant, I find people are looking to select an expert, and they want someone who is a professional and trusted advisor.”
Donna Benjamin FCPHR, Founder and Manager of Holistic Human Resources Consultancy
Join AHRI’s fast growing community of Certified HR Practitioners who 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.
Read what other Certified HR Practitioners have to say about why they undertook HR certification.
There are four pathways to HR certification, eligibility depends on HR experience, skills and capability. Find the best pathway for you.
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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
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