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Continuing professional development

All AHRI professional members and Certified HR Practitioners must commit to keeping their professional HR skills and knowledge up-to-date by undertaking continuing professional development (CPD). This ongoing commitment to CPD forms the key to building professional HR standards and optimising individual career opportunities. 

AHRI professional members have exclusive access to the AHRI CPD program to manage and track their professional development.


All AHRI professional and Certified HR Practitioner members will be audited on their CPD requirements at least once every three years as part of their commitment to maintaining the certification standards.

Certified Practitioner HR (CPHR) members

CPHR members are required to complete 60 hours of CPD over a three-year period.

A minimum of 40 recorded hours by participating in the following activities:

  • Type 1 – Formal education;
  • Type 2 – Learning activities;
  • Type 3 – Conferences and seminars; and
  • Type 4 – Presentation of papers.

The remaining 20 recorded hours may be accumulated by participating in the following activities:

  • Type 5 – Industry involvement;
  • Type 6 – Service to the profession; and
  • Type 7 – Informal learning.

CPD points for activities completed through AHRI are automatically recorded for you. For other activities completed externally, you can log in to your CPD recording tool to plan and record your CPD activities.

Fellow Certified Practitioner HR (FCPHR) members

FCPHR members have different CPD requirements as outlined below:

Member typeCPD requirementAllowed CPD activityComments
FCPHR30 hours of CPD over a 3-year period, specifically relating to advancing the HR profession. Type 4 – Presentation of papers
Type 5 – Industry involvement
Type 6 – Service to the profession
All FCPHR applications are taken through a series of formal reviews prior to being awarded. Audit of CPD for Fellows will be by exception only. 

Access detailed information on CPD and a downloadable info guide via the ‘my profile’ link at the top of the page.


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AHRI can lead the way in informing Australian employers that HR practitioners who are AHRI certified are experts in their field and maintain their professional currency.

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