Become a professional member (MAHRI)

What is professional membership (MAHRI)?

Becoming an AHRI professional member (MAHRI) demonstrates your commitment to your career and the HR profession, and the post-nominal MAHRI signifies your level of HR experience and qualifications − see minimum membership requirements below.

Your professional membership gives you full access to exclusive HR resources and discounts on training and events, and means that you are covered by AHRI ProCover professional indemnity insurance.

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As a MAHRI, you are also eligible to start your journey towards achieving HR certification − the industry standard for the HR profession.

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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

AHRI professional members, Certified HR Practitioners and Certified HR Academics are required to undertake continuing professional development (CPD) to maintain their HR certification and AHRI professional membership.

By taking up AHRI's professional development opportunities and events, you can stay ahead of the latest HR trends and research while keeping your HR skills and knowledge up to date. These activities earn you CPD points along the way. 

Undertaking CPD provides assurance to employers and stakeholders of an HR practitioner's contemporary skills and behaviour. Learn more

CPD Points required (Over a three-year period): 30 Hours

Types of CPD-eligible activities:

Type 1 – Formal education
Type 2 – Learning activities
Type 3 – Conferences and seminars
Type 4 – Presentation of papers
Type 5 – Industry involvementt
Type 6 – Service to the profession
Type 7 – Informal learning

A random sample of 10% of all MAHRI and members will be audited on an annual basis.

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To apply for your AHRI professional membership, you must provide

  • Your CV demonstrating 5+ years' experience in an HR or management role, if you do not have an undergraduate qualification OR
  • Your CV demonstrating 2+ years' experience in an HR role and your HR relevant undergraduate/ postgraduate qualification certificate (or academic transcript)

Step 1: Application and payment

You will need to complete an application form, provide your CV with the relevant details and pay your first year's membership fee. You can also apply online and pay by credit card, and a receipt will be automatically emailed to you.

Step 2: Your member profile

Your new AHRI membership profile will be created with your personal and employment/study details. Please note your username and password so you can use them to access members-only webpages once your application is completed. 

Step 3: Confirmation

You will receive a confirmation email and welcome pack after your application has been reviewed and approved (up to 14 working days). If your application does not meet requirements, you will be contacted with a recommendation. 

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Contact us

Have questions about becoming a member or having trouble joining online? Call 03 9918 9230 to speak to a Member Career Partner or email


Q. Can I downgrade my professional membership to an affiliate one?

Yes you may; however, before you downgrade your membership from a professional to affiliate level, please bear in mind the following:

  • Only professional members are covered by AHRI ProCover professional indemnity insurance
  • If you decide at a later date to upgrade your membership you may be asked to provide your supporting documents again
  • If you are concerned about meeting your CPD requirements, please call 03 9918 9230 to speak to a Member Career Partner.  Activities you have completed or are currently completing may be claimed as CPD points.

Q. What payment methods can I use to pay my membership fee?

Our preferred payment method for AHRI membership and renewal fees is online through our secure payment system using a credit card. AHRI accepts Visa, Mastercard, Diners or American Express. You can also pay by phone (03 9918 9230) by providing your credit card details, by cheque made payable to AHRI or by EFT payment.

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Q. What are the terms and conditions of my membership?

View online the full terms and conditions of your membership.

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Q. I am a CAHRI member. How can I renew or upgrade my membership?

As of 1 January 2018 AHRI will no longer be admitting new, lapsed, rejoining or upgrading applicants to the CAHRI membership level. If you have a current CAHRI membership, you will be able to retain this level of AHRI membership in perpetuity, as long as your membership remains current into the future and you continue to meet your CPD obligations.

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