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Becoming a member: which level suits you?

Find out which membership level suits you

We offer different membership levels to suit your needs as a HR practitioner, senior leader, student, graduate or if you are interested in keeping up with the know in HR. 

Lapsed Membership?
If your membership has lapsed, please contact us to help you renew.

Not sure which membership is best for you? 

Your eligibility for AHRI membership levels depends on your experience and qualifications.

The professional membership types (FAHRI, MAHRI and GAHRI) each have specific work experience and qualification requirements, so choose the one that best suits your background and needs from the options below. 

Certified membership (FCPHR, CPHR, FCAHR, CAHR) requires successful completion of one of the four certification pathways. Find the best certification pathway for you

Speak to a career partner

Call 1300 239 642 to speak to a Member Career Partner or email us and include a copy of your CV for a complimentary assessment.


How do I apply for an individual AHRI Membership?

You will need to complete an application form and pay your first year's membership fee. After applying online and paying by credit card, a receipt will be automatically emailed to you.

As part of the application process, your new 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. If your application does not meet requirements, you will be contacted with a recommendation. 

Unable to complete the online application form for your individual AHRI membership?

Please email to request for a printable copy to be emailed to you.

Complete the form and email it back with relevant supporting documents, payment details for your annual membership fee and a $60.50 processing fee. 

Have questions about becoming a member or need help joining online?

Call 1300 239 642 or email

Q. What sort of work experience does AHRI consider HR relevant for the purposes of assessing membership eligibility?

HR encompasses many different types of work experience. We will consider each person's experience on an individual basis. Relevant work experience can include but is not limited to HR management, mentoring and coaching, training and development, workforce planning, HR information systems and payroll, recruitment, consulting, management, and organisational development. The professional memberships are underpinned by the Professional Recognition Framework.

Q. How quickly are membership applications processed?

New affiliate and student member applications are processed right away once payment is received. Professional membership applications are processed within 1-2 business days.

Q. How long does a membership period run for?

Membership is for 12 months from the date of application or renewal. Your renewal date is rounded to the closest end of the month. For example, If you apply on or before 15 November, your renewal date is 31 October in the following year; or if you apply after 15 November your renewal date will be 30 November.

Q. Can I pay my membership fees in instalments? Are there payment plans?

Eligible members can set up automatic monthly direct debit via select credit cards (Visa and MasterCard). For more information on this payment method, please call us on (03) 9918 9230 or email

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How do I access my membership benefits?

Professional members will receive a confirmation email and welcome pack after the application has been reviewed and approved (1-2 business days), and payment has been received.

Affiliate members will receive a welcome pack within seven business days once payment is received as no approval is required.

Student members will be able to access their benefits once payment is received and will not receive any welcome pack.