Become a Fellow Certified Academic HR (FCAHR)

The AHRI Academic Fellow membership recognises the academic’s professional contribution to delivering and expanding HR thinking and knowledge, not only within their own institution but at a national and international level.

Eligible senior HR academics can apply to become a Fellow Certified Academic HR (FCAHR) via the Academic Pathway to HR certification, by submitting a portfolio of evidence of their professional contributions and undertaking an interview with a subcommittee of the National Certification Council. 

Academic members of the CIPD (Academic FCIPD) who have attained the equivalent certified academic status with the CIPD in the UK, can also apply to become a Certified Fellow in Australia via the CIPD Reciprocity Pathway.

Senior HR academics who successfully undertake either pathway to HR certification to become Academic Fellows are awarded the post-nominals FCAHR (Fellow Certified Academic HR).

The post-nominals FCAHR:

  • Signify your academic contribution to the HR discipline,
  • Indicate your commitment to maintaining professionalism in practice and continuing development of yourself and others, and
  • Confirm your agreement to abide by the AHRI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and the Continuing Professional Development policy.

What is an Academic Fellow?

This Academic Fellow membership level recognises academics and research leaders in the HR discipline who

  • use their knowledge and research expertise to provide direction and leadership 
  • leverage their reputation outside the organisation to share good practice
  • provide insight and guidance to help develop and deliver undergraduate and postgraduate higher education programs and/or research
  • have contributed to policy or strategic decisions and initiatives within their institution or more broadly in relation to HR teaching, learning, research or development.

The Academic Fellow fully understands their institution or organisation’s operating environment, its context and objectives and how their own role fits into these. They use this understanding to build and foster relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders to foster a productive and sustainable organisational culture and ensure organisational capability.

In many cases, they also use this knowledge to promote the value of HRM externally in government, industry and community forums.

This membership level is available to:

  • Members who have completed the Academic Pathway and have been awarded certification by the National Certification Council, and have also been approved for an upgrade to Fellow, or
  • Existing AHRI Fellows who have completed the Academic Pathway to become certified, or
  • Academic members of the CIPD (Academic FCIPD) who have attained the equivalent certified academic status with the CIPD in the UK

Who can apply?

To apply to be an Academic Fellow, you will most likely have attained any of these positions:

  • Professor or any Senior Academic position
  • Director of Research, Professorial Research Fellow or its equivalent in a non-academic research organisation

The Academic Fellow would normally possess a relevant PhD or Doctoral qualification/or equivalent.

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Other academic membership levels

Not yet eligible for Academic Fellowship? Learn about becoming a Certified Academic or Academic Member.