La Trobe Business School AHRI accreditation

La Trobe Business School was recently granted accreditation of its Bachelor of Business (HRM) degree from the Australian Human Resources Institute. AHRI accreditation is granted to eligible tertiary institutions by the organisation’s National Accreditation Committee (NAC), after an intensive reviewing process. Through these application procedures, the AHRI and the NAC strive to maintain a high standard for HR courses nationally and internationally.

What does it mean to be a good HR manager?

Working in HR requires more than just good people skills. When evaluating an applicant’s course, the NAC focusses on seven key AHRI competencies for tertiary HR management courses, set out in their ‘HR Model of Excellence’. The competencies are based on current trends in the industry and university landscape and summarize the key aspects that drive a good HR manager. In their eyes, being a good HR manager means having the following capabilities:

  1. Being business driven and having the ability to align people management with business objectives and the external environment,
  2. Setting the HR vision for the organisation and driving to success,
  3. Identifying and responding to stakeholder demands, as well as managing relationships,
  4. Building organisational capability through high performing people,
  5. Exercising influence and providing HR advice to achieve objectives,
  6. Applying expert HR knowledge to deliver value to the business,
  7. Facilitating change in response to internal and external operating environments.

Process of Renewal for LBS

The Bachelor of Business (HRM) first received AHRI accreditation in 2012. In the case of an accreditation renewal, the NAC re-evaluates the institution’s offerings every three years, ensuring the degree equips students with the seven key AHRI competencies listed above.

The La Trobe Business School HR Discipline Group has implemented several initiatives to ensure LBS is on the forefront of HR education. Several new HR specific subjects have been added to the curriculum, including:

  • Employment Relations, which examines the evolution of the institutional frameworks which govern the relationship between various actors in the labour market, including employers, employees, unions and Government.
  • Remuneration and Performance Management, which explores contemporary remuneration and performance management practices in organisations, and why these practices result in better outcomes for organisations.
  • Our new capstone subject, Strategic Human Resource Management, focuses on the development of high performance work systems in organisations and how employee effort can be harnessed to achieve organisational goals and objectives.

These new additions to our curriculum complement our existing HR subjects including Foundations of Management, HRM, Organisational Behaviour, Human Resource Development, Human Resource Information Systems, Business Sustainability and Entrepreneurship.

For further information about our HRM degree, please contact Dr Nicola McNeil, HRM Program Director (94791471, n.mcneil@latrobe.edu.au)