AIRS Certification

Who can become AIRS Certified?

Candidates may apply to take the certification examination once they are eligible. Eligibility is based on I&R and equivalent experience combined with educational background. I&R practitioners are eligible for initial certification only for the jobs they actually perform and/or directly supervise (i.e. you can only take the examination if you are currently engaged in CIRS, CIRS-A or CRS work).

To take the exam, you require:

● 2 years of employment in I&R for applicants with an Associates/Community College degree

● 3 years of employment in I&R for applicants with a High School diploma or GED.

● 5 years of I&R employment with no educational qualifications

How much does it cost?

The basic cost of a Certification application is:

$90 for AIRS members (with applicable discount, this means $72 for Premium members)

$250 for non-members

An examination re-take (which must be taken within 12 months of the last attempt) is:

$40 for AIRS members

$75 for non-members

Re-certification is:

$55 for AIRS members (with applicable discount, this means $44 for Premium members)

$200 for non-members

If your organization is an AIRS member, all active staff and volunteers are covered by that membership. All certification exam applications, supporting documentation and appropriate exam fees must be mailed to the AIRS National Office in Fairfax, Virginia, and must arrive 30 days prior to the exam.

If an application and payment are mailed to an address other than the AIRS National Office in Fairfax, Virginia, the application will not be processed, and the applicant will be unable to sit the exam.

Remember that re-certification does not require the same 30 day notice that applies to initial certification. However, applications should be delivered before the expiration of the current certification.

Certification Form

Certification Manager

Alliance of Information & Referral Systems

11240 Waples Mill Rd., Suite 200

Fairfax, VA 22030

703-218-AIRS, ext.201

Fax 703-359-7562

certification@airs.org


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