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AIRS Certification

Examination Dates and Locations

Applications to take an exam are due in the AIRS office 30 days prior to a test.

Please be aware that registration for your local Affiliate Conference or the AIRS Conference does not constitute registration for the AIRS Certification exam. If you are interested in taking a test, all certification exam applications, supporting documentation and appropriate exam fees must be mailed to the AIRS National Office in Fairfax, VA, and must arrive 30 days prior to the exam. DO NOT send your application for Certification with your conference registration.

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.

The contacts listed for each site can provide information such as directions to the test site, whether training or a study session will be available before the exam, and if there are additional charges from the hosting organization to cover their room costs. Canadian applicants must apply to InformCanada. These exams are not "held" by AIRS but by the hosting organization in accordance with AIRS specifications.

Additional Option: "Proctor U" Testing Option (for at home or at work) -- Providing you have a webcam and a high-speed Internet connection, the AIRS Certification exam can be taken either at home or at work. AIRS is partnering with a commercial service called ProctorU that provides online one-on-one proctoring via webcam. Essentially, you log on to the system and connect with a staff member at ProctorU who will check your photo ID, ensure that your computer has no other programs running, that your work area is clear and that during the exam, you remain in your chair and attentive only to the exam. There is a $25 charge for this service that is paid directly to ProctorU via credit card. AIRS does not receive any revenue from this service. However, this is a viable option particularly for someone wanting a re-test or facing a long journey to another testing site.

If the ProctorU option is your preference, you need to indicate that choice in the appropriate area of your Certification Application form. Once your exam application has been approved, you will receive an email with step by step instructions on how to set your appointment with ProctorU and pay the $25 fee to them as well. Do not contact ProctorU until you have received an email from AIRS letting you know your exam application has been approved.

For additional questions, or to schedule a test, contact the AIRS Headquarters at 703-218-AIRS (2477) ext 201 or certification@airs.org.

NOTE that from March 16th 2015, the CIRS-A exam will no longer be available and all candidates seeking this specialized credential will be the CIRS-Aging/Disabilties (CIRS-A/D) exam. 

  • *Please note: seating for online exams may be limited, the applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis

JANUARY 23, 2015 - Toledo, OH - 10:00 am
United Way of Greater Toledo, 424 Jackson St
Erin Goff 419-254-4611 erin.goff@unitedwaytoledo.org

FEBRUARY 18, 2015 - Rochester, NY- 5:30 pm * This exam has reached its full capacity. We are no longer accepting applications for this exam date and location.
Goodwill of the Finger Lakes, 546 S Clinton, Ave
Shye Lewis 585-758-1119 slouis@abvi-goodwill.com

MARCH 20, 2015 - Portland, OR - 10:00 am
Multnomah County ADVS, 501 S E Hawthorne Blvd
Monica Sandgren 503-988-8465 monica.sandgren@multco.us

MARCH 24, 2015 - Thunder Bay, ON Canada - 9:00 am
Lakeland Social Planning Council, 125 Syndicate Ave S, Ste 38
Marie Klassen 807-624-1721 mklassen@tbaytel.net


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