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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.

IMPORTANT: 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 211 or certification@airs.org.

NOTE that from March 16th 2015, the CIRS-A exam is no longer be available and all candidates seeking this specialized credential must take 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

FEBRUARY 5, 2016 - Bloomington, MN - 9:00 am
Ceridian, 3311 E. Old Shakopee Rd.
Lael Tryon 651-994-2721 lael.tryon@ceridian.com

FEBRUARY 10, 2016 - Orlando, FL - 5:00 pm
1940 Traylor Blvd.
Caree Jewell 407-849-2358 caree.jewell@hfuw.org 

MARCH 24, 2016 - Annapolis, MD - 10:00 am *There is a $10 fee for members of AIRS, and a $20 fee for non-members. Computers are limited, please bring your own laptop.
2664 Riva Rd., Ste. 170, The Independence Room
Christopher Moore 410-222-4257 ext. 221 agmoor89@aacounty.org  (February 25,2016, 1 pm to 4 pm, CIRS/CIRS-A/D Test Preparation)

MARCH 24, 2016 - Clearwater, FL - 9:30 am
14155 58th St. N. - Room 185
Angela Pelegrini Olivares 727-453-0567 angelap@211tampabay.org

MARCH 31, 2016 - Independence, MO - 6:30 pm
Mid Continent Public Library, 317 W. 24 Hwy.
Gary Thurman 810-550-4716 gary.thurmanuwgkc.org

APRIL 1, 2016 - San Gabriel, CA - 1:30 pm *There is a $25 administrative fee for payable to CAIRS that is due on the day of the exam.
211 LA County - 526 W. Las Tunas Dr.
Laura Mejia 626-350-1841 x2156 lmejia@211la.org

APRIL 5, 2016 - San Gabriel, CA - 1:30 pm *There is a $25 administrative fee for payable to CAIRS that is due on the day of the exam.
211 LA County - 526 W. Las Tunas Dr.
Laura Mejia 626-350-1841 x2156 lmejia@211la.org

APRIL 8, 2016 - San Gabriel, CA - 1:30 pm *There is a $25 administrative fee for payable to CAIRS that is due on the day of the exam.
211 LA County - 526 W. Las Tunas Dr.
Laura Mejia 626-350-1841 x2156 lmejia@211la.org

APRIL 12, 2016 - San Gabriel, CA - 1:30 pm *There is a $25 administrative fee for payable to CAIRS that is due on the day of the exam.
211 LA County - 526 W. Las Tunas Dr.
Laura Mejia 626-350-1841 x2156 lmejia@211la.org

APRIL 14, 2016 - Butler, PA - 9:00 am
Center for Community Resources, 212-214 S. Main St.
Jessica Shultz 724-431-3719 jshultz@ccrinfo.org

APRIL 19, 2016 - Pittsburgh, PA - 10:00 am
Allegheny County/DHS/Area Agency on Aging, 2100 Wharton St. 2nd Floor
Ethel Novogradac 412-350-4052 ethel.novogradac@alleghenycounty.us

APRIL 21, 2016 - Butler, PA - 9:00 am
Center for Community Resources, 212-214 S. Main St.
Beth Gillan 724-431-3615 bgillan@ccrinfo.org

APRIL 22, 2016 - Toronto, Ontario - 10:00 am & 1:00 pm *Certification preparation course being held April 21st, from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM ($99 Charge)
Findhelp Information Services
Faed Hendry 416-392-4508 fhendry@findhelp.ca

APRIL 25, 2016 - Camarillo, CA - 4:00 pm
Interface Children & Family Services - 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd. Suite I
Kelly Brown 805-485-6114 x201 kbrown@icfs.org

APRIL 27, 2016 - Oklahoma City, OK - 9:00 am
Aging Services Division - 2401 NW 23rd St., Suite 40
Samantha Marie Humphreys 918-465-2367 shumphreys@keddo.org

APRIL 29, 2016 - Portland, OR - 9:00 am
Multnomah County Aging, Disabilities & Veteran Services, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Room B15
Monica Sandgren 503-988-8465 monica.sandgren@multco.us

May 3, 2016 - Greensboro, NC - 10:00 am *Examinees must bring their own laptop *There is a $20 administrative fee for examinees not currently employed by Senior Resources of Guilford
Senior Resources of Guilford, 301 East Washington St.
April Walsh 336-373-4816 x260 nc211data@senior-resources.guilford.org

MAY 4, 2016 - Butler, PA - 9:00 am
Center for Community Resources, 212-214 S. Main St.
Beth Gillan 724-431-3615 bgillan@ccrinfo.org

MAY 10, 2016 - Sioux Falls, SD - 1:00 pm
Augustana University, Humanities 224, Computer Lab, 2001 S. Summit Ave.
Melissa Dykstra 605-274-4546 mdykstra@augie.edu

MAY 10, 2016 - Rochester, NY - 5:30 pm
Goodwill of the Fingerlakes, 422 S. Clinton Ave.
Devin Clark 585-327-4471 dclark@abvi-goodwill.com

MAY 22, 2016 - St. Louis, MO - 1:30 pm
The St. Louis Union Station Hotel, 1820 Market St.
Julia Tiffany 703-218-2477 x211 juliatiffany@airs.org

MAY 24, 2016 - St. Louis, MO - 2:30 pm
The St. Louis Union Station Hotel, 1820 Market St.
Julia Tiffany 703-218-2477 x211 juliatiffany@airs.org

JUNE 2, 2016 - Butler, PA - 9:00 am
Center for Community Resources, 212-214 S. Main St.
Beth Gillan 724-431-3615 bgillan@ccrinfo.org

 


 
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