Certification

NW-AIRS encourages the professional development of its members by offering scholarships to become certified for CIRS, CIRS-A and CRS.

Based on availability of funding, NW-AIRS will offer scholarships to cover certification cost. NWAIRS Certification Scholarship Form


Professional credentials are awarded to individuals who successfully complete the appropriate Certification Program for I&R practitioners. Certification is a measurement of demonstrated and documented ability in the field of I&R reflecting specific competencies and related performance criteria, which describe the knowledge, skills, attitudes and work-related behaviors needed by I&R practitioners to successfully execute their duties.


Individuals who successfully pass the certification examination are awarded a certificate, lapel pin and may use the following credentials after their names:

  • CIRS — Certification for I&R Specialists
  • CIRS-A/D — Certification for I&R Specialists in Aging/Disabilities
  • CRS — Certification for Resource Specialists

Completed applications, supporting documentation and payment must arrive at least 30-days prior to the test date.

For more information regarding the certification process, study tips, resources, and/or other Testing Sites across the nation, see the AIRS Certification web page Examination Dates and Locations

Hosting an Examination
AIRS must receive notification from the hosting organization at least 90 days in advance of a test date and all test sites must first be approved by NWAIRS.  To get this affiliate approval please contact the NWAIRS President Corrie Blythe at 509-965-0105 or BlythCM@dshs.wa.gov.  For more information on hosting an exam including the hosting application form visit the AIRS Website.

AIRS Certification Online - AIRS Certification can now only be taken as an online exam. This does not involve the downloading of any sofware and to take the exam there are basically 3 options:

(1) For an organization to host an exam (which still involves finding a proctor) in a setting that allows several individuals to take the test

(2) For an individual to take the exam at a college or university that is part of the National College Testing Association (this involves an additional cost generally of around $25 to $30 per person payable to the institution)

(3) For an individual to take the test with an online proctor through a webcam, either at home or at work (this involves an additional cost of $25 per person payable to the company that provides the service)

More information on options (2) and (3) can be obtained from the AIRS website at http://www.airs.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3313.

If you have any questions remaining, please email info@airs.org.


Accreditation

AIRS Accreditation assesses the ability of an I&R program to demonstrate full compliance with the AIRS Standards for Professional Information and Referral. Accrediation is the primary quality assurance mechanism for affirming I&R excellence and involves a multi-phase process that assesses more than 200 distinct operational components and culminates in a detailed onsite review of a program.  For more information on the accreditation process please visit the AIRS Website.