The CIRS Certification Program

Many companies and individuals rely on research to effectively do business or make important decisions. In some cases, companies and individuals may hire an Internet researcher to do their research for them. Performing an online research is a learned skill that requires specialized training and industry recognition of a full-time profession. At AIRS® we have dedicated an education program that provides training material and a certification examination to address this new and dynamic job description of Internet Research Specialist. It is now required that professional researchers owe it to themselves to seek structured certification programs and stay in touch as new materials and new tools transform research problems from very difficult or impossible to quick and simple tasks by getting involved in a more centralized way through associations such as AIRS.

Learning At AIRS

Learning At AIRS

AIRS introduces the first of its kind industry specific certification CIRS® or Certified Internet Research Specialists. The CIRS® credentials signifies the professional level qualification to practice as an Internet Research Specialist.

CIRS Examination Attempt – [Pre-requisite]

learn Internet surfing skills

A basic knowledge of using computer and Internet surfing skills

for members only

Must have a valid Membership of AIRS - (*Valid for at least 45 days prior to expiry)

CIRS Certification Learning Objectives

  • Train Researchers

    Train researchers in the science and art of performing research using public Internets.

  • Provide Easy to Follow and Helpful Information

    Provide easy to follow and helpful information on locating and retrieving files, using databases effectively, and taking advantage of shareware and freeware; complete guides for using online libraries, free research and commercial databases, news feeds, scholarly articles, social media and discussion groups for research.

  • Teach How to Solve Research Problems

    Teach how to solve research problems in new and creative ways through valuable tips, while providing and identifying powerful tools for performing online research;

  • Newly Evolved Internet's Legal Issues

    Inform researchers on the newly evolved Internet's "legal Issues and Ethical Concerns".

  • Answer Research Questions

    Train researchers to use the Internet and answer real research questions in the most effective manner possible.

  • Demystify The Technology

    Demystify the technology used in accessing information through the Internets in order to better understand the questions such as;
    + Where does the information reside?
    + How is the information indexed and stored?
    + How the information is accessed?
    + The Working of Search Engines.

  • Teach Methods to Organize Information

    To teach methods that separate, avoid and recognize irrelevant, incoherent and unreliable information from the internet.

  • Offer Formal Certification

    To offer formal certification and online education.


Certified Internet Research Specialists

The CIRS® is the foremost industry credentials that signifies the professional level qualification for practicing Internet Research Specialist.

Sharing, Collaborating and Discussion Criteria

We understand that our members represent a rich variety of backgrounds and perspectives. The AIRS member’s education program is committed to providing an atmosphere for learning that respects diversity. While working together to build this community we ask all members to:

Share their unique experiences

Share their unique experiences, values and beliefs

Always honor the uniqueness

Always honor the uniqueness of their colleagues.

Value each other’s opinions

Value each other’s opinions and communicate in a respectful manner.

Appreciate the opportunity

Appreciate the opportunity that we have to learn from each other in this community.

Keep confidential discussions

Keep confidential discussions that the community has of a personal (or professional) nature.

Leverage this platform of AIRS

Leverage this platform of AIRS together to discuss ways in which we can create an inclusive environment in this course and across the AIRS community.

The CIRS® Candidates are evaluated on their relevant knowledge gained through course workbook (AIRS CIRS® Guide "A Complete Body of Knowledge") and their practice background. The candidates will be tested through rigorous online examination.

The CIRS Examination Syllabus

The exam consists of four modules. Each part will have a traditional multiple choices, true/false and multiple answer examination. The multiple choice exam consists of questions randomly pulled from a master list of questions. The certification candidate has 2 hours to complete the exam. The exam is available through online access 24x7 anywhere in the world.