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Types of Volunteer Opportunities

AIRS is governed by the Board of Directors, comprised of at least five (5) member-elected directors who serve three-year terms. The directors, who are elected by others on the Board each year, serve as officers of the AIRS. The collective wisdom, experience, diversity, and passion of the Board ultimately sets and executes AIRS policies and programs, as mentioned in its Charter.

Virtual Volunteering Work

Virtual volunteering at AIRS allows you to commit your time and services away from the physical site of an organization, project, or campaign. Our Virtual Volunteers work over the internet via computer, tablet or phone to provide their skilled services to support a cause that is important to them.

Many people find that it is much more convenient to become virtual volunteers, also called. The virtual volunteers serve causes both near and far and this service takes many forms at AIRS. You can join us in the following areas of your expertise.

  • Website Content Editing and Audit
  • Auditing of Education Course and Examination Procedures
  • Technical Edits and Testing of Online Research Techniques
  • Assistance in Teaching Material Development
  • Assistance in Educational Video Development
  • Research Assistant - Course Development
  • AIRS Technical Assistance Forum Moderators
  • Technical Blogs and Article Writers

Of course, this is just a small sample of all the possible volunteering positions and tasks a person could provide. A while physical presence of volunteers at our premises are as much accepted as virtual ones, however, due to the limit working space it may not be possible to accommodate everyone. We thank you for your help. 

Advisory Board Member

While AIRS board of directors is its governing body, the advisory board does not have any formal legal responsibilities. Rather, an advisory board is convened by the organization to give advice and support.

We would like to invite you to join the Advisory Council of AIRS. This council consists of thoughtful community leaders who meet three times per year to advise the AIRS board of directors and staff. The responsibilities of Advisory Council members are to:

  • Attend three meetings per year, each held on a weekday from 9:00 am to 10:45 am
  • Contribute your expertise and thinking to the current and future work of AIRS
  • Be available for two to four telephone calls each month from management seeking advice
  • Allow AIRS to publish your name as a member of the AIRS Advisory Council

In return, AIRS promises you:

  • A delicious breakfast three times a year and meetings that start and end on time
  • A complimentary membership during your term on the Advisory Council
  • All Membership Perks
  • Access to Education, Training Material, Exams, Seminars, Webinars and Discounts
  • An appreciation of your time and a commitment not to abuse your time or your generosity
  • Advisory Council terms are for two years or less 

AIRS Education and Examination Committee Membership

The Education Committee has overall responsibility for the definition and ongoing review of the AIRS educational philosophy, policy and standards of the Professional Certifications in respect of teaching, learning and assessment. Chaired by the Director (Education), the Committee contributes to policy development and guidance, considers proposed amendments to programs and examination regulations, and deals with individual dispensations.

Exam Development Volunteers


The AIRS Examination Committee facilitates an update of the Certification Exam every year following generally accepted best practices for credentialing agencies and The International Standards for Online Educational and Credentialing Testing. AIRS utilize expert services from AIRS Advisory Committee and AIRS Educational and Examination Committee’s and outside professional educators. Together, these professionals provide insight and assist in all aspects of the exam development process and online testing and exam questions preparations.  


Chapter Volunteers

Through local AIRS chapters, members meet their peers, make new contacts, network, build knowledge, share solutions and ideas, and enjoy activities and events. Volunteer positions with our local chapter range from formal positions (such as president, secretary, vice president of membership, vice president of professional development, vice president of finance and volunteer coordinator) to less formal positions assisting with various events, chapter programs and committees.

These positions offer an exceptional opportunity to build your leadership skills.

Get Involved. Make a difference. Be a volunteer.

Our Volunteer Relationship makes it easy to search for volunteer opportunities throughout the various chapters of AIRS. To get started, send us a quick email.

Volunteering Stories

"I chose to become Board Certified to support the movement of a unified certification among Researchers. Nationally, we can recognize one another as professionals."

Martin Grossner - CIRS Board Advisory Group

"For me, volunteering with AIRS has been pivotal to my professional development. I know of no better avenue to gain the experience, exposure, and relationships that help improve one’s “self-product” as well as the “self-brand”. As my experience has grown over the years, I’ve also had the rewarding opportunity to “pay it forward” to emerging research stars working with them side by side."

Lizabeth M. - Academic Member Advisory Group

"The association is the great source of finding the online information where-about. The Internet search has become skill-set that I needed to learn about my ongoing research work. I am a journalist and occasional research help for my employer. I have fallen in love with the AIRS group for what they bring to people like myself. They have a lot of information on their website for Internet information search. I visit them religiously every single day, especially to read the articles they compile on daily basis"

Olivia Russell - CIRS - Marketing Member Advisory Group

"I choose to become Volunteer Board Member to hold myself accountable to the integrity of my career as a Research Specialist. I deserve to be set apart from the rest for all the hard work I have done and will continue to do."

Clara Johnson - Business Research Advisory Group

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