AIRS Certification is a professional credentialing program for individuals working within the I&R sector of human services.
Certification is a measurement of documented knowledge in the field of I&R and I&R/A 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 responsibilities. The AIRS Certification Program is operated in alignment with national standards for credentialing organizations.
Our mission states: “The AIRS Certification Program, operating in accordance with national credentialing practices, measures and recognizes competence in the I&R profession, improving the professionalism of the field and the quality of service provided to the public.”
Certification is available for three specializations within I&R. Individuals who successfully pass the AIRS certification examination are awarded professional certification and a lapel pin, and may use the following credentials after their names:
- CIRS — Certification for I&R Specialists (This is designed for practitioners who work directly with clients whether on the phone or in-person and provide mediated I&R — that is establishing rapport, conducting an assessment, providing an informed choice of referrals, engaging in follow-up and being capable of providing advocacy or crisis intervention if required)
- CIRS-A/D — Certification for I&R Specialists in Aging/Disabilities (before March 15th 2015, this was known as the CIRS-Aging) (This is designed for practitioners who work directly with clients and caregivers within the aging and/or disabilities area and perform the same basic range of skills and tasks as a comprehensive I&R Specialist but who also have a special depth of knowledge related to their core client group)
- CRS — Certification for Resource Specialists (This is designed for practitioners who maintain databases of resources for the communities they serve and have expertise in the gathering, organizing, indexing and dissemination of information about programs/services and the organizations that provide them)