About AofIRS

educate * train * share * innovate * contribute

Proud to provide Online Advanced Research
training in over 80 countries

Proud to provide Online Advanced Research training in over 80 countries worldwide

Delivering Knowledge of Internet Research to the World

“To be the single most effective unified association that strengthens and promotes value, integrity, education, science, and art of internet search for the Internet Research Specialists.”


Our Legal Status

We are a Non-profit Professional Association registered in the province of Ontario, Canada. The AOFIRS is a Self-regulatory body governed by the "Charter of Associations"  granted by the Government of Canada. 

Primary Objectives

The AOFIRS works primarily for the benefits of its members and promotes the professional "Online Research" as a full-time occupation; as such, the Association provides formal education, training, and credentialing system, backed by industry professionals and experts.

Background & Formation

In March 2014, the Association of Internet Research Specialists was formed by volunteer Internet research professionals with a strong realization that digitized information growth demands specialized training and a unified platform.

Our Value Proposition

We believe that in any serious research work, information relevance, accuracy, and reliability take precedence over information volume generated by the Internet search result. But, due to the sheer size of the World Wide Web, and the growth of indexed web pages, finding relevant information demands very specific Internet searching skills and techniques. Learning how to build effective search queries, choosing the right search engine, and navigating your way to those relevant online databases require formal training – For a modern researcher acquiring web, search skill helps minimize time to search and filter out irrelevant and inaccurate information that turns up in a search result pages.

Becoming a “Certified Internet Research Specialist”

Ironically, while the Internet Research (or web search) work has been going on for many years, an “Internet Research Specialist” (also Web Researcher, Online Researcher) is considered a fairly new occupation that has to make its way into formal job description today. Because of its newness, there is no other structured curriculum known to us that focus on educating and training Internet research professional. The Association has created the very first and only formal education program and certification “Certified Internet Research Specialist”.

Becoming an AOFIRS Member

Becoming an AOFIRS Member signifies that you are dedicated to your profession as an online researcher. It shows that you are interested in upgrading your professional development and like to learn more about the industry. Your membership also highlights this dedication to potential employers, clients, and others, giving you an edge in the professional market. It also provides you access to education and certification discounts, and access to valuable Internet research-related "knowledge database" and other educational resources.

AOFIRS Mission

  • Our mission is to bring accessible, affordable, engaging, and highly effective higher education to the world.
  • Provide a unified platform by creating a community of Internet Research Professionals.
  • Establish scientific methods and structured plans to assist, educate, develop internet search skills.
  • We seek to empower our students to advance their education and careers.

AOFIRS Mandate

  • Create and maintain a database repository of information contributed with the help of  Association community participation in giving research opinion and by obtaining views from information professionals.
  • Develop structured courses, programs, seminars and certifications to educate and promote excellence in professional Internet Research skills.

AOFIRS Inspiration

To work closely with other similar organizations, institutions, associations and professional bodies that are directly or indirectly of benefit to our overall objectives and mission.

Ambitions & Goals

The "Association of Internet Research Specialists" offer high-quality certification programs in online research and verification. Whether you’re a beginner looking to start your research career, a business owner, or a research professional looking to upgrade your skills, these programs will help you to advance.

Provide guidelines for “best practices in Internet-based search and research” industry. Establish the code of ethics and standards for Internet Content Search. Establish a prestigious job market for Internet research specialists. Establish a prestigious job market for Internet research specialists.

Generally, assist information professionals in internet-based knowledge procurement and management techniques and trends. Generally, assist information professionals in internet-based knowledge procurement and management techniques and trends.

Responding to Emerging Industry of Professional 
"Online Search & Research Skills" 

We are a diverse team of online research experts from all over the world.

Information Overload

We are facing an “Information overload” situation today where a mass of information is being digitized and stored in server’s worldwide. In essence, more information is being dumped into electronic files than human beings can organize and therefore access.

Fill the Research Skills Gap

Fill the need for getting some simple information such as finding a company’s website address. Yet using the internet to dig deeper for answers to more specific and detailed questions can be a frustrating experience. One can easily spend hours surfing...

Knowledge Seekers

A stronger community of knowledge seekers that will collectively address Internet search issues. The Association will also create a stronger presence for Internet-based knowledge industry that has so far been a cottage industry with a low impact value.

What are our education and training products ?

We have published several books, notes and prepared to educational material for the students and for the lecturers. These include Training Guides, Subject Books, Study Notes, Workbooks, Practice Exams, Slides and developed an extensive online reference library of Articles, Lists, Blogs, and Web-link Directories. Subjects and Topics we cover in our training material and publications are mentioned below in boxed headings.

Networks & Internet Technology, Browsers & Web Application Technology, Research Methods & Online Research, Business Research

Advanced Search Queries - with Boolean Notations and Symbols, Research Planning, Advance Search Methods & Techniques, Legal Research

Social Media Verification, Online Video Clips Tampering Detection & Verification, Email Scams, Email Verification & Search Queries

Social Media Fake News & Source Verification, Investigative Research, Online Background Checks, Assets & Fake Websites Verification

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World's leading professional association of Internet Research Specialists - We deliver Knowledge, Education, Training, and Certification in the field of Professional Online Research. The AOFIRS is considered a major contributor in improving Web Search Skills and recognizes Online Research work as a full-time occupation for those that use the Internet as their primary source of information.

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