Education Program

Gold Standard
of Professional Online Research 

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Professional Research Certification

The association's education system integrates professional research training programs tailored for knowledge professionals and information users who prefer to conduct their research online. Our certifications aim to educate and train online researchers, a growing group of individuals engaged in various online research activities. In the absence of other formal training in this field, the Association of Internet Research Specialists (AOFIRS) offers the most sought-after career certification: the Certified Internet Research Specialist (CIRS). This certification is designed for individuals pursuing professional online research careers.

Additionally, we now offer a training program focused on Online Investigative Research, catering to those who need to utilize the Internet for investigative purposes and information verification. The association also provides short courses with certificates of course completion, known as Certificates of Proficiency (COP). You may write to for more details on these specialized and custom training requirements.

Certified Internet Research Specialist (CIRS)

Professional Certification Program 

The Certified Internet Research Specialist (CIRS) program is a pioneering professional certification for online research practitioners, regarded as the Gold Standard in the field. The course is designed to teach you how to perform professional online research for serious tasks. As a certified specialist, you will become adept at selecting not only the most appropriate search tools and proficient in building efficient Internet search queries but know how to process data and information and understand the legalities surrounding your research.

The CIRS learning program is developed as a Self-study training and an Online Instructor Led training program to help candidates prepare for the CIRS examination. The training guides and education material is available as a comprehensive set of guidebooks to serve as a practical reference for anyone using the Internet as their primary tool for information gathering.

The CIRS program is available in two formats: a self-study course and online instructor-led training classes, making it accessible to a wide range of learners.

Self-study Training Course

Self-study training courses are intended for autonomous learning, enabling students to acquire knowledge and skills without a real-time instructor or a traditional classroom environment. These courses are perfect for people with hectic or unpredictable schedules because they allow students to study at convenient times and at their speed. Students may take charge of their education by using an online platform to access course materials, including videos, online modules, textbooks, quizzes, and practice questions. One of the main characteristics of self-study courses is their accessibility; they are frequently offered online so students can access them from any location with an internet connection. Convenience, affordability, individualized learning opportunities, and the growth of self-discipline via time management and self-motivation are some advantages of self-study. These courses offer access to subjects and specializations that might not be provided nearby, along with extra assistance through online modules, tests, and discussion boards. Self-study training programs offer an adaptable and convenient means of pursuing professional development and ongoing education.

Online Instructor-Led Training

The instructor-led training offers several advantages over the self-study option, significantly enhancing the learning experience and increasing exam pass rates. The instructor-led training for the CIRS program provides a structured and interactive learning environment. Experienced instructors guide you through the course material, offering expert insights and real-time feedback. This format includes live lectures, interactive discussions, and practical exercises, ensuring a thorough understanding of the concepts.

Advantages of Online Instructor-Led Training:

  1. Higher Pass Rates: Students who enroll in the instructor-led training classes have significantly higher pass rates compared to those in the self-study program, thanks to the comprehensive support and structured learning environment.
  2. Real-Time Interaction: Engage directly with instructors and peers, ask questions, and participate in discussions that enhance your understanding of the material.
  3. Expert Guidance: Benefit from the expertise of experienced instructors who provide valuable insights, clarifications, and real-world examples.
  4. Structured Learning: Follow a well-organized curriculum with scheduled classes and assignments, helping you stay on track and maintain consistent progress.
  5. Immediate Feedback: Receive instant feedback on assignments and assessments, allowing you to identify and address areas of improvement quickly.
  6. Enhanced Motivation: The interactive and collaborative nature of instructor-led classes fosters a sense of community and accountability, keeping you motivated throughout the course.
  7. Comprehensive Support: Access additional resources and support, such as study guides, supplementary materials, and office hours with instructors for personalized assistance.

No prior knowledge or research experience is required to enroll in the CIRS course, making it an excellent starting point for anyone looking to develop expertise in online research. Whether you choose the flexibility of the self-study course or the structured support of the online instructor-led training, the CIRS program equips you with the skills and knowledge to excel in professional online research.

Who can use these Certification?

These Certifications are used by anyone searching the Internet for Free Information sources and valuable online databases that provide reliable and relevant information. Professional Service Providers (such as Lawyers, PI's, Financial Analysts, Writers, and so on), Corporate Executives, Entrepreneurs, and Government and Non-profit Associations are one of the certified professionals.


Corporate & Business

  • Senior Business Executives
  • Financial Advisors
  • Business Consultants
  • Retailers and Wholesalers
  • Bankers
  • Insurance Companies
  • Public Companies
  • Investors, Shareholders
  • Private Companies SMB to Large Size Corporations

Professional Researchers

  • Marketing, Advertisement, and Sales
  • Marketing Researchers
  • Librarians
  • Clinical Researchers
  • Legal Researchers
  • Patent, Copyrights and
    Intellectual Property
  • Company Trends and
  • Business Intelligence
  • Market Researchers
  • Financial Market and Stock
  • Researchers

Professional Advisors

  • Lawyers, Accountants
  • Financial Analysts
  • Mortgage Brokers
  • Insurance House's
  • Business Development Advisors
  • Private Investigators
  • The Government
  • Semi-Government Institutions
  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Military Personnels

Independent Contractors

  • Freelancer
  • Individuals between Jobs
  • Independent Researchers
  • Web Researchers
  • Research Hobbyists
  • Stay at Home Mothers
  • Retirees
  • People with Limited Mobility
Industry Validation

Industry Validation

Our flagship certification called CIRS [Certified Internet Research Specialists] is by far the only professional credentials that meet this challenge. The CIRS Certification objective is to educate and train online researchers that now form a significantly large group within different market verticals. Our courses and syllabus have thus far proven to have the most comprehensive curriculum that meets current industry requirements.

Benefits of Certification

Professional Credibility

An undertaking by the CIRS qualified research specialists ties you to abide by the Association's “Professional Code of Conduct” that gives its practitiioners a higher level of credibility in their industry of research.

Industry Validation

Professional Certification in Internet Research is the most comprehensive study program recognized in the Online Research Industry. A CIRS Certification demonstrates your extraordinary skills and expertise in conducting a web search.

Career Outlook

The future of the certified Internet Research Specialist (CIRS) is a bright one. Find out if getting your CIRS Certification is the right choice for you.

Save on your Certification

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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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