Education Program

Gold Standard
of Professional Online Research 

AOFIRS is the World's Leading Provider for imparting Internet research education & training, leading to their credentialing. Our programs are accessible online 24x7 in Over 80 Countries...

Professional Research Certifications

The association's education system combines professional research training programs for knowledge professionals and information users who prefer to research on the Internet.

Our certifications' goal is to educate and train online researchers, who now form a large group of people involved in online research work. In the absence of other formal training in this field, AOFIRS offers the most in-demand career certification of "Certified Internet Research Specialist" (CIRS) for professional online research careers. Another training program for a career in Online Investigative Research is now available for those who need to know how to use the Internet for investigations and information verification. The Association also provides short courses with certificates of course completion, popularly known as COP (Certificate of Proficiency).

Certified Internet Research Specialist (CIRS)

Professional Certification Program 

The CIRS™ is the first of its kind - A Gold Standard Certification for Practitioners of Online Research. This course is developed as a Self-study Training Guide to assist you in preparing for the CIRS examination. The training guide book is most suitable as a Practical Guide or Reference for anyone who uses the Internet as a primary tool for information gathering -  This course will teach you how to build complex search queries and search tools in a practical way. If you become a CIRS™ you are expected to be knowledgeable in selecting the best search tools and be proficient in building Internet search queries. You would obtain a sufficient understanding of Internet Laws and related ethical issues. This program is available as self-study as well as online training classes. This course does not require any prior knowledge or research experience.


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

Become an "Associate Member" and save up to 20% on your all purchases, webinars, seminars and online classes


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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