CIRS™ Certification Tracks

The Association is offering two (2) tracks of education that leads to the issuance of a certification. Each track has its own road-map that gets you certified.

CIRS Track1

Fast Track - Single Certificate, One (1) Exam

A Single Curriculum with One (1) Exam. This is a fast-track approach to becoming a “Certified Internet Research Specialist” [CIRS].

CIRS Certification Training Guide

Fast Track covers the following all four (4) modules

    1. Networks & Search Engine Technology
    2. Research Methods and Online Research
    3. The Business of Research for Independent Research Professionals
    4. Internet Law & Ethical Concepts of Online Research

    CIRS Track 2

    Multiple Courses & Exams with Individual Module Completion Certification

    In the Multi-track program, a student may take one course (module) at a time from the 4 choices of modules. Each course (module) has its own downloadable training manual. The enrolled students can buy each module exam vouchers when ready to attempt the online exams.


    Passing any of these courses entitles the student to a “Certificate of Subject Proficiency” in their name. If the student has successfully completed all four (4) Modules and passed the examinations, they can apply for CIRS  (Certified Internet Research Specialist) equivalency certificate. The CIRS equivalency will entitle you to free membership status of Certified Member of the Association with all privileges and rights reserved for this designation. For More Information on CIRS  exams or to view CIRS Examination Guide.

    Networks and Search Engine Technology (COP)

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    This module gives you an understanding of the technology that makes the Internet and how the web pages are accessed and displayed in a web browser? The course is custom designed so that online researchers can make a better sense of when to apply specific search queries? And how to best structure it in a given situation?

    THIS SHORT COURSE EARNS FULL CREDIT TOWARDS CIRS EXAM MODULE (I) - Student must complete the course attendance requirements and pass the necessary exams and complete assignments prescribed by the instructor. The course earns you a "Certification of Subject Proficiency [COP]." 

    Research Methods & Online Research Techniques (COP)

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    We have split this module into two segments.

    • The Internet Research - Methods and Techniques, and,
    • Conventional Research Methods and Methodologies.

    The Internet Research - Methods and Techniques is considered the core segment of Internet research teaching. The segment is focused on web search techniques and identifies various challenges, methods and inherent barriers to online research. It gives students an overall understanding of search engine behavior and functionality. The students learn to build complex web search queries and perform a precision search with confidence.

    The Research Methods and Methodologies segment of the course is typical conventional research methods and methodologies that are fundamental for any type of research work. This segment is covering knowledge of the industry’s research standards, conventions and methods applied by traditional research practitioners.

    Business of Research (COP)

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    The Business of Research is an important module for those Research Professionals that are interested in setting up their independent research services practice as Independent Research Specialists. The main objective of this module is to provide a basic understanding of how to set-up an Independent Research Services Business and how to effectively manage small business operations? The topics are intended to familiarize students with essential elements of business management that provide valuable insight into SMB (Small to Medium Size Business) operational issues, along with the business risks attached and both the advantages and disadvantages of working independently.

    This course also includes topics that explain several steps required from the time client research proposal is drafted and later how it gets executed and ultimately delivered to the client.  Other aspects of business operations such as Accounting, Billing, Project Pricing and Projects Costing are also included in this course.

    Internet Law & Ethical Issues of Research (COP)

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    This module (course) split into two segments. 

    1. The Internet Law, and, 
    2. The Ethical Issues of the Internet

    Internet Law also referred to as "Cyber Law" encompasses all transactions and activities on the internet. The collaborative nature of the internet and its vast expansion has led to numerous legal challenges making "Internet Law" a critical perspective concerning the internet. The objective of this module is to introduce research specialists to the domain of legalities on the internet and teach them how to minimize their liabilities and mitigate legal risks.

    Section two is about Internet Ethical Issues of the Internet compliments the legal framework of legal rights, responsibilities, and obligations. In conducting effective internet research, having a thorough understanding of the ethical challenges facing internet research, and tackling them accordingly is a necessity. Ethical issues challenge researchers in many ways. These usually involve consumer rights and responsibilities towards them and society. It explains the language of right and wrong, moral decisions - what is good and bad? Etc.

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    What Our Members are Saying?

    "I am a Certified Research Specialist. The courses I took were very extensive and well laid out curriculum-wise, they covered a lot of ground in making sure that anyone who likes to do professional research gets a thorough understanding of search engines. I am not exactly a technical person, but I have been applying research in various aspect of my profession. The CIRS course made me understand the true working of search engines and how they are configured and what to do exactly to extract the information we need. This is indeed a science in itself. I feel more confident in using the Internet for my information needs, and yes! I am also certified, how about that!"

    "The association is a great source for finding online information where-about. The Internet search has become skill-set that I needed to learn from my ongoing research work. I am a journalist and occasional research help for my employer. I have fallen in love with the Association 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 a daily basis."

    "I took CIRS course to earn credentials that will help in getting freelance research work. I thought that, since I thought I know all about doing the research on the Internet, I need not learn more and I only needed a certificate. I was wrong in my assumptions, and I found out how much of the things I did not know before, I was naive. I will recommend that anyone who thinks they know research work with the Internet without proper training are in for a surprise. Taking the CIRS course is a must-have skill for everyone."

    "I chose to become CIRS Certified because I’m proud to be a Certified Internet Research Specialist and I wanted to let the world know how much I love this profession. I’ve done so much in my career, and I wanted to elevate myself to the next level. Beyond that, I’ve seen a lot of job postings for Research Analyst recently that require applicants to be CIRS. I believe this is the positive direction our profession is headed, and I want to be along for the journey."


    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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