Examination Study Suggestions
Candidates for AIRS Certification should review the following study materials:
Standards for Professional Information & Referral — The Standards address all aspects of an I&R operation including service delivery, resource database, reports and measures, cooperative relationships, disaster/emergency preparedness and organizational effectiveness.
The ABCs of I&R (IMPORTANT: Must be 2006 Edition or later! -- treat older editions in the same way as outdated database records or medicine bottles -- with extreme caution!).
AIRS Online Training — All of the AIRS courses available on the AIRS Online Training portal are useful study material. However, the course entitled "AIRS: The Information and Referral Process" serves as a "core" resource for all CIRS and CIRS-A candidates. There is also an online practice test for CIRS and CIRS-A candidates that is drawn from the ABCs of I&R. For CRS candidates, "AIRS: Introduction to Taxonomy and Indexing" covers some very important material.
Composition of Examination Tests
CIRS and CIRS-A Candidates:
The Information and Referral Interview: Models to Remember — A compendium of core documents, assembled by Norman L. Maas of The Metropolitan Library System (Oklahoma City and County), originally published in Information & Referral: The Journal of the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (reprinted with permission).
CIRS Performance Based Competencies for Certification
CIRS Job Task Analysis
Online Study Guide for Developing Aging Competency for Information & Referral/Assistance
History of Older Americans Act
CIRS-A Performance Based Competencies for Certification
CIRS-A Study Guide Powerpoint (prepared by the Illinois Department on Aging)
Indexing with the AIRS/INFO LINE Taxonomy — A practical guide written by Margaret Bruni of The Detroit Public Library's TIP Service , originally published in Information & Referral: The Journal of the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (reprinted with permission).
Taxonomy Supplements: How to Keep the AIRS/INFO LINE Taxonomy Updated for Your Resource File — A practical guide written by Georgia Sales of INFO LINE of Los Angeles, originally published in Information & Referral: The Journal of the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (reprinted with permission).
Setting Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria: Determining the Scope of a Resource File — A series of considerations (with sample policies) written by Dick Manikowski, originally published in Information & Referral: The Journal of the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (reprinted with permission).
CRS Performance Based Competencies for Certification
Examination Anxiety Issues
Examinations are stressful. For some people that stress can develop into an anxiety that affects their performance. Here are some links to external web sites that might contain some helpful tips and information (feel free to search for your own online resources):
Information for all Candidates:
Examinations are based on the above recommended materials together with actual I&R experience. Coverage of this material, together with professional experience and self-guided study, is an effective way to prepare for certification examinations. AIRS discourages 'teaching to the test' by any trainer offering I&R workshops, consultations or presentations. AIRS encourages all presenters to base their instruction on the documentation listed above, primarily the AIRS Standards and the ABCs of I&R.
AIRS does not endorse any sample exams or questions related to the CIRS, the CRS, or the CIRS-A tests. Any questions provided in a training session or workshop are not based on an actual exam; nor should they be presented as accurately reflecting any AIRS exam questions.