How it works

 The steps towards accreditation are as follows:

 

STEP 1: To get started

You can access the training materials at any time.  There is no need to create an account.  However if you wish to keep track of your progress through the training materials create an account.

STEP 2: Corporate Accreditations Only

Companies that have multiple staff to undertake the accreditation should email ras@mrs.org.uk

STEP 3: Training

Recruiters can access the online training materials and progress with the training at their own pace. The online system, if you have registered an account, will keep track of what training has been undertaken and what is outstanding.

Experienced recruiters do not have to undertake the training if they believe they have all the necessary knowledge and skills to pass the assessment. Equally if some training is needed e.g. on newer techniques or current legislation an experienced recruiter can decide to undertake some of the training (but not all) before taking the assessment.  

STEP 4: Assessment

Once ready to undertake the assessment recruiters can register for the online assessment. For non MRS members to undertake the assessment, they will need to become members of MRS. 

Existing MRS Members do not have to pay additional fees but will need to sign in to their MyMRS account, or create an account  if they don't have one already. 

Recruiters can take the online assessment whenever they are ready.  Notification of assessment results will be received shortly after completion of the online assessment.

STEP 5: Accreditation

When the RAS assessment has been undertaken, the assessment grade will be issued. Accreditation will be given automatically to individuals who pass the accreditation. With consent, the accredited recruiter's name will be added to the online register of accredited recruiters.  

For companies, accreditation of an organisation will be given once 50% or more of the organisations' recruiters have successfully achieved accreditation. 

For IQCS and/or ISO 20252 certified Telephone Units, accreditation will be given to the organisation once the Compliance/Quality Manager responsible for training and the quality standards has successfully achieved accreditation via the scheme.

STEP 6: Renew Accreditation

Accreditation is for a three year period, which is dependent on MRS membership being renewed on annual basis.

For RAS accredited companies accreditation is also for three years dependent on at least 50% of accredited recruiters within the organisation renewing their  MRS membership.

Steps to Accreditation Flowchart


 

How to become an accredited recruiter

There will be two routes to accreditation:

  • New and inexperienced recruiters will first have to undertake a comprehensive online training programme covering all aspects of qualitative research recruitment before being ready to undertake the online assessment.

  • Experienced recruiters do not have to undertake the training if they believe they have all the necessary knowledge and skills to pass the assessment.  Equally if some training is needed e.g. on newer techniques or current legislation an experienced recruiter can decide to undertake some training before the assessment.

Fees

Individual Recruiter Fees

Individual recruiters who are already a Member of MRS – No charge for accreditation

Individual recruiters who are Non-Members of MRS - £158

The accreditation includes:

  • access to the training
  • access to the assessment 
  • accreditation 
  • MRS membership 
  • Certificate of accreditation
  • Logo of accreditation

Re-takes for failed assessments will cost £25 +VAT per re-assessment.

Thereafter there is an annual accreditation fee which includes MRS membership and continued accreditation.

The annual accreditation fee is based on the published membership fee for that year.

The period of accreditation is for three years.  In order to maintain accreditation after  three years recruiters are required to re-take the accreditation assessment.

 

Corporate Recruiter Fees

Corporate recruiter accreditation fees:

Recruiters who are already a Member of MRS – No charge for accreditation

Non-Members of MRS - £158 per staff member for the first 10 employees and reduced to £127 for additional staff. 

The accreditation fee includes:

  • access to the training for all recruiter staff within an organisation
  • access to the assessment for all recruiter staff within an organisation
  • accreditation for all recruiter staff within an organisation
  • MRS membership for accredited recruiters within an organisation
  • Certificate of accreditation (individuals and corporate)
  • Logo of accreditation

Re-takes for failed assessments will cost £25 + VAT per re-assessment.

A minimum of 50% of all staff involved in recruitment (excluding temporary staff) must be accredited before an organisation can become accredited as part of the Scheme.

Thereafter there is an annual accreditation fee which includes MRS membership and continued accreditation.

The annual accreditation fee is based on the published membership fee for that year.

The period of accreditation is for  three years.  In order to maintain accreditation after  three years recruiters are required to re-take the accreditation assessment.

 

IQCS and ISO 20252 Certified Telephone Units

It is recognised that for those telephone units which have had their telephone operations certified to ISO 20252 and/or IQCS, and the training and monitoring requirements that this places upon the telephone unit, will mean there is less need for all the recruiters to undertake accreditation.  

For IQCS and/or ISO 20252 Certified Telephone Units to become RAS accredited companies requires only the Compliance/Quality Manager responsible for training and the quality standards to be accredited as individual Accredited Recruiter, not 10 staff as for non-IQCS and ISO 20252 organisations. In these instances, the individual recruiter fees would apply.  This does not prevent more staff from the Telephone Unit being individually accredited if they wish to.