How it works

 

At present only the RAS training materials are available (Steps 1-3).  The assessment materials and accreditation process (Steps 4-6) are being finalised  - These steps will be available later in 2019. 

 

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 online RAS account.

STEP 2: Corporate Accreditations Only

Companies that have multiple staff to undertake the accreditation will have an additional registration process to register all staff.

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.  To undertake any assessment the creation of an online account and the payment of the assessment fees will be necessary.  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 successfully achieved and a pass grade or above has been issued, accreditation will be given automatically to individual recruiters and their details 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 renewed on annual basis.

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.

 

Three stages of Accreditation

Access to formal accreditation will be launched later this year.

Fees

Individual Recruiter Fees

Individual recruiter accreditation fees: £150 + VAT.  The accreditation fee includes:

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

 

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

Thereafter there is an annual accreditation fee of £75 + VAT which includes MRS membership and continued accreditation.

Access to the training materials are free.

 

Corporate Recruiter Fees

Corporate recruiter accreditation fees: £150 + VAT per staff member for the first 10 employees and reduced to £125 + VAT for additional staff.  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.

For subsequent years annual accreditation fees reduced by 50% e.g. £75 + VAT for first 10 recruiters and £62.50 + VAT 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 all recruiter staff within an organisation
  • Certificate of accreditation (individuals and corporate)

Access to the training materials is free for organisations offering recruiter services in the same was as for individual recruiters.  Re-takes for failed assessments will cost £25 + VAT per re-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 accredited as Corporate Recruiters 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.