This month, MRS and the AQR are celebrating 2 years since the launch of the Recruiter Accreditation scheme. Over 400 individual recruiters have now passed the RAS assessment, gaining an MRS accreditation which recognises the knowledge, skills and competence of professional recruiters.

The aim of the scheme was to improve the quality of qualitative recruitment throughout the qualitative recruitment supply-chain. Additionally, the scheme exists to raise the profile and status of existing recruiters and provide a clear training path for new recruiters to follow in their footsteps. The RAS programme combines online training and assessment, with self-directed work-based learning. The use of RAS Accredited Recruiters is a mandatory obligation for MRS Company Partners when buying qualitative research recruitment services.

In conjunction with the 2-year anniversary, we are running a social media campaign to shine a spotlight on the great work RAS-accredited recruiters do. This campaign will allow the wider industry to meet these star recruiters and we’ll be further celebrating them next September, when we will present our inaugural Award for Recruitment Excellence, at the glittering MRS ‘Oppies’ event. Entries will open in March 2023 and are open to all those participating in our Recruiter Accreditation Scheme.

The hard work and professionalism of RAS recruiters is what has made the scheme such a success – successful recruitment leads to the perfect participants, which leads to the highest quality research for MRS Company Partners and the wider industry. Our recruiters are the stars of the profession and the foundation of what makes research great. We’re delighted to be celebrating the 2-year anniversary of the scheme by celebrating them.

Further information on RAS can be found at



“RAS Accreditation shows that you are dedicated to providing quality recruitment and helps you to keep abreast of changes/policies within the industry.”

Mandy Tinnion, Partner, First for Fieldwork


“I now feel part of an official governing body and more informed of current recruitment standards and expectations
And also feel better supported in that we are all now all working within the same guidelines and standards”

Helen Rowney, Independent Recruiter


“As a recruiter of 20 years, the RAS makes me feel more recognised by the industry and as a result of being accredited, companies are more likely to pass on work to me, knowing I have taken the time to take the relevant qualification”

Deanne Gold, Director, iPoint Research

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