The Recruiter Accreditation Scheme (RAS) has been developed by the Market Research Society (MRS) and the Association for Qualitative Research (AQR) to raise the profile and status of recruiters, by devising a training and accreditation scheme that recognises the knowledge, skills and competence of professional recruiters.

The RAS programme combines online training and assessment with self-directed work-based learning.  All of the RAS online training is available for use without financial charge. 

Completion of the RAS is estimated to require around 40 learning hours. Experienced recruiters do not need to undertake the online training if they believe that they have previously received adequate training to cover the RAS syllabus.  For these practitioners, the RAS assessment can be undertaken immediately.

To find out more about RAS and access the online training and assessment please visit the website or contact

Register of accredited recruiters and companies

To qualify as an accredited recruiter candidates must pass an online assessment. For companies, accreditation of an organisation is External and In-House.

Accredited recruiters:
Accredited Recruiter Register
RAS-accredited companies:

There are two types of RAS Company Accreditation.

Organisations which undertake in-house recruitment only will achieve RAS Accreditation (In-house) once 50% or more of the organisations’ staff undertaking recruitment have successfully achieved accreditation. RAS Accreditation (In-house) will also apply to those organisations that have met the 50% staff requirement and have yet to achieve the criteria for External RAS Company accreditation.

For those organisations that use the services of external freelance recruiters RAS Accreditation (External) will be given once 50% or more of all in-house staff undertaking recruitment are RAS Accredited Recruiters and at least 50% of all external recruiters (such as independent recruiters) that are used by the organisation are RAS Accredited Recruiters.

RAS Accredited Company – External supersedes RAS Accredited Company – In House accreditation as External accreditation covers both the internal and external recruitment activities of the company.

External RAS Accredited Companies

Acumen Field Ltd
Beam Fieldwork
Criteria Fieldwork Ltd
Dig Fieldcraft Ltd
Face Facts Research
Feedback Market Research
Field Solutions Market Research

Firefish Ltd
First for Fieldwork
Further Afield Ltd
iThoughts ltd
Launchpad Research Ltd
Leftfield Associates
Perspective Research Services Ltd
Plus Four Market Research Ltd
Pook Fieldwork
QRS Market Research
Rite Angle Ltd

Roots Research Ltd / Take Part In Research
Taylor McKenzie Research & Marketing Ltd
The Schlesinger Group UK
Viewpoint Services

In-House RAS Accredited Companies

Acumen Healthcare
Bright Research & Co Ltd
Code 3 Research Ltd
Cheshire Research Services Ltd
ES Research
Field Sauce Ltd
Give Opinions

Gro Fieldwork
Hawkins Research Ltd

JTL Research
Kudos Research
M3 Global Research

MIS Group Intl. Ltd
MTC Consultancy
Opinion Health
Paton Williamson Consultancy

People for Research
Prevision Research Ltd
Research Opinions Ltd
Research Northwest
Research Today Limited
RONIN International Ltd
Saros Research Ltd
Smart Connect Research Ltd



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