Michigan Alliance of Information & Referral Systems
MI-AIRS Statewide Training Conference & Annual Meeting Save the Date!
Save the Date, Wednesday, October 11, for the 2017 Statewide Training Conference & Annual Meeting hosted by Michigan AIRS! Join your colleagues from across the state for a full day of professional development activities! It is a wonderful opportunity to learn about important topics and meet the people who provide Information and Referral (I&R) services around the state of Michigan. There will also be an opportunity to take an AIRS Certification Exam! Participants will receive certificates of attendance which can be used when renewing current AIRS Certifications. Click here for flyer!
Michigan-AIRS Member Highlight!
Did you know MI-AIRS is a member agency? There are many forms of Information and Referral (I&R) and that diversity strengthens the field. Whether it's comprehensive or specialized, 2-1-1 or aging, veteran, disability, the information and referral, and connections made are valuable to our communities! We'll begin a series highlighting our members. If your a MI-AIRS member, take a minute to complete this MI-AIRS Member Highlight Profile form so you can be featured!
MI-AIRS Membership in Top 10 for AIRS Certification Holders!
AIRS Certification Program is for individuals working within the Information & Referral (I&R) sector of human services. Certification is based on established standards for the field of information and referral. Exams include knowledge, skills, attitudes and work-related behaviors related to competencies and performance needed by I&R practitioners. In April 2017, MI-AIRS Members held 159 Certifications, ranking in the top 10 in the US and Canada!
There are 3 Certifications available and an individual can hold more than one certification if they are actively engaged in each separate job function. Certification for Information and Referral Specialists (CIRS); Certification for I&R Specialists in Aging/Disabilities (CIRS-A/D) and Certification for Resource Specialists (CRS). Among MI-AIRS Members, there are 70 CIRS, 63 CIRS-A/D and 26 CRS holders. That's pretty incredible!
Certified builds confidence among staff - they believe more in their skills if they have been validated by an external body, and it's also an ingredient in an organization's overall quality assurance process. Certification also helps funders and other stakeholders understand and appreciate the professionalism involved in I&R.
For more information about benefits of the Certification Program for individuals, organizations or to take an exam, click here!
Who are we?
MI-AIRS is an affiliate of the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS). We are committed to providing quality information and referral services to all of Michigan. Our purpose is to:
Increase general community awareness of Information and Referral (I&R) services.
Improve the quality of I&R as a specific service through development and education.
Foster better communications and relationships among I&R providers.
Assist members to meet and maintain national I&R standards as set by the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS).