• Recruiter Accreditation Scheme - Consultation

Have your say - consultation for new draft materials including training, compliance and administration.

MRS and AQR have been working together to raise the profile and status of qualitative recruiters, by devising a training and accreditation scheme, the Recruiter Accreditation Scheme, that will recognise the knowledge, skills and competence of professional recruiters, and address the quality concerns that can arise from poor practices.

Following the recruiter consultation meetings, which were held in London and Manchester in September 2015, AQR and MRS have been busy throughout 2016 developing materials with the aim of launching the Scheme in 2017. 

In order to ensure we are on track we would welcome your feedback on the draft materials which have been developed so far:

Training materials 

The content for two training modules have been developed by AQR:

Once finalised this content will be translated into an online interactive training courses.  However, we would welcome your feedback on the content before we proceed with the technical development of the online courses.

Under development are some further training modules which will be issued for consultation in 2017.  These cover:

  • Introduction to research
  • New and evolving recruitment methods
  • Client and project management
  • A toolkit of useful information

Compliance framework

During the consultation there were many questions about how the compliance requirements are going to work.  A Compliance Framework Handbook has been developed detailing how this element of the Scheme will operate.


The administration which will underpin the Scheme has also been developed and is detailed in the draft Administration Handbook

Best practice guidance

We have already asked your views on two draft guidelines.  These however, are included for those of you who may have missed these first time round.

All of these draft materials are available from the Recruiter Accreditation Scheme page of the MRS website.  

As part of these pages a NEW webinar has been added which sets out why the Scheme has been developed and how it will be implemented.  As part of this webinar we have also included an update about some forthcoming data protection and privacy legal changes which will be an intrinsic part of the Schemes training, but will apply whether you are interested in the Scheme or not.

We will continue to provide you updates of our progress, and do continue to send your views on this Scheme, as we want to hear from you.  All feedback should be sent to: Company.partners@mrs.org.uk.

The consultation will continue until Friday 3rd March 2017.

I hope you can support MRS by contributing to this important initiative.  

Best regards


Debrah Harding


Thursday 9th February 2017