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The competition is rising, set yourself apart.

Professional Researcher Certification is setting a high standard for market researchers across the globe.

Achieving your PRC validates your knowledge of the industry and your dedication.

From buying research to qualitative methodologies, quantitative techniques to business management, PRC gives you the tools you need to understand and to overcome tomorrow's research challenges.

The new PRC structure lets you easily determine your research category and level of expertise. You choose from two levels of expertise and one of the 19 new areas of certification.

Whether you're starting out at the "Practitioner" level or you're an experienced market research "Expert," PRC will enhance your professional knowledge and add to your expertise.

Steps to becoming a PRC:

Individuals, who apply for Certification, are required to pass an exam. Exam questions are based on topic areas directly related to the skills and knowledge required for a specific category. Exams will test the comprehension of topics central or mainstream to the candidate's daily professional practice. Questions may be in the form of multiple choice, fill in the blank or True/False.

    Step 1: Complete the online PRC application and applicable fees. Candidates applying for PRC must satisfy the educational and practical requirements established by the Certification Board. Please review the Eligibility Criteria for more details.
    • Payments will include an application fee and an exam fee. You must include your application fees with your application. Application fees are non-refundable. Applications will be reviewed for eligibility by the administrator. All information provided to MRA is confidential, kept secure and used for the sole purpose of the certification process.
    • You must submit the Certification application at least eight weeks prior to your preferred exam date.
    • Please allow four to six weeks for processing. Upon approval, notification will be sent via email along with your PRC exam registration form.
    Step 2: If you meet all criteria, an exam registration form and the appropriate exam fee must be submitted two weeks prior to your preferred exam date. You will have one calendar year after application acceptance in which to take the examination. Step 3: If you achieve a passing score, your official notification and a congratulatory package will be sent within six weeks of exam results.
    • Individuals who have successfully earned Certification will need to accrue "Contact Hours" in education related to their field of study over a two (2) year period in order to maintain proficiency, continue professional development and renew their Certification. Please review the contact hour for more details.