ARMS Foundation Level FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is ARMS Foundation Level Accreditation?

ARMS has developed this program after a need was identified for support and training for research management practitioners. This program provides a series of training modules that cover many of the basic areas of research administration and management to provide a foundation level of knowledge.

The Foundation Level of Accreditation currently includes fourteen modules. This includes three compulsory modules with two of these being specific to Australia, New Zealand and Singapore legislation and government processes. 

Is accreditation compulsory?

No, accreditation is voluntary

Will employers require their employees to be accredited?

This is a question for each employer to answer, however it is unlikely that employers will require staff to be accredited just as they do not require current employees to be members of ARMS. Employers look at a range of factors when employing staff including education, experience and skills, amongst others. Persons who have completed the range of modules leading to accreditation may be able to use these as an advantage as evidence of independent verification of their skills and knowledge in research management.

What is required to be an Accredited Research Manager (Foundation) - ARM(F)?

There are three key requirements to obtaining Accreditation as an ARMS Accredited Research Manager (Foundation) - ARM(F):

1. Attendance to five module workshops (three must be for compulsory modules);

2.  Successful completion of a multiple choice assessment for each of the five modules. Note that the multiple choice assessment must be completed within two weeks of attending a workshop;

3.  Successful completion of a case study scenario identifying relevant issues in research management.

In addition, to maintain accreditation, it will be necessary to complete 60 hours of continuing professional education over the initial three years of accreditation.

Research management staff occupy many different roles – will everyone have to do the same modules?

No, there are three compulsory modules for everyone – Understanding the national research and innovation system (specific to each country), Understanding legislation as it applies to research (specific to each country) and Understanding research and researchers. Other than these three modules candidates are free to choose their remaining two modules from a range of options that apply to their specialisation in grants, ethics, data etc.

There are no modules that relate to my area of specialisation – does this mean I can’t be accredited?

 Twelve modules were first developed for the Foundation level Accreditation Program based on suggestions made during initial consultation in 2012. An additional two HDR modules were added to the suite in 2016 and more modules may be added in the future to provide a broader range of choices. You could start by completing the compulsory modules as further modules are developed.

Do I have to do all five modules at once?

You can if these are being offered together however modules can be completed over a three year period with an additional year offered to complete the final case study assessment.

If I don't pass my multiple choice assessment the first time, will I be able to re-sit the assessment?

Yes, you will be able to re-sit the multiple choice assessment but with a different set of questions.

Can I defer my case study assessment?

Yes, candidates may only have one deferral of their case study assessment. Case study assessments will typically be offered twice annually (May and October).

If I don't successfully complete my case study assessment will I be offered another opportunity to re-sit an assessment?

Yes, you will be offered an opportunity to re-sit an alternative case study assessment. Mentoring will also be offered by the ARMS Accreditation Program Manager or delegate.

Can I appeal any decisions relating to my assessments?

Yes, Registrants have the right to appeal the decision of the Accreditation Council but only against administrative process issues.

When will modules be offered?

Modules will be available for delivery at local Chapter level. Some chapters may run all modules once a year and other chapters may run a module or two on one day. These will be advertised on the ARMS Website, through Up In ARMS, throughout Chapters and ARMS announcements and e-newsletters. For more information on the module delivery in your area visit the Chapter Events page and select the relevant region.

Can I attend modules in other regions?

Yes you can. Modules are open to anyone that has an interest in completing the modules. To be accredited within your region though you will need to do the country specific compulsory modules for your region.

Is there any preparation required ahead of the workshop?

Yes. You will be required to read the relevant Body of Knowledge (BoK) pre-reading document ahead of the workshop. You will receive the relevant link to this material for each module upon registration. 

Do I need to bring anything on the day?

Yes. It is advised that you bring:

  • Either a soft or printed hard copy of the BoK document;
  • A pen and paper; and
  • Any specific requirements depending on the module that you are attending. This will be emailed to you upon registration.

How will my attendance and results be recorded?

ARMS will maintain a record of attendance, multiple choice and case study results as well as continuing education points on the ARMS database. Upon arrival at a workshop it is important to sign in as this will be used to confirm attendance. Multiple choice and case study results come directly to the ARMS Administration Officer for recording.

How much will this cost me or my institution?

Cost per modules will vary slightly across the regions. However as a guide, the average cost per module may range between $300 and $350 AUD for ARMS members. Non-members cost per module will be approximately $100 AUD more than members.