RIMS Fellow (RF) Designation

The RIMS Fellow (RF) Designation is a symbol of professional excellence that affirms your mastery of risk management knowledge and commitment to quality. It represents the standard of education, dedication, and ethics that the profession expects. Adding the RF Designation next to your name verifies that you have achieved the knowledge, skills and tools needed to identify and manage operational, financial, external, and other risks and to look at risk strategically within the organization.

Benefits of the RF Designation



Formal training gives you a competitive advantage that employers seek.



Demonstrate that you have achieved the knowledge, skills and tools needed to strategically identify and manage risks.



Stand out among others in a competitive marketplace.



Improve your ability to achieve your organization's risk management objectives and your career goals.

Steps for Attaining the RF Designation

Step 1:

Email GRMI@rims.org to request an application form

Note: You need not have completed all the RF requirements before submitting an application for the RF candidacy.

Email a scanned copy of the completed application form to GRMI at GRMI@rims.org

Step 2:

Submit documentation that confirms completion of any of the courses and other requirements listed below, along with your processing fee of $50.

Step 3:

Send your $50 check (USD) made payable to the Global Risk Management Institute to GRMI, P.O. Box 95000-2520, Philadelphia, PA 19195-2520.

RF Designation Requirements

1. Risk Management Foundation

Complete three courses at the university/college level in risk management:

  • The Foundations of Risk Management /Risk Management Principles and Practices
  • Risk Control/Risk Assessment and Treatment
  • Risk Financing

Or, earn one of these designations:

2. Discipline Experience

At lease five (5) years of risk management experience at the time the designation is awarded.

​​​3. Business Acumen

Complete four courses at the university/college level in business acumen:

  • Accounting and Finance are required
  • Two additional courses in Economics, MIS, Business Law, Insurance, Marketing or Management
Note: An applicant holding a business administration degree meets the Business Acumen requirement. Business courses from the CPCU designation may be applied to the Business Acumen requirement.

4. RIMS Professional Development Workshops

Complete 12 days of RIMS Fellow workshops, or equivalent online courses

Note: Each RIMS online course counts as one-day workshop, and a maximum of four online courses may be used towards obtaining the RF Designation.


More Information

For more information about the RIMS Fellow Designation, contact GRMI@RIMS.org or call +1-212-655-6212.


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The Global Risk Management Institute, Inc. (GRMI) is an institute that issues the CRM and is an alumni association of individuals who hold the Canadian Risk Management (CRM) and RIMS Fellow (RF) designations.