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:

Download and complete the application form.

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

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.

If paying via credit card, submit an application form and documentation to GRMI, 5 Bryant Park, New York, NY 10018.

RF Designation Requirements

1. Risk Management Foundation

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

  • Risk Management Principles and Practices
  • Risk Assessment and Treatment
  • Risk Financing

Or, earn one of these designations:

2. Discipline Experience

At lease five (5) years of 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.


RF Designation Continued Standing

  • RIMS Fellow designation holders are granted lifetime membership with the Global Risk Management Institute, Inc. (GRMI).
  • Obtain RF credits by attending one (virtual or live) RIMS Fellow two-day workshop every two years.
  • Complete 20 hours of Professional Development Components (PDCs) every two years.
    • PDCs will be awarded for professional activity in the risk management discipline, including: participation in chapter meetings and seminars, attendance at conferences, teaching courses, publishing articles and speaking engagements.
  • Submit RF Credits and PDC documentation every two years to GRMI@RIMS.org.

NOTE:  RF Designation holders are also expected to adhere to a standard of high ethical conduct.


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.