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RIMS Fellow (RF) designation


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


The credential for the experienced risk professional

What is a RIMS Fellow?
Benefits of being of RIMS Fellow
How to become a RIMS Fellow

Continued Standing
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What is a RIMS Fellow®?
A risk professional who has met the following requirements:

  • Completed an established risk management program.
  • Continually updates his or her industry knowledge.
  • Contributes to the profession.
  • Demonstrates a high level of ethical behavior.

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What are the benefits to holders of the RIMS Fellow?

  • Competitiveness: Our formal training gives you a competitive advantage over colleagues.
  • Leadership Role: Give back to the profession.
  • Credential. rf2Add the RF next to your name. Verification 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 in the organization.
  • Career Development: Formal training to strengthen your career and professional resume.

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To Become a RIMS Fellow
You submit the application to be a RIMS Fellow candidate. You need not have completed all the RF requirements before submitting an application for the RIMS Fellow candidacy.

RIMS Fellow and GRMI Application
To register as a RIMS Fellow candidate, you download the application form, complete, and send with a $50 check (U.S.). Attach copies of any documentation demonstrating completion of any course requirements. Candidates should retain a copy of all documents that are sent to RIMS.

Send check made payable to the Global Risk Management Institute, Inc., P.O. Box 95000-2520, Philadelphia, PA 19195-2520.

If you are paying by credit card, send application form and transcripts to:
Global Risk Management Institute, Inc., 1065 Avenue of the Americas, 13th Floor,
New York, NY 10018.

You automatically become a member of the Global Risk Management Institute, Inc. (GRMI) when you are accepted as a RIMS Fellow candidate. In order to maintain the (RF) Designation, membership in the Global Risk Management Institute, Inc. (GRMI) must remain current.

Download the application form here.

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RIMS Fellow Requirements

A minimum of five years of experience in the industry at the time the designation is awarded.

  • Four Foundation Courses in Business:
    • Accounting and Finance are required.
    • Two additional college or university-level courses in business, economics, MIS, law, insurance, marketing or management.
    • Selected business courses from the CPCU designation can be applied to meet this requirement.
    • An applicant holding a business administration degree meets this requirement.
  • Twelve days of RIMS Workshops: Complete 12 days of RIMS Fellow workshops.
    • For details on upcoming RF Workshops, please view the course calendar.
    • Online Courses: Each RIMS on-line course counts as a one-day workshop towards the RIMS Fellow designation. A maximum of four on-line courses can be used towards obtaining the RIMS Fellow designation. For details of the online courses, click here.

In order to receive credit you must send us a copy of your Certificate of Completion that you receive at the end of the on-line course. Please send the copy to RIMS, Professional Development Department, 1065 Avenue of the Americas, New York, N.Y. 10018 or fax to 212-655-5929.

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RIMS Fellow Continued Standing
Once the RIMS Fellow designation is achieved, the following must be completed:

  • Maintain membership in the Global Risk Management Institute, Inc. (GRMI)
  • Obtain  RIMS Fellow Credits (RF Credits) by attending two days of RIMS Fellow Workshops every two years.
  • Obtain 20 Professional Development Components (PDC’s) every two years. * PDC’s will be given for the following activities, among others: Professional Activity in Risk Management
    An individual must report the completion of a pattern of continued professional activities related to risk management and can include participation in chapter meetings and seminars, attendance at conferences, teaching courses, publishing articles, and speaking engagements. The individual report is verified by RIMS. For specific details, click here to contact the RIMS Professional Development Department.
  • Ethical Standards
    An individual is expected to adhere to a standard of high ethical conduct. 

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For further information, contact  or telephone 212.655.6212.

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