Become a Certified Information Professional

Prove to your boss, co-workers, partners, and, most importantly, yourself that you know your stuff by earning the Certified Information Professional (CIP).

Why Should You Become a Certified Information Professional?

Information is your organization’s most valuable asset. As such, it deserves the highest level of protection and nurturing. Certified Information Professionals provide that stewardship by applying a set of proven methodologies and best practices.

According to PayScale.com, organizations are willing to pay 27% more for a certified professional than an uncertified comparable specialist. The funny thing is, that's not even the best part about becoming a Certified Information Professional. The majority of our CIPs report that the true value is what it does for your reputation.

Hemaben Patel, ECM Lead for a large international airline, explains, "Having the CIP gives my internal customers and partners a certain level of confidence that whatever strategy or solution I propose is based on best practices and experience."

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About the CIP Exam

AIIM worked with industry experts and focus groups to define the body of knowledge necessary for information professionals to be successful in the Intelligent Information Management practice. The CIP exam assesses competency in this body of knowledge.

The exam consists of 100 multiple choice questions on the five domains that comprise Intelligent Information Management:

  • Creating and capturing information
  • Extracting intelligence from information
  • Digitalizing information-intensive processes
  • Automating governance and compliance
  • Implementing an information management solution

The exam is available online. Candidates have unlimited time to complete the exam and multiple attempts to pass it with a score of 70% or higher.

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Need Help Preparing for the Exam?

The CIP exam was designed to demonstrate the expertise and experience one might acquire over a long career in the Intelligent Information Management Industry. Some have passed the exam with little preparation. Others need a little help.

AIIM has a number of resources available to help professionals at all levels prepare to become a Certified Information Professional:

  1. Take the free 100-question CIP Practice Exam to assess your strengths and weaknesses.
  2. Join AIIM+ Pro, which is loaded with training courses that cover the body of knowledge that makes up the CIP exam.
  3. Review the CIP Study Guide also available within the AIIM+ Pro library. This step-by-step guide to the CIP body of knowledge provides the context for the questions asked on the exam.
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How to Maintain Your CIP Status

Recertification helps maintain the integrity of the certification by ensuring that CIPs remain up-to-date on current intelligent information management processes, technologies, and best practices. After earning the CIP, your certified status is good for three years. A few months shy of your activation period expiration, we’ll send you a reminder and a link to recertify.

To maintain your certification, you have two options. You can either retake the CIP exam or submit 60 hours of Continuing Education Units (CEUs). The fee is the same for both options; $150 (or $135 for AIIM+ members).

If you're a CIP with questions on the recertification process, please don't hesitate to email us.

The Value of the CIP (to Employers)

The value of the CIP isn’t limited to the certified individual - it extends to the company that employs him/her. There is true worth to an employer in hiring Certified Information Professionals and developing them internally.

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Is there a practice exam available?

Yes, AIIM offers a 100-question practice exam that covers all of the domains of the real exam and is free to take.

Should I take a training course before taking the exam?

The CIP practice exam will give you a good idea of how ready you are for the breadth of the CIP exam and point out any areas in which you're not as strong. AIIM+ Pro offers a training course for every topic on the CIP exam.

Would studying the material in the CIP Study Guide be enough to pass the CIP exam?

Yes, the CIP Study Guide, available in the AIIM+ Pro library, covers 100% of the content on the CIP exam. We do recommend that candidates also have at least five years of experience, as the exam does require some analysis and application, but everything on the exam is covered in the study guide.

What’s the best way to study for the exam if you're short on time and budget?

Many organizations use study groups, where each person in the group is responsible for a domain, set of topics, or even just a single topic from the exam. Each person leads a review of their assigned topic in a lunch & learn type format. By spreading it around, everyone learns and teaches in turn. The CIP Study Guide, available in the AIIM+ Pro library, can be used as your source material.