What are the requirements of the CIP certification?
The exam itself has no formal prerequisites, though we recommend candidates have at least five years of broad-based and hands-on information management experience.
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 offers a training course for every topic on the CIP exam.
If you require a broader education, the Foundations of Intelligent Information Management training course was designed to be a primer for the CIP exam and covers 100% of the topics on the CIP exam.
Would taking the Foundations of Intelligent Information Management training course be enough to pass the CIP exam?
Yes, the Foundations of Intelligent Information Management training course covers 100% of the topics on the CIP exam and should be sufficient for passing it. Having said that, your level of experience will dictate your ability to apply principles to the examples in the exam.
Would studying the material in the CIP Study Guide be enough to pass the CIP exam?
Yes, the CIP Study Guide 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 your 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 can be used as your source material.
What’s the difference between the onsite proctored exam and the online exam?
The exam itself is the same - same passing score, same questions, etc. The process is different in that the onsite proctored version requires you to go to a Kryterion test center, while the online exam can be delivered at your home, office, etc.
There are several technical requirements for the online exam because it is a proctored exam, including a webcam, microphone, and the ability to install a software application. More information about the online exam process can be found here.
How much is the CIP exam?
The cost of the CIP exam is $385 (or $349 if you’re an AIIM professional members in good standing).
Do members of AIIM get a discount on the CIP exam or study materials?
Yes, members get a 10% discount on the CIP exam, as well as on all of our training courses, including the Foundation of Intelligent Information Management, which covers 100% of the content on the CIP exam.
Members get the CIP Study Guide for free.
How many questions are on the exam?
The exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions.
How long is the exam?
The exam is 2 hours (120 minutes).
What’s the passing score for the exam?
Candidates must score 60% to pass.
How many times can someone take the CIP exam?
Candidates may take the exam as many times as they need to pass. That said, each attempt requires payment of the full exam fee.
In addition, a candidate who is not successful must wait fifteen calendar days before taking the exam again and a candidate who is unsuccessful on the second attempt must wait 90 days for each additional attempt. These policies were designed to help safeguard the security of the exam.
How does the CIP compare to the Certified Records Manager (CRM) designation?
The CIP complements the CRM very well. The CRM is a very deep dive into records management practices, but it doesn't cover some of the other aspects of information management that are important. CIP addresses records management as one of many information management functions/processes within an organization and helps to provide a broader contextual picture. Many information professionals hold both the CRM and CIP, as well as other certifications.
How does the CIP compare to ARMA's Information Governance Professional (IGP) certification?
IGP focuses more on strategy, planning, analysis, and developing and managing a program, while the CIP is more operational and focused on the tools, processes, and tactics required to execute against a strategy. The two certifications are complementary, and many information professionals earn both.
Where do I submit my required CIP maintenance credits?
CIP maintenance credits can be submitted here. If you run into any questions or issues, like whether something counts or for how much, send us an email.