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?

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."

We know that you’re an Intelligent Information Management Expert. If you're looking for ways to prove it your boss, co-workers, and partners, the CIP is your answer.

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Register for the Exam

Kryterion serves as our approved CIP examination proctor. The exam is available online and at Kryterion testing locations around the world. The exam fee is $385 USD. Professional Members enjoy a discounted fee of just $349 USD. Members should contact Boshia Smith for the code to receive the discount.

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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 era and built a certification exam based upon this body of knowledge.

The exam is made up of 100 multiple choice questions on the five domains of 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 proctored exam is available online and at testing locations around the world. In order to receive the CIP designation, candidates must earn a score of 60%.

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. Review the CIP Study Guide (free to professional members; nonmember fee is $60 USD).
  3. Take the Foundations of Intelligent Information Management Training Course, which was designed as a primer for the Certified Information Professional exam. Your purchase includes the CIP Study Guide and a voucher for one free CIP exam registration.
  4. Take an AIIM Training Course on an area you're weak in.
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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.

To maintain your CIP, you can 1) retake the CIP exam for $385 USD ($349 USD for members) or 2) earn and submit 60 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) before your certification's expiration date and recertify for $150 USD ($135 for members).

CIPs with questions on the recertification process can email Maureen Hearn.

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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Attention U.S. Veterans

The CIP Exam is Reimbursable Under GI Bill

That’s right! The Certified Information Professional (CIP) exam has been approved for reimbursement under the Veterans Education Benefit program for Licensing and Certification reimbursements administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans with education benefits can apply for reimbursement for the CIP exam for up to $349.

Becoming a CIP has helped me gain the confidence of our IT department by speaking and understanding their language and I am successfully giving legal advice as our court system goes digital.

— Elizabeth Croom, Admin. Office of the Courts, North Carolina

The courses and the CIP designation have greatly enhanced my experience professionally in that I have earned a promotion, acquired a new job, and been given the lead on enterprise impactful projects.

— Lorelei Chernyshov, Director of Information Governance, Merrick Bank

The CIP for me is a way to show my employer, colleagues, and peers that I am an accredited and accomplished professional in my field.

— Geoff Barber, Senior Consulting Manager, ARMS Inc.

AIIM Has Certified 1,560 Information Professionals

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