Test...Quiz...Exam...How do these words make you feel? For many, the mere mention of them is enough to conjure up feelings of anxiety, stress and pressure. You don't often hear people say, "I LOVE taking tests." At AIIM, we know tests can be downright scary. But, we also know the power of preparation and understanding. A lot of times fear comes from the unknown - in the case of a test, not knowing what to expect, not knowing if you're prepared, and just overall fear of failure from not knowing enough.
Why choose certification? For me, it's about proof (to myself and to employers) of my expertise. The Certified Information Professional (CIP) started with a group of industry experts and focus groups that worked together to define the body of knowledge necessary for information professionals to be successful in the digital economy. From there, AIIM worked to build a certification exam based upon this body of knowledge - and the CIP was born. Fast forward to present day and the list of CIPs is growing daily and from all over the globe. I had a chance to sit down with one of our CIPs, Devon McCollum, Corporate Records and Information Manager for Members 1st Federal Credit Union. I wanted to pick his brain to see what advice and tips he had for others considering certification.
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I am pleased to announce that we have introduced another exam option for CIP candidates. To recap, there are now three ways you can take the CIP exam: At any Kryterion exam center world-wide. At an AIIM-taught CIP prep course. Online proctored via Kryterion. Online proctoring has been available for years, but has sometimes suffered from confusion with online certificate programs and the perception that "it's just an online exam." I've shared that sentiment myself; at the same time, I completed about 35% of my bachelor's degree online in 2001, and in 2018 there are any number of programs including master's degree programs that are 100% online.
Digital disruption calls for digital leaders with the skills and experience to optimize information assets and transform business. The AIIM Certified Information Professional (CIP) designation has come to represent a badge of competency and knowledge for those entrusted with the task of building an information strategy. But, what do our CIPs say about the certification? How has it helped their work and impacted their career? On this podcast episode, Kevin sits down with three Certified Information Professionals to talk about about the certification, the benefits, the process, and their advice for those considering the CIP.
I have a confession to make: I was a CIP skeptic. That’s right; I often found myself questioning whether the body of knowledge CIP represents -- even in its redesigned form -- was truly relevant for today’s information stewards in leading the digital transformation charge. I wondered whether business strategists who comprise the fastest growing AIIM membership sector would find applicability therein? Or, was CIP simply a capstone on a lifelong career for those core (and fewer) content “specialists”?
It’s time to have an executive “conversation.” You know which one. The one that is tied to personal and organizational health. Here’s a typical checklist: Watch my cholesterol. Get out of the office and manage more by walking around. Get my blood pressure checked. Focus on outcomes, not on dictating everything that must be done. Get more exercise. Travel less and spend more time at home. Eat more fiber. Get my oil changed every 3,000 miles. Get serious about information governance. OK, OK, OK. I’ll do 1 through 8. I promise. I’ll be serious this time. I’ll do them ALL if you’ll just lay off number 9. Just please, please, please, don’t talk to me about information governance. Ever. When I talk to executives, I often explain the importance of effective information management in terms something like this: “You have financial systems in place to manage your organization’s financial assets. You have ERP systems in place to manage its physical assets. You have HR systems to manage your people assets. In the Information Age, you need a system and a process to manage your information assets.” Usually I get a lot of executive head nods when I say things like this. Yet when push comes to shove, there’s a lot more good intention going on relative to information governance than concrete action. According to AIIM’s Information Governance - records, risks and retention in the litigation age in only 15% of organization’s is Information Governance “in place, important and communicated and enforced.” 15%. There are a lot of reasons for this gap between intentions and reality: