Pencils Down! Taking the CIP (Certified Information Professional) Exam

During my career as an IM professional I have been asked to fulfill a variety of roles including coming in at the crack of dawn to publish web pages just in time for a Minister’s press conference, explaining why it might not be a good idea to email a colleague the reasons you dislike a staff member and divining structure from the trackless expanses of departmental email.

Like anyone who has worked for more than a few years as an IM consultant, I have had to become part Information Management/Records Management expert, part business analyst, and part technical expert. Given my eclectic background, I was skeptical how helpful it would be to take an exam in this field. Yet, I along with the rest of the IM consultants in my firm took the AIIM CIP exam.

Aside from being a bit US-centric (I likely know far more than I need about US security laws), I found that it covered much of the breadth of knowledge and skills needed to work as an information professional. In addition to IM and IT topics, I was pleasantly surprised to find questions relating to change management, business analysis and even project management. To anyone working in the field, this exam is obvious without being easy.

I had the fortune after the exam to talk to someone who wrote some of the questions. He said that they had to follow specific guidelines to develop questions not meant to trick but to fairly evaluate whether someone had the knowledge needed to qualify as an information professional.

The CIP exam is a good step towards certifying a nebulously defined field. I would recommend it to IM professionals new and old.


P.S. My practice colleagues and I all passed the exam with flying colours and are now CIPs.


Linda Lee is a bilingual information management professional with a Masters degree in Library and Information. She has been providing consulting expertise to federal government IM managers and is adept at planning and providing project management of IM resources and IM projects. She has thorough knowledge of the GC IM Strategy, the TBS Policy on IM and other IM policy instruments. As a trained librarian, Linda has more than ten years of practical experience with Government of Canada clients in the areas of information management, information technology, records management, and library services consulting. She has been involved in projects specific to IM awareness and training, IM policies and guidelines, performance measurement, and information architecture. Linda is a consummate professional who diligently works to keep on the leading edge of her field so that her clients are always provided with an optimal practical solution. Her ability to liaise between technical staff and non-technical users of information systems has made her highly sought after in a wide range of consulting and client support requirements.


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