January 4, 2016
The CIP in 2016 Part 2: Supporting the CIP
In my last post, I reviewed what will be happening with the CIP in 2016 as we revise it. In this post I want to focus on how CIPs can help to ensure the success of the CIP over time.
At last count more than 1,000 people had earned the CIP in just over 4 years time. This is a significant growth rate for a new certification. But those CIPs who took the exam in 2011, or 2012, are already 3 years out of date on current trends in the industry. Like most certifications, we built in a continuing education requirement to ensure that CIPs do remain current on industry and technology developments.
Recertification. The first thing you can do as a CIP to help ensure its growth and success is to stay a CIP - by submitting your CEUs (form can be found here) and the required fee. I recognize that this has been challenging given the uncertain nature of the CIP in recent weeks, but now that we know CIP will continue to move forward, it's important to help build that momentum. The right number of CIPs, after all, is not how many took the exam and passed, but how many are currently sporting the letters and the lapel pin.
Wait - you don't have a lapel pin? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a mailing address and we'll get one out to you. Wear it to your AIIM chapter events, your ARMA events - wear it to work!
CIP Continuing Education Credits. And we'd like to both raise the visibility of CIP and make it easier to recertify. One way you can help is to get your events preapproved for CIP credits. We award 1.0 credit for each contact hour of educational content, so for the typical AIIM/ARMA chapter meeting, we'd award 1.0-2.0 credits, while an ARMA Spring Seminar might be as much as 6-7 credits per day of the seminar.
Note that these events do not have to be AIIM events, and can even be vendor events provided that the content is a) educational and b) is related to the topical areas of the CIP. But we can't possibly know about all of your events, so send an email to me or to email@example.com and I'll follow up directly.
Job descriptions. One of the more significant metrics for a certification is its inclusion in job postings. If you help to develop such postings, either for information management professionals or those who are significantly impacted by IM issues, please consider adding the CIP to the list of required/preferred qualifications. This helps your organization to understand the value of *your* CIP as well.
Visibility. Of course if all CIPs sported the lapel pin, changed their names on Twitter and LinkedIn to include ", CIP", and put the CIP logo on their business cards, blogs, and websites, that would be awesome, too. :) I know many of you won't or can't, but for those of you who have, thank you!
Have other ideas as to how you are supporting CIP? Let me know with a comment and I'll resocialize them as well.