May 8, 2019

Updated CIP Exam to Go Live June 1, 2019

Short version: If you're a CIP, you do NOT need to retake the exam (though you are welcome to!). If you are a candidate, the new exam goes live on June 1.

I'm pleased to announce that we're just about to complete the CIP exam update process and the new exam is scheduled to go live on June 1, 2019. I'll write more about the changes to the exam in another post later this week. In the meantime, what does this mean to you?

If you're a CIP. The update doesn't directly impact you. You're still a CIP as long as you renew your status. You can, of course, renew by taking the exam, either the current one or the updated one when it goes live; most CIPs maintain their status with CEUs, and the exam update doesn't directly impact that.

The CEU program is being updated slightly. As I wrote in January, we are increasing the CEU requirements from 45 over 3 years to 60. This brings the CIP in line with nearly every other information management-related certification at 20 hours per year. This is not an onerous amount, representing less than 1% of a full-time work year. As industry professionals, we've found that most CIPs complete significantly more than 20 hours a year in continuing education - you have to in order to keep up with everything!

All current CIPs will be able to complete their current renewal cycle under the current program. Subsequent renewals, and any new CIPs, will need to comply with the updated program requirements.

If you want to become a CIP. When the updated exam goes live, the current exam will be retired. That means that you have until the end of the day on May 31, 2019 to take the current exam. Any exams currently scheduled for June 1, 2019 or later will be delivered using the new exam.

We're updating the study guide and training materials right now, and plan to have them go live at the same time as the new exam. Candidates who have already purchased the current training course can send an email to and receive access to the new course materials and study guide as soon as they are available.

The current materials are still valid for 75-80% of the updated exam; metadata is still metadata, workflow is still workflow, etc. But we did add information on robotic process automation, analytics and AI, and privacy and data protection. The intent is still to cover those topics, like all topics on the exam, at the strategy/business issue/business outcome level. Candidates who don't want to wait for the updated AIIM materials can use other references to prepare including AIIM research and white papers, resources from other groups like IAPP, etc.

The AIIM website will be updated with all of the updated resources, exam blueprint, etc. when the new exam goes live on June 1. In the meantime, please direct any questions directly to me at

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