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CRM Exam Update

If you have considered the CRM certification, then you may be interested to know that the Institute of Certified Records Managers has simplified and reduced CRM exam qualifications. Candidates may sit for the six exams after demonstrating achievement of a four-year bachelor’s degree and one year of relevant professional experience. Also, one year of professional experience may be substituted for each year of college education

The Institute of Certified Records Managers offers its six certification exams four times a year in two-week exam cycles during February, May, August, and November. CRM Candidates have the option of attempting all six exams during a single cycle. Although this marathon of test-taking can—and has—resulted in a quick move from CRM Candidate to CRM proper for some candidates, the ICRM allows candidates five years to complete and pass all exams.

In my ongoing work as a CRM Candidate, I completed ICRM exam parts 2-3 during November. With Part Two: Records Creation and Use and Part Three: Record Systems, Storage, and Retrieval behind me, I can happily report that I am now busy studying for exam parts 4-5, which I plan to attempt during the February 2012 exam cycle.

As with many things in life and business, a moderate path proves useful for most of us. Beyond the obvious—avoiding the expense of a failed exam ($100 for each exam 1-5 and $150 for part 6)—there are additional benefits to the slower route toward becoming a CRM. Perhaps most beneficial is the chance to spend enough time with the foundational theories and texts of records management to see the profession in a new light.

My primary study text is Records and Information Management, Fundamentals of Professional Practice, 2nd ed. by William Saffady, Ph.D. As the title suggests, the focus is on the basics of the profession. The chapters on record centers and active paper records offer a wealth of information on well-established practices and guidelines. The latest edition was published in early 2011, so there is up-to-date information about records in the digital environment as well.

There can be little doubt that traditional records management concerns will continue to shift along with changes in technology, such as lower costs for storing large amounts of data and newer, networked forums for creating and using records. However, records management guidelines and practices—and records managers—offer a bridge between the paper-based office environment of the mid-20th century and current and future digital business processes developed for the 21st century.

Interested in becoming a Certified Records Manager?

Learn more about the application process from the Institute of Certified Records Managers.

Written by: AGriffin


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