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Subject: Re: Electronic Records Certifications
From: Dept Folder ADMIN <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Records Management Program <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 11 Dec 2002 17:00:52 -0500

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I agree that we need a new certification in the Records area. Having read the ICRM's newsletter for the last year I'm convinced that the present leadership of the ICRM wants no part of electronic records.

I think that ARMA should move forward with it's Strategic Information initiative and create several new categories of certification. These certifications are needed for persons at different levels of the information industry such as analysts, Records Operation Managers, Records and Information Managers, and Strategic Information Officers. These new certifications should include far more detail and experience with electronic information.

I think there is at least a need for:

CRA: Certified Records Analyst
CROM: Certified Records Operations Manager:
CRM: Certified Records Manager (which already exists)
SIM: Strategic Information Manager
SIO: Strategic Information Officer

The SIM and the SIO represent the future career paths for the information management professional. There are many opportunities for advancement that "records" personnel are shut out of because in many people's minds "records" will continue to mean hardcopy paper files. We as a profession must work to change that perspective or we will always be relegated to the basement. The time to do this is now - while records and in particular email and other electronic information is a prominent topic of discussion amongst upper management.

Gregg M Long JD, CRM
UnumProvident, Inc.
Electronic Record Analyst
Office:  423-508-6254
Mobile: 404-641-2676
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-----Original Message-----
From: Cunningham, Ray [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2002 4:16 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Electronic Records Certifications

Occasionally we have alluded to the possibility of electronic records
certification.  I was wondering if anyone has heard discussion of this,
particularly within AIIM. Is anyone contemplating doing something in this
area? Right now we have the CDIA which really only involves one domain of
the total electronic records knowledge base.
Is anyone offering an electronic records certificate?

Have you heard any rumors out there?


Raymond K. Cunningham, Jr. CRM, CA
Manager of Records Services
University of Illinois Foundation
Urbana IL

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