Now a certified AIIM Certified Information Professional

Everyone in the IT industry knows how important certifications are. Especially consultants and those in the services game know that customers like to have some kind of paper in their hands that can state how good the person is. That is one of the reasons I took the exam as a Certified Information Professional.

I am doing SharePoint consultancy for about 7 years, with first projects in SP 2003. Since I have a technical background, but went to work on the business side of IT, I was struggling on getting a proper certification: Microsoft offers a lot of certifications, but they are mainly for developers, system admins and key users. Ofcourse, being a SharePoint consultant means you need to know that stuff as well, because you need when you do projects as a one-man team.

But next to those titles, there is not a real certification out there for us, functional and business people. At a convention a few years ago, I learned about AIIM and their take on content management.


AIIM is the global community of information professionals. They provide the education, research and certification that information professionals need to manage and share information assets in an era of mobile, social, cloud and big data.

AIIM logo

Today, AIIM (Association for Information and Image Management) is a global, non-profit organization that provides independent research, education and certification programs to information professionals.

They offer training programs, conferences, webinars, reports, certification, communities and other.

You can become a free member or you could choose to become a paying member, which gives you access to discounts, templates, advice and mentorship.

AIIM is not very known in Belgium, although they are highly regarded in the US and the UK.

The exam

The exam itself consists of 100 questions, and you have 2 hours to complete them. It took me about 45 minutes.
The test isn’t really easy. Even though I did go trough some of the free video’s they offer, I still struggled on a lot of questions. Some because of the hefty use of big English words and terms, some because I really had to think about the answer.

This is not a SharePoint test or certification, it talks about ECM in the broad sense: capture, e-discovery, master data management, knowledge management, mobile, governance, cloud, … are some of the topics at hand.

certified information professional

A lot of the questions were “choose 2 of these 4 options” and some required a minute to think about it.

This is good: I don’t want a test that is too easy to complete. I want to feel good after I pass it. And now I know that whenever I hire someone that has passed this CIP, I know he will have a good understanding on what content management is!

My personal view: I think every business and functional consultant working with ECM (no matter what technology) should do this test!

About: Marijn

Marijn Somers (MVP) has over 14 years experience in the SharePoint world, starting out with SP2007. Over the years the focus has grown to Office 365, with a focus on collaboration and document management. He is a business consultant at Balestra and Principal Content Provider for "Mijn 365 Coach" that offers dutch employee video training. His main work tracks are around user adoption, training and coaching and governance. He is also not afraid to dig deeper in the technicalities with PowerShell, adaptive cards or custom formatting in lists and libraries. You can listen to him on the biweekly "Office 365 Distilled" podcast.

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