Today AIIM and the Institute of Certified Records Managers (ICRM) are announcing a new partnership agreement that promises to have a tremendously positive effect on the records management profession for a long time to come.
Going forward, ICRM Certified Records Manager (CRM) and ICRM Certified Records Analyst (CRA) candidates “who successfully complete the AIIM ERM Master designation can now receive credit for passing Part 5 of the ICRM exam. CRAs and CRMs will also receive special access to other select AIIM education courses and resources to meet their ongoing continuing education requirements.” (Read the full press release here.)
I have been an AIIM member for nearly 20 years and a member of the ICRM since 2005. AIIM has long recognized the vital role records managers play in the success of every organization, as well as the critical component that the records management discipline plays in every intelligent information management strategy. And, for more than 40 years, the ICRM has been the certifying body of the most important designation in records and information.
The explosive, uncontrolled growth of information over the last few decades is unsustainable. Left unchecked, it will eventually result in the failure of countless businesses and public institutions. And, as I noted in this blog post last April, this is a problem that can only be resolved by qualified, credible records management professionals.
This new partnership – along with the potential for an even deeper AIIM/ICRM partnership to come – will help reestablish the inherent value of traditional records management in modern organizations and is a significant leap forward in the struggle against runaway information chaos.