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How Do I Become a CIP?

To become a CIP you must take a certification exam. The exam is available from Prometric test centers across the world and costs USD $265. Candidates have 2 hours to answer 100 multiple choice questions.


There are no mandatory requirements, but AIIM recommends candidates to have a minimum of three years experience and increasing responsibility in one or more topical areas, or a bachelor's degree in an information management-related discipline (library science, information technology, information security, etc.) plus one year of experience. The certification is open to anyone; it is not necessary to be a member of AIIM to take the exam.

Taking the Exam

The exam is available year-round through Prometric testing centers across the world. To register for the exam, go to the Prometric page at On that page, click the Start button to locate test sites or schedule an exam appointment. The cost of the exam is $265.

Candidates will be required to accept the Candidate Agreement in order to take the exam.

The proctored exam will feature 100 multiple-choice questions and will be delivered electronically via Prometric. Candidates will have 2 hours to complete the exam; candidates with disabilities will be granted accommodations to enable them to complete the examination.

Candidates must score 560 or higher to pass the exam. Once the candidate completes the exam, he/she will receive the exam score report

immediately from the test center.

Exam Retake Policy

In the event a candidate fails the exam, the candidate will be required to wait 14 calendar days from the date of the exam to take the exam again. In the event the candidate fails again, the candidate will be required to wait 90 calendar days before taking the exam again.

If it is determined that a candidate has violated the retake policy, the candidate may not be eligible to register and/or schedule any certification examination for a minimum period of twelve (12) calendar months from the date of such determination.

Candidates only may challenge exam questions within 1 month of taking the exam. A written description of the grounds for the appeal must be sent, along with Candidate’s contact information and Candidate number, to: .

Challenges will be reviewed by members of the AIIM Education Advisory Group. Any decisions of the AIIM Education Advisory Group are subject to the review of AIIM’s Board of Directors, in the sole discretion of the AIIM Board of Directors.

You’re Certified! Now What?

Within 3-4 weeks of passing the exam you will receive an email from AIIM that will congratulate you on your achievement and that will include a link to access and download your Certification credentials and certificate and the Certified Information Professional logo. You will have to agree to the program agreement in order to access your materials.

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