You know it’s hard out here for a CIP
When he tryin’ to get this money for the rent
For the Civics and gas money spent
Because we waitin’ to see if this cert legit….
(paraphrase of Three 6 Mafia)
John Mancini, President of AIIM, announced a new certification to be offered by AIIM over a year ago. The idea was that back when dinosaurs roamed the earth we didn’t even know that Project Managers were a real thing. People did project management. But it was shortly after the dawn of the industrial revolution that we certified these strange beasts. Now in our enlightened state we understand that Project Managers are a distinct species. You can’t have just anyone do this kind of work.
AIIM has created a certification to distinguish what it believes to be another unique species: the Information Professional. The association has set out to offer the “premier credential in the industry” by “establishing standards, creating a fair examination process, granting certification to information professionals who meet its standards, and communicating the value of the credential to employers and clients” (AIIM).
I remember an initial flurry around the Twitterverse, as folks took their certification exams and posted exuberantly of their success. I’ve seen the credential “CIP” (i.e. Certified Information Professional) show up on some LinkedIn profiles. But so far, I don’t think we’ve seen the market answer definitively that this certification is something employers will in fact a) require for new hires or b) pay a premium salary.
These are the reasons we get certified in things, correct? To gain employment or to increase our value?
Here’s my take. The CIP is valuable, or rather it will be. But no matter how ready the culture of any organization is to embrace this new role, the change is not going to happen overnight or even in the next year. This is a long game. It is going to require a lot more evangelism and blood, toil, sweat, and tears, before we see Fortune 500 Organizations hiring someone because they are a CIP.
I have no evidence to back any of this up. But I would love to hear from you. Are you a CIP? Have you gotten paid? Are companies hiring based on this yet? Let me know in the comments.