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Certified Information Governance Professional

The Information Governance Professional (IGP) Certification

The Information Governance Professional (IGP) Certification is the premier certification focused exclusively on the high-level strategic practice of Information Governance. Those who have obtained their IGP have shown their mastery of the concepts of Information Governance - bringing together the various sub-disciplines of information (archiving, compliance, information management, information technology, legal and eDiscovery, privacy, records, and security) into a cohesive and comprehensive set of policies, practices, and strategies for their organizations. An IGP is a trusted resource to their organizations and a the designation is a requirement for many roles in organizations today including the roles of Director of Information Governance, Information Governance Manager, Information Manager, Director of Information, Director of Information Management, Chief Data Officer (CDO), Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO), and Chief Privacy Officer (CPO), among many others.

What is Information Governance (IG)? 

ARMA International defines information governance as a strategic, cross-disciplinary framework composed of standards, processes, roles, and metrics that hold organizations and individuals accountable for the proper handling of information assets. The framework helps organizations achieve business objectives, facilitates compliance with external requirements, and minimizes risk posed by substandard information handling practices.

An Information Governance Professional (IGP) is...

... a person who has earned ARMA's IGP Certification, which demonstrates they have the strategic perspective and the requisite knowledge to help an organization leverage information for maximum value while reducing the costs and mitigating the risks associated with using and governing information as a critical organizational asset.

Mission of the Information Governance Professional (IGP) Certification Program:

Provide an information governance credential within an ethical and professional framework to support individuals to deliver organizational value and reduce risk.

IGP Governance Board

The IGP program is governed by the IGP Governance Board, which is incorporated separately from ARMA International. This board guides the certification program, provides outreach to the profession, and clearly separates the functions and decisions related to certification from other ARMA International programs and goals. Read more here to view IGP board bios and descriptions. 

Why invest to become an IGP?

  • It helps improve the speed of business for your organization.
  • It will help you use information more effectively.
  • It will help you become more successful, professionally.

Become An IGP. Start With The IGP Application.

Once You've Applied (see above) & Received Your Testing Code, Schedule Your Exam:

You can find a list of available testing centers at

To schedule online, go to and click Schedule Online. You will be prompted to create a login and password and then to schedule your exam.

To schedule by phone, go to and click Schedule By Phone to find the phone number and hours of operation for the call center for your country. When you call, a customer-service agent will help you find the testing centers nearest you.

Schedule your exam as soon as possible after your application is approved. Your authorization will be valid for 12 months from the date of approval; after that you will need to reapply and pay new application and exam fees. The retest fee is $250. Click here for further details.

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Maintaining your Credential

Click here for details on recertification requirements.

IGP Continuing Education Credit

Do you want to award IGP credit for your educational event? Click here for the application for IGP credit approval.

Complete this application and email to along with event schedule, education content description, and speaker/ presenter info.

IGP Program Quick Links:

Application | Prep Questions | Re-Certification Requirements | Exam Blueprint | DACUM Chart | ADA Accommodation Request Form (if needed)

Digital Credentials and Badging

ARMA offers our professional community digital credentials through the use of digital badging. Show your certificate on your LinkedIn profile, website, or other professional space on the web. Click here to learn more.

Questions? Please e-mail