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IGP Certification

The Information Governance Professional (IGP) Certification

The Information Governance Professional (IGP) Certification logo

ARMA, like nearly all certification providers, partners with an external testing center network to administer our exams. Pearson Vue testing center availability currently varies by country due to COVID-19. Please check the latest updates on testing center availability. To address the situation, ARMA is extending the test window for all pending IGP candidates whose test windows are set to expire before the end of September 2020. The test window for all such candidates will be extended through September 30, 2020. ARMA International continues to monitor closely the evolving situation around COVID-19. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Attain Your Information Governance Professional (IGP) Certification

Earn your IGP and display your information governance expertise. The IGP is the premier certification focused exclusively on the high-level, strategic practice of information governance. An IGP is a trusted resource in their organization, and the designation is a requirement for many roles 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 others.

Bolster your career and build your future path by attaining your IGP certification. Your IGP demonstrates that you have the strategic perspective and the requisite knowledge to help your organization leverage information for maximum value while reducing the costs and mitigating the risks associated with this critical organizational asset.

IGP Certification Benefits

Become A Certified IGP

To become a certified information governance professional (IGP), follow this simple process:

It's easy to start. Create your account (if you don't already have one) and log in. (The non-member option is free of charge, or become a Professional Member of ARMA and unlock additional resources.) Complete your IGP application, which asks simple questions, such as your name, contact information, and experience levels. You'll receive a link when your application is approved so that you can pay your exam fee (currently $599 USD). That's it; you've started the process of becoming a certified IGP.

Once you've completed your application and paid your exam fee, you will receive your "candidate ID." With your candidate ID, you can schedule your exam at a Pearson Vue testing location near you. (There are testing centers available worldwide.)

View the list of available testing centers at Schedule online at and click Schedule Online. You will be prompted to create a login and password and then to schedule your exam. Schedule by phone at 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.

Note: 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 additional exam fees. If you fail the exam, the retest fee is $250.

For additional scheduling details, please click here.

Other information:

Now it's time to prepare for your exam. See the list of ARMA resources, below, in the "Study Resources" section.

Here are the details you'll need as a new IGP, or to retest for your IGP, or to maintain your IGP certification.

Once you've taken your IGP exam and passed, you'll receive notice at your testing center. If you passed, congratulations - you'll receive your digital badge and additional confirmation via email from ARMA.

If you didn't pass, you'll receive a report from your testing center with a breakdown of the domains and scoring for future study. There is a fee associated with retesting (currently $250 USD).

The IGP certification is awarded for a period of three years. Certificants are required to recertify before their certification expires. Certificants will be required to comply with all recertification requirements. 60 CEUs must be earned during the three-year cycle - 20 CEUs per year. You must maintain your personal CEU records and supporting paperwork (around 10% of recertificants are audited). For additional recertification details, see IGP recertification requirements.