The Information Specialist (INFO) Designation
The Free & Open Entry-Level Exam for the Information Profession
What Is The Information Specialist (INFO) Designation?
The INFO designation is ARMA's entry-level designation for the information profession. The INFO exam is based on the ARMA Guide to the Information Profession, a free resource that provides an outline of the information profession and discusses the knowledge that one must have to serve in the profession successfully. With the INFO designation and the ARMA Guide to the Information Profession, ARMA has developed and defined an open set of knowledge and an exam that together benefit the profession by harmonizing the minimum knowledge necessary for service in the profession.
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The INFO Designation
Unlike a certification, the INFO designation is designed to be entry-level. As such, its exam can be made available to all at no cost and without the overhead of testing centers. With the INFO designation, ARMA has made available a resource for companies and individuals to assert that they are prepared to serve in any role within the information profession. This designation will serve as a first step for individuals towards attaining their IGP certification, ARMA's comprehensive certification for information governance.
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Get Early Access to the INFO Designation Exam
Individuals from organizations that are sponsors of the ARMA InfoCon 2019 conference have the opportunity to take their INFO exam before it is available to all. The INFO designation also serves as the first step towards companies attaining their ARMA Preferred Solution Provider accreditation.
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ARMA Preferred Solution Provider Accreditation
The INFO Designation serves as one of the ways that solution provider companies (vendors, business partners) can achieve ARMA Preferred Solution Provider accreditation. When a certain percentage of 'applicable employees' attain either their INFO designation or IGP certification, that company can apply to receive ARMA Preferred Solution Provider accreditation.
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Taking Your INFO Designation Exam
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Download the ARMA Guide to the Information Profession, a free resource and guide to the INFO Designation.
Read the ARMA Guide to the Information Profession, learn, and prepare for your INFO exam.
Disciplines of the Information Profession
Topics include: Archiving, Compliance, Information Leadership / Strategy, Information Management, Information Technology (IT), Legal, Privacy, Records Management, and Security.
Foundational concepts include understanding the different between the terms "content", "data", "document", "information", "knowledge", and "Record"; the difference between Governance / Strategy and Management; the methods of Records Management currently employed in organizations; the Information Lifecycle; the differences between the terms "capture", "digitization", "imaging", "native creation", "scanning", and "upload"; Information Assurance vs. Information Security; and the relationship between the terms "backup", "business continuity", "disaster recovery", and "information assurance".
Core Elements of the Information Profession
Core elements of the Information Profession include: Archiving, Content Management, Data Governance, Data Management, data Storage, Document Management, Electronic Records Management, Enterprise Content Management (ECM), Enterprise File Synchronization & Sharing (EFSS), Information Architecture, Information Governance, Information Management, Knowledge Management, Records Management, Traditional Records Management, and Web Content Management.
Risk Reduction Elements of the Information Profession
Risk reduction elements of the Information Profession include: Audit, Backup, Compliance, Disaster Recovery, Discovery / eDiscovery, Information Access, Information Assurance, Information Security (Information Protection), and Privacy.
Structural / Process Elements of the Information Profession
Structural and Process elements of the Information Profession include: Auto-Classification, Business Process Management, Capture, Change Management, Content Services, Digitization, Enterprise Search, Forms, Imaging, Information Technology (IT), Interoperability, Metadata, Metrics, Migration, Mobility, Native Creation / Upload, Search, Social Media, Taxonomy, and Workflow.
Value Enhancement Elements of the Information Profession
Value enhancement elements of the Information Profession include: Big Data, Business Analysis, Business Intelligence, Collaboration, Content Analytics, Data Analytics, Data Visualization, Digital Transformation, Usability, and User Experience.
Emerging Elements of the Information Profession
Emerging elements of the Information Profession include: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain, Deep Learning (DL), Records & Information Management (RIM), and Retention Management.