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Critical Education For Information Professionals Like You

Since 1955, ARMA International has been the consistent provider of the education that information professionals rely on. Whether you're looking to improve your skills or move up the career ladder, ARMA International certificates courses are here for you.

Certificate Programs:

Essentials of Information Governance Essentials of Records and Information Management Essentials of The Principles Professional Leadership Certificate

Certification-Related Programs:

Becoming a Certified Information Governance Professional (IGP)

Designations/Accreditation Programs:

Information Specialist Designation ARMA Preferred Solution Provider Accreditation

All ARMA Educational Offerings:




Certifications cover a broad body of knowledge – often an entire field.

Certificates, in contrast, usually cover a focused or specialized body of knowledge within a field.

In certifications, the focus is on assessing current knowledge and skills within a field.

Certificates first focus on training individuals to achieve certain knowledge or skills and then assessing their attainment of it.

Certifications usually have eligibility requirements (such as years of work experience), ongoing requirements (such as continuing education, renewal fees), and/or recertification requirements.

Certificates can be dated with a validation period to encourage participants to retake the program or portions of it to stay current. However, they are most like a diploma and once earned do not require ongoing maintenance, such as continuing education, reassessment, renewal fees.

Certifications usually include passing of an assessment covering a broad area of knowledge and skills.

Certificates include passing of a comprehensive assessment covering the specific training program for the certificate.

Certifications usually award a title and a designation, such as the ICRM’s Certified Records Manager and “CRM” or ARMA’s Information Governance Professional and “IGP.”

Certificates award a certificate (like a diploma) so that individuals can list the attainment on résumés, such as ARMA International’s Essentials of RIM Certificate’s “Essentials of RIM Certificate Holder.”

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.

If you have questions, please refer to your certificate program FAQs or e-mail us at