IIM Certifications


  • Information management and security are broad and diverse field that encompasses many different disciplines and practices, and comprises a continuum of people, process, and technical dimensions that range from data collection to decision-making. Every organization and every individual has records! Business offices, government agencies, nonprofit groups, educational institutions, and medical facilities just to name a few must deal with enormous amounts of records on a daily basis. Executives and support staff are inundated with data and information in various formats and this poses great challenges as they are created daily and inadvertently needs to be properly managed, secured and easily retrieved when needed. In light of these, one of our primary goals is to provide quality education and support materials needed to enable the understanding and application of the IIM Certification programmes in a wide-range of contexts.

    The Certification programmes are designed with an in-depth accredited eLearning and classroom courses provided by the Institute of Information Management (IIM). 

What is IIM Certification Programme?

  • The Institute of Information Management (IIM) certification programme is designed with the aim of developing professional competence in the ever growing complexity of Information Management, serving as a resource for grooming qualified professionals in the area of capacity building, technical and academic competence in the field of information management and security.

Benefits of IIM Certification

Certification: Guarantee of Competence

  • While the benefits of applying sound information management and security practices vary depending on the organization’s needs, candidates stand to gain the following after qualifying as IIM Certified graduates:


    • Validate your information management knowledge, skill and practice
    • Be more engaged in the profession
    • Increase your confidence in ability to do the job
    • Get recognition for your qualification and ability from employers.
    • Remain current and competitive
    • Learn from previous experience
    • Get a transferable credential


    • Optimizes productivity, efficiency and quality of work
    • Builds organizational capacity
    • Creates a positive corporate image
    • Improved quality service provision
    • Obtain services that meet business, customer and user demands
    • Acquire Integrated centralized processes
    • Risk reduction


    • Provides benchmarks and standard of practice
    • Creates a common understanding and language
    • Recognizes knowledge, skill and practice
    • Demonstrable performance indicators.
    • Professional roles and responsibilities defined in service provision. 

Who can benefit from IIM Certification?

  • It is important to consider a range of stakeholders who can benefit from improved knowledge and competence in their career / profession:

    These stakeholders could be from any of these backgrounds or disciplines:

    Target Audience
    • Senior Management
    • IT Staff
    • Health Information Managers
    • Business Analysts
    • IT Management
    • Document Controllers
    • Technical Staff
    • Data Managers
    • Information Managers
    • Information Technician
    • Record Management Personnel
    • Information Analysts
    • Business Unit Managers
    • Archivists
    • Information Security Staff
    • Customers
    • Project Engineers
    • Business Administrators
    • Human Resources Professionals
    • IM Coordinators
    • Implementation Team – (IT and Business)
    • Solution Providers, Vendors and Suppliers
    • Financial Management Professionals
    • Executives
    • Business Managers
    • Change Agents
    • Project Managers
    • End users.
    • Information Security Staff
    • Other IM related disciplines

IIM Certification Process

  • The IIM Certification program is a distinctively designed industry certification. First of its kind anywhere in the World ensuring that professionals are equipped with the fundamentals of information management and security practice by passing through a common and compulsory certification stages before specializing in their preferred information management/security discipline (Master).

    Achieving IIM certification is dependent on any of the following: educational background, professional work experience or passing the appropriate proctor examination(s).

Certification Options / Paths

1. Foundation Stage

  • IIM Foundation Stage is meant for individuals interested in developing a career in information management, who lack the required IMP examination registration qualifications.

What qualify you for foundation stage?

  • ·          Undergraduate

    ·         OND


    ·         SSCE

2. Compulsory Stages

  • The Institute of Information Management (IIM) offers three (3) levels of compulsory certification paths:

    1. Information Management Professional IMP® - Stage I -  5 Modules       
    2. Information Management Professional IMP® - Stage II - 5 Modules
    3. Information Management Professional IMP® - Stage III - 5 Modules 

IIM Certifications - The Industry Standard for Professional Competence in Information Management

3. Master Certification

  • Masters Options
    The Institute of Information Management (IIM) offers four (4) different master certification options: 

    1. Certified Document Management Professional CDMP® - 3 Modules
    2. Certified Health Information Management Professional CHIMP® - 3 Modules           
    3. Certified Information Security Professional CISP® - 3 Modules 
    4. Certified Records and Information Management Professional  CRIMP® - 3 Modules
    5. Certified Geographic Information Systems Professional CGISP® - 3 Modules

IIM Certifications - The Industry Standard for Professional Competence in Information Management

IM Certification Examination

  • IIM certification requires that candidates attend the pre-certification training classes (Online or Classroom) prior to attempting the certification examination / testing except in a situation where they are applying for exemption(s). To register for certification examination/testing or exemption, all candidates must complete and submit an application form (online/offline) with supporting documentation indicating acceptable work experience and education in case of exemption.


  • Applicants may not sit for the examination until their credentials (the application form with supporting documentation) have been approved by the Certification Standards Committee. Applicants who, in the judgment of that Committee, do not furnish adequate written documentation of acceptable education and experience may be offered the opportunity to provide additional supporting material. If acceptable documentation is still not received by the requested date, their files will be closed. They may apply again (as a “Resubmission”) at such time as they can provide the proper documentation.

    All applicants will be contacted within two (2) months of their initial application and informed of their status, i.e. approved, requesting additional information or denied.

IM Certification Exemption

  • The process of exemption require that credentials are reviewed and evaluated by the IIM’s Certification Standards Committee to determine if the requirements for the certification applied for have been met. Evidence of pre-certification training will be required for those taking the examination/testing.

Exemption procedure

  • Relevant qualifications may be considered for exemption. Exemption shall be granted on the following basis:


    Assessment Path 


    • Knowledge 

               Exam (Professional exams and IIM professional training programmes)

    • Portfolio–based Assessment Path : Skill Demonstration

    Good option for those with many years of professional work experience. Acceptable work experience at the professional level includes the following: conducting studies and surveys or developing, designing and implementing systems; having direct operational or managerial responsibility for Programmes; or teaching courses for an accredited institution of higher education on a full time basis in relevant field. 

    • Education 

    Applicants who properly demonstrate achievement of a Bachelor’s degree (Bsc.) or Higher National Diploma (HND) from an accredited institution of higher education must also demonstrate two (2) years of professional experience in any of the five (5) relevant modules at any level of the Certification Programme. Alternatively, two (2) years of relevant professional experience can be substituted for each year of college education. 


    NB: IIM certification examination is open to registered members of the Institute and non-members.


    Pre-Certification training classes

    The IIM classroom / online Pre-Certification Training Programs (Bootcamp) are designed in line with the International best practices, and leading to IIM professional designations (IMP I – III) & Master (CDMP®, CHIMP®, CISP®, CRIMP®, CGISP®) designations.

    Applying for IIM Certification Examination

    In all cases, applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable fee of USD 16 for processing. Applicants who fail to meet mandatory qualifications are required to resubmit a new application form (including a new processing fee) if they request reconsideration.


    All applicants must be accepted as candidate before applying for either exemption or examinations/testing. In case of examination/testing, a candidate must pass a stage before advancing to the next stage. 

    Refund Policy

    Fees are only refundable if a  candidate cancels his/her registration 24 hours prior to their scheduled exam. Candidates must notify the exam administration.  Examination/testing application and fees must be submitted to IIM, by the deadline established for each examination. All payments must be in United States currency for foreign candidates not residing in Nigeria. A request for refund will attract an administration fee of 25% of the examination fees paid. 
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