CRM Exam Preparation

Greetings colleagues, anyone preparing to sit the above exam by the end of this year? What are you using to prepare in addition to RMU webinars?

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We also review the outline posted in the ICRM website and practice the sample tests. There is a bibliography that is also recommended.

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It is also very important to get a mentor who would assist you in this venture. This can be done through the ICRM website.

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I will not be taking the exam, but I always thought of taking it. I haven’t taken any exam of any kind since 1995, so that worries me. An old colleague of mine, who has his CRM, said I could pass the first four exams without studying. That comment alone makes me nervous. Even with 20 years of Record Management experience and constantly taking classes and webinars yearly, I would still need to study, if I took the exam one day. I wish the certification was longer than 5 yrs though. A lot of work just to retake the exam every 5 years. That’s another reason why I haven’t taken it yet. Good luck to all of those who are taking it. - Rob

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Hi Rita,
Noted with thanks. I will definitely practice those.

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Hi Robert,
Much thanks for your well wishes. I just want to say don’t underestimate the experience and webinars they provide a lot of knowledge that is useful for passing the exam as well.

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Robert, you do not need to retake the exam every 5 years. You just need to earn 100 hours of certification maintenance credits within 5 years to keep up your certification. You can earn the credits a variety of ways, including taking courses, viewing webinars and conferences, teaching RIM classes, etc. The full list is on the ICRM website. It is not that difficult to do, and it helps keep you up to date on what is happening in the RIM world.

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Hi Carol
that’s right!

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thanks Carol. I was misinformed. Great info.

Naynay-I take about 20-30 hours of webinars each year just for my own benefit. Anything from FEITH or Gardner I sign up for. So I am not CRM certified, but I am very well rounded in the most up to date topics and new regulations concerning Records Management. I have been in Records Management in one way or another for 20 years now. I also created an Electronic Library on various news articles and topics for our staff at my company to use and read if they are interested in Records Management. No one is but me, but I created it anyway and filled the folders with tons of articles and printouts. ;o) I would love to be CRM certified, but I think I would have a hard time passing the exams as I haven’t had to take a test since 1995.

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Hey Robert,
I too felt like you and have procrastinated about sitting the exam. I heard about the exam at my first ARMA Conference in the early 90s at that time the great hurdle was to get the requisite qualifications to apply. Even after that I still felt I wasn’t quite there yet. It wasn’t until friends at AIIM encouraged me to take the CIP that I decided to rethink CRM. I’m almost there, I applied and was accepted to I’m getting ready to take the plunge…like Nike, “Just Do It!” you’ll be surprised at what you have stored in that RM arsenal of yours LOL!!

Thanks Naynay for the kind words. See I didn’t even know until now I needed requisite qualifications. I thought if I paid money, I could take it. Needing prerequisites is more of a deterrent to taking it and passing it. For my role, I don’t need a CRM license and my company won’t give me any bonus for passing it, so why take it? For a future job, yes, perhaps, but I’ve been at my current company for 5+ yrs now and have no interest in leaving. Sure this is a narrowminded way of thinking, but there seems to be a lot of work just to take this CRM exam and I feel at this time in my career, I just don’t need it. If I did all the prep work and prerequisites to take and exam and failed it, I would probably not take it again. Sorry.

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ICRM

Well you have 20 yrs. RM experience which is way more than required. You would only have to provide references and the documentation (job description counts) to show that you have experience in the areas they specify. I’ve indicated the link below if you want to visit for further general info.

https://www.icrm.org/

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Thanks I will certainly check it out as well as the CIP Exam. I never heard of it to be honest, so maybe that is a better starting point than a full-fledged CRM certification? I’ll check it out. Thanks. ;o) - Rob

Not a problem Robert,

www/aiim.org has the CIP information and all the resources online you need to study and practice.

thanks again. ;o) - Robert

I would LOVE to get my certification, however I’m only at about 3 1/2 years of “professional experience” required for the exam. I started as a File Clerk 5 years ago, and I’m currently titled as a Records Specialist for the New York City Office of the Mayor. I’ve been in RMU since spring 2016, and I have worked on extensive projects for both the State and the CIty of NY. It would benefit me TREMENDOUSLY if I can get it this year. Any advice? Does anyone think I have a shot at being accepted?

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Angee,
I say give it a try. The extensive project experience may be a plus in your situation.

Naynay,
Thanks I thought it might be! Figured whats the worst that can happen? I get accepted and pass? LOL :slight_smile:

Angee
Go for it Lady! You’ve got more to gain in any event

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