Knowledge Management Institute


Information Architecture/ECM Certification

Next Class: March 22-23, 2017, Washington DC

Welcome to the Certified Knowledge Specialist (CKS) in Information Architecture and Enterprise Content Management (ECM).


Have your ever experienced a situation when you just couldn't find
that document on your content management system or a specific job aid, standard operating procedure or knowledge article in your knowledge repository?

Are you perhaps using a system or website, where the navigation and naming of topics and subtopics don't quite pertain to what you do or how you perform your job?

Or, more frustratingly, are you finding that your organization has different names for the same or similar content and you are not sure if you found or are using the correct content?

A contributing cure for these many dilemmas (and possibly more) is to implement an information architecture that will drive a user centric taxonomy, metadata and associated keywords to enable consistent labeling, organization, categorization and “findability” of your content (information and knowledge).


Content managers needing to grow in the field of Information Architecture (AI) and Enterprise Content Management (ECM), specifically:

  • User Interface/Experience Designers
  • Search Analysts, Information Classification Specialists
  • Anyone with a Library Science background, Records Management,
    and Information Architecture
  • Plus - users of CM tools and Knowledge Management tools
    (such as eGain, Oracle KM, SharePoint, Tridion) will also benefit
    from taking this course.


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the principles of Information Architecture
  • Understand how to develop and apply an Information Model, Taxonomy and Metadata Schema
  • Understand the use and application of metadata
  • Understand the principles of card sorting and how to conduct a Card Sort
  • Understand how IA plays a key role in search and the overall user experience
  • Understanding Content Governance and its role in Information Architecture

Topics Covered

  • Information Architecture Principles: Information modeling, Building Taxonomies from the Information Model, Metadata development and use
  • Conducting the Card Sort
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • IA and the User Experience
  • Content (Information and Knowledge) Governance Principles and Practices

   KM-IA Toolkit Included --  Each student is provided a “KM-IA Toolkit” – including templates,
   guidelines, PowerPoint presentations, and sample work products.  This helps ensure all participants
   are productive by Day One
 at implementing IA methods in their organizations.

Course Overview PDF (downloadable, printable)...

Certification Formats: Blended (Online / Live Class) or Online Only

Blended: E-learning (10 hours) + Live Class (2 days), Exam and Certificate 


Blended students take the KMI "Foundation" course online, plus the 2-day IA Master class.  Note: past Grads (CKP/CKM) can bypass the "Foundation" course and take just the Master Class and exam.
Full Designation: CKS - Information Architecture

Online: E-Learning (self-paced, 20 hours), Exam and Certificate

Certification via Self-paced E-Learning - from your desktop! (Asynchronous).  Students take the "KM Foundation" and "IA Master Course" online.  Full designation: CKS - Information Architecture.

Meet your Instructor

  Dr. Anthony J Rhem serves as the President of A.J. Rhem & Associates, Inc., a privately held
  Information Systems Integration and Training firm located in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Rhem is an
  Information Systems professional with over thirty (30) years of experience, a published author,
  and educator, presenting the application and theory of Software Engineering Methodologies,
  Knowledge Management, and Artificial Intelligence.

  In addition Dr. Rhem serves as a Professor of Knowledge Management and Director of
                        ...Research at The Knowledge Systems Institute - Master of Science Knowledge Management

   In this video, Dr. Rhem briefly discusses "findability" 


Pricing Options - "Blended" and Online

1.  CKS - Information Architecture for New Students

Audience:  Students new to KM Institute, not previously Certified, who wish to earn the CKS designation.
Part One:  Study the "KM401" course, taught by KMI Chairman Douglas Weidner.
           ....    Choose either the Two-Day Live Workshop or Online.
Part Two:  Attend the Information Architecture Master class, taught by Dr. Rhem.
Post-Class:  Take an online Certification exam covering content from both the KM401 and Info Architecture
                     Master Class.
Certification: Upon successful completion, you will be awarded the "CKS-Info Arch" designation.
Next Class: March 20-23, 2017, Washington DC,  USA
Tuition: $2,695

2. CKS - Information Architecture for Past Grads

Audience:  Students *already* Certified with KMI - either CKP or CKM - who wish to earn the
           ...     additional CKS designation.
Two-Day Workshop:  Attend the Information Architecture Master class, taught by Dr. Rhem
Post-Class:  Take an online Certification exam covering content of the two-day Master Class.
Certification:  Upon successful completion, you will be awarded the "CKS-Info Arch" designation.
Next Class: March 22-23, 2017, Washington DC,  USA
Tuition: $1,795


3.  The Online/E-learning Version of the CKS for Info Arch 


    Now available!  Choose "Purchase Now" below for immediate access or "Request an Invoice"
    and we will send your invoice same day. 
Combines KMI's online "Foundation" course (KM401) with the online Master Course in Info Arch.  Online package includes Exam and Certificate (students may take the Exam as many times as necessary to pass - no extra charge), plus access to the KMI "Knowledge Hub" and other online communities - exclusively for Certification students.

Standard Rate - US$1995.00

Government/Military and Non-Profit Rate - US$1795.00


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