Knowledge Management Institute

Certified Knowledge Specialist (CKS)

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Want a Deep Dive in a Hot KM Topic?  

Earn CKS Certification in one of ten KM Specialty Areas.  Go in-depth in the topic of your choice and learn from an expert instructor in a Master Class.

The CKS is a 2-Part course combining the core of the acclaimed CKM program ("KM Foundation"/online), plus the Master Class covering your special topic, such as Knowledge Transfer, Agile and Design Thinking, and more (see below).​

Virtual Public Class Schedule

Organizational Development Certification
Live Online, Jun 26-28, 9am-4pm ET
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Innovation Management Certification
Live Online, Jun 28-29, 9am-4pm ET
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Knowledge Transfer Certification 
Live Online, Jul 18-19, 9am-3pm ET
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Business Taxonomy and Ontology Certification 
Live Online, Sep 12-13, 9am-4pm ET
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Creative Knowledge Management (North America and Europe)
Live Online, Oct 16, 18, 23, 25 (half days, 9am-1pm ET)
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Conversational Leadership Certification 
Live Online, Oct 30-Nov 3, 10am-4pm ET
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Agile & Design Thinking Certification 
New dates added soon for '23!
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Time zones are typically Eastern US (ET); anyone can join from outside class time zones.  Each program includes our “KM Foundation” online course for new students to KMI (past grads may bypass this).

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Available CKS Topics

CKS: Agile and Design Thinking

 Engage in a KM strategy, design, prioritization, and implementation effort, using proven Agile and Design Thinking methods and techniques for the Knowledge Manager.

 Format: Live Class only
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CKS: Business Taxonomy & Ontology

Learn solutions for building your own taxonomy and improving 'findability' in the workplace.

Format: Live Class (self-paced e-learning program is an optional add-on)
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CKS: Change Management

The most comprehensive online change management course available today, this course teaches the skills, tips, techniques, and tools you need to be successful in your change management effort. 

Format: Self-paced E-learning only
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CKS: Creative Knowledge Management

Our newest CKS course based on the popular "Radical KM" Methodology; learn to master the creative side to KM
using 'out of the box' concepts anyone can use.

Format: Live Class
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CKS: Information Architecture

Learn IA and Enterprise Content Management strategy and best practices to build your own IA initiative.

Format: Self-paced/E-learning
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CKS: Innovation Management

Learn Innovation techniques and KM strategies for increased organizational innovation and learning.

Format: Live Class
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CKS: Knowledge Capture

Learn the proven "Knowledge Jam" method popularized by the book "Sharing Hidden Know-How," authored by KMI Instructor, Kate Pugh.

Format: Self-paced E-learning only
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CKS: Knowledge Transfer

Learn the proven Knowledge Transfer Process, plus other important Knowledge Retention techniques; team facilitation and leadership.

 Format: Live Class
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CKS: ​Social KM; Collaboration and Community Management

Learn how Social Business and KM methods can merge to foster healthy and sustainable Communities within your organization.

Format: Self-paced E-learning only
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Simple Path to CKS Certification ...

New students will take KMI's Online "Foundation" course (KM401), plus the Master Course of your choice, and earn CKS Certification in your topic!
Note!  Past Grads (CKS/CKM) can by-pass the "Foundation" course and start with the Master class or course; take the exam for your topic and earn CKS Certification.

Testing is part of your Certification package; there are no additional fees, and your Certificate is ready to print immediately after you pass.  A score greater than 70% on each part is necessary to pass, and you may retake the test as many times as necessary - no extra fee.  

Further Enrichment:  The KMI Knowledge Hub  

   Your KM learning doesn't stop when you achieve Certification.  As an added bonus, all
   Certification students receive a free membership in the KMI Knowledge Hub, designed
   as your "go to" location for:

  • Continuous Learning  – via Training Videos - presentations by subject matter experts on
    specialty areas relevant to KM practitioners
  • New Content – leverage new content and enhancements to the Certification program
  • Future Course enhancements - our Hub members will be the first to know when new/premium offerings
    are available!


Group or Private class? 

Let us come to you!  With a minimum size class of 10 students (North America) and 12 students internationally, KMI can deliver a private CKS class at your location or nearby hotel.


  • We come to you!
  • Save on travel
  • The Team learns together
  • Focus on your team's hot-button issues
  • Low cost per student

Please contact KMI for special rates and availability. 
Please allow at least 30 days to coordinate and schedule.


Contact us or Call: (US) 703-327-7096

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How to Contact Us

3554 Founders Club Drive, 
Sarasota, FL, 34240 (USA)

Phone:         (US) 1-703-327-7096

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What's Coming Up

Certified Knowledge Manager (N America)
Jun 26-30, click here...

Organization Development Certification
Jun 26-28, click here...

Certified Knowledge Manager (Europe)
Jul 24-27, click here...

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