Knowledge Management Institute

Certified Knowledge Specialist (CKS)

Take 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 or Taxonomy, and more (see below).​

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Virtual Public Class Schedule

Knowledge Transfer Certification
Live Online, Jul 16-17, 9am-3pm ET
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Business Taxonomy & Ontology Certification
Live Online, Jul 23-24, 9am-4pm ET
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Organization Development Certification
Live Online, Jul 29-31, 9am-3:30pm ET
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Innovation Management Certification
Live Online, Sep 18-19, 9am-4pm ET
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Conversational Leadership Certification
Live Online, Oct 7-8, 9am-4pm ET
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Creative KM Certification
Live Online, Oct 15, 17, 22, 24 (half days, 9am-12:30pm ET)
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KM & User Engagement Certification
Live Online, Oct 22-23, 9am-4pm ET
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(New!) KM & Enterprise AI Certification
Live Online, Nov 5-6, 9am-4pm ET
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*Adding to a list means we will keep you posted on new dates and other news related to that course, or send a quote if requested.  You may opt-out of the list anytime.

Time zones are typically Eastern US (ET); anyone can join from other 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 Course Topics:

CKS - Business Taxonomy & Ontology

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

Format: 2-Day Live Class
Plus: 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
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CKS - Conversational Leadership

Now you can earn Certification in Conversational Leadership - the fast-growing and evolving art of conversation to improve communication in the workplace as well as our everyday lives.  Based on the highly praised "Conversational Leadership Workshop" delivered annually in recent years.

Format: 5-day Live Class
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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: 2-Day Live Class (delivered over 4 half days)
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CKS - Information Architecture

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

Format: 2-Day Live Class or Self-paced/E-learning
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CKS - Innovation Management

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

Format: 2-Day Live Class
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CKS - KM & User Engagement

We combine the latest Agile and Design Thinking methods with KM best practices to give you the tools to effectively engage your users for KM initiatives. 

Format: 2-Day 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
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CKS - Knowledge Transfer

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

 Format: 2-Day 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
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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

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Sarasota, FL, 34240 (USA)

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What's Coming Up

Certified Knowledge Manager (CKM) - Europe
Live Online July 22-25; click here...

Certified Knowledge Manager (CKM) - N. America
Live Online July 22-26; click here...

CKS - Business Taxonomy & Ontology - N. America
Live Online July 23-24; click here...

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