Knowledge Management Institute

Certified Knowledge Specialist (CKS)


Want a Deep Dive in a Hot KM Topic?  

Earn CKS Certification in one of six (6) 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, Information Architecture, and more (see below).​

Virtual Public Class Schedule

Interested in Self-paced E-learning instead? 
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Information Architecture Certification
2 days, Live Online, July 26-27, 2021. 
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Knowledge Transfer Certification
2 days, Live Online, Sept 21-22, 2021.
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Agile and Design Thinking Certification
2 days Live Online, Oct 5-6, 2021
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Classes are delivered live on Zoom and class times are typically 9-4 EST (Wash DC / NYC).

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Who Should Attend a CKS Program?

The Certified Knowledge Specialist classes are designed to meet the needs of:

  • New KMI students looking for a solid foundation in KM principles plus a "deep dive" into a special topic

  • Past KMI Grads holding either the CKP™ or CKM designation who would also like to explore a specialty topic

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: In-class only

CKS: Knowledge Transfer

Learn the proven 4-Step Knowledge Transfer Process; team facilitation and leadership.

 Format: In-class only

CKS: Information Architecture

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

Format: In-class and Self-paced/E-learning

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: In-class and Self-paced/E-learning

CKS: Knowledge Capture

Learn the proven "Knowledge Jam" method popularized in the book of the same name authored by KMI Instructor, Kate Pugh.

Format: E-learning only

CKS: Taxonomy

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

Format: E-learning only

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: E-learning only


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 (CKP/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 of 70% on each part is necessary to pass, and you may retake the test as many times as necessary to pass.  

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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KMI Calendar

CKM Public Class (US)

June 21-25, EST

CKM Public Class (Gulf)

July 12-15, GMT+3 (Gulf Standard)

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