Knowledge Management Institute

KM Competencies/Standards

A Word About Certification and Standards

We are occasionally asked about our certifications, and how KM Institute's credentials compare to other certification bodies -- certainly a fair question, and one we are happy to address.  Let's break down some of the most common questions asked...

How can someone be "Certified in KM" if there are so many areas of KM, and differing philosophies and approaches?

Over the years, this question has come up in various discussion forums and we have a pretty simple answer for it: We teach the content necessary to earn the KM Institute Certified Knowledge Manager (CKM) designation (for example).  We do not claim to be the only Certification program, nor the only training a Knowledge Manager might need if he/she would prefer various perspectives.  We simply deliver the KM Institute methodology, a proven approach of KM best practices using methods and principles backed by years of development and practical application.  

Some suggest you can't "certify" a practice that is not universally applied or accepted by an independent body.

Since KM is a young discipline, to date there has not emerged an independent accreditation body.  The CKM designation (for example) is not like the PMP (for Project Management), which has a unique set of methods and teachings understood and agreed to by the PM Global Community.  KM, on the other hand, may encompass a host of different approaches to start or improve one's KM practice, and KMI seeks to provide the learner the best methods used across multiple sectors and cultures. 

In the process, KMI Certification has become the best-known, most widely accepted Certification in KM, but we do not claim to be the only training program someone needs.

KM Competency

A movement is afoot to create standards in KM education and certification, spearheaded by several esteemed academics from a number of leading Universities where KM is taught at the Master's and Doctoral levels.  These academics have recently joined forces with "AIIM" - the Association of Information and Image Management, a global, non-profit organization that provides independent research, education and certification programs to information professionals, to create standards for the KM profession. 

To quote from AIIM's "Call for Participation in Knowledge Management Standards" document:

"AIIM’s standards development and credentialing infrastructure will support development of three standards, including:

  • Standards and credentialing of competencies for individuals as knowledge management professionals, including different levels of professional development, variety of areas of specialization; 

  • Standards and certification of organizations as knowledge organizations, with reference to different levels of maturity and various efforts of specializations; 

  • Standards and credentialing of education and training programs, with reference to different levels of intensity and coverage."

KM Institute is rapidly mapping its own curriculum to be in sync with the emerging standards outlined by AIIM.  We anticipate that, when these standards are fully developed and recognized, KMI will be aligned and quickly achieve accreditation by this board.

Please take a look at a video presentation we have created to explain more about emerging KM Competency Areas, and how KM Institute's curriculum is designed to train you and your organization to achieve these competencies:

 
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