SOURCE: AIIM - The ECM Association

January 24, 2006 09:15 ET

AIIM Announces New Industry Precedent for Electronic Records Management Education

Industry Association Educates Organizations on the Need for Better Control of Their Electronic Information

SILVER SPRING, MD -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 24, 2006 -- AIIM - The Enterprise Content Management Association launches new certificate program for Electronic Records Management. The new Electronic Records Management (ERM) Certificate Program is designed from global best practices among AIIM's 50,000 members. The program examines records management in relation to the business needs of all types of organizations both in the public and private sector, embracing all records but with a particular emphasis on electronic records. Business Managers, IT Managers, Compliance Officers, Archivists, Librarians, Risk Managers, Records Managers, as well as solution providers, sales consultants, project managers, and technical staff will benefit from this new industry-leading program.

"We are in a time where every organization, large or small, must have control over its electronic information," states John Mancini, President of AIIM. "Legal ramifications, time inefficiencies, and unnecessary spending are all consequences of uncontrolled electronic information. Not having an Electronic Records Management (ERM) system simply isn't an option."

Working with Cornwell Consulting Plc -- internationally respected experts in ERM and the main authors of the MoReq standard in Europe for the European Commission -- and vetted by North American and European advisory groups consisting of leading end-users, suppliers, consultants and analysts, the curriculum represents industry best practices on the effective ERM implementation (see below).

"Based on the work that AIIM does with thousands of document and records management end-users and solution providers, we know that this program will rapidly become the industry standard for Electronic Records Management education and training," states Atle Skjekkeland, AIIM Education Executive Director and Managing Director of AIIM Europe. "You will soon see ERM designations in request for proposals, required job skills, business cards, email footers, company presentations, and, as a way to document a person's or organization's ERM knowledge."

The ERM Certificate Program is designed for end-users, suppliers, and the channel. Three levels of certificates will be awarded -- Practitioner, Specialist, and Master -- to recognize accomplishment of course objectives. Programs are available exclusively as onsite training classes while others may be taken online.

--  The ERM Strategy workshop ("Why ERM?"), 1 day executive awareness
--  The ERM Practitioner program ("What is ERM?"), 17 online modules or 2
    day training class
--  The ERM Specialist program ("How to implement ERM?"), 12 online
    modules or 2 day training class
--  The ERM Master program ("Putting it all together"), 4 day training
Details on the Electronic Records Management Certificate Program can be found at

The AIIM Education Advisory Group consists of representatives from the US and Europe, who have defined and reviewed the program content: @doc, Adobe, Booz Allen Hamilton, Canon, Cornwell Management Consultants, CreditSuisseFirstBoston, Docubase, Doculabs, EMC Documentum, FBI, FileNet, Gartner, Gimmal Group, GlaxoSmithKline, Hummingbird, Hyland Software, JPMorgan Chase, Kent State University, Marion County Health Department, NHS National Services Scotland, Ricoh, Open Text, Ovum, SAP, Stellent, The Cabinet Office of UK, The National Archives of UK, TIAA-CREF, Tower Software, US District Courts, PwC, and Xerox Global Services.

About AIIM ( - The Enterprise Content Management Association

AIIM is the international authority on Enterprise Content Management (ECM) -- the tools and technologies used to capture, manage, store, preserve, and deliver content and documents related to organizational processes. ECM enables four key business drivers: Continuity, Collaboration, Compliance, and Costs.

For over 60 years, AIIM has been the leading non-profit organization focused on helping users to understand the challenges associated with managing documents, content, records, and business processes. Today, AIIM is international in scope, independent, implementation-focused, and, as the representative of the entire ECM industry -- including users, suppliers, and the channel -- acts as the industry's intermediary.

As a neutral and unbiased source of information, AIIM serves the needs of its members and the industry by providing educational opportunities, professional development, reference and knowledge resources, networking events, and industry advocacy.

Contact Information

  • Contact:

    Beth Mayhew
    Senior Manager, Marketing, Branding & Public Relations
    AIIM - The ECM Association
    Tel 301.755.2681
    Email Contact

    Atle Skjekkeland
    AIIM Education Executive Director & Managing Director AIIM Europe
    AIIM - The ECM Association
    Tel 301.755.2657
    Tel UK + 44 (0) 1905.727.600
    Email Contact