Do you have what it takes to work in records management? Or are you currently working in the field and want to take your career to the next level?
Records managers organize, classify, preserve, and store the records of an organization. They are also in charge of securing or reproducing information. As a records manager, you will oversee record management processes and ensure the efficiency and reliability of storage and filing systems. Those who wish to specialize in health records management usually obtain bachelor’s degrees in health information management. On the other hand, individuals who have a passion for historical documents and artifacts may choose to obtain a Master of Library Science degree and specialize in archive and records management. Several schools offer related graduate degrees that come with a records management post-graduate certificate.
Records management courses can include data management and control, information technologies, copyright laws, resource preservation, information organization, library management, basic database design, and cataloguing, among others. Those who are interested in completing shorter education programs may be able to find records management certificate programs offered by a variety of colleges and universities.
If you are interested in advancing your career, you may aim for voluntary certification. One such certifying body is the Institute of Certified Records Managers which offers the Certified Records Manager (CRM) designation. It is also the certifying organization for the Nuclear Information and Records Management Association (NIRMA) for the CRM/NS (Nuclear Specialist) designation. In addition, specialty certification in federal records management is available through the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
Available Certificate Programs for Records Managers
- The Records Management Certificate Program is offered by DePaul University through its Continuing and Professional Education arm. The program’s online courses are suited to individuals who want to boost their existing profession in the field of records management. Students who successfully complete the program will gain an understanding of the business and legal benefits of establishing a records retention program, as well as be able to establish guidelines for developing vital records operating procedures. These are only two of the benefits that students will receive from the certificate program.
- Long Island University’s Palmer School of Library and Information Sciences offers the Advanced Certificate in Archives and Records Management, both online and on-campus. This program prepares students for work preserving, managing and providing access to temporary and permanent records of companies, universities, libraries and non-profit groups. Records management courses are taught by internationally recognized faculty with extensive professional and scholarly experience in archives, electronic records, preservation, imaging systems and technology and library science. The program is offered to applicants with a master’s degree and a overall GPA of 3.0 in their previous graduate program, or a GRE test score of 300 (using the new scale), or an MAT test score of 412.
The Continuing Education department of the University of Central Florida offers a non-credit Records Management Certificate Program. Students will receive a basic overview of records management terminology, concepts, and procedures to enable them to successfully manage records in their workplaces. There are no prerequisites for the certificate program. It is available for adult students who wish to enhance their knowledge or jump-start their career in records management.