It’s been almost six months since I took and passed the CIP exam, becoming a Certified Information Professional. At that time I said I thought it was a valid measure of someone’s worth as an Information Professional. Since then, everyone I’ve talked to that has taken the exam has concurred.
If it is a valid measure, then those who have become a CIP are the kind of person you want in a senior role on any Information-centric project. Right? Is that a true statement?
What about a Big Data project?
Let’s be honest. Every certification in evolving fields has a certain latency in what it tests. The CIP doesn’t cover Big Data because even now, Big Data is still evolving. As I considered this weakness, I asked myself this question:
If I personally couldn’t be on a Big Data project upon which my organization needed, would having a CIP involved make me feel better about the potential for success?
The answer, after some thought, was Yes.
For that answer I have to go back to my exam experience. As you may recall, I took the exam without studying at all. I did not even take the Sample Exam for the CIP. While this isn’t a process I would recommend for anyone, I did gain some valuable insight into the true value of the exam. I also felt like I had failed the exam, though I did much better than failing.
How much better?
A passing score is 580 out of 800. I scored over 700.
It wasn’t easy. Remember, I thought I failed the exam when I finished. There were too many questions for which I had to deduce, rationalize, or make educated guesses. I knew some areas quite well. For other areas, I had to settle for just knowing the terms involved, even if I didn’t know the best practices.
And during the exam, my consulting fallback answer, It Depends, was not a valid answer.
What this tells me is that becoming a Certified Information Professional is more than a collection of terms. It is being able to apply that experience to new information challenges and coming out the other end with a success.
This means that someone who has proven themselves in the Information Management space with both projects and a CIP are likely equipped to tackle the latest technology to hit the space.
If you can find me an Information Professional who has passed the CIP, that might be the person needed to help lead that cutting edge Big Data project.