ARMA International

Certifications offered by ARMA International

Certifications offered by ARMA International


About ARMA International

ARMA International is a not-for-profit professional association and the authority on governing information as a strategic asset.
The association was established in 1955. Its approximately more than 10,000 members include information managers, information governance professionals, archivists, corporate librarians, imaging specialists, legal professionals, IT managers, consultants, and educators, all of whom work in a wide variety of industries, including government, legal, healthcare, financial services, and petroleum in the United States, Canada, and more than 30 other countries around the globe.
ARMA International offers invaluable resources such as:

  • Legislative and regulatory updates
  • Standards and best practices
  • Technology trends and applications
  • Live and Web-based education
  • Marketplace news and analysis
  • Books and videos on managing records and information
  • Global network of 10,000+ records and information management professionals

ARMA International publishes Information Management magazine, the only professional journal specifically for professionals who manage information as part of their job description. The award-winning IM magazine is published bi-monthly and features articles on the hottest topics in information governance today, as well as marketplace news and analysis.
The association also develops and publishes standards and guidelines related to records management. It was a key contributor to the international records management standard, ISO-15489.
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Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles

Information governance is key to your organization’s success. With the Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles®, you have a way to benchmark, improve, and govern your organization’s information.

Records and recordkeeping are inextricably linked with any organized activity. It is only through the information an organization records in the normal course of business that it can know what it has done and effectively plan what it will do in the future. As a key resource in the operation of any organization, records must be created, organized, secured, maintained, and used in a way that effectively supports the activity of that organization, including:

  • Facilitating and sustaining day-to-day operations
  • Supporting predictive activities such as budgeting and planning
  • Assisting in answering questions about past decisions and activities
  • Demonstrating and documenting compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and standards

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  1. Principle of Accountability
    A senior executive (or a person of comparable authority) shall oversee the information governance program and delegate responsibility for records and information management to appropriate individuals. The organization adopts policies and procedures to guide personnel and ensure that the program can be audited. More…
  2. Principle of Integrity
    An information governance program shall be constructed so the information generated by or managed for the organization has a reasonable and suitable guarantee of authenticity and reliability. More…
  3. Principle of Protection
    An information governance program shall be constructed to ensure a reasonable level of protection for records and information that are private, confidential, privileged, secret, classified, or essential to business continuity or that otherwise require protection. More…
  4. Principle of Compliance
    An information governance program shall be constructed to comply with applicable laws and other binding authorities, as well as with the organization’s policies. More…
  5. Principle of Availability
    An organization shall maintain records and information in a manner that ensures timely, efficient, and accurate retrieval of needed information. More…
  6. Principle of Retention
    An organization shall maintain its records and information for an appropriate time, taking into account its legal, regulatory, fiscal, operational, and historical requirements. More…
  7. Principle of Disposition
    An organization shall provide secure and appropriate disposition for records and information that are no longer required to be maintained by applicable laws and the organization’s policies.More…
  8. Principle of Transparency
    An organization’s business processes and activities, including its information governance program, shall be documented in an open and verifiable manner, and that documentation shall be available to all personnel and appropriate interested parties. More…

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