Institute of Certified
and Records Specialist (NS) Certification
The Institute of Certified
Records Managers (ICRM) and the Nuclear Information and Records Management
Association (NIRMA) established a formal relationship in 1990 to develop an
advanced certification. The concept was to develop an advanced industry
specific examination module, the nuclear energy industry in this case. From those early steps, twenty-two CRMs have
achieved the advanced designation of Nuclear Information and Records Specialist
(NS) with fourteen currently active.
These CRMs are entitled to use the designator ‘CRM/NS’ as a professional
indication of advanced certification.
NIRMA’s work includes
examination question development, management and test scoring and is undertaken
by the Professional Development Business Unit’s Professional Certification Committee (PCC). Each member of the committee is a CRM in good
standing and has achieved the NS designation.
Any CRM in good standing may apply to sit for the NS examination. NIRMA reviews the candidate application to
assure that appropriate experience has been achieved. Approved candidates may take the
examination. The actual examination is
administered by the ICRM during the May and November examination periods as
Part VII of the ICRM certification process.
CRM candidates who wish to apply for the NS examination must establish
and maintain membership in NIRMA.
Failure to maintain membership results in the loss of Nuclear Specialist
Certificates recognizing the
candidate’s accomplishment are issued by the ICRM and signed by the presidents
of both organizations. For CRM/NSs who
attend NIRMA’s annual conference, the certificates are professionally framed
and presented during the annual business meeting. CRM/NSs become members of NIRMA’s Professional Certification Committee. There are certification maintenance
requirements for NS just as there are for CRM.
A person who loses the CRM designation also loses the NS designation.
As noted in the winter 1998
ICRM newsletter, “this is the first and
most fully developed industry-specific certification for the ICRM.” Today, the Nuclear Specialist designation
remains the ONLY advanced designation sanctioned by the ICRM.