ACI COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE PROFESSIONAL (CIP™) CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
The Fuld-Gilad Herring Academy of Competitive Intelligence (ACI) pioneered the first certification program in the field of CI back in 1999. The goal then, as today, has been to advance the level of professional training worldwide. Since then, the CIP™ has become the global standard in CI certification among employers and CI practitioners alike. The program provides two levels of certification: CIP-I, and Master of CI/ CIP-II. The program is the only accredited certification program by the standard-setting IACET body.
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ACI’s CIP certification
CIP™ (Certified Intelligence Professional is a registered trademark of Fuld-Gilad-Herring Academy of Competitive Intelligence.)
WHO NEEDS THE CIP?
Naturally, if your role is in competitive intelligence, market intelligence, industry research, business research, or similar areas, you might want to be certified. We will show you a career path in CI and prepare you for advancement in a variety of CI roles, from analyst, to manager, to director and VP. We will give you tools and perspectives you haven’t thought about. We will surprise you. But don’t take our word for it – read our alumni’s comments all over this site. They are never anonymous!
Competitive intelligence is way beyond a mere “profession”. It is a skill set that will serve you for your entire career, whether in CI or in any other position in business. Unlike specific knowledge, competitive intelligence is a perspective on competing effectively, and all managerial jobs require that skill.
That’s why the majority of our newly certified CIPs come from such diverse fields as business development, strategic planning, market research, marketing, product management, brand management, project management, technology and R&D, and the executive suite.
Being skilled in competitive intelligence has become a required foundation for managers in a competitive world. We are proud that the CIP™ has become the official badge of this foundation.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VARIOUS CERTIFICATES?
Are we the only ones who offer certificates in CI? No. We were the first, we are the most globally recognized, but we are no longer alone. So why get the CIP and not some other certificate from some company or vendor-controlled association?
For one reason only: We change lives. But don’t take our word for it. Read our alumni’s comments.
Everyone can post “accolades” from some attendees (“Informative program!” J.K, US manufacturing company.). No one can post such passionate and enthusiastic accolades as we get from our alumni.
Do yourself a favor: Before spending money on certification, cruise this site and read the real comments, by real managers from real companies. If they don’t give you a sense of how different we are, don’t come to us. Go to our imitators.
HOW DOES THE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM BENEFIT YOU AND YOUR ORGANIZATION?
The CIP™ Certificate Program provides you with a one-stop shop for the most comprehensive and rigorous education in Competitive Intelligence training available today from the leading thinkers and educators in the field. Our founders have more practical experience than anyone else in this field.
This educational program will not only enhance your ability to perform in a CI-related job function, but also help you define the scope, tools, and modus operandi of an effective and ethical CI program. A well-constructed CI program is the most effective organizational method of managing industry risk, responding to early signals of industry opportunities and, ultimately, achieving a sustainable competitive advantage.
WHAT DO YOU GET UPON COMPLETION OF THE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM?
You will receive the CIP™ certificate from the Fuld-Gilad-Herring Academy of Competitive Intelligence, a standard-setter in the industry, assuring organizations that an individual possessing this certificate received the highest quality training available in this profession.
CIP™ Certification ACI Program Course List
* Not included in certification program
TO EARN THE IACET-APPROVED CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS (CEUs)
The Academy of Competitive Intelligence has been approved as an authorized provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500 McLean, VA 22102. As a student in the ACI courses, you qualify to receive CEUs for each and every course you attend, provided you fulfill the course requirements. To receive CEU credits, students must:
- Participate in course lectures, teamwork, exercises, and simulations;
- Attend the entire course.
Fuld-Gilad-Herring Academy of Competitive Intelligence Reaccredited Authorized Provider of IACET CEUs Prestigious Authorization Demonstrates Commitment to High-Quality Lifelong Learning
"We are pleased to reaccredit Fuld-Gilad-Herring Academy of Competitive Intelligence as a continued Authorized Provider organization,” announced Karen Niles, President of IACET and Director of Professional Development at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Rockville, MD. “Fuld-Gilad-Herring joins nearly 650 organizations around the globe that have had their programs vetted by third-party experts in continuing education to ensure the highest possible standards are met."
HOW TO EARN THE CIP™ CERTIFICATION(S)
To earn the CIP™-I core and Master of CI CIP™-II advanced level of certification you must complete the required number of courses for each level and pass an exam for each level.
CIP™-I level certification requires completion of courses CI 101®, CI 202®, CI 301, CI 302, CI 303. Once you have completed these courses, you become eligible to take the exam.
CIP™-II level certification requires completion of courses CI 401, CI 402, CI 403, and CIP™-I certification. You cannot receive the Master of CI CIP™-II certification without first receiving the CIP™-I certification.
The exam fee for each level is $150.00 (€108 for Europe). The exam is a 50-question, multiple-choice exam that is administered online. You are sent a login and a password to the URL. The passing grade is 75. Once you have logged in, you have 14 days to complete the exam. Within that 14 day window you can stop and resume when you like. The answers are automatically saved. Once you have completed the exam, you can see your score right away.
For those colleagues who are taking online courses, access to the online courses will no longer be active during the exam(s). The examinations are offered only at set times during the year.
Upcoming exams dates:
November 4, 2014
March 30, 2015
June 22, 2015
November 2, 2015
ADDED BENEFITS TO CERTIFICATE HOLDERS
In a 2013 survey our CIP™ holders listed the following benefits: 1) getting promoted, 2) better tools to do their work, 3) easier to find new jobs when needed, and 4) more recognition from management.
Additional privileges of CIP™ holders: Participate in our CIP™-only surveys determining the course offerings of the program in the years to come. Use the CIP™ qualification for job search on our career web site.