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Professional certifications are qualifications or credentials beyond academics. It evaluate, assess and endorse the knowledge, skill and experience of an individual for professional competence, effective and efficient service delivery on any assigned task(s) based on professional up-to-date knowledge, ethical standards and best practices. It is the hallmark of any established academic discipline and the benchmark for professional practice in a recognized profession. Professional certifications are therefore administered by professional bodies statutorily empowered to champion its cause.

The Institute of Business Administration and Knowledge Management (IBAKM) is a global professional body duly licenced and statutorily empowered to champion, promote and advance the art and science of Business Administration and Knowledge Management in all its aspects and ramifications as well as establish professional standards for the registration, membership, training and certification of Business Administration and Knowledge Management professionals, practitioners and consultants in Nigeria and globally.

The establishment of IBAKM have carved out a niche for the career development and advancement of the Business Administration and Knowledge Management professions as obtained in other globally recognized professions such as Accounting, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Information Technology, etc.

IBAKM PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION OBJECTIVES

The Institute Business Administration Certification Examinations (BACE) and the Knowledge Management Certification Examinations (KMCE) aims at assisting candidates to develop:

  • sound administrative skills for effective leadership, motivation, communication and critical decision-making process;
  • the ability and capacity to manage all processes that will enable the identification, creation, storage, sharing and beneficial usage of vital, individual and collective knowledge assets and resources for the advancement of a common cause, the attainment of set goals and objectives, decision making as well as the creation of value;
  • intellectual and learning skills for analytical, conceptual thinking, mentoring, problem solving and the capacity and ability to deal with ambiguities;
  • information management skills for content management, taxonomies, codification, information processes and management of computer-based applications;
  • strategic business development skills for business planning, industry knowledge, strategic thinking, leadership, and organizational development.
  • professional management and administration skills for business process management, people management, process mapping, team building and measurement;
  • communication and interpersonal relationship skills for act and apt of listening, negotiation, marketing, team working and consulting; and
  • information technology, systems and management skills for database management, information architecture, programming, software applications and workflow management.

BENEFITS OF THE IBAKM PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS

  • With its dual membership certifications, candidates will have a far exceeding competitive advantage as compared to other professionals in related fields in addition to a demonstrated commitment to competence, innovation and professionalism.
  • The certifications will increase the candidate’s efficiency through the acquisition of up-to-date professional skills and knowledge obtained from its professionally structured curricula and practically oriented advanced training and information.
  • The Institute professional certifications will result in increased earning(s) as well as boost the candidates resume as employers and clients will be willing to pay higher for employees and consultants that have requisite industry certifications.
  • It will expand the candidate’s knowledge and skills through the acquisition of new and updated industry information and techniques.
  • IBAKM professional certifications will instill professional authority and credibility in the BA and KM profession and practice as well as demonstrate the candidate’s commitment to professionalism, ethical standards and international best practices.

THE CERTIFICATIONS LEARNING OUTCOME

Candidates will demonstrate sound professional knowledge and understanding of the core subjects and related courses in the broad fields of Business Administration and Knowledge Management which will advance their knowledge and skill for competence in professional practice roles.

CAREER PROSPECTS AND JOB ROLES FOR IBAKM CERTIFIED PROFESSIONALS AND PRACTITIONERS

Given the diversification in the BA and KM profession, the Institute professional certificate holders have multifarious career opportunities and job roles thereby making it easy for IBAKM professional certificate holders to be gainfully employed as well as start up an entrepreneurial venture or engage in professional practice.

BA and KM professionals, practitioners and consultants are the catalyst for the optimal growth and sustainability of businesses, organizations, institutions and economies, both local and international.

A list of the various job roles and career prospects are available at https://ibakmglobal.com/career-prospects/.

 

 

Candidates will demonstrate sound professional knowledge and understanding of the core subjects and related courses in the broad fields of Business Administration and Knowledge Management which will advance their knowledge and skill for competence in professional practice roles.

IBAKM PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS EXAMINATION STRUCTURE

The Institute Business Administration Certification Examinations (BACE) and Knowledge Management Certification Examinations (KMCE) are in three levels; Foundation, Intermediate and Professional.

Foundation Examinations:

  • Business Administration Foundation Examinations (BAFE)
  • Knowledge Management Foundation Examinations (KMFE)

The Foundation Examinations comprises of the Foundation Level Examinations I (FLEI) and Foundation Level Examinations II (FLEII) leading to the award of the:

  • Affiliate Certifications (AfMBA/AfMKM); and
  • Professional Diploma Certificate in Business Administration and Knowledge Management (IBAKM Dip.BAKM)

Intermediate Examinations:

  • Business Administration Intermediate Examinations (BAIE)
  • Knowledge Management Intermediate Examinations (KMIE)

The Intermediate Examinations comprises of the Knowledge Level Examinations (KLE) and Skills Level Examinations (SLE) leading to the award of the:

  • Licentiate Certifications (LMBA/LMKM);
  • Professional Advanced Diploma Certificate in Business Administration and Knowledge Management (IBAKM ADip.BAKM);
  • Graduate Certifications (Grad.BA/Grad.KM); and
  • Professional Graduate Diploma Certificate in Business Administration and Knowledge Management (IBAKM GDip.BAKM).

Professional Examinations:

  • Business Administration Professional Examinations (BAPE)
  • Knowledge Management Professional Examinations (KMPE)

The Professional Examinations comprises of the Professional Level Examinations I (PLEI), Professional Level Examinations II (PLEII) and Professional Level Examinations III (PLEIII) leading to the award of the:

  • Associate Certifications (ACBA/ACKM);
  • Professional Post Graduate Diploma Certificate in Business Administration and Knowledge Management (IBAKM PGDip.BAKM);
  • Full Member Certifications (MCBA/MCKM); and
  • Fellow Certifications (FCBA/FCKM).

The Business Administration Certification Examinations (BACE) and Knowledge Management Certification Examinations (KMCE) subjects for the Professional, Intermediate and Foundation level examinations are as stated below.

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION CERTIFICATION EXAMINATIONS (BACE) SUBJECTS

The Business Administration Certification Examinations (BACE) comprises of the Business Administration Professional Examinations (BAPE), Business Administration Intermediate Examinations (BAIE) and Business Administration Foundation Examinations (BAFE).

 

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION PROFESSIONAL EXAMINATIONS (BAPE)

  • Professional Level Examination III (PLEIII)
  • Professional Level Examination II (PLEII)
  • Professional Level Examination I (PLEI)

Professional Level Examination III (PLEIII) leading to Fellow Certified Business Administrator (FCBA)

  • Corporate Governance (BAPE301)
  • Venture Management (BAPE 302)
  • Service Design and Management (BAPE 303)
  • Analysis of Financial Reporting and Control (BAPE 304)
  • Strategic Management (BAPE 305)

Professional Level Examination II (PLEII) leading to Member Certified Business Administrator (MCBA)

  • Management Information System (BAPE201)
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management (BAPE202)
  • Business Regulation and Control (BAPE203)
  • Project Management and Evaluation (BAPE204)
  • International Marketing (BAPE205)

Professional Level Examination I (PLEI) leading to Associate Certified Business Administrator (ACBA)

  • Business Policy and Strategy (BAPE101)
  • Analysis of Business Decision Making (BAPE102)
  • Management Theory and Practice (BAPE103)
  • Corporate Planning (BAPE104)
  • International Management (BAPE105)
  • Customer Relationship Management (BAPE106)

 

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION INTERMEDIATE EXAMINATIONS (BAIE)

  • Skills Level Examination (SLE)
  • Knowledge Level Examination (KLE)

Skills Level Examination (SLE) leading to Graduate of Business Administration (Grad.BA)

  • Consumer Behaviour (BAIE201)
  • Company Law (BAIE202)
  • Cost and Management Accounting (BAIE203)
  • International Business and Global Resources (BAIE204)
  • Business Research Methods (BAIE205)
  • International Economics (BAIE206)

Knowledge Level Examination (KLE) leading to Licentiate of Business Administration (LMBA)

  • Financial Management (BAIE101)
  • Leadership and Organizational Behaviour (BAIE102)
  • Business Law and Ethics (BAIE103)
  • Operations Management (BAIE104)
  • Human Resource Management (BAIE105)
  • Marketing Management (BAIE106)

 

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION FOUNDATION EXAMINATIONS (BAFE)

  • Foundation Level Examination II (FLEII)
  • Foundation Level Examination I (FLEI)

Foundation Level Examination II (FLEII) leading to Affiliate of Business Administration (AfMBA)

  • Business Finance (BAFE201)
  • Management Principles and Techniques (BAFE202)
  • Principles of Marketing (BAFE203)
  • Managerial Economics (BAFE204)
  • Financial Accounting (BAFE205)
  • Industrial Relations (BAFE206)

Foundation Level Examination I (FLEI)

  • Principles of Accounting (BAFE101)
  • Introduction to Banking and Finance (BAFE102)
  • Introduction to Business (BAFE103)
  • Principles of Economics (BAFE104)
  • Introduction to Political Science (BAFE105)
  • Business Communication (BAFE106)

KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION EXAMINATIONS (KMCE) SUBJECTS

The Knowledge Management Certification Examinations (KMCE) comprises of the Knowledge Management Professional Examinations (KMPE), Knowledge Management Intermediate Examinations (KMIE) and Knowledge Management Foundation Examinations (KMFE).

 

KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL EXAMINATIONS (KMPE)

  • Professional Level Examination III (PLEIII)
  • Professional Level Examination II (PLEII)
  • Professional Level Examination I (PLEI)

Professional Level Examination III (PLEIII) leading to Fellow Certified Knowledge Manager (FCKM)

  • Information Ethics, Legal and Policy Issues (KMPE301)
  • Project Work in Information and Knowledge Management (KMPE302)
  • Management of Records in Specialized Environment (KMPE303)
  • Information Security (KMPE304)
  • Managing Audio Visual Archives (KMPE305)

Professional Level Examination II (PLEII) leading to Member Certified Knowledge Manager (MCKM)

  • Competitive Intelligence (KMPE201)
  • Project Management for Information Professionals (KMPE202)
  • Marketing of Information Services (KMPE203)
  • Access and Reference Services (KMPE204)
  • Knowledge Management Strategies for Information Agencies (KMPE205)

Professional Level Examination I (PLEI) leading to Associate Certified Knowledge Manager (ACKM)

  • Electronic Records Management (KMPE101)
  • Business Information Systems (KMPE102)
  • Content Management (KMPE103)
  • Health Information Systems (KMPE104)
  • Orality and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (KMPE105)
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation (KMPE106)

 

KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT INTERMEDIATE EXAMINATIONS (KMIE)

  • Skills Level Examination (SLE)
  • Knowledge Level Examination (KLE)

Skills Level Examination (SLE) leading to Graduate of Knowledge Management (Grad.KM)

  • Customer Knowledge Management (KMIE 201)
  • The Knowledge Economy (KMIE202)
  • User needs and services (KMIE203)
  • Vital records and disaster planning (KMIE204)
  • Information and society (KMIE205)
  • Research Methods in Information and Knowledge Management (KMIE206)

Knowledge Level Examination (KLE) leading to Licentiate of Knowledge Management (LMKM)

  • Publishing and the Book Trade (KMIE101)
  • Preservation of Information Materials (KMIE102)
  • Management of Library and Information Systems (KMIE103)
  • Archival Arrangement and description (KMIE104)
  • Social Networking Issues for Information Professionals (KMIE105)
  • Information Literacy (KMIE106)

 

KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT FOUNDATION EXAMINATIONS (KMFE)

  • Foundation Level Examination II (FLEII)
  • Foundation Level Examination I (FLEI)

Foundation Level Examination II (FLEII) leading to Affiliate of Knowledge Management (AfMKM)

  • Introduction to Organizing Information (KMFE201)
  • Knowledge Management Theory and Practice (KMFE202)
  • Introduction to Archives (KMFE203)
  • Digital Libraries (KMFE204)
  • Knowledge Management Systems (KMFE205)
  • Data and Information Management (KMFE206)

Foundation Level Examination I (FLEI)

  • Introduction to Records Management (KMFE101)
  • Knowledge Management Principles (KMFE102)
  • Introduction to Information Science (KMFE103)
  • Collection Development Management (KMFE104)
  • Communication and Study Skills (KMFE105)
  • Computing and Information Skills (KMFE106)

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION DATES/CALENDAR

The Institute Business Administration Certification Examinations (BACE) and Knowledge Management Certification Examinations (KMCE) for Professional, Intermediate and Foundation levels holds in April, August and December of every year.

 

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION CREDITS AND PASS MARK

Pass mark for the Institute’s Professional Certification Examinations (PCE) is fifty percent (50%).  Candidates will be credited for each subject passed and will be required to complete a level before proceeding to the next level.

 

ACADEMIC CAREER PROGRESSION

Candidates who successfully completes a level or all the levels of the Institute’s Professional Certification Examinations (PCE) can be considered for admission into the Academic Linkage and Conversion Programmes of collaborating accredited tertiary institutions and universities in line with their approved admissions policy.