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How We Got Here Part 3:  Explaining the Certification Program

By Margaret Tassin, CFC, CFSP

 

Did you see the recent articles about the new BFMA body of knowledge and certificate program?  If not, have a look below in this Community Blog.  To quickly recap, BFMA is soon to implement a new certificate program.  It is supported by a new body of knowledge for forms management that will be used as the basis for all BFMA education, including the new certificate programs, the CFSP, the annual conference, webinars and more.

 

What certificates?

BFMA is developing certificate programs based on the four main job areas in forms management listed below.  Following the job areas are the certificate designations that you can use after your name if you pass the coursework associated with each certificate:

Forms Development:  FMfd

Forms Analysis:  FMfa

Forms Control:  FMfc

Program Management:  FMpm

Forms Management Specialist:  FMS

You can take one or more of these certificate programs and if you successfully complete them, you can use the appropriate initials.  If you successfully complete all the certificate programs, will you receive the designation of FMS for Forms Management Specialist.

 

How to get a certificate

We have identified a number of different course areas for the entire program:

Forms Management Fundamentals

Forms Technology

Business Process Analysis

Forms Analysis

Forms Design/Development

Effective Data Collection and Presentation

Forms Print Production

Forms Control

Program Administration

The fundamentals and technology courses are considered prerequisites for any of the certificate programs.  Pass these two courses one time, and they will apply to all of the certificates.  For example, if you pass the coursework for the Forms Development certificate and later you want to take the courses for the certificate in Forms Control, you won’t have to take the two prerequisite courses again for the second certificate.

 

How do the courses and certificates relate to each other?

Here are the courses that are required for each certificate.

FORMS ANALYSIS (FMfa)

       Forms Management Fundamentals

       Forms Technology

       Forms Analysis

       Business Process Analysis

       Effective Data Collection and Presentation

FORMS DEVELOPMENT (FMfd)

       Forms Management Fundamentals

       Forms Technology

       Forms Design/Development

       Effective Data Collection and Presentation

       Forms Print/Production

FORMS CONTROL  (FMfc)

       Forms Management Fundamentals

       Forms Technology

       Forms Control

FORMS PROGRAM MANAGEMENT  (FMpm)

       Forms Management Fundamentals

       Forms Technology

       Forms Control

       Program Management

 

Why should this certificate program interest me?

Developing a body of knowledge speaks to our professionalism.  It is similar to having a national standard on forms management, as Canada has done. It is similar to establishing official occupation codes for the primary forms occupations such as Forms Manager, Forms Analyst, Forms Developer, Forms Technician, and others. These codes are already established in Canada.

Through the body of knowledge, we can develop a certificate program and in this way employees can demonstrate their knowledge to management in a standard and recognized way.

 

The body of knowledge as used for the new certificate program demonstrates that there is something special to know about forms.  It isn’t putting lines on paper.  It isn’t making the forms look pretty.  It is so much more, but I’m preaching to the choir here and won’t belabor the point.

It aims at bringing to light what an asset and added value a Forms Management Program is to an organization and how efficient forms management contribute to better business, satisfied clients, a trusted brand and reputation, even increase in profits.

 

Along with the professional certification, a national standard, standard occupation codes, the body of knowledge and the certificate program are all pillars of recognition for our profession.

 

Stay tuned for the next article how you can benefit from the BOK right now and learn about what’s next.

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