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Cert_2_bannerCertified Graphic Communications Manager (CGCM) Certification

The In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association’s (IPMA) Certified Graphic Communications Manager (CGCM) designation was created in 1976 to establish a professional standard of proficiency for the in-house graphic arts and printing management profession. Certification is achieved through demonstrated management experience, professionalism and successful completion of a comprehensive examination.

The objectives of the Certified Graphic Communications Manager designation are:

  • To encourage individual professional growth and attainment of technical and managerial knowledge;
  • To create a positive image and advance the stature of effective in-house graphic communications managers;
  • To emphasize the knowledge and expertise required to excel int he in-house graphic communications management field;
  • To identify, through the CGCM designation, those managers who have attained a high level of competence and professionalism.

The CGCM designation will be awarded to applicants who satisfy the program requirements outlined.

Candidates for the CGCM Designation must:

  • Have a minimum of five years of graphic communications management experience and be currently employed in an in-plant environment. The five years need not be consecutive, but they must be of a managerial nature. Managers who are not members of the In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association must provide written documentation from their employer certifying their position in in-house management.
  • Pledge to adhere to the CGCM Code of Ethics. (Code of Ethics appears on the final page of this brochure).
  • Be of high moral character and professional attitude. Candidates must be able to demonstrate, through three letters of recommendation, acceptable character, ability and reputation.

Application Procedures
Individuals who meet the eligibility criteria can apply to take the CGCM examination. The examination is administered online at IPMA’s annual conference or at educational testing facilities nearest to the applicant. All non-conference testing fees (use of facility, personnel, and computer) are the responsibility of the applicant. Candidates for the CGCM examination must, at least 30 days prior to the test date, submit to IPMA headquarters:

  • A completed CGCM designation application and required supporting documentation.
  • All required letters of recommendation.
  • A registration fee, as specified on the CGCM application form.

IPMA headquarters will review all applications to confirm eligibility . All applicants will be contacted and informed of their status as eligible or ineligible for the examination. Eligible applicants will be sent identification and admission documents which must be presented on examination day.

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