Records Management Training Opportunities in April

Spring is a great time to earn NARA’s Certificate of Records Management by enrolling in our Knowledge Area (KA) courses.  We offer a Certificate of Federal Records Management Training to individuals who successfully complete Knowledge Area courses 2-6 and pass exams associated with each course. Upon completion of the courses and exams, participants will receive a Certificate signed by the Archivist of the United States.

We also offer specialty and overview courses like Vital Business Information, Electronic Records Management and Basic Records Operations (BRO).

Training is offered online, in College Park, MD, Washington, DC and select locations across the country.

Click here to view the course catalog or to register online.

NARA Course offerings in April

Date(s) Course Name Location
Day 1 Day 2
4/5/2017 Basic Records Operations Online
4/12/2017 Basic Records Operations Online
4/19/2017 Basic Records Operations Online
4/26/2017 Basic Records Operations Online
4/3/2017 KA1 – Records Management Overview College Park
4/4/2017 4/5/2017 KA2 – Creating and Maintaining Agency Business Information College Park
4/6/2017 4/7/2017 KA3 – Records Scheduling College Park
4/10/2017 4/11/2017 KA4 – Records Schedule Implementation College Park
4/12/2017 Vital Business Information College Park
4/13/2017 4/14/2017 KA5 – Asset and Risk Management College Park
4/17/2017 KA6 – Records Management Program Development College Park
4/18/2017 4/19/2017 Electronic Records Management College Park
4/4/2017 Basic Records Operations Ellenwood GA
4/5/2017 4/6/2017 Electronic Records Management Ellenwood GA
4/10/2017 Basic Records Operations New Orleans
4/11/2017 4/12/2017 Electronic Records Management New Orleans
4/13/2017 Vital Business Information New Orleans
4/3/2017 Basic Records Operations Norfolk, VA
4/4/2017 4/5/2017 KA2 – Creating and Maintaining Agency Business Information Norfolk, VA
4/6/2017 4/7/2017 KA3 – Records Scheduling Norfolk, VA
4/10/2017 4/11/2017 KA4 – Records Schedule Implementation Norfolk, VA
4/12/2017 4/13/2017 KA5 – Asset and Risk Management Norfolk, VA
4/14/2017 KA6 – Records Management Program Development Norfolk, VA
4/17/2017 4/18/2017 KA4 – Records Schedule Implementation San Bruno CA
4/19/2017 4/20/2017 KA5 – Asset and Risk Management San Bruno CA
4/21/2017 KA6 – Records Management Program Development San Bruno CA

Knowledge Area Certificate Track Course Descriptions

KA2 What are Federal records management requirements, why are they important, and how are they applied to agency records?  This course focuses on the development and implementation of policies and procedures for adequate and proper documentation of agency business.  It demonstrates how record keeping requirements for creating and maintaining records can improve the economy and efficiency of agency operations.  Course length:  2 days.  Cost: $300.00.

KA3 What do you do with information and records that you no longer need for business purposes? How you schedule your records determines the basis for meeting your agency’s operating, fiscal, and legal needs. This course includes the legal requirements and practical advantages in scheduling records as well as the disposition practices necessary to meet an agency’s business needs and NARA’s recordkeeping requirements. Course length:  2 days.  Cost: $300.00.

KA4 How do you ensure the proper disposition of your agency’s records? This course provides an overview of how to apply the General Records Schedules and other NARA-approved records schedules to Federal records. It covers the key elements of a records disposition program, including the destruction of temporary records, the transfer of records to off-site storage, and the transfer of permanent records to the National Archives. Course length:  2 days. Cost: $300.00.

KA5 Records provide essential support to our agency business processes, and the strategies we use to manage the risks to those records can also help us manage risks to the organization. This course covers the fundamental risk management and cost benefit analysis concepts records managers need as they build and maintain effective records management programs. The course raises awareness of risk situations and provides records managers with decision-making tools they can use to address current and future program needs. Course length:  2 days.  Cost:  $300.00.

KA6 How effective is your agency’s Records Management Program? This course covers the concepts and practices involved in planning and implementing a successful records management program and subsequent evaluations. You will learn how to market and promote your program, including the development of a training program for all levels of agency staff. Course length:  1 day.  Cost:  $150.00

Overview and Specialty Course Descriptions

KA1 Records are valuable agency resources and business assets.  This course provides an overview of the purpose, concepts and activities of managing Federal records. A high-level overview appropriate for those in managerial positions, the course focuses on record keeping roles, and how records management cuts across organizational lines. It introduces participants to new skills which are needed for records management in the 21st century.  Course length:  1 day. This course is not required for the NARA Certificate of Records Management.  Cost: $150.00.

Basic Records Operations (BRO) This course describes what to file, how to file it, and how to remove files no longer needed for current business. It covers the variety of activities involved in the maintenance and use, as well as the disposition, of Federal records. It presents practical how-to’s in handling records of various types.  Course length:  1 day. Cost:  $150.00.

Vital Business Information (VBI) This course provides the knowledge and skills required to identify, protect, and make readily available the vital records needed to support the resumption of critical business functions after a disaster, and to establish and administer a vital records program. The course is based on the vital record requirements contained in FEMA’s Federal Continuity Directives (FCD) 1 and 2 and 36 CFR Part 1223. Course length: 1 day.  Cost:  $150.00.

Electronic Records Management (ERM) This introductory course is designed to provide the skills and knowledge needed to manage electronic records throughout the records lifecycle, and to take steps required to transition from a paper to an electronic records environment.  Course length:  2 days. Cost:  $300.00.

About Arian Ravanbakhsh

Supervisory Records Management Policy Analyst in the Office of the Chief Records Officer.
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