Certified Identity Management Professional (CIMP)®

CIMP2-1Certification Overview

Identity Management Institute® (IMI) developed and administers the Certified Identity Management Professional® (CIMP) designation. CIMP is a registered trademark and vendor-neutral credential designed for global technical identity management professionals who are responsible for selecting, developing, configuring, and implementing technical IAM solutions to counter threats consistent with business goals and objectives.

The term “identity management” refers to a combination of technologies, people, and business processes which are collectively applied to ensure proper identification, authentication, and authorization of access. Identity management is a critical component of an organization’s overall cybersecurity program which has been elevated to claim its unique status within many organizations due to changing business environment and drivers including process efficiency, user productivity, security, and compliance.

Identity Management Challenges

There are many factors contributing to the growing need for technical identity management professionals. Changes in the business environment including the adoption of cloud solutions and IoT systems, the need to develop creative IAM solutions that incorporate new technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain for identity management, and, business needs to select and implement emerging IAM systems necessitate the employment of qualified and certified technical IAM experts.

The changing threat, technology solutions, compliance, and standards landscape requires technical experts to apply IAM best practices in their roles when developing and implementing systems and technical solutions. CIMP is not as much about teaching IAM experts about technical skills such as coding as it is about teaching technical experts about IAM risk awareness and best practices.

Identity Management Solutions

In order to address various identity management risks and challenges some of which are described above, organizations are increasingly considering certified technical identity management experts to design, develop, and implement technology solutions that address the emerging IAM threats and risks.

Critical Risk Domains

The following Critical Risk Domains (CRDs) are developed by IMI and define the specific areas used for CIMP training, testing and certification:

  1. Threat Management
  2. Project Management
  3. Product Selection and Implementation
  4. Software Security
  5. Cloud Security
  6. IAM Architecture, Protocols and Standards
  7. IoT and API Security
  8. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  9. Compliance Assurance
  10. Emerging Trends

Download a copy of the CIMP program overview document for CRD details.

Who Should Become a CIMP

Certified Identity Management Professional® (CIMP) members are technical experts in gathering identity management requirements based on business needs, compliance requirements, emerging threats, and risk assessment results; designing and developing systems and related connections based on a sound architecture and set of standard protocols; leveraging new technologies; and managing projects.

Some identity and access management (IAM) job titles that CIMPs typically hold include:

  • IAM System Architect
  • IAM System Engineer
  • IAM Consultant, Lead, or Analyst
  • IAM Access Control Specialist
  • IAM Project Director or Manager
  • IAM Program Administrator

Certification Benefits

CIMPs are technical experts in developing and implementing identity management solutions and technologies which streamline IAM processes, improve access management controls and workflow, ensure activity tracking and reporting, and, can scale as the organization grows.

Certification Process

Currently, interested and qualified members may become a CIMP® without an examination if they meet the requirements set forth in the CIMP application.


Application Cost

The CIMP application cost is $295 for current IMI members. To become a member, please visit the membership page for more information.

Payment Processing

IMI uses PayPal and other third party credit card processors to request and receive international credit card payments. Alternatively, candidates may print and mail the invoice with a check.

Certificate Maintenance

Certified professionals must earn continuing education, adhere to the IMI code of ethics, and be active members.