Records and Information Management Certificate - 810

Mohawk College Certificate
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This program is designed to prepare you to operate in a records management program in any organizational setting. With the increasing production of and demand for complex information and the widespread use of automated technologies, businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies are striving to manage their information assets in an effective and efficient way. Records and information management programs contribute to the efficiency of an organization's operations by providing systematic control of information resources, from creation through use, storage and final disposition.

Program Contact
Continuing Education Library

A pass standing in Grade 12 English at the general level (or equivalent).

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered.  Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2018/19 academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Community and Urban Studies.

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A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available (N/A) for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Explore the application of electronic documents, imaging and micrographic technology to records management, short and long term storage and retrieval. Topics include: metadata, life expectancy of electronic storage media, secure storage media, migration and image file formats.
Credits: 3
Course description: Develop an understanding of archival theory and practice. Focus on the relationship between archives and records management, acquisition and appraisal, arrangement and description, reference services, preventive conservation, and facility planning and security.
Credits: 3
Course description: Explore the field of records management and the role of records management programs in organizations. Develop your skills in inventorying, retention and destruction scheduling, and records management, including electronic records.
Credits: 3
Course description: Investigate the skills and techniques needed to effectively manage and control active records in various formats. Examine file plan development, typical filing systems, storage systems and equipment, and file maintenance procedures.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: OADMRM100

Select 1 from the next 4 courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: This course will familiarize students with the applications contained in the Microsoft Office 2013 software covering Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook.
Credits: 3
Course description: Become familiar with the applications contained in the Microsoft Office Professional or Academic or University Edition of Microsoft Office 2016 covering Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook. 42 hours
Credits: 3
Course description: Learn the diverse applications available within the MS office Professional or Academic or University Edition of MS Office covering Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook. Home and Student Software is inadequate for this course.
Credits: 3
Course description: In this 45 hour on-line course, you will develop the skills and knowledge to work with the applications, contained in Microsoft Office XP Professional Edition, which contains Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook. Software not included. Final Exam: Tuesday, August 16, 2005 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Fennell Campus.
Credits: 3

Select 1 from the next 2 courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Hone essential business communication skills with emphasis on writing clear reports and documentation, making effective presentations, and enhancing interpersonal skills.
Credits: 3
Course description: With most classes structured as workshops, this course covers techniques for effective writing and provides additional practice with varied writing formats. Some review of grammar, spelling and punctuation is provided. Each student must prepare a formal research report. This course is equivalent to Report Writing. PREREQUISITE: Communications LL041 or equivalent.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: COMMLL002 or COMMLL003 or COMMLL004 or COMMLL005 or COMMLL041 or COMM11040 or LANGLL020 or TEMPLL041 or COMMLL044

Dolores Harm Penner

My name is Dolores Harms Penner, and I am the Program Specialist for the Library and Information Technician Diploma, the Libraries and Digital Technologies Certificate, and the Records and Information Management Certificate at Mohawk College. I also teach in the library technician program. I have been employed at Mohawk College since 2000. I am a librarian, with a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Toronto, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo. In my career I have worked as Manager of the Information Centre at the Industrial Accident Prevention Association in Toronto, as Electronic Resources Librarian at Milton Public Library, and I have taught in the library technician programs at Seneca and Sheridan colleges. I have really enjoyed becoming involved in library education and helping to prepare students for careers in the information field. It is a privilege to broaden students' knowledge through my work and in turn, I learn from them.