Records Management

3 Credits: Business Management & Organization


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Records Management

Course Level
CPE Credits

3 Credits: Business Management & Organization

Course Description

A business can reduce its costs and enhance its performance when there is a well-organized records management system in place. Records Management is an essential guide for developing and maintaining such a system. It does so by covering the record life cycle, record formats, and the concept of information governance. The course then delves into the use of alphabetic storage, numeric storage, and geographic storage, along with many records management best practices and a discussion of records retention. The course concludes with coverage of electronic records management, including such topics as the different types of electronic media, record safety, and the mitigation of catastrophic record damage.

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Chapter 1

  • Identify the different types of records.
  • Specify the different components of a records management system.

Chapter 2

  • Identify the steps used to store a record under the alphabetic storage system.
  • Cite the rules that apply to sorting and cross-referencing names.
  • Specify the characteristics of the different types of record storage systems.

Chapter 3

  • Identify the characteristics of the different types of record storage equipment and supplies.
  • Cite the forms and logs used in a records management system.
  • Identify the criteria used to retain records for differing periods of time.

Chapter 4

  • Specify the methods used to optimize a directory structure.
  • Identify the types of metadata that may be associated with a record.
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Course Specifics

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Revision Date
August 8, 2023

There are no prerequisites.

Advanced Preparation


Compliance Information

NASBA Provider Number: 103220

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Meet The Experts

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Steven M. Bragg, CPA, is a full-time book and course author who has written more than 250 business books and courses. He provides Western CPE with self-study courses in the areas of accounting and finance, with an emphasis on the practical application of accounting standards and management techniques. A sampling of his courses include the The New Controller Guidebook, The GAAP Guidebook, Accountants’ Guidebook, and Closing the Books: An Accountant’s Guide. He also manages the Accounting Best Practices podcast. Steven has been the CFO or controller of both public and private companies and has been a consulting manager with Ernst & Young and …

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