Records Management

3 Credits: Business Management & Organization


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Records Management

Course Level
CPE Credits

3 Credits: Business Management & Organization

Course Description

Effective records management is pivotal for any business aiming to reduce costs and boost performance, yet many struggle to implement a system that effectively handles the complexities of record keeping. This course provides a comprehensive solution to these challenges, offering an essential guide to developing and maintaining an organized records management system. Covering the entire record life cycle, from creation to disposal, the course delves into various record formats and the concept of information governance. Participants will explore different storage methods such as alphabetic, numeric, and geographic, along with best practices in records management and retention strategies. The course concludes with an in-depth look at electronic records management, addressing issues like electronic media types, record safety, and strategies for mitigating catastrophic record damage. This course is invaluable for professionals seeking to streamline their organization’s record-keeping processes, ensuring efficiency, compliance, and the effective safeguarding of critical information.

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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


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Compliance Information

NASBA Provider Number: 103220

CFP Notice: Not all courses that qualify for CFP® credit are registered by Western CPE. If a course does not have a CFP registration number in the compliance section, the continuing education will need to be individually reported with the CFP Board. For more information on the reporting process, required documentation, processing fee, etc., contact the CFP Board. CFP Professionals must take each course in it’s entirety, the CFP Board DOES NOT accept partial credits for courses.

Meet The Experts

Steven M. Bragg, CPA, is a full-time book and course author who has written more than 300 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 …