Introduction

How to become a Certified Islamic Marketer (CIMA)

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Posted by Singapore Chapter of the Intl Islamic Marketing Assoc on Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Be the very few from Singapore to acquire the prestigious qualification of Certified Islamic Marketer or CIMA. This allows you to manage your professional development and learning whilst demonstrating your expertise in Islamic Marketing to your stakeholders.

SCIIMA will facilitate and assist in memberships for aspiring Singapore candidates. Candidates who succeed in accumulating the respective required professional development hours will be awarded the title “Certified Islamic Marketer”.

Global Membership Directory

View the list of current Certified Islamic Marketers worldwide here.

Membership Types

Student Membership

Students can apply for the status of Islamic Marketing Associate (IMA) only. The process for acquiring the IMA status is composed of two main parts over a period of 13 months. The higher level professional membership as a Certified Islamic Marketer (CIMA) can only be acquired by professionals either employed or freelance. However, students can accumulate Professional Development Hours (PDH) and these will be counted towards acquiring the CIMA status after graduation or securing employment.

Application

  1. A formal application must be made by the candidate to the IIMA via SCIIMA.
  2. The candidate is then requested to provide Professional Development documents detailing his/her experiences in any of the fields of Islamic marketing and also his/her related qualifications.
  3. The candidate will then be advised of the number of professional development hours (PDH) he/she needs to accumulate in order to qualify for the status of Chartered Islamic Marketer.
  4. All candidates will be required to accumulate between 15 -35 professional development hours (PDH) during the first 12 months of their candidacy. The number of hours will depend on the candidate’s own record and experiences. Candidates with limited and/or less varied experience will be asked to accumulate more hours.
  5. A list of accepted sources of PDH will be provided to the candidate and he/she will be given 12 months to accumulate the required hours.
  6. During the application stage the candidate will be granted the status of Islamic Marketing Associate (IMA).

Benefits

  1. They will be recognized as the new generation of experts on Islamic markets and Muslim consumers.
  2. They will be added to the IIMA’s directory of Islamic Marketing students and their names and details will be publicly available in order to enhance their exposure.
  3. They will have access to a large group of like-minded professionals, students, and corporations.
  4. They will have access to privileged market materials and reports.
  5. They will receive a 20% discount on all activities organized by the IIMA.
  6. They will be able to use the designation “IMA” after their names.

Register

Application and processing fees: USD$50 or equivalent. The fee entitles the candidate to use the designation IMA during the application period only, which last for the first 12 months of the application. Application forms can be acquired by contacting info@sciima.com.

If application is successful, the fees for first year membership as IMA will be USD$100 annually and thereafter as long as membership status is maintained.

SCIIMA reserves the right to change the fees. A notification will be given in advance of renewal and members can choose not to renew if an updated fees structure is deemed unsuitable for them.

Get a head start in your future professional career by becoming an Islamic Marketing Associate here.

Professional Membership

Currently, qualifications offered are:

  1. Certified Islamic Marketer (CIMA)
  2. Certified Islamic Marketer – Islamic Banking (CIMB). (For all specializations at least 60% of Professional Development Hours (PDH) must be in the exact chosen specialization)
  3. Certified Islamic Marketer – Islamic Hospitality (CIMH). (For all specializations at least 60% of Professional Development Hours (PDH) must be in the exact chosen specialization)
  4. Certified Islamic Marketer – Islamic Branding (CIMR). (For all specializations at least 60% of Professional Development Hours (PDH) must be in the exact chosen specialization)

Individuals can apply for any of the qualifications above. The process for acquiring the certified status is composed of two main parts over a period of 13 months.

Application

  1. A formal application must be made by the candidate to the IIMA via SCIIMA.
  2. The candidate is then requested to provide Professional Development documents detailing his/her experience in any of the fields of Islamic marketing and also his/her related qualifications.
  3. The candidate will then be advised of the number of Professional Development Hours (PDH) he/she needs to accumulate in order to qualify for the status of Certified Islamic Marketer (CIMA).
  4. All candidates will be required to accumulate between 15 -35 Professional Development Hours (PDH) during the first 12 months of their candidacy. The number of hours will depend on the candidate’s own record and experience. Candidates with limited and/or less varied experience will be asked to accumulate more hours.
  5. A list of accepted sources of PDH will be provided to the candidate and he/she will be given 12 months to accumulate the required hours.
  6. During the application stage the candidate will be granted the status of Islamic Marketing Associate (IMA).

Review

  1. At the end of the application period the candidate will submit his/her Professional Development Record and a decision will be made on whether the status of Certified Islamic Marketer (CIMA) will be granted based on fulfillment of the requirements.
  2. An individual granted CIMA status will need to submit yearly reports detailing the activities he/she has carried out during the previous year. At least 10 PDH must be accumulated each year to maintain CIMA status.
  3. The IIMA reserves the right to withhold the CIMA status of any individual in the case of serious misconduct.

An individual denied CIMA status can reapply six months from the date of the original denial and must provide a new Professional Development Record with new Professional Development Hours. Once the new record is received, step number 3 in the application process begins.

Benefits

IIMA Certified Islamic Marketers (CIMA) enjoy multiple benefits:

  1. They will be recognized as industry experts on Islamic markets and Muslim consumers.
  2. They will be added to the IIMA’s directory of Islamic Marketing Experts and their names and details will be publicly available in order to enhance their exposure.
  3. They will have access to a large group of like-minded influential professionals.
  4. They will have access to privileged market materials and reports.
  5. They will receive a 20% discount on all activities organized by the IIMA.
  6. They will be able to use the designations IMA and CIMA after their names.

Register

Application and processing fees: USD$75 or equivalent. The fee entitles the candidate to use the designation IMA during the application period only, which last for the first 12 months of the application. Application forms can be acquired by contacting info@sciima.com.

If application is successful, first year membership as Certified Islamic Marketer is USD$130 USD and USD$100 annually thereafter as long as membership status is maintained.

SCIIMA reserves the right to change the fees. A notification will be given in advance of renewal and members can choose not to renew if an updated fees structure is deemed unsuitable for them.

Take your professional development to the next level by becoming a Certified Islamic Marketer here.

Corporate Membership

Companies and institutions in both the private and public sector can apply for the status of an Affiliate of Islamic Marketing (Ameen – Arabic for Trustworthy), which certifies that their entire marketing practice, including processes, are accepted within the Islamic market and by Muslim consumers.

Application

The certification process is composed of an elaborate marketing audit where all marketing activities carried out by the candidate organization are reviewed twice by two experts assigned by the IIMA executive council. The process includes the following steps:

  1. A formal application must be made by the candidate organization to the IIMA.
  2. The IIMA will deliver a list of items that will be reviewed by the experts.
  3. A date will be agreed for the first review visit. The visit will result in a preliminary report highlighting areas of improvement – if any – and a date is agreed for the execution of the improvements if these are required.
  4. A second and final visit date is agreed where IIMA experts conduct the final review. The second visit will result in either the granting of the status of Islamic Marketing Affiliate or the denial thereof.
  5. An organization which is granted the status will need to submit yearly reports detailing the marketing activities carried out during the previous year.
  6. An organization which is granted the status will be visited by the review team once every three years after acquiring the status for the first time. However, in case of possible deviation from the agreed audit list, more visits can be requested by the IIMA.
  7. The IIMA reserves the right to withhold the status of any affiliate in the case of serious misconduct.
  8. An organization that was denied the status can re-apply six months from the date of the original denial.

Benefits

IIMA Certified organizations enjoy multiple benefits:

  • A huge advantage in the Islamic market place and in other markets as well because of the credibility they will acquire as a result of certification. The certification is elaborate and addresses most of the concerns of modern consumers, not just Muslims, and organizations that are able to earn this certification will be perceived as Econ-friendly, Muslim-friendly (Shariah compliant), progressive, liberal and fair.
  • Certified organizations can apply the logo of the IIMA on their products, facilities, and campaigns. No fees will be charged for the use of the logo on all audited items and activities.
  • The name of the organization will be added to the affiliate members records on the IIMA website and it will be visible to the general public. Furthermore, networking with other affiliate organizations will be specially encouraged and facilitated.

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