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Image Consultant Certification Levels

AICI Distinguished Member

General members with the title of AICI CIP or AICI CIM who have earned distinction for service to AICI, are a minimum of 68 years of age and have been a member of AICI for a minimum of 15 years. Must submit a request to Vice President for Human Resources. The name is forwarded to the International Board of Directors for approval.

AICI Skilled Member

Our skilled members have successfully completed a minimum of twenty (20) hours of professional training in topics of image that are within the AICI Core Competencies.

AICI General Member

Our general members are individuals who have an interest in obtaining the knowledge and technical skills for personal advancement within the image professional industry.

AICI Academic Member

Our Academic members are associations, colleges, universities, academies, schools, or other educational institution that cover subjects pertaining to image, fashion, appearance, behavior and communication.

AICI Affiliate Member

Our affiliate members are individuals working in a business that is affiliated, or supports, the image industry.

AICI Certified Image Consultant (AICI CIC)

This is the first level of achievement accredited by AICI.

  • They have achieved certain standards in the image consulting industry.
  • They have successfully sat the CIC examination that measures their knowledge of internationally recognized core competencies within the image industry.
  • They have proven their basic skills in the field of image consulting.
  • These members carry the distinction of First level Certified "AICI CIC” after his/her name.

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AICI Certified Image Professional (AICI CIP)

In order to have achieved this level of certification each of these professionals must first have successfully completed the First Level of Certification (CIC).

  • They have then gone on to produce a portfolio that provides proof of their image qualifications and business experience.
  • This includes, but is not limited to, sealed professional evaluations from clients and certified AICI members as to their level of expertise. Proof of guest speaking and workshop facilitation, published articles and philanthropic contributions.
  • This portfolio is assessed by an international board of AICI professionals.
  • These members carry the distinction of Certified Image Professional "AICI CIP" after his/her name.

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AICI Certified Image Master (AICI CIM)

This is the highest level of professional consultant in the industry.

  • Each CIM has demonstrated their skills with a minimum of over 2,000 hours of full time consulting.
  • They have completed extensive continuing educational programs and have a long history of personal and professional achievements.
  • They have designed and implemented original systems and are published writers, along with producing an array of professional high-level products.
  • Each has had a long standing commitment to the AICI and held office on AICI international and regional boards.
  • They are recognized by the industry and peers and carry the distinction of Certified Image Master "AICI CIM" after his/her name.

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