Argosy University

National Institute for Social Media and Argosy University to Offer Social Media Certification Course

Alameda, Calif. (Aug. 26, 2013) --  Argosy University and the National Institute for Social Media (NISM) have signed an agreement to  partner in offering social media strategist training and preparation course.

Beginning on September 7, 2013, NISM’s “Social Media Strategist Certification Preparation Course” will be held on campus at Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area, located at located at 1005 Atlantic Ave., Alameda, CA 94501. The course will meet four consecutive Saturdays (September 7, 14, 21 and 28), from 9 am – 4 pm.

The course is available to the public and also qualifies for 3 upper-division undergraduate credits at Argosy University through the Prior Learning Assessment agreement. Through this agreement, students pursuing a bachelor degree in liberal arts, business, psychology, or criminal justice through the College of Undergraduate Studies at Argosy University can now choose to take NISM’s Certification Preparation Course as an upper-division elective class.

“Establishing a business presence in social media channels can be as simple as a few mouse clicks, but we’ve learned that leveraging those tools for maximum business or organizational impact requires a deep and thorough knowledge of applicable strategies and tactics,” said Eric Mills, president of NISM. “This premise led us to launch NISM earlier this year, and to develop and offer the first and only certification program in the industry. Argosy University’s partnership with us underscores the need in the market today for truly seasoned talent who can use social media to drive real and measureable business value.”

“Though social media is a relatively new phenomenon, it has had an enormous impact on businesses and society. We look forward to providing our students with the opportunity to bring certification in this field to their roles in their chosen professions,” says Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area Campus President Dr. Lance Garrison.

The NISM Social Media Strategist certification program validates the foundational skills required of professionals using social media. To achieve certification as a NISM Social Media Strategist, participants complete the coursework and are required pass a certification exam covering the six primary content domains of general practitioners in social media: strategic planning; compliance and governance; project management; social media marketing; community management; and research and analysis. Certified professionals have demonstrated at least minimum levels of comprehension and mastery of essential social media best practices, and are able to apply them on the job with a marginal level of supervision.

About Argosy University

Argosy University (, with 28 campus locations in 13 states and online, is a private, accredited academic institution dedicated to providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to students through its eight colleges: College of Clinical Psychology, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Business, Education, Health Sciences, Undergraduate Studies, The Art Institute of California and Western State College of Law. Degree levels and programs offered vary by location. Argosy University is accredited by the Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, California, 94501, Administrative office: Argosy University, 333 City Boulevard West, Suite 1810, Orange, CA 92868. Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 2610, 2630. Certified by SCHEV to operate in Virginia. See for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

About the National Institute for Social Media

The National Institute for Social Media (NISM) is dedicated to social media education and certification for professional social media practitioners. The organization’s mission is to provide premier, vendor-neutral public education and resources related to social media. In addition, its Industry Advisory Committee defines and supports certification and continuing education standards for social media professionals in a manner that upholds industry standards for competent practice. For additional information, call 763-200-6476 or visit

To request accommodations in connection with this event, contact the Student Services Department or program organizer in advance at (510) 217-4700.

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