Earn the NISM Social Media Strategist (SMS) Certification Credential

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Prerequisite Check-up

Prerequisite Check-up


Before proceeding, lets make sure you meet our prerequisites…

    • An associates degree (or 64 academic credits)

      Candidates who have studied in areas such as Marketing, Communications, Business or Computer Science are ideal. However, candidates from all areas of study who have at least an associates degree (or 64 credits) are eligible to sit for the SMS exam.



  • 2 years of business experience related to social media

    Candidates with experience in community management, social media management or related vocations are ideal. However, all applicants who have at least 2 full years of business experience related to social media will be eligible to sit for the exam.


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*All exam participants must be at least 18 years of age.
Don’t meet the prerequisites? You are still eligible to take our classes.


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How you prepare for the NISM Social Media Strategist certification exam will depend upon your study preferences.

+$65-85 Proctor Fee
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165 Question Exam
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Social Media Strategist Student Manual
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Practice Exam(s)
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The NISM Candidate Handbook provides anyone who is interested in becoming a certified social media professional with an inside look at not only the content of the NISM Social Media Strategist exam, but also what to expect on exam day and how the exam is scored.

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  • I would definitely recommend this program if someone is searching to get into the industry, but also for those who are already in the industry. Any marketing professional who has a passion for social media marketing should think about this program, because it is going to separate them from their peers.
    - Jason Schober (SMS)CorTalent

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Our education network institutions deliver NISM-approved social media education in the form of training classes in an effort to give their students the best possible opportunity to pass the NISM Social Media Strategist certification exam, and also to find future employment opportunities and career success in the social media industry.

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In order to maintain the highest quality standards, only training programs that are facilitated by instructors from our Certified Instructor Network are approved by the National Institute for Social Media. We support our certified instructors with a full curriculum, and exclusive training opportunities in both corporate and educational settings.

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