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Below are some answers to frequently asked questions surrounding the DAMA I CDMP certification program. If your question is not answered, please email your question to and we will respond.

#1 What is the Certified Data Management Professional (CDMP) certification program?

Answer:The CDMP credential is awarded to those who qualify based on professional level knowledge. The certification is the gold standard for measuring experience and accomplishment in the data management field at different levels of expertise. It is an online, computer-based comprehensive exam that is modeled around the concepts and practices outlines outlined in the DAMA Guide to the Data Management Body of Knowledge (DAMA-DMBOK2).

#2 Will exam proctoring over webcam be offered at a time convenient to the exam takers?

Answer: DAMA International has a fully operational online proctoring application. Please visit our website ( and follow the steps. Exams and Proctoring are all online, unless you are attending specific conferences and/ or chapter events where proctoring may be done in person.

#3 As a CDMP proctor and VP of Education of a Chapter, how do we go about running CDMP preparation workshops and proctoring exams?

Answer: DAMAI is working together with the chapters on the workshops and Chapter proctoring. Please contact to get further details.

#4 Would the deadline remain the same to complete all 3 exams??

Answer:The 12-month deadline to pass all three exams has been removed.

#5 Would the process and deadline remain the same to re-certify within three years, and the criteria to recertify remain unchanged as well?

Answer: The three-year certification process remains, and re-certification is a requirement for someone to consider him/herself as an active CDMP. Exam questions are no longer required for re-certification. Details on the re-certification process are on the website on the CDMP main page.

#6 What would be the process now to develop and administer a boot camp by the chapter, or is that even an option?

Answer: Exam preparation and delivery sessions (“bootcamps”) have been developed by DAMA International, and will be available for Chapters to host. The sessions will also be given at DAMA-sponsored conferences and will be delivered by DAMA-certified instructors. These sessions will be managed so that all those who teach a DAMA CDMP Exam Preparation and Delivery session have been taught what to teach and how to do so, and that every instructor uses DAMA-approved materials to ensure continuity.

#7 Will the CDMP exams and re-certification still carry CEU / CDU / PDU credits?

Answer: Any institution offering data management events, training, education will be acceptable.

#8 I am new to the CDMP. What materials should I review prior to sitting the exams? 

Answer: The DAMA DMBOK is a required study source. An updated resource list is available here