The Global Data Management Community

Revamped CDMP® Structure

In today's world, data management professionals are no longer all coming from IT. In fact, more and more are evolving from a business role, which means that our profession is coming into it's own. It also means that the tradition of certifying with a core IT exam has changed. DAMA International has seen this change coming and has elected to revamp the CDMP® to enable business DM professionals to certify. We have also seen that people are "getting into data" a lot earlier in their careers and are all excited about being certified.

So what is the new CDMP® going to look like?

The new approach provides a career path; it also allows individuals to grow through the levels and actually see a benefit early on in the process. We are very pleased to announce the revamped structure below (click an image to see more about each level):


CDMP Associate

The CDMP Associate level is for the Data Management Professional beginner or someone who has been in Data Management for a short time and wants to start the career path to CDMP Master. The requirements are not onerous, they are focused on ensuring that the individual has a basic knowledge of Data Management and is thoroughly conversant with the DMBOK Version 1 as well as any number of the resources mentioned in each chapter.

NOTE: IF YOU HAVE MORE THAN 5 YEARS DATA MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE, YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO START AT THE CDMP ASSOCIATE LEVEL

Only one exam is written, Data Management Fundamentals and the required pass mark is 60% minimum. Please see below for the requirements

REQUIRED TO OBTAIN CDMP ASSOCIATE LEVEL:

  • Active DAMA membership (Central or Local Chapter)
  • 6 Months to 2 years in full time data role
  • Further/Tertiary Education (any of the following):
    • Degree or Diploma (any major suitable)
    • Technology certifications
    • Position related certifications
  • Strong knowledge of DMBOK principles
  • CV/Resume showing clear experience & expertise
  • Sign and adhere to the code of ethics

GETTING THE CERTIFICATE:

  • Pass Data Management Fundamentals Elementary at a minimum of 60%
  • Re-certification is achieved by moving to CDMP Practitioner (5-Year Maximum time limit)

If you feel you are ready to write the CDMP Associate exam, please read up on the process on the What you need to know about the exams page and follow the registration steps. So do you think you are ready? Please look at the table below to see what the minimum and maximum cost to you would be!




Item

Member

Non-Member

Exam (DM Fundamentals)

$220

$290

Admin fee for changes/cancellations for online exams with ProctorU

$50

Exam Re-Take

$220

Minimum Total

$220

$290

Maximum Total

$490

$560


CDMP Practitioner

The CDMP Practitioner is the next level up. Practitioners are individuals who have been in Data Management for at least 3,5 years. We love it when individuals have further educated themselves, but understand that sometimes learning on the job is how life happened. If you don't have a degree or diploma or certification, just add 2 more years of experience. See below for details:

REQUIRED TO OBTAIN CDMP PRACTITIONER LEVEL

  • Active DAMA membership (central or Local Chapter)
  • More the 3-5 years in full time data role
  • Further/Tertiary Education (Any of the following):
    • Degree of Diploma *any major suitable)
    • Technology certifications
    • Position related certifications
    • If you do not meet this requirement, add another 2 years of experience
  • Strong knowledge & implementation of DMBoK principles
  • CV/Resume showing clear experience/expertise and education (validated by Chapter or Central where required)
  • Contributions to the Profession of Data Management (Any items mentioned below or other forms of similar contribution are accepted)
    • Conference Speaker
    • Member of Advisor of Chapter Board (or other similar Association)
    • In-house training/education

GETTING THE CERTIFICATE:

  • Pass Data Management Fundamentals Advanced at minimum 70%
  • Pass two specialised knowledge exams at minimum 70%
  • Re-certification is required at 3 yearly intervals (Recertification includes):
    • Contribute a minimum of 3 exam questions per exam topic per 3 year interval
    • Continuing education (your own and your peers/colleagues)
    • Online update to your CDMP CPD activities
So you think you are ready? Please look at the table below to see what the minimum and maximum cost to you would be!
 




Item

Member

Non-Member

Associate to Practitioner

Exam Conversion

N/A

N/A

$150

Exam DM Advanced

$250

$330*

N/A

Exam Electives (2 @ $250/exam)

$500

Admin fee for changes/cancellations ($50 per exam) for onlinne exams with ProctorU

$660

Minimum Total

$750

$830

$650

Maximum Total**

$1560

$1640

$1460

* Non-member receives 1 year’s free DAMAI-Central membership and subsequent exams written in that year are paid at the member fee

** Admin fees were calculated at 1 change/cancellation per exam; Exam re-takes were calculated at one per exam for this example

*** This calculation excludes the original cost of the CDMP Associate Exams


CDMP Master

The CDMP Master certification is awarded to individuals who have long standing experience and expertise in the profession of Data Management. You have been more than 10 years in a full time role. If you don't have further education or training, then add another two years to this timeframe. See below for the details:

REQUIRED TO OBTAIN CDMP MASTERY LEVEL:

  • Active DAMA membership (Central of Local Chapter)
  • More than 10 years in full time data role
  • Further/Tertiary Education (any of the following)
    • Degree (any major suitable)
    • Technology certifications
    • Position related certifications
    • If you do not meet the requirement, add another 5 years of experience
  • Strong knowledge & implementation of DMBoK principles
    • 3+ years managing data management programs of projects
    • 2+ years experience in developing or implementing data management business processes
  • Extended CV/Resume showing clear experience/expertise and education
    • Validated by Chapter or Central where required
  • Contributions to the Profession of Data Management (Any items mentioned below or other forms of similar contribution are accepted)
    • Conference Speaker
    • Member or Advisor of Chapter Board (or other similar Association)
    • In-house training, education
    • Webinar/Workshop Presenter
    • Published Blogs, White Papers, Articles, Books

Getting the certificate:

  • Pass Data Management Fundamentals Advanced at minimum 80%
  • Pass two Specialised Knowledge Exams at minimum 80%
  • Provision of anonymised Case Study on one elective exam topic
  • Re-certification is required at 3 yearly intervals which includes
    • A minimum of 3 exam question per exam topic annually
    • Continuing education (your own and your peers/colleagues)
    • Online update to your CDMP CPD activities



Item

Member

Non-Member

Exam DM Advanced & One Elective

$500

$580

Master Case Study Elective Exam***

$280

Admin fee for changes/cancellations ($50 per exam) for onlinne exams with ProctorU

$150

Exam Re-take ($220)

$660

Minimum Total

$780

$860

Maximum Total**

$1,590

$1670

*Non-member receives 1 year’s free DAMAI Central membership and subsequent exams written in that year are paid at the member fee

**Admin fees were calculated at 1 change/cancellation per exam; Exam re-takes were calculated at one per exam for this example

***Case Studies must be provided to DAMAI for validation and approval within 2 weeks of elective exam date


CDMP Fellow

You have been a CDMP Master for a number of years now, have continuously given to the Data Management Profession and are well known in the field! Your peers respect you and value your opinions. So where to next?

The CDMP Fellow has been created to meet just this criteria. DAMA International believes strongly that we should not only value our Data Management Masters, but that we should be seen to do so. If you know of an individual who meets and exceeds the criteria below, it's time to act. DAMA International will be announcing more detail on the CDMP Fellow designation, so watch this space!

REQUIRED TO OBTAIN CDMP FELLOW LEVEL:

  • Active DAMA membership (Central of Local Chapter)
  • CDMP Master
  • Recommendation form CDMP Master or CDMP Fellows
  • 20+ years of continuous Data Management Experience
  • Additional Tertiary Education is advantageous (not mandatory)
    • Master, PhD, MBA Degree (any major suitable)
  • Strong knowledge & implementation of DMBoK principles
    • 10+ years managing data management programs or projects
    • 5+ years experience in developing or implementing data management business processes
  • Extended CV/Resume showing clear experience/expertise and education
    • Validated by Chapter or Central where required
  • Contributions to the Profession of Data Management (any items mentioned below or other forms of similar contribution are accepted)
    • Conference Speaker - Keynote, Workshop, Seminar, Chair
    • Member or Advisor of Chapter Board (or other similar Association)
    • In-house training, education
    • Webinar/Workshop Presenter
    • Published Blogs, White Papers, Articles, Books
    • Contribution to CDMP (exams or training material)
  • Made a difference to the Community
    • Globally recognised thought leadership
    • International recognition of achievement in Data & Information Management
    • Contribution to the CDMP exams, the CDMP training material and/or DAMAI Bodies of Knowledge

Exams

Exams will in future be closely linked to the DAMA International DMBOK® so you will see a series of exams linked to each of the Data Management Functions. More detail about the exams can be found by clicking here 

ReCertification*

The CDMP® certification requires that individual refresh their certification over a 3 year period. During this time, DAMA International requires that CDMP® individuals practice continous improvement. There are many ways in which this can be done. Please read through the details here. If you are ready to re-certify, please complete the re-certification form (TBC shortly). All details of your CDMP® certification and re-certification will be available through your MyDAMA members page on this website very shortly

Some Fine Print

Nothing in life comes without some fine print. And both DAMAI and the CDMP® are the same. So please read our fine print so that you know all the relevant details