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Data stewardship is an essential but often poorly understood role in data management. Every company that is serious about governance, quality, and security of data needs data stewards. Stewards connect business information needs and processes with information technology capabilities. They bridge data management policies and standards and day-to-day operational practices.

The mission of the Certified Data Steward (CDS) Program is to formalize the role of data stewardship and to drive recognition of Data Steward as a professional designation. To fulfill this purpose, CDS is committed to these goals:

  • Define, manage, and publish a comprehensive Data Stewardship Body of Knowledge (DSBOK)
  • Offer comprehensive education in all areas of DSBOK
  • Evaluate individual’s capabilities through a comprehensive examination and experience review
  • Recognize individuals who have met the requirements with the professional designation Certified Data Steward



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The CDS designation makes a clear statement that you have learned from the industry leaders and demonstrated both depth of understanding and the skills to apply concepts, techniques, and practices of data stewardship, data quality, data governance, metadata management, and master data management. For the true standard bearers in the data stewardship profession we offer the second level of CDS certification - CDS Ex. To earn CDS Ex designation you must demonstrate a combination of great Expertise, Experience, and Excellence. Read CDS Rulebook for detailed CDS and CDS Ex requirements.

Earning the CDS designation will increase the potential for your success in a data stewardship role, open up new career opportunities, and signal to employers that you are dedicated to your profession. It will give you confidence and belief in your ability to tackle challenging projects and accept new responsibilities, and will tell others that you have expert skills and abilities.

The most convenient and cost-efficient method to enroll in the CDS program is with one of our CDS Packages listed below. Each package includes all courses and exams necessary to earn CDS or CDS Ex in one of the tracks, all at a savings of 20% or more. Alternatively, you can simply enroll in courses and exams one at a time.

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CDS 3-Credit Package CDS 5-Credit Package
Our Price: $1,445.00
Our Price: $2,295.00
Online CDS Certification Package Online CDS and CIMP IM Foundations Package

CDS 3-Credit Package is the most time- and cost-effective way to earn CDS designation. It includes three courses, covering the credits you need to earn CDS.

CDS 5-Credit Package covers the entire Data Stewardship Body of Knowledge. Upon completion of this program, you will know everything a data steward needs to know. You will earn CDS designation as well as CIMP designation in IM Foundations track.

CDS and CIMP Data Governance Package CDS and CIMP Data Quality Package
Our Price: $1,895.00
Our Price: $1,995.00
Online CDS and CIMP Data Governance Package Online CDS and CIMP Data Quality Package

CDS and CIMP Data Governance Package offers comprehensive education for Data Stewards combined with comprehensive education in data governance. You will earn CDS designation along with CIMP designation in Data Governance track.

CDS and CIMP Data Quality Package offers comprehensive education for Data Stewards combined with comprehensive education in data quality. You will earn CDS designation along with CIMP designation in Data Quality track.

CDS and CIMP Master Data Management Package CDS Ex and CIMP Data Governance Package
Our Price: $2,295.00
Our Price: $2,495.00
Online CDS and CIMP Master Data Management Package Online CDS Ex and CIMP Data Governance Package

CDS and CIMP Master Data Management Package offers comprehensive education for Data Stewards combined with comprehensive education in Master Data Management. You will earn CDS designation along with CIMP designation in MDM track.

CDS Ex and CIMP Data Governance Package offers comprehensive education in data governance and data stewardship capped off with the highest level of CDS designation (CDS Ex) along with CIMP designation in Data Governance track.

CDS Ex and CIMP Data Quality Package CDS Ex and CIMP Ex Data Quality Package
Our Price: $2,695.00
Our Price: $3,195.00
Online CDS Ex and CIMP Data Quality Package Online CDS Ex and CIMP Ex Data Quality Package

CDS Ex and CIMP Data Quality Package offers comprehensive education in data quality and data stewardship capped off with the highest level of CDS designation (CDS Ex) along with CIMP designation in Data Quality track at a great discount.

CDS Ex and CIMP Ex Data Quality Package offers ultimate education for true standard bearers in data quality and data stewardship professions. You will earn the highest level of CDS designation (CDS Ex) as well as the highest level of CIMP designation (CIMP Ex) in Data Quality track.

CDS Ex and CIMP Ex Data Governance Package
Our Price: $2,995.00
Online CDS Ex and CIMP  Ex Data Governance Package

CDS Ex and CIMP Ex Data Governance Package offers ultimate education for true standard bearers in data governance and data stewardship professions. You will earn the highest level of CDS designation (CDS Ex) as well as the highest level of CIMP designation (CIMP Ex) in Data Governance track.