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Data stewardship is a critical role in modern data management. In the digital age, we have experienced rapid growth in volume and types of data, users and uses of data, and regulations for data privacy and protection. Advanced applications for data such as automation and artificial intelligence bring new opportunities, but they also create new risks. Data stewards are the “feet on the ground” who align day-to-day data practices with the principles and policies for maximum data value with minimum risk. They are the front line in building data literacy. Every company that is serious about governance, quality, security, self-service, and digital transformation must get serious about data stewardship.

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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Online CDS and DCAM Certification CDS & DCAM Package

CDS and DCAM Package includes courses and exams necessary to earn Certified Data Steward (CDS) designation plus DCAM certification at a great discount.

Our Price: $2,195.00
Online CDS Ex and DCAM Certification CDS Ex & DCAM Package

CDS Ex and DCAM Package includes courses and exams necessary to earn Certified Data Steward (CDS Ex) designation plus DCAM certification at a great discount.

Our Price: $2,995.00
Online CDS Certification Package CDS Package

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

Our Price: $1,695.00
Online CDS Package CDS Ex Package

CDS Ex 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.

Our Price: $2,695.00
Online CDS and CIMP Data Governance Package CDS and CIMP Data Governance 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.

Our Price: $2,395.00
Online CDS and CIMP Data Governance Package CDS and CIMP Data Quality and Governance Package

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

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

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.

Our Price: $2,695.00
Online CDS Ex and CIMP Data Governance Package CDS Ex and CIMP Data Governance Package

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.

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

Our Price: $3,195.00