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We’ve updated our CDS Program (view updated program here). You will still be able to purchase packages under the old rules as outlined below until December 31, 2020 (certification must be completed by Dec. 31, 2021.) If you purchased a CDS package prior to the rule change, you have 12-months to complete the program by the old rules. If you have any questions, please email us.

Original CDS Rules

To earn Certified Data Steward (CDS) designation you must earn three CDS credits, including Data Stewardship Core credit and either Data Quality or Data Governance credit, and achieve a score of 70% or better on corresponding online exams.

To earn the CDS Ex designation you must meet the following criteria:

  • Earn Data Stewardship Core, Data Quality, Data Governance, Metadata Management, and MDM credits.
  • Have at least five years of works experience. This could be any job in business or IT that involves collecting, manipulating, using, analyzing, or managing data. Each day in a data stewardship role counts as two days of experience (subject to approval). You may count a job towards CDS Ex experience requirements as long as at least 50% of your duties are eligible.
  • Achieve the average score on the exams of 75% or better. If you have taken an exam more than once, only your best score will count. However, an incremental 3% "penalty" will apply to the score for each attempt beyond the second. Thus, if your actual score is 56% on the first attempt, 65% on the second attempt, and 76% on the second attempt, 73% (76%-3%) will be used for the purpose of calculating the average. Note, that there is no "penalty" for failing on the first attempt.

The most convenient and cost-efficient method to enroll in the CDS program is with one of our CDS Packages. Each package includes all courses and exams necessary to earn CDS or CDS Ex. See below for package options.