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DCAM Certification Rulebook

What is the difference between DCAM certification and accreditation?
Accreditation means that you have watched the DCAM course either online, live or virtually. Certification signifies that you have proven your expertise on the topic by passing a challenging exam.

How do I become DCAM certified?
DCAM certification is awarded upon successful passing of the online certification exam with a score of 70% or better. The test is administered online through eLearningCurve.

How do I become DCAM accredited?

You can become DCAM accredited by taking the online accreditation course through eLearningCurve or a live or virtual class offered through the EDM Council.

How do I become DCAM certified if I previously received DCAM accreditation?

You can take the online exam through eLearningCurve. If you would like to review the DCAM curriculum before taking the exam, or get up to date on the latest version of DCAM, you can purchase a package that includes the online DCAM certification package for accredited students.

How long do I have to take the DCAM Certification exam?
You will have 12 months to pass the exam.

Can I take an exam multiple times?

You can take each exam up to six times. However, each exam license that you purchase entitles you to three attempts. If you fail on all 3 attempts, you can purchase an additional exam license, and thus make up to three more attempts, by contacting We believe that attempting an exam more than 6 times is not productive.

How do I get enrolled in the program?

The most convenient and cost-efficient method to enroll in one of our DCAM Packages. Some packages allow you to simultaneously earn a CIMP or CDS designation.

What do I get upon earning the DCAM designation?

EDM Council issues digital badges for Accreditation or Certification to all students who complete the DCAM v2 Framework training and exam, respectively. These credentials are a validated presentation of accomplishment, skill and quality. They are managed by a third party providing independent validation of the credentials. The recipient can display the badges in their CV, correspondence signature or on profile sites such as LinkedIn. EDM Council’s accreditation and certification of DCAM are well recognized credentials in the data management profession across multiple industries.

Is DCAM Certification associated with a particular version of DCAM?

DCAM Certification is associated with the major version of DCAM. DCAM has both a major and a minor version. The major version is incremented when there are significant structural and content changes to the model. Once released, a major versions does not change for at least 2 years (often longer). The minor version is incremented when there are small changes to the model that clarify or correct model content. Once released, a minor version does not change for at least 6 month. Minor releases do not impact DCAM Certification. Changes to DCAM are produced by industry work groups facilitated by EDM Council. They are reviewed extensively by EDM Council members prior to release.

Announcements regarding new DCAM version releases will be announced on the EDM Council Web site at

How long is my certification valid?

The EDM Council supports the current and previous major versions of DCAM. Consequently, if you are certified on the current version (for example, DCAM v2) your certification will be valid until DCAM v4 is released.

How do I get re-certified on a new DCAM version when it is released?

Certification is specific to the major version of DCAM. Certification remains valid while the associated major version of DCAM is supported. The EDM Council supports the current and previous major versions. Students who are DCAM certified and wish to re-certify on the newest version of DCAM must take the exam for that version. To prepare for the exam students will have the opportunity to either take a full course on the new version (at a 50% discount off the regular list price) or a shorter course which outlines the changes included in the newest version.

Who governs the DCAM Certification Program?

The DCAM Program is governed by the EDM Council. The EDM Council is the global, non-profit association created to elevate the practice of Data Management as a business and operational priority. The Council is the leading advocate for the development and implementation of Data Standards, Best Practices and comprehensive Training and Certification programs, serving data professionals across multiple industries.