Credential Maintenance

The CPDA™ credential requires ongoing professional development to maintain an active certification status. Partaking in regular professional development and learning activities allows certification holders to earn Professional Development Units (PDUs), fulfilling the continuing certification requirements and ultimately growing and developing as a practitioner. The goal is to ensure that your certified competencies stay relevant and up-to-date.


All CPDAs are required to complete a minimum of ninety (90) hours of PDUs per 3-year certification term in order to renew.

Time involved in obtaining PDUs will be recognized in any one of the eight CPDA™ competency areas:

  • Data Governance,
  • Data Analysis,
  • Data Quality Management, 
  • Exploration and Production (E&P) Life-Cycle, 
  • Data Security,  
  • Spatial Data,
  • Master Data Management, 
  • Communication.

There are annual renewal fees associated with the maintenance of a CPDA™ credential. These fees are due each year on the anniversary your CPDA certification. There are two rates for CPDA Annual Renewal Fees, Member and Non-Member. CPDAs will receive the member rate if their PPDM Association membership is in good standing at the time of renewal.

Annual Renewal Fees
PPDM Member $75.00
Non-Member $150.00
Plus, applicable taxes

Credential Maintenance Handbook

All applicants are expected to read this handbook.


Credential Maintenance Reporting Form

CPDAs should use this form to record and submit their PDUs at the end of each three-year credential maintenance term.


Reaffirmation of Ethical Integrity

CPDAs are required to reaffirm their understanding of the CPDA Ethical Integrity Policy and confirm their PDU submission.


Declaration of Retired Status

To voluntarily relinquish your credential due to retirement, please complete this declaration form.


How To Earn PDUs

These PDUs can be earned through various professional development activities that center on one of two areas:

Education – Learning opportunities that allow you to expand and enhance your technical, leadership, or strategic and business management skills. Competency: Specific.
A minimum of sixty (60) PDUs required per certification term.

Giving back to the Profession – Activities that enable you to share and utilize your knowledge and skills to contribute to and help build the profession. Competency: Non-Specific
A minimum of thirty (30) PDUs required per certification term.

For more information please refer to the CPDA Credential Maintenance Handbook or, contact the Registrar at