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. It is expected that all CPDAs will achieve a minimum of 15 PDUs in each yearly cycle. The illustration below demonstrates one possible representation of the requirements by annual cycle over the 3-year certification term.

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.

Credential Maintenance Handbook

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PDUs will be accepted for the certification renewal requirement as long as they are directly related to the CPDA™ Exam Blueprint and meet the guidelines listed below. All CPDA™ certification holders must earn PDUs to actively maintain their CPDA™ certification.

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Credential Maintenance Reporting Form (CPDATM)

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How To Earn PDU’s

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