Announcement: The CPDA™ exam is now available On-Demand. Candidates can choose their exam date and time based on personal preferences and work demands. For more information visit the Certification Handbook.


The Certified Petroleum Data Analyst (CPDA™) credential is awarded to those who qualify, based on a combination of criteria including education, experience, and test-based evaluation/examination of professional level knowledge in essential areas of petroleum data analysis. The CPDA™ certification validates to employers, clients and colleagues that a CPDA™ certified professional possesses the data management knowledge, experience and skills to enable success in petroleum data management.

Join the growing number of CPDA’s around the world as they demonstrate their skills and expertise in petroleum data management. Considering earning your CPDA™ but want to learn more? This page contains a variety of resources for candidates including helpful links to articles about the CPDA™ program, our Certification Handbook, as well as application details. For questions, contact

Certified Petroleum Data Analyst

In order to meet the petroleum industry’s need for recognition of the unique competencies of data management professionals, PPDM Association has established the global Certified Petroleum Data Analyst (CPDATM) certification exam. 

The CPDATM designation is a globally recognized achievement, unique to the petroleum data management industry. Certification demonstrates to employers, clients, and colleagues that a CPDATM professional possesses data management knowledge, experience, and skills to navigate the unique challenges of data management specific to the exploration & production industry.

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CPDA Information Session - September 21 Meet our Q2 CPDA Spotlight - Shawn New Miss a recent CPDA Information Session? View the recording in our Library Meet our Q1 CPDA Spotlight - Sithembiso Ngubane Credential Maintenance Handbook updated in 2021 In June 2021, we introduced our new CPDA Interactive event series. We asked YOU, our CPDA community, what you would like to see at our future events. Future events are being planned, and we hope we’ll see you at them. When you attend our CPDA Interactive... In March 2021, Antonie Du Toit from the PPDM Association’s Petroleum Data Management Certification Committee (PDMCC) sat down with Neil Constantine, SWORD, to learn about his experiences with the Certified Petroleum Data Analyst (CPDA™) program The Certification Committee would like to welcome our newest CPDAs from the March 3 sitting Check out the new CPDA Spotlight The ability to connect with your CPDA community is one of the advantages of obtaining your credential There is never a dull moment with the Certification Committee. They have been busy getting ready to launch some new things for all of you. Here is a sneak peek. Did you respond to our recent Certified Petroleum Data Analyst poll on LinkedIn? August Certification Updates Top 5 Reasons Why Geotechs Are Great at Data Management Certification site gets a new look New Credential Maintenance Webinar! Have you visited the CPDA Forum? Did you know on March 18th, in 2015 we held our first ever CPDA exam sitting? Thank you to these individuals for being trailblazers and leaders in our community. #CPDA #PPDM #Data Did you read “Voluntarily Taking an Exam? Am I Crazy? Insights on Becoming a CPDATM New Credential Maintenance Video available Congratulations to the new CPDAs from the November 2019 Exams Have you seen our new CPDATM Resources page?