Data Management

Data Management Course – Overview Training (Exam Prep)

Training for the CDMP certification exam is not compulsory but we do offer a 4 half day online Data Management course which covers the DMBoK V2 textbook. Candidates get study notes and a run through the practice test.

The DMBoK Version 2 – online version is available at or get your hard copy at Takealot.


Professional certification is an indication of knowledge, skills, and experience in a field. DAMA International has constructed the Certified Data Management Professional (CDMP) designation.  The certification program  gives  data management professionals the opportunity to show professional growth that can enhance their personal and career goals.

Professionals participate in continuing education to stay current with best practices and to develop specialised skills. Most DM training develops skills with specific technology  products,  however  Data  Management  is  a  business function, and therefore the DMBoK is technology agnostic.

All the CDMP exams may be taken online (

Payment of $311 (fee inclusive of online proctoring) by credit card is required on registration.

Bulk exam purchases available through Velisa Africa.


DAMA MembershipCentralCentralCentralCentral
(Practical Experience) Guideline26 months > 5 years2 years - 10 years10 years minimum2Over 25 years2
DM Fundamentals
DM Fundamentals + 2 Specialist
DM Fundamentals + 2 Specialist
Globally recognised & respected thought leadership
Significant contribution to Data Management Profession
CDMP Master
Contribution to CDMP & DMBoK
By nomination
Allowable Substitutions3No11
Pass Mark60%70%80%
RouteRegister and take examRegister and take examsRegister and take exams. Evidence experience.
  1. Individuals are welcome to remain at any level without pressure to go upward. You can decide what level you want to be and if you wish to proceed further.
  2. Industry experience is a guideline for taking the certification. For Master, a minimum level of experience is required.
  3. One allowable substitution certification is permitted for an elective exam at either Practitioner or Master level.

CDMP  exam duration is  90 minutes.  Non-English speakers may enroll for an extra 20 minutes.

The level of CDMP is based on your mark obtained in the DM Fundamentals exam:

If you score 60-69% you will be awarded CDMP Associate

If you score over 70% you may take another 2 specialist exams to obtain Practitioner Level.  Available specialist exams at present are:

  • Data Modelling and Design
  • Metadata Management
  • Data Governance
  • Data Quality


1. Data Management Fundamentals:

Study the DMBoK Version 2.

Attending the Data Management Overview Course is very helpful.

The practice test which you get access to once you have paid (unlimited tries).

2. Electives:

Study the relevant chapter/s in the DMBoK.  Extra reading (see end of each chapter).  Attending our endorsed 4-day preparation course for Data Modelling or Data Governance is helpful.

Re-certification is achieved over 3 yearly intervals.  At least 30 hours of professional development must be logged and submitted to DAMA I. It costs $200 to re-take the exam.

Data Management Training: Overview

This course is designed to provide the delegates with a fundamental understanding of all the sections of the DAMA Data Management Body of Knowledge (DMBoK). It has been designed to help students to work through the DMBoK in a class room environment.

The instructor will introduce the different sections and be able to answer relevant questions relating to the DMBoK.

The CDMP® Associate Certification

This is for a new entrant to Data Management, or someone who has been in Data Management for a short time and wants to progress their career path to becoming an Advanced Data Management professional (CDMP® Practitioner).  It is also a useful certification for CIOs and related senior management who are looking for a thorough understanding of the principles of Data Management.

The requirements are focused on ensuring that the individual has a basic knowledge of Data Management and is thoroughly conversant with the DMBoK (Data Management Book of Knowledge) Version 1, as well as any number of the resources mentioned in each chapter.

The Certification exam is preceded by a Data Management Fundamentals preparation workshop, led by a DM expert, which will not only include revision tips and techniques but also work on a set of practice questions.

The CDMP® Practitioner Certification

This certification is for those professionals who want to contribute as a professional team member on assigned tasks, for they are proficient in knowledge of concepts, skills and techniques of a particular data specialisation

The requirements are focused on ensuring that the individual has a detailed knowledge of Data Management and is thoroughly conversant with the practice of Data Management in a responsible professional capacity.

The Certification exam is preceded by a Data Management Advanced preparation workshop, led by a DM expert, which will not only include professionally facilitated discussions, but also work with a set of practice questions.

The CDMP® Master Certification

This certification is for those professionals who have mastered the concepts, skills and practices of their data specialisation and who have the ability to lead and mentor a team of data professionals.

This is for those individuals who have detailed expertise in their areas of specialisation and are considered thought leaders in the field of Data Management, by virtue of their leadership and being able to share their detailed knowledge with other DM professionals.


Book now for one of the dates below:


Dates Days
5 – 8 February 2024 4
4 – 7 March 2024 4
8 – 11 April 2024 4
6 – 9 May 2024 4
3 – 6 June 2024 4
8 – 11 July 2024 4
12 – 15 August 2024 4
9 – 12 September 2024 4
7 – 10 October 2024 4
4 – 7 November 2024 4
2 – 5 December 2024 4


Dates Course Days
29 January – 2 February 2024 How-To Plan Data 5
11 – 15 March 2024 Data Governance & Data Quality Combo 5
11 – 15 March 2024 How-To Model Data 5
26 February – 1 March 2024 How-To Master Data 5
5 – 9 February 2024 How-To Analyse Data 5
4 – 8 March 2024 How-To Understand Data 5


Once DAMA SA has ascertained that you fulfill the pre-requisites to take the exam, for which you applied, we will send you a formal quotation. If you accept it, we will send you an invoice and a confirmation or a booking reservation

No exam may be written without prior payment, so your booking will only be confirmed after payment.