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Certification Designations... DGSP

The Data Governance and Stewardship Professional (DGSP) credential is awarded to those who qualify based on a combination of criteria including education, experience and test-based examination of professional level knowledge of data governance and stewardship. This credential is offered at the Mastery or Practitioner level. To maintain certified status and continued use of the credential, an annual recertification fee along with a 3-year cycle of continuing education and professional activity is required.


The Data Management Association International (DAMA) authorizes the Data Governance and Stewardship Professional credential in partnership with the Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP), which administers testing and recertification. This document outlines the requirements for obtaining the DGSP.

DGSP Examination Criteria

The Data Governance and Stewardship Professional (DGS) exam must be passed with the following score:

Score Credential Earned
Pass Data Governance and Stewardship Exam exam at 50% or higher Data Governance and Stewardship Professional Practitioner Certificate
Pass Data Governance and Stewardship Exam exam at 70% or higher Data Governance and Stewardship Professional Mastery Certificate

See the Data Governance & Stewardship (DGS) Exam Outline for details on the exam.

Additional DGSP Credential Criteria

The following criteria must also be met in order to qualify for the CDMP:

DGSP Practitioner Certificate DGSP Mastery Certificate
# Hours Data Governance & Stewardship Professional Work Experience 1,400
Education Requirement1 Bachelors or Masters
Bachelors or Masters
Recertification Required Yes
Continuing Professional Education/Activity Required 120 hours every 3-year cycle
120 hours every 3-year cycle
ICCP Code of Ethics Yes

1At least one contact name must be provided for verification of Data Governance / Stewardship experience for audit purposes.

Taking the DGS Exam

If you already passed the Data Governance & Stewardship exam as the data exam of choice for the CDMP, your CDMP can be used towards the DGSP.

The DGSP credential can be applied towards the CDMP in the future by taking the two mandatory exams required and meeting the education and experience requirements.


See Certification Cost for current exam, credential and proctoring/invigilation fees.

Note: For those who took the DGS exam as a beta exam in 2011, you can apply for this credential by providing the reference information, appropriate experience and education, and pay the beta exam fee and credential fees.

Conversions between DGSP and CDMP Certificates

The DGSP credential can be applied towards the CDMP in the future by taking the two mandatory exams required and meeting the education and experience requirements.

If you have taken the DGS as a data exam for the CDMP and fulfill the DGSP education and experience requirements, you can apply your CDMP towards the DGSP for the credential fee.


There are various ways of learning the process of taking the DGS exam. The DGS is included in the following training and study guides.

  • Refer to the exam subject outlines to become familiar with the subject coverage of the exam.
  • Review the CDMP Exam Study Guide which covers all the exams in the CDMP program and has sample exams/questions
  • Check the ICCP Training schedule for scheduled online CDMP exam reviews and other online training that includes the DGS exam.

The DGS exam is also offered at the DAMA International Symposiums and periodically at some DAMA chapter meetings.

Taking the Exam

Testing can be done anywhere in the world, with an approved ICCP Proctor to verify physical identity and supervise/invigilate the delivery of the examination. Remote testing can be done with a webcam, microphone and government issued ID. Contact the ICCP office for information.

DAMA chapters can set up exam sessions during their chapter meetings using a volunteer proctor. A proctor is an individual authorized by ICCP to oversee the writing of an exam by an ICCP exam taker. This person must meet specific guidelines and be willing to supervise the exam taker. The ICCP reserves the right to reject proposed proctors. Contact ICCP if you require assistance in determining an appropriate proctor.

The exams run off the USB drive of an individual’s laptop. There are 110 questions with 100 being scored and reported to the exam taker and 10 are beta questions to complete in 90 minutes. You will not know which type of question you are answering. Questions and possible distracters (answers) are randomly listed in a different order for each exam taker. Therefore, although this guide contains sample questions that allow for “all or none of the above” type answers meant for study purposes, you will not find this type of answer to choose from on the actual exam.

Computer based testing allows for the immediate scoring after the exam is taken. An ICCP Performance Profile is then available for downloading, and one will be sent later to the individual by the ICCP. This Profile shows your exam strengths and weaknesses.

Professional Development / Recertification

To keep your DGSP current, you must earn 120 approved contact hours of continuing education over a 3-year period. Many educational activities count including DAMA Symposiums, chapter meetings, data governance / stewardship conferences and training.

Recertification credits can be entered online through the Professional Development Transmittal Form. Your DAMA chapter can also keep track of meeting attendance for the purpose of recertification and submit on a timely basis. There is an annual maintenance fee to ICCP for keeping track of your recertification credits. You will receive an annual transcript from the ICCP.

For further information, review the Recertification section.

The DGSP credential program was approved and came into existence at the September 2011 Meeting of the DAMA International Board of Directors.