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  • The Certified Petroleum Data Analyst (CPDA) website has a new look. This fresh and easy to navigate site holds information for potential and current CPDAs, highlighting helpful tools such as ‘Who Should Certify,’ ‘CPDA Library’ and more. Check it out now –

  • We want to hear from you! PPDM and our External Training Providers have a variety of training courses available, but we want your feedback to ensure that you are getting the training you want and need, especially in these challenging times. If you have specific training needs, now is a great time to be heard. Take this two-minute Survey to tell us more. .

  • With industry focused on digital transformation, the PPDM association has never been more critical than it is today. Integrated digital data platforms like the OSDU Platform depend on the collaborative efforts of the PPDM association and its members. Together, we will enable the digital transformation of the industry and the effective deployment of the OSDU Platform, and true interoperability will be delivered. Read more in a Message to the Members of the PPDM Association from the Board of Directors.

  • The PPDM Association hopes everyone in our community is safe and healthy during these challenging times. With so many people isolated, we are utilizing virtual opportunities to connect everyone in our industry not only across organizations, but also around the world. PPDM has moved many of our events to virtual platforms, bringing together regional and global attendees, including our recent Virtual Expo. Working with our sponsors and Leadership Teams, many of the events, including several upcoming luncheons, will be free or very low cost for our members to attend – please visit our Events List to see what events might interest you. Programs such as our CPDA Certification are already offered in a virtual environments, so continue to be accessible no matter where you are working (and our virtual events are still eligible for CPDA Professional Development Units). We look forward to keeping connected with you.

  • Join the Oklahoma City Leadership Team as they host their first Virtual Workshop on June 9, 2020. This half day virtual workshop features eight speakers along our theme of ‘Driving Digital Transformation Through Traditional Data Management,” and include topics on cost savings and improving operations. Thanks to our tremendous sponsors, including our Platinum Sponsor geoLOGIC systems (, and Workshop Plus sponsors WellDrive ( and IHS Markit (, we have been able to reduce the cost for this event to start at only $25 for members! Register now to save your spot.

  • We would like to sent out a big 'Thank You' to those who visited and provided feedback on the compensation survey at the Professional Development Booth during the Virtual Expo. PPDM Members, you can explore the compensation survey interactive analysis here

  • PPDM's Certification Committee needs YOU! We are looking for volunteers to help this great committee continue to grow our CPDA program. Contact for more information on how you can make a difference!

  • Thank you to everyone who attended our first ever Virtual Expo! On March 12, 2020, we committed to transforming the April Expo to a virtual experience, while simultaneously rebooking the physical event for the end of September (New dates: September 29-30, 2020). PPDM was fortunate to have a strong, five-track agenda in place, thanks to the Houston Leadership Team. The event saw 326 registrations, from nine countries and a variety of companies, along with two days of great presentations, networking and visits to our Exhibitors. Going forward, our plans for a physical conference on September 29-30 are in progress. We look forward to seeing everyone in person at the end of September for what is certain to be a great Expo!

  • As many of you will have heard, we have investigated options for moving forward with the 2020 Houston Professional Petroleum Data Expo in light of the current pandemic COVID-19 crisis. For March 31-April 1, 2020, the Houston Expo will still take place as a virtual event. Virtual conferencing offers us the opportunity to move our entire event to an online environment. Our conversations with several of you so far indicate that you are very supportive of this opportunity. Through this environment, you will have an opportunity to participate in the conference talks, see our exhibitors, and recognize our sponsors (who make it possible for you to attend at an incredibly low price).

    As a virtual conference, we can offer participation opportunities to many international members, who otherwise may struggle for approval or funding to travel. We have already heard from some who are hoping we will move forward this way. More information will be available soon on the event page for how our attendees can attend the conference, so stay tuned.

    We now have the new dates for the physical event – September 29-30, 2020. Registration is now open. Note, anyone previously registered will be transferred to this event automatically..

  • If you are planning to sit the May 13, 2020, Certified Petroleum Data Analyst (CPDA) Exam and have not yet submitted your application, you will have a bit more time. The deadline to submit your exam has been extended to April 3, 2020. More information is available on our Certification website or contact our registrar.