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  • Professional Development Committee Certification Committee Contact: Our Professional Development Area is seeking volunteers to help with two committees, our Professional Development Committee (PDC) and Petroleum Data Management Certification Committee (PDMCC or Certification Committee).

    • PDC: Don’t miss your chance to be a part of something BIG. The PDC offers opportunities to get involved in multiple activities. If you are an experienced data management professional, lend your skills to competency writing, developing professional job-related surveys, or participating in community outreach. Join our global team of professionals who working hard to advance our professional discipline and secure our future in energy data management.
    • PDMCC: The CPDA Certification Committee is seeking CPDA-certified candidates to join our team to ensure the governance of the CPDA is solidly upheld. This is a great opportunity to advance your CPDA PDU count, and contribute to the growth and development of the CPDA community. Now is your time to be an influencer and help others who desire to follow in your footsteps.

    For more information, or to make a difference by volunteering now, please contact

  • 30th Anniversary Celebration
    Posted on
    May 26, 2021

    On June 10 the Calgary Leadership Team has coordinated a virtual celebration for the Association’s 30th Anniversary. Learn more about how the PPDM Association started, hear from our volunteers around the world, and spend some time meeting with We hope that you’ll join us to celebrate this milestone.

  • CPDA On-Demand Exams Are Here!
    Posted on
    May 26, 2021

    The moment you’ve been waiting for is here – you can now book your CPDA Exam on a date that works for you! This new program will be coming in the next couple of weeks/is available now. Check out our certification page for more information on the new CPDA On-Demand Exams!

  • Career Tools Now Available
    Posted on
    May 26, 2021

    Members of the PDC have been working hard to develop resources to aid individuals, managers and HR professionals in understanding and managing careers and career paths under the petroleum data management umbrella. This month we’ve refreshed out web pages to better reflect the work of the professional development committees and make some committee outputs available to you as a resource. Visit our website to access six job role descriptions that can help you better define positions across your company.

  • IPDS Calling for Volunteers
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    May 18, 2021
    The International Petroleum Data Standards (IPDS) team are calling for volunteers to help with three different groups:

    • Our Rules Committee is being re-launched and seeking interested volunteers. This role is a commitment for an extended period up to two years including attending weekly one-hour meetings. Visit the Rules Committee Page for more information.
    • The What Is A Facility group is also recruiting volunteers for this longer term committee, similar in duration to the Rules Committee. This team will be working on the semantic definitions in the Facilities area. Learn more in the What Is A Facility page.
    • The Reference Values Team is looking for Committee members and volunteer Subject Matter Experts. This commitment ranges from 6-8 hours to two years depending on the interest level. You can learn more about the work done already on the Reference Values List Page.

    For more information, please contact

  • The Reference Values Committee is part of the global PPDM Association program to develop practical resources (IPDS) for data systems – you can learn more and visit the lists that already are available on our website. The Reference Values Committee is currently looking for members who can:

    • Support as SEISMIC DATA subject matter experts for a short-term commitment (2 – 8 hours) to help us develop new reference value lists
    • Join the Committee that is leading this initiative. This will require a few hours each month

    Please contact if you would like to learn more or get involved.

  • Last chance for Training Survey!
    Posted on
    April 23, 2021

    On April 20 we held our Train For Your Future Town Hall to discuss development of new learning opportunities. Thank you to everyone who attended and shared their feedback. A report on the feedback we collected will be available soon, but the survey is still open for your voice to be heard, which you can access here:

    It is our mission to provide you with data learnings to support you through M&As, increase efficiencies, and preserve data quality. If you are passionate about this, please contact our PEAC Committee through

  • On Demand Exams are Coming!
    Posted on
    April 23, 2021

    Have you been considering taking the CPDA Exam but the timing hasn’t worked out? We are launching On Demand exam scheduling in mid-May 2021. This gives you the power to pick your exam date to match your lifestyle.

    Visit our certification page for more information!

  • Calling for Abstracts
    Posted on
    April 23, 2021

    The PPDM Association has many events between August and October, and we are calling for speakers:

    • Perth Data Management Workshop – Aug 11-12 - Data Management and the Energy Transition
    • Denver Petroleum Data Symposium – August 31 - Navigating Change: How to Survive and Thrive
    • Oklahoma City Petroleum Data Workshop – September 9 - Beyond the Well
    • Calgary Data Management Symposium – October 21-22
    • Houston Expo – October 25-26 - Adapting, Surviving, and Thriving with Data

    Please visit the event pages or email for more details!


  • As we prepare for our 30th Anniversary Celebration, we are looking for interesting and fun artifacts from our history. If you have an artifact to share, please email it to