Who Should Certify

Why Certify?

In today’s complex Exploration & Production (E&P) environment, poor quality in data analysis and management can result in major environmental and human impacts with serious, even fatal consequences.

A CPDA™ certification validates to employers, clients, and colleagues that a CPDA™ credentialed professional possesses data management aptitude, knowledge, experience, and skills to bring success in petroleum data management. Leading to the professionalization of petroleum data management, ensuring that best practices are shared and upheld within our industry, reducing risk and supporting better decision making.

Who Should Certify

The Certified Petroleum Data Analyst (CPDA™) credential is awarded to individuals who meet the PPDM Association’s established eligibility requirements and successfully complete an examination of professional-level knowledge. CPDA™ certification establishes a standard of excellence in data management for data analysts who have a minimum of five (5) years of oil and gas data management experience. Review the CPDA™ Handbook for more details.

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See what our certified professionals are saying


Cyril Gagnaire

CPDA with Distinction, DataCo
“One thing I can say is that I was quite surprised at how comprehensive the test was. Now that I’ve done it, I realise a bit more the value and the quality of the certification.”

Daniel Perna

CPDA, EPAM Systems
“Studying the materials recommended by the CPDA handbook revolutionized my view of data management as a discipline, giving me a better framework for problems and solutions in my work managing data. I have often returned to those principles and resources to solve new problems more quickly without having to repeat others’ mistakes, which has helped me grow dramatically as a data manager and consultant. That in itself is reason to pursue this certification, but in addition, I have seen the CPDA certification open new doors of opportunity and increase my credibility with various types of customers that I serve when they don’t yet know me. I highly recommend it.”