As data and analytics become the beating heart of the enterprise, it is increasingly critical for the business to have access to consistent, high-quality data assets. Master data management (MDM) is required to ensure that the enterprise’s data is consistent, accurate and controlled.
Customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM) and compliance all have one thing in common: They rely on an integrated, single view of quality data. That’s where MDM comes in.
If you’re looking for a way to get an edge, MDM certification is a great option. Certifications measure your knowledge and skills against industry- and vendor-specific benchmarks to prove to employers that you have the right skillset.
Top 9 master data management certifications
- The Art of Service Master Data Management Certification
- DAMA Certified Data Management Professional (CDMP)
- Data Governance and Stewardship Professional (DGSP)
- edX Enterprise Data Management
- eLearningCurve CIMP Master Data Management
- eLearningCurve CIMP Ex Master Data Management
- Informatica MDM Administrator Specialist
- Informatica MDM MultiDomain Developer Specialist
- SAP Certified Application Associate – SAP Master Data Governance
The Art of Service Master Data Management Certification
The Art of Service Master Data Management Complete Certification Kit validates the candidate’s knowledge of specific methods, models, and tools in MDM. The course is intended as an introductory guide.
Organization: The Art of Service
How to prepare: The fee includes an online training program and PDF textbook.
DAMA Certified Data Management Professional (CDMP)
The Data Management Association International (DAMA) Certified Data Management Professional certification program consists of three separate, 90-minute exams: the Information Systems (IS) Core exam, the Data Management Core exam and the Specialty exam. The exams test capabilities and knowledge ranging from project management and data management processes to business intelligence and IT compliance. The certificate comes in both practitioner and master tiers based on both experience and exam scores.
Organization: Offered jointly by DAMA and the Institute for Certification of Computer Professionals (ICCP)
Price: $285 per exam. Study materials cost $300 and up, depending on format. Exams also require a proctor.
How to prepare: CDMP materials and training are available.
Data Governance and Stewardship Professional (DGSP)
The Data Governance and Stewardship Professional (DGSP) certificate from the Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP) is a multi-tiered credential that validates the candidate’s knowledge of data governance, with a focus on availability, usability, consistency, data integrity and data security. The credential is available at the executive management, principal, mastery, associate practitioner, and foundation assistant data governance professional levels. The executive management level requires a four-day workshop and written assessment. The principal level requires a two-day mentoring workshop, significant contributions to the industry, and passing a 90-minute exam at 70 percent or higher. Master requires passing a 90-minute exam at 70 percent or higher. Associate/practitioner requires passing a 90-minute exam at 50 percent or higher. The foundation level requires passing a 60-minute exam at 50 percent or higher. All levels require adherence to the ICCP Code of Ethics.
Price: $45 candidate membership fee paid annually until certification is achieved; at the associate level, the membership fee drops to $35 on the first day after certification anniversary date; at practitioner, mastery, or principal level, the membership fee is $75 a year.
How to prepare: The certification requires relevant technical experience and/or academic degrees based on the certification level sought.
edX Enterprise Data Management
The Enterprise Data Management Verified Certificate validates completion of the course of the same name offered through edX, an online education and learning platform founded by Harvard and MIT. The course, geared to business managers, focuses on realizing the business advantages of operational, reconciled, and big data systems, as well as data assets involved in enterprise data management strategies and enterprise data analytics. Specific areas include the principles of data profiling, data integration, and master data management.
Price: $500 for the Verified Certificate
How to prepare: There are no prerequisites. The certificate requires completion of the Enterprise Data Management course.
eLearningCurve Certified Information Management Professional (CIMP) Master Data Management
eLearningCurve’s CIMP Master Data Management designation is intended to show the candidate’s in-depth knowledge and comprehensive understanding of MDM. The certification requires passing five exams from eLearningCurve’s MDM curriculum. The organization offers 10 MDM courses, ranging from architecture and implementation to data profiling to data quality assessment.
How to prepare: The program includes five instructor-led online courses, consisting of a total of 20 hours of education.
eLearningCurve Certified Information Management Professional Ex (CIMP Ex) Master Data Management
eLearningCurve’s CIMP Ex Master Data Management designation is intended to certify that the candidate has achieved the highest level of certification in the MDM track. The certification requires passing five exams from eLearningCurve’s “core” master data management course offerings. In addition, the candidate must take two elective courses from the MDM curriculum and a final course from any course in eLearningCurve’s catalog.
How to prepare: The program includes eight instructor-led online courses, consisting of a total of 35 hours of education.
Informatica MDM Administrator Specialist
The Informatica MDM 9.x: Administrator, Specialist Certification validates competency as a member of an MDM administration team. It tests skills and capabilities on installation and upgrade (both test and user environments), performance tuning, where to find information, troubleshooting, batch processes, managing metadata, upgrade process, and security.
Price: $240 registration fee for exam (includes a no-cost second attempt)
How to prepare: Informatica recommends completing the MDM 9.x: Multidomain Edition, Administration and MDM 9.x: Configuring Multidomain Edition courses.
Informatica MDM MultiDomain Developer Specialist
The Informatica MDM MultiDomain 10.1 Developer, Specialist Certification measures the candidate’s competency as a member of a project implementation team. Individuals with the certification should be able to explain and identify the MDM product architecture, and to configure its main components, including cleanse engine, match server, data governance tools, and workflows.
Price: $240 registration fee for exam (includes a no-cost second attempt)
How to prepare: Informatica recommends completing the MDM: Multidomain Edition Configuration and MDM: Configuring Informatica Data Director courses.
SAP Certified Application Associate – SAP Master Data Governance
The SAP Certified Application Associate – SAP Master Data Governance certification is an entry-level qualification that validates a candidate’s competency to participate as a member of a project team in a mentored role. The exam covers topics including master data governance, data quality and analytics, data replication and key mapping, and more.
How to prepare: SAP recommends a combination of education courses and hands-on experience to train for the exam.
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