Press Release: BETA CDMP EXAMS


UPDATED Aug 12 2012



The new Data Integration and Interoperability exam is available for beta testing at no charge. The exam beta period is July 9, 2012 through October 31, 2012. 

The DAMA / TDWI / ICCP exam development team members have been diligently at work developing this exam. A big ‘thank you’ goes out to the following:

·       DAMA International: Francine Adams, Patricia Cupoli, Deborah Henderson

-       ICCP: Andy Borchers Kewal Dhariwal, Lynn McKell, John Whitehouse

·       TDWI: Dave Wells, Jonathan Geiger, Nancy Williams

This exam will be part of both CDMP and CBIP certification programs.

Chapter guidelines for sponsoring the beta exams: 

  1. One designated individual must be the volunteer exam coordinator and proctor for the beta exams at the DAMA Chapter meeting. Proctors must be qualified and acceptable to the ICCP and sign a proctor confidentiality agreement.
  2. Determine when and where to hold the exam session. Some chapters will host exams as part of the chapter’s meeting. Others hold sessions at night or on Saturdays.
  3. A classroom arrangement (tables and chairs) is best with sufficient electrical outlets as the participants will be using their laptops to run the exams.
  4. The exam coordinator must contact the ICCP office ahead of the exam session to order a number of beta exams to be given. ICCP contact information:, 1-800-843-8227, or 847-299-4227.
  5. Let the ICCP office know if other CDMP exams will be given at the exam session. Cost is $285 USD per exam. Payment information must be collected on the application by the exam coordinator / proctor.
  6. Note: there is no profit-sharing arrangement for beta exams. The profit-sharing arrangement between DAMA Chapters and ICCP applies to paid exams only.  

Exam taker information regarding the new beta exams: 

  1. Each exam taker must bring a laptop as an exam runs off a USB drive.
  2. Each exam contains 100 multiple choice questions plus 10 extra beta questions to be completed in 90 minutes.
  3. If you pass the DII exam and want to apply it towards the Certified Data Management Professional (CDMP) designation, there will be a conversion charge of $195 USD (the regular exam price is $285 USD) payable to the ICCP.
  4. The beta test is FREE. The exam outline is listed at the end of this email. You will have to fill out an application, but no payment is expected unless you are taking other exams, applying this exam towards the CDMP, or applying this exam towards recertification credit.  

Some technical requirements: 

  1. The exam software runs on all Windows platforms. It is best to use a Windows laptop rather than another laptop platform, e.g. Apple Mac.
  2. The new version of the Exam Mechanic Presenter software requires .NET 3.5. If you get a message stating that your laptop does not run this version, then the proctor must bring up the older Exam Mechanic software that is on the USB in a separate folder.
  3. For those exam candidates who are using corporate laptops, make sure the laptops do not have encrypted USB drives. Do this simple test – have the exam taker save a file to a USB and have him or her open the file. If it does not open, then the USB drive is encrypted and another laptop must be used. The ICCP office cannot read encrypted USB drives.
  4. Be aware that Norton Defender or Norton 2012 sometimes puts Exam Presenter.Exe into its virus vault and deletes it from the USB. If this happens, it may need to be recovered from the virus vault back onto the USB.
  5. Remote internet proctoring requires a webcam, headset with microphone and government issued identification to show. 

If there is no DAMA Chapter near you, remote proctoring is available through the ICCP office ( Since the beta exams are free exams, you must start your exam between 9:00 am – 2:30 pm Central Time (US). The ICCP office requires two weeks’ notice for remote proctoring appointments. If you are taking a regular (non-beta) exam at $285 each, you have more flexibility in scheduling. 

Keep in mind that this exam is a beta exam. The scores have to be reviewed and adjusted by the DAMA / ICCP team after all the results have been received. Scores may be adjusted upwards, but will NOT be adjusted downwards on review of the performance of questions.

Unadjusted scores are immediately available after the exam has been completed. Official scores will be available after the DAMA / ICCP team meets again. Official profiles will only go out for paid exams. The ICCP office anticipates that all Data Integration & Interoperability beta exam testers will have their scores by Dec. 15, 2012. Contact the ICCP if you have not received your scores by Dec. 15, 2012. 

Further information can be obtained from the DAMA website (, the ICCP website (, or by contacting the DAMA ICCP Directors at Additional exam outlines are available at  (about middle of web page) or  

CDMP FAQs are available at  

DAMA Chapter CDMP Exam Session Preparation Guide is available at  

CDMP Exam Proctor FAQs are available at

Data Integration and Interoperability (DII) Specialty Examination Outline

1.0 Data Integration and Interoperability Approaches                       (15) Section 1 Total

1.1   Data Integration and Interoperability Concepts                     (6)     

1.2  Data Integration Drivers and Value                                       (9)     

2.0   DII Architectures and Data Patterns                                          (20) Section 1 Total

2.1   DII Architectures                                                              (14)   

2.2     DII Data Patterns                                                           (6)   

3.0   DII Processes, Technologies, and Standards                             (35) Section 1 Total

3.1   Techniques and Technologies                                             (23)   

3.2   DII Standards                                                                   (12)   

4.0   Data Integration Systems                                                        (20) Section 1 Total

4.1   System Types                                                                  (10)   

4.2   Data Integration Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC)    (10)   

5.0   Organizational Roles and DII Governance                                 (10) Section 1 Total

5.1   Organizational DII Roles and Practices                                (5)     

5.2   DII Governance                                                                (5)     


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