Data Governance & Stewardship Professional Credential (DGSP)


Data Governance & Stewardship Professional (DGSP) Credential

NEW March 2012


Data Governance & Stewardship Professional (DGSP) Credential


The Data Governance & Stewardship Professional (DGSP) credential is awarded to those who qualify based on a combination of criteria including education, experience and test-based examination of professional level knowledge of data governance and stewardship. This credential is offered at the Mastery or Practitioner level. To maintain certified status and continued use of the credential, an annual recertification fee along with a 3-year cycle of continuing education and professional activity is required.

The Data Management Association International (DAMA) authorizes the Data Governance & Stewardship Professional credential in partnership with the Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP), which administers testing and recertification. This document outlines the requirements for obtaining the DGSP.

DGSP Application Form (Download PDF Document)

DGSP Examination Criteria

The Data Governance & Stewardship (DGS) exam must be passed with the following score:


Credential Earned

Pass DGS exam at 50% or higher

DGSP Practitioner Certificate

Pass DGSP exam at 70% or higher

DGSP Mastery Certificate

The exam outline is found at

Additional DGSP Credential Criteria

The following criteria must also be met in order to qualify for the DGSP:


DGSP Practitioner Certificate

DGSP Mastery Certificate

# Hours Data Governance & Stewardship Professional Work Experience



Education Requirement

Bachelors or Masters

Bachelors or Masters

Recertification Required



Continuing Professional Education/Activity Required

120 hours every 3-year cycle

120 hours every 3-year cycle

ICCP Code of Ethics




At least one contact name must be provided for verification of Data Governance / Stewardship experience for audit purposes.

Fees for the DGSP (URL)

Institute for the Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP)

If you already passed the Data Governance & Stewardship exam as the data exam of choice for the CDMP, your CDMP can be used towards the DGSP.

The DGSP credential can be applied towards the CDMP in the future by taking the two mandatory exams required and meeting the education and experience requirements. 

For information on conversions, see (URL).   

Preparation for Taking DGS Exam

There are various ways of learning the process of taking the DGS exam. The DGS is included in the following training and study guides.

The DGS exam is also offered at the DAMA International Symposiums and periodically at some DAMA chapter meetings.

Taking DGS Exam

ICCP Testing can be done anywhere in the world, with an approved ICCP Proctor to verify physical identity and supervise/invigilate the delivery of the examination. Contact the ICCP office for further information (  A webcam, microphone and government issued ID are required.

A DAMA chapter can set up exam sessions during their chapter meetings. What is needed is a volunteer proctor from the chapter. A proctor is an individual authorized by ICCP to oversee the writing of an exam by an ICCP exam taker. This person must meet specific guidelines ( and be willing to supervise the exam taker. The ICCP reserves the right to reject proposed proctors. Contact ICCP ( or phone 847.299.4227 or 800.843.8227 if you require assistance in determining an appropriate proctor. Taking exams via the Internet is also available.

The exams run off the USB drive of an individual’s laptop. There are 110 questions with 100 being scored and reported to the exam taker and 10 are beta questions to complete in 90 minutes. You will not know which type of question you are answering. Questions and possible distracters (answers) are randomly listed in a different order for each exam taker. Therefore, although this guide contains sample questions that allow for “all or none of the above” type answers meant for study purposes, you will not find this type of answer to choose from on the actual exam.

Computer based testing allows for the immediate scoring after the exam is taken. An ICCP Performance Profile is then available for downloading, and one will be sent later to the individual by the ICCP. This Profile shows your exam strengths and weaknesses.

Professional Development / Recertification

To keep your DGSP current, you must earn 120 approved contact hours of continuing education over a 3-year period. Many educational activities count including DAMA Symposiums, chapter meetings, data governance / stewardship conferences and training. View the Sample Ways to Earn CDMP Professional Development /Recertification Credit in pdf format for ideas.

For further information, contact the ICCP ( for an ICCP Recertification Guidelines Booklet or go to

Recertification credits can be entered online through the Professional Development Transmittal Form, Your DAMA chapter can also keep track of meeting attendance for the purpose of recertification and submit on a timely basis. There is an annual maintenance fee to ICCP for keeping track of your recertification credits. You will receive an annual transcript from the ICCP.

Program Contact information:

DAMA International:

Patricia Cupoli,

Eva Smith,

ICCP Office:

847-299-4227 or 800-843-8227 (phone)

847-299-4280 (fax), or

Click here to contact the ICCP:

The ICCP website is

The DGSP credential program was approved and came into existence at the September 2011 Meeting of the DAMA International Board of Directors.








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