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Eligibility Requirements

Applicants for the Certified Clinical Data Manager (CCDM™) program must meet one of the following criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher and minimum two years full-time CDM experience
  • Associate’s degree and minimum three years full-time CDM experience
  • Four or more years full-time CDM experience
  • Part-time work experience equal to or surpassing full-time equivalent in criteria above

Additional notes

  • Applicants do not need to be SCDM members, nor must they be currently employed as a clinical data manager to apply for certification
  • Individuals whose CDM certification is currently suspended are not eligible to take the certification exam until the suspension lifts
  • Individuals whose names are on the FDA debarment list or have had certification permanently revoked are not eligible to take the certification exam.


Please download the application form and e-mail it back to us at

If you choose to pay by check, please print the application form and mail it to:

Society for Clinical Data Management 

Boulevard du Souverain, 280
B-1160 Brussels, Belgium

Once your application has been processed (approximately 14 days after it is submitted), you will receive a letter of acceptance, rejection or a request for further information.

The letter of acceptance will include an eligibility number required to schedule your exam. You have a 90 days eligibility period from the date mentioned on your acceptance letter to take your exam.

Prepare for the Exam

SCDM offers a variety of tools to prepare for the exam: face-to-face workshops, the Annual Conference sessions, Good Clinical Data Management Practices (GCDMP©) and the SCDM Education Web Portal are excellent sources to help candidates prepare for the exam.

Take the Exam

The CCDM® exam contains 130 multiple choice questions. The computer-based exam can be taken upon reservation at a Prometric test center. For complete information on the CCDM® program, application process and exam, please download the CCDM® handbook.

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