DAMA International (DAMA-I) is committed to the support of data professionals worldwide. These are difficult but slowly improving economic times. Jobs are difficult to find and keep, and as technology continues to evolve, more employers are expecting continuing education and advanced qualifications. Against this background, DAMA-I is increasing the scope of support for the education of the data professional. This includes support for students in post-secondary institutions, practitioners and employers. Professional education opportunities have long been a central concern of DAMA-I, with events and conferences at the local chapter and international levels. Online resources supplement these events. We sponsor certificate and training programs, and through listings, provide recognition of qualification for the benefit of individuals and employers.
Certification program revision: DAMA-I has been involved with ICCP (International Certified Computing Professionals) certification since 1994 in the development of a specialty exam in data resource management (DRM). With this certification, employers can be assured of a standard of professionalism in this area. We are currently overhauling the exam and splitting it into three specialty exams: data management, database management and data warehousing. We also acknowledge and/or support the following certification programs: Insurance Data Management Association (IDMA) Certified Insurance Data Manager; Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) Information Systems Professional; and British Computing Society (BSC) Business Systems Development Certificate in Data Management.
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