About the CDDA

How to Get Started

Step 1: Fill out your application online and upload supporting documents.
Step 2: Choose your membership and CDDA certification package.
Step 3: Submit your payment, application and supporting documents.
Step 4: Using the candidate ID number provided upon your application
approval, schedule your examination at one of Pearson’s live host locations, located around the globe.
Note: Your Candidate ID Number will be valid for six months from the date it is issued. You must take the exam before the end of the sixth month.

CDDA Eligibility Requirements and IMDDA Membership

Candidates wishing to sit for the CDDA Examination must:

  1. Document a minimum of 40 qualifying credits based on education, other professional certification and professional experience in the field.
  2. Submit supporting documents.
  3. Provide three professional references.

Candidates who pass the CDDA Examination and wish to use and display the CDDA credential must also be active members of the

Statement of Nondiscrimination

IMDDA does not discriminate among candidates based on age, gender, race, color, religion, national origin, disability or marital status.

Examination Fee*

CDDA: $395

How to Apply

Join the IMDDA. If you are not already a member, complete the application on this site, and attach all required documentation and pay the appropriate fees.

*Payment may be made by credit card, personal check, cashier’s check, money order or wire transfer (wire transfers must include identifying information). Checks should be made payable to IMDDA. Prices are subject to change. Declined credit cards and/or returned checks are subject to a $25 penalty.

Contact us with questions at: HELLO@IMDDA.org

Background Check

IMDDA reserves the right to conduct a background check, including a criminal records check, on all people wishing to take the CDDA Examination. Candidates may be required to fill out a Background Verification Authorization Form. Candidates will receive correspondence from IMDDA regarding the status of their application in the event IMDDA performs a background check.

Please be advised that for the integrity of our association and its mission, in the event an individual is subject to a background check and does not pass, that individual will not be allowed to take the CDDA Examination.

About IMDDA and CDDA Certification

Founded in 2015, Investment Management Due Diligence Association® (IMDDA) is the premier membership organization devoted to professionals in the Due Diligence field. The mission of IMDDA is to advance the professional knowledge, skills and experience of those dedicated to the conducting of Operational and Financial Due Diligence on investments around the world.

The CDDA Examination is an internationally recognized examination developed to ISO 17024 and ANSI accreditation standards that rigorously tests for aptitude and expertise in Due Diligence. Each person who passes the exam becomes a Chartered Due Diligence Analyst® (CDDA), a designation that denotes one as an authority in the Due Diligence field.