Welcome to the CDDA® Program

Congratulations on taking the first step in enhancing your career. The Investment Management Due Diligence Association (IMDDA) established the Chartered Due Diligence Analyst (CDDA®) program to promote the highest standards of due diligence. By choosing to review this candidate handbook, you have taken the first step toward joining those who have distinguished themselves by earning the CDDA credential.

This website summarizes key aspects of the CDDA® Program, and is intended to help you understand why the program was developed, how it is governed, its policies and procedures, and the steps to earning and maintaining the CDDA credential.

The website is a useful reference to you as you:

  • make your decision whether to pursue the CDDA
  • develop your course to meet the eligibility requirements of the CDDA
  • complete the CDDA application
  • seek to maintain (or provide yourself another opportunity to earn) the CDDA

The CDDA is a constantly evolving program that continues to grow and be refined in accord with the evolution of due diligence and certification professional practices. No website can address every potential question, policy detail, or future program change. You are encouraged to use this site as a guide to learning more about the program however, we strongly encourage you to speak with IMDDA staff and review the material on the IMDDA’s website. IMDDA staff can be reached via email at cdda@imdda.org and the IMDDA website is www.imdda.org.

The CDDA Commission is responsible for the governance of the CDDA Program, and all policy and standards related to the CDDA credential. The program is administered by IMDDA staff, which implements the policies. This structure allows the CDDA Commission to maintain integrity concerning policy matters related to credentialing. The CDDA Commission issues certificates to individuals who successfully meet its standards. These individuals may present themselves to the public as Chartered Due Diligence Analysts.

Certification applications and candidates' performance on the CDDA review shall remain confidential unless otherwise stipulated by the reviewee or as required by law. The CDDA Program will release application and pass/fail information only to the applicant and only in writing. The exception to this is the published list of CDDAs that the Commission makes available to the public. This statement does not preclude the publishing of any holder’s name against whom disciplinary action has been taken.

The applicant, candidate or holder who wishes to make an appeal (the “Appellant”) must submit an appeal in writing to the CDDA Appeals Committee within thirty (30) days of receipt of notification of an adverse decision. The CDDA Appeals Committee shall then meet in person or by teleconference within 30 days after the end date of the appeal period. All determinations regarding appeals must be decided by a two---thirds (2/3) vote of the Appeals Committee. Notice of the Appeals Committee determination shall be provided to the Appellant within 10 business days of the decision. The Appellant then has 30 days from receipt of the Appeals Committee determination to file a written appeal with the CDDA Commission. The appeal shall be considered at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the CDDA Commission. All determinations regarding appeals must be decided by two---thirds vote of the Commission. Notice of the Commission determination shall be provided in writing to the Appellant within 10 business days of the Commission meeting. The CDDA Commission’s determination shall be final.

COST: $395*

DATES: The exam must be taken between December 15, 2018 and February 17 2019.

*You must be a member of the IMDDA to register for the exam. (You will have an opportunity to join the IMDDA during the online registration process, or you may join now.)