Becoming Certified

Why CDMS is Right for You

Whether you are encouraged by your employer to seek CDMS certification or you desire to hone your skills and knowledge, earning your CDMS is a smart move for both you and your organization. By broadening your area of expertise and business skills with CDMS certification, you will help your organization in its pursuit to establish a knowledgeable and productive workforce, boost customers' confidence, and gain a competitive edge in the marketplace - all while furthering your own professional development.

As a Certified Disability Management Specialist (CDMS) you will be joining a community of professionals with demonstrated expertise in integrated disability and absence management.

With certification comes an enhanced degree of credibility and competence.

  • validates specialized knowledge through examination
  • verifies requisite levels of education and experience
  • demonstrates a commitment to continuing education and examination to stay at the forefront of your profession
  • requires adhering and maintaining high ethical standards through a Code of Professional Conduct.



Upcoming Exam Windows 

The CDMS Certification Exam is offered twice a year in March and September within a designated window. Online applications are due approximately 6 weeks prior. Candidates can choose from more than 300 test administration centers in the United States. Thinking about applying for the CDMS certification exam? Consider one of the upcoming exam windows:

Exam Cycle

September 2019


Application window opens

April 1


Application window closes

June 30


Approval/denial notification

July 31


Exam administration

September 7-14


The next exam will be September 7-14, 2019. The application window has closed. 

Are you ready to take your career to the next level? Review the CDMS Guide for Candidate Certification and eligibility criteria

Frequently Asked Question:

Q- What is the CDMS Exam Pass rate?

A- Pass rate is defined as the percentage of people who pass the exam each time it is administered. This rate varies with each administration as well as for the first time exam candidates vs. retake candidates. The pass rate is NOT the exam candidates score on the exam. For example, annual exam results are included below:

Exam Administration Total number of candidates Total candidate % passed Total Certified
March 2019 53 62% 33
September 2018 35 71% 25