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About the IQCP Program

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The IAIDQ certification provides unmatched GLOBAL professional recognition by peers in the information/data quality discipline.  The credential provides assurance that an Information Qualified Certified Professional has met and sustained eligibility criteria addressing education, training, experience and the knowledge and skills needed for competence.  

The IQCP credential is also an opportunity for information/data quality practitioners to achieve global peer recognition for their expertise in Information/data Quality.

The IAIDQ Information Quality Certified Professional (IQCP) is an individual who demonstrates broad expertise in and practical knowledge of information quality principles, concepts, methods and skills. The certification covers a wide range of topics, within six major areas of knowledge considered essential to an information quality professional.

The IQCP designation confirms that the holder has mastered the core information quality competencies and subscribes to the IAIDQ Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. By maintaining their credential through re-certification, IQCPs confirm their commitment to ongoing professional development in order to keep their skills current.

IAIDQ IQCPs hold any of a wide range of positions in their organizations, as individual contributors or as managers. They conduct, lead, or champion information quality projects. They work in any of the functions or disciplines within their organization or are part of a specialized information quality team; yet all perform information quality activities as part of their job responsibilities. This information quality work is either part-time within a broader organizational role, or full time.

The IQCP certification has three components:

  • work experience and education requirements
  • taking and passing a comprehensive 3-hr exam consisting of 150 multiple choice questions
  • signing the IAIDQ Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

The IQCP credential must be renewed every three years. There are two ways to recertify:

  • Submit a recertification journal that documents a minimum level of ongoing professional development.
  • Or take the exam again.

The certification is based on the findings of a job analysis/role delineation study sponsored by IAIDQ between October 2008 and March 2009 and conducted with CASTLE Worldwide, Inc. (CASTLE), a firm that specializes in the development of professional certifications. The purpose of the study was to build IAIDQ's Information Quality Certified Professional credential on a solid foundation validated by practitioners and consistent with best practices and worldwide standards.

The process followed by IAIDQ and CASTLE complies with widely accepted standards and regulations such as the ISO/IEC 17024 and the Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs, published by the USA National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA, 2002). This distinguishes the IQCP credential from related certifications or certificates currently offered in the marketplace.