CDMS Certification Exam

The CDMS certification exam is offered twice a year within designated windows. Online applications are due in advance by the dates indicated. Candidates can choose from more than 300 test administration centers in the United States. 

Exam Application Timeline

Exam Cycle March 2022 September 2022
Application window opens November 1 April 1
Application window closes January 31 June 30
Approval/denial notification February 29 August 31
Exam administration March 6-13 September 11-18

The certification exam remains relevant and valid with current practices in the field through an in-depth Role & Function Study. This study is conducted every 5 years and defines the roles, function, knowledge, and skills of disability managers. The scope of practice as derived from the last study, conducted in 2014, includes the following work domains.

  1. Domain for Disability and Work Interruption Case Management
  2. Domain for Workplace Intervention for Disability Prevention
  3. Domain for Program Development, Management, and Evaluation
  4. Domain for Employment Leaves and Benefits Administration

You can explore more detailed information on these areas of practice by visiting the practice domains page.

Apply Online

Download the CDMS Guide for Candidate Certification and apply online for the exam through the CDMS secure website. All applications must be submitted with payment by the deadlines above.


The fee to sit for the exam is $395.

NOTE: For the March 2021 exam administration, immediate pass/fail notification will NOT be available. Candidates will be notified via their CDMS account with their results within sixty (60) days of the end of the testing window