Fees

The application fee is due when a certification application is submitted. The application fee pays for the processing of an application only. It does not include the exam fee.

Please note: Certification fees are non-refundable.

Current DDNA Member  $100

Application Processing Fee (due with application)
This fee is for active members. It does not include membership dues. Please check your membership status before submitting fees.
 

New Member Option  $200 

Application Processing Fee (due with application)
Join the association and apply for certification at the same time. This fee includes one year’s membership dues.

Please note: Certification fees are non-refundable.

The exam fee is due after your certification application has been approved. The exam fee pays for the costs of the exam only. It does not include sitting fees charged separately by the local test site.

Group Exam  $250

  • Exam Fee (to be paid after approval)
  • This fee is for active members. It does not include membership dues. Please check your membership status before submitting fees.
  • The Group Examination Fee is to be paid after you receive your application approval letter.
  • Certification fees are non-refundable.
  • Group examination fees are transferable. 
  • You must be a member of DDNA to take the certification exam.

Local Exam  $150*

  • Exam Fee (to be paid after approval to DDNA)
  • This fee is for active members. It does not include membership dues. Please check your membership status before submitting fees.
  • The Local Examination Fee is to be paid after you receive your application approval letter.
  • Certification fees are non-refundable. Local examination fees are not transferable. 
  • You must be a member of DDNA to take the certification exam.

*An additional sitting fee will be charged by the local testing company (Prometric). Do not send this fee to DDNA.

(Certification Renewal Fees are NON-REFUNDABLE)

DDNA Member in Good Standing  $100

Renewal Application Processing Fee (due with application)
This fee is for active members. It does not include membership dues. Please check your membership status before submitting fees.
If your certification renewal is postmarked AFTER your expiration date, please add the $50 late fee to your renewal.  This will be assessed upon receipt of your application and must be paid before your renewal can be processed.
 

DDNA Member with expired membership  $200

Renewal Application Processing Fee (due with application)
This amount includes reinstatement of your membership for one year and the certification renewal application processing fee ($100+$100).
If your certification renewal is postmarked AFTER your expiration date, please add the $50 late fee to your renewal.  This will be assessed upon receipt of your application and must be paid before your renewal can be processed. 

FAQ

Please read the content on the Studying for the exam page. Several highly useful books are recommended there.

The application fee reimburses DDNA for the time required to review, approve, and notify of your eligibilty to sit for the exam.

The exam fee helps to reimburse DDNA for the large initial costs of developing the exam and the ongoing costs of keeping the test items updated, as well as costs associated the testing procedure itself.

You pay the application fee first. This is because you have a two-year window in which to schedule the exam. When you are ready to take the exam, then you pay the exam fee.

Please wait six to eight (6-8) weeks after your test date to allow the testing company time to grade, validate, and post your exam results. By that time, DDNA can access your final test results from the testing company. Exam result letters will be processed and mailed at about 6-8 weeks after your exam.

The exam is administered via a computer online – both at the conference and at local testing centers.

Be sure that you are reading the notice carefully. Membership and certification are two different things.

When you renew your membership once a year, you are not automatically also renewing your certification. Likewise, when you renew your certification every two years, this does not automatically renew your membership.

If you receive a renewal notice, please read it carefully to see whether it is time to renew your membership or it is time to renew your certification.

Please remember that your membership renewal date is always posted in your online account. You can see your profile once you log in with your username and password (in the green bar near the top of the page). After you log in, click on “Account” then select “Subscriptions” on your account page.

Group exams are held once annually at the DDNA Annual Education Conference. The conference location varies year by year.

Local exams are offered at Prometric Testing Centers across the U.S. and Canada.  Most major cities have at least one testing center.  Testing centers are fairly convenient for most of our members.

  • Yes, you must maintain your DDNA membership during the entire time you are certified as a CDDN or DDC.  Membership in your professional association is a requirement of certification.  Renewing your certification does not renew your membership.  Membership renewal is separate from certification renewal.  If your membership expires, your certification also lapses, and you may not use the CDDN or DDC credential until you renew your membership in DDNA.
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