Become a CSDS

Become a CSDS

Are you interested in demonstrating your professionalism in the secure data destruction industry and closing more sales? Earn your credentials and become a Certified Secure Destruction Specialist® (CSDS®). The CSDS Program promotes and acknowledges an individual’s competency in a range of subject areas related to the secure destruction of information and other items.

Read why one young professional became a CSDS: Why I’m a CSDS >>

Study for the CSDS Exam

The Information Disposition Textbook

The Information Disposition textbook is the primary study guide for the CSDS Exam. It is the first comprehensive digest covering the wide range of issues related to protecting information at its most vulnerable point – the end of its life cycle. Information Disposition: A Practical Guide to the Secure, Compliant Disposal of Records, Media and IT Assets contains everything one needs to know, including policies and templates, to create a state-of-the-art, compliant and secure information destruction program.

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Series of 10 Webinars

Listen to the recorded webinar series in which the exam material is fully covered as it relates to the textbook. Cost: $99 (Credited Toward Exam Fee)

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CSDS Examination via Local Proctoring

Though the CSDS® exam itself isn’t any easier at this time, taking it is much easier. The i-SIGMA Board of Directors has approved a program wherein existing Certified Secure Destruction Specialists® (CSDSs) will be able to proctor the examination process.

The CSDS test is offered also offered during the annual conference or by traveling to i-SIGMA headquarters in Phoenix. However, now CSDS exams can also be arranged wherein a nearby colleague will oversee the exam, any time of year.

Specific criteria must be met to ensure the integrity of the exam. The proctor must be approved by i-SIGMA, and there can be no apparent conflicts of interest. The proctor is also required to agree to specific terms and conditions to further ensure the process is honest and transparent. Proctors are awarded CEU for volunteering.

If you would like to take the CSDS exam via local proctoring, please first register for it and then contact the Accreditation Department to set-up your proctored exam.


• Member Rate w/ webinar credit: $189.00
• Member Rate w/o webinar credit: $288.00
• Non-Member Rate w/ webinar credit: $289.00
• Non-Member Rate w/o webinar credit: $388.00

Register to take the CSDS Exam at the Annual Conference » Register to take the CSDS Local Proctored Exam »

Questions regarding the CSDS Credential Program, please contact the Accreditation Department.

Please note, currently, CSDS credentials are only available for representatives in the United States.