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IS CDFA RIGHT FOR YOU? By earning your CDFA, you demonstrate your dedication and expertise in key areas of administration, finance, marketing, human resources, information technology, and project administration and management.
In the Architectural/Engineering/Construction (A/E/C) industry, you can have a job - or - you can excel at your career.
The voluntary CDFA program shows employers that you are dedicated to the A/E/C industry and your personal and professional development.
As a representative of your firm, you must often have an understanding of a variety of aspects of the A/E/C business including:
SDA Certification meets a rigorous standard of experience and expertise in design firm management and administration. It adheres to the ethics and responsibilities of the profession as outlined in the SDA Code of Ethics. Certified administrators have enhanced marketability. This is often shown in increased earnings, career security, and respect.
Eligibility requirements include: design firm experience, a written exam, adherence to a code of ethics, and formal education. Click here to access our presentation "Steps to Becoming a Certified Design Firm Administrator."
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Successful accomplishment of these requirements will result in earning the Certified Design Firm Administrator (CDFA) credential.
SDA is the only professional society dedicated to administrative side of the A/E/C industry.Apply Now for Your Future
Application Fee (Non-Refundable):
SDA Member: $75.00
Exam Fee (Includes CDFA Resource Guide):
SDA Member: $250.00
The SDA Certification Renewal Process Begins January 1, of each year. The emphasis on the certification renewal process is on continuing education hours. The renewal period is now annual. The renewal requirements are as follows: