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Certified Secure Destruction Specialist Accreditation

The National Association for Information Destruction® (NAID®) launched the Certified Secure Destruction Specialist® Accreditation Program (CSDS®) in 2010 to promote and acknowledge an individual’s competency in a range of subject areas related to the secure destruction of information and the secure destruction of other items. The CSDS is separate and distinct from the NAID AAA Certification Program, which verifies and acknowledges the ongoing compliance of an organization’s secure destruction services with established security and operational standards. NAID AAA Certification applies to an organization whereas CSDS applies to an individual.

The CSDS is available to anyone, regardless of whether they are affiliated with a NAID member company. Participation is strictly voluntary. The CSDS is provided completely under the authority of NAID and only on the condition that the applicant agrees to comply with the rights and restrictions of the CSDS and the rulings of the NAID Board of Directors.

The proctored test will consist of multiple-choice questions and essay questions drawn from designated areas of competency on a proportional basis. A score of 85% is required to pass. To review more information regarding the exam, please refer to the CSDS Handbook.

NAID has developed a textbook which is the primary source for the CSDS Exam. All questions on the exam are found in the textbook. Purchase the Information Disposal Textbook today. NAID has also developed an online training module consisting of webinars reviewing the exam questions. Registration for the CSDS Training Module is $99. All training module fees may be applied to the CSDS Exam Fee. Refunds for the CSDS Training Module are not available.

The CSDS Exam can be taken at any time throughout the year at i-SIGMA Headquarters in Phoenix, AZ or via a remote proctor. The exam can also be taken at the i-SIGMA Annual Conference.

Please email for to receive the link to the Online Training Module or if you have any questions regarding the CSDS Accreditation.