CDFA Certification

“I have personally been involved with the Certification program since becoming certified in 2003, and I can honestly say that my involvement in SDA and the certification program has been instrumental in my advancement with my company.   I am now an Associate with my firm and through the education and networking opportunities offered through SDA at local chapter programs and Symposiums I have been able to bring back best practices and process to make us more efficient.  The certification program has developed into a useful resource for all those that are inspired to learn and grow in the A/E/C industry and I would highly recommend it to anyone that is interested in developing their career.”

 Pam Loomis, CDFA
Anderson Mason Dale Architects  (Denver)

What is CDFA?

The Society for Design Administration, the recognized leader in education for best practices in the A/E/C industry, offers a credential that recognizes your achieved administrative and management expertise, the Certified Design Firm Administrator (CDFA) designation. The CDFA credential is a voluntary certification designed to elevate the professional standards in design firm management and administration and contribute to the firm’s organizational growth and maturity through better practices in firm management. The credential comprised by the SDA’s Certification Program distinguishes and supports the roles performed by the spectrum of administrators and managers in the A/E/C firm. Furthermore, enhanced marketability and increased earning potential are just two of the many benefits CDFA certification provides.

Go to CDFA for more information on certification.

Professional Emphasis Groups (PEG’s)

The Society for Design Administration recognizes five core areas, called Professional Emphasis Groups (PEGs), as vital to better practice management in A/E/C firms. By centering its educational services on these areas, SDA’s education program provides members with both the breadth and depth necessary to excel in the design industry.


  1. Finance
  2. Human Resources
  3. Marketing
  4. Office Administration
  5. Project Management
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