Requirements for CDP®

Dust hazard analysis (DHA) is used to identify fire and explosion hazards at facilities where combustible dusts and particulate solids are present. DHA is required by NFPA standards to protect facility personnel, the public, and the facilities. Consequently it is essential that individuals who lead DHA studies meet a standard for competence. Three increasing levels of competency are offered: Practitioner, Specialist and Expert.

This certification is intended for an individual who is ready to take the role of team leader for DHA studies. A Practitioner has a minimum of one year of relevant experience. This level of certification indicates that the professional has the knowledge and understanding to lead DHA studies competently.

Primacert expects that a Certified DHA Practitioner using the designation CDP® can demonstrate competency by meeting the following requirements:


Academic Qualifications

  • A degree from an accredited university or college in a relevant technical discipline. At a minimum, degree includes three years relevant, full-time tertiary education.
  • If you do not meet these requirements, you may contact Primacert to inquire about alternative qualifications.


  • A minimum of one year of recent and relevant work experience.


  • Successful completion within the last three years of a training course designed to teach participants how to conduct a DHA study, such as Primatech's Dust Hazard Analysis and Risk Assessment.


  • Two references from supervisor / manager / peer who can attest to academic qualifications, work experience and professional ethics.


  • Successful completion of the Primacert examination for CDP®.
  • For a list of examination topics, see DHA Examination Topics.


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