The Certified Secure Destruction Specialist® (CSDS®) accreditation is awarded to records and information management professionals who have demonstrated a high degree of expertise in data destruction operations, regulatory compliance, information security, and risk management. They achieve this through study and the passing of an intensive exam intended to ensure their in-depth knowledge on these topics, and by keeping up-to-date on these subject manners by earning mandatory Continuous Education Units (CEUs). CEUs are earned by relevant attending events and webinars, reading articles and blogs, and event presenting.

By working with an accredited CSDS, clients are assured their representative has the complete knowledge of their responsibilities and the resources to create compliant destruction policies, advise them on contractual and indemnification issues, and provide them with the required regulatory employee training. And, because the maintenance of their CSDS requires ongoing education, clients working with a CSDS professional know they are staying abreast of the latest regulatory requirements and industry advancements.