Electronic Document Professional (EDP) is an industry designation awarded to qualified individuals who have demonstrated broad knowledge of, and experience in, digital communication. This can be in print, over internal networks, or online-from document creation to distribution.

Turning electronic documents-the heart of modern corporate communication-into effective communications is the work of professionals. EDP certification ensures that the recipient has demonstrated excellence by a thorough examination of his or her work, business ethics, and overall contributions to the industry through a rigorous evaluation process.

The top-ranked benefits cited by EDP-designated professionals include:

  • Recognition and respect by industry peers
  • Personal sense of accomplishment and validation of expertise
  • Career-based credibility as an individual and for a company with demonstrated credentials
  • Belonging to a networked community of subject matter experts
  • Incentive for continued education and knowledge sharing

The EDP program allows individuals to differentiate themselves. Certification brings recognition, career enhancement, and personal satisfaction. Many EDPs are viewed as experts for effective and consistent communication throughout their organizations, sources of knowledge about new electronic document technologies, and leaders in effective information management within their organizations and the industry as a whole.

The EDP program has three levels:
The Electronic Document Associate (EDA) designation (Electronic Document Associate) is awarded to individuals currently working in the electronic document industry, with a minimum of two years active work experience in the industry and an equivalent of 50 education credits. Education credits are earned through post-secondary education and industry-related education.
For an EDA Application, please click here for download.

The Electronic Document Professional (EDP) certification is awarded to individuals currently working in the electronic document industry, with a minimum of five years active work experience in the industry, who accept the EDP Code of Ethics, who earn an equivalent of 100 education credits, and submit a portfolio of actual business examples that demonstrate and document the candidate’s capabilities.
For an EDP Application, please click here for download.

The Master Electronic Document Professional (M-EDP) designation is reserved for EDPs with significant business and life experience as an EDP. One must have 10 years and 300 education credits or 15 years and have recertified at least once as an EDP to qualify.
For an M-EDP checklist, please click here for download.

For the areas of expertise, please click here for download.

Additionally, the EDP Handbook can be downloaded here.

For more information about the EDP Program, please contact Chad Henk, EDA, EDP Coordinator for Xplor International. He can explain the steps to get certified and assist in finding a mentor if neccessary. Chad can be reached at
Chad@xplor.org  or +1-813-949-6171.