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Critical Data Elements

The module explains what data elements and non-data elements are, along with examples of each.  

The module then goes to describe what a critical data element is along with how to determine the criticality of a data element.

Other areas covered are the differences between derived and non-derived critical data elements.

The module also contains industry context examples. 

What is a Critical Data Element

Learning objectives:

  • Learn what a data element is.
  • Understand what a Critical Data Element is (CDE).
  • Understand what makes a CDE critical.
  • Learn the types of data elements;
    • ·         Reporting Facts
    • ·         Reporting Dimension
    • ·         Reporting Filters
  • Learn what Non-derived and Derived CDEs are and the differences between them.
  • Be able to identify the distinct types of CDEs in a reporting table. 

Who is Suitable?

No prior knowledge is required so all Data Practioners can undertake the course.

As this is a data governance module the content is especiallly useful for data owners and stewards, but would also be a useful for a wide spectrum of data roles; including but not exclusive to data analysts, data modellers, data architects and data lineage analysts.


How is the criticality of a CDE judged?

  • Is Critical Data Element a standard term used across all banks?
  • Can you explain what granular data is?
  • What is the difference between a CDE in a Report and a CDE in a Process?
  • Why are CDEs defined at the logical level?
  • Is all data associated with a report or process a CDE?
  • How would you define ‘Critical’ and Materially Important’?
  • What does ‘Data elements are actual data’ mean?
  • Why are metrics and KPIs not usually considered as CDEs?
  • How many CDEs should an orgainsation have?


An Interactive Presentation

10 Videos

60+ Questions

10+ Interactive Questions

Further Exercise – What is a Data Element?

3 Final Practice Tests – 30 questions over 30 minutes

Final Examination – 60 questions over 30 minutes


DQRB Certificate

4 hours of learning materials to complete.

Valid for 24 months

Only £100.00 + VAT