What Are Your Goals?

  • To Receive an Externally Verified and Nationally Recognized Credential in Diversity & Inclusion?
  • To Advance Your Career?
  • To Learn How to Get Better Results and Drive Organizational Outcomes?
  • To Obtain Senior Leadership Recognition and Sponsorship?
  • To Acquire More Resources to Advance D&I Work at Your Organization?

Our Certified Diversity Professional (CDP)™ and Certified Diversity Executive (CDE)™ have enabled our Designees to do all of the above and much more! Take charge of your career and your ability to get better results by applying for the CDP or CDE programs today. 

How Do I Get Certified?

Diversity certification consists of a:
  • Course Book & Study Guide
  • Preparation Course
  • Candidate Project
  • Proctored, Online Exam at Hundreds of Locations Across the US & Abroad

There are three preparation options to choose from to obtain a credential from IDC:

  • Join us for the intensive three-day CDP or CDE course in a traditional classroom.
  • ​Participate in the online class from anywhere in the world.
  • Purchase the study guide and prepare for the next test on your own. You will receive a free invitation to the 3-hour online exam review session. 

Click here to apply now for the CDP or here for the CDE. Or give us a call at ​1-800-983-6192.

Why Should I Choose The Institute for Diversity Certification?

  • We are the largest diversity certification organization, which means that the CDP and CDE credentials are recognized around the world. Hundreds of candidates go through our program each year including Diversity Professionals & Executives from the US Air Force, US Navy, US Postal Service, NASA, US Army Corps of Engineers, Goodyear Tire, Comcast, Discover, Eli Lilly, Cummins, Wal-Mart, Sodexo, Cisco, LinkedIn, Mercedes Benz, Rolls-Royce, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Goodwill Industries, Teach for America, The PGA, ASAE, Nestle, Federal Reserve Bank, PNC Bank, Commerce Bank, NV Energy, Vectren, National Grid, University of Maryland, Emory University, University of California, Ohio State University, Northwestern University and many more.

  • Our program does not simply "teach" to pass the test--it prepares individuals to be successful in the field of Diversity and Inclusion, and to get consistent, measurable results. Essentially, the Institute for Diversity Certification is a business management program that operates as a global framework for recognizing and rewarding high quality, knowledgeable professionals who strive for excellence in the field of Diversity and Inclusion. Experienced professionals with real world knowledge lead our courses rather than academics focused only on theoretical tenets. Accordingly, our curriculum is practical, thorough and up-to-date.

  • IDC's program is affordable and convenient. We offer live and online courses with your peers, and we have over 600 testing centers. This means that you can participate in a life-changing educational experience from anywhere-- including in the U.S., U.K., India, China, Canada, Brazil, Australia, France, and more! You're invited to join the most distinguished diversity and inclusion experts in the world!

Which Credential Am I Eligible to Obtain?​

You may choose the credential that you feel best meets your qualifications, experience, and career goals. Upon submitting your application to us, one of our trained staff will review your application and determine if you qualify. Individuals with 2 years of experience or those who oversee a newer/smaller D&I effort be approved for the CDP. Those with at least 5-years experience in a complex and advanced environment, or individuals with senior executive responsibilities will be approved for the CDE. 

Does the Institute for Diversity Certification Offer Discounts to Specific Individuals or Groups?


Yes. If you have a group of 10 or more, we can come to you. IDC can facilitate a prep course session at your office, and customize the credentialing program as needed. Nevertheless, your designees will have the same globally recognized credential that all other professionals possess.

Save 20% on the cost of certification when you become a member of the Society for Diversity! You can join the Society for Diversity at the time that you apply for CDE or CDP credentials. To take advantage of this opportunity, use the Promo Code:  MEMBER and then click on 'apply'. Next, choose 'Join the Society for Diversity' at the bottom of the form for an instant 20% discount.

Save 30% on the cost of certification when 3 or more persons from your organization apply for a combination of CDE and/or CDP credentials.Use the Promo Code: GROUP and then click on 'apply'. 
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Change is ahead! Learn about the 2017 program in a FREE webinar on 9/30 at 12:00pm (EST). Register for this webinar now.  Apply now for a credential in-demand, and get a top quality certification experience. Click on the appropriate link or give us a call at 1-800-983-6192Use the Promo Code: EARLYBIRD for a 40% discount, now through Oct. 31st (must use by 10/31, no exceptions).


​A limited number of self-study and classroom-based prep course seats are still available for 2016 credentials! 
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Institute for Diversity Certification (IDC)™ 
The Institute for Diversity Certification (IDC)™ continually seeks ways to improve our program and ensure that it provides the best learning experience to candidates. Accordingly, we are introducing several new initiatives in 2017 to provide a next generation certification experience. Some of the changes to the certification program are outlined below. 


  • IDC is moving to year-round testing where candidates will be able to test any day of the year, January 2nd through December 31st. We still have 600+ testing centers, which allow you to participate from anywhere in the world.

  • Every candidate will have access to our CourseNetworking (CN) channel, which is a Learning Management Platform designed to foster collaboration and blended learning.

  • We will offer a self-paced, online learning preparation option with weekly study group sessions that are facilitated by designees. 

  • IDC will partner with organizations around the U.S. to offer its classroom-based preparation courses. 

  • Professionals can now take one competency at a time and receive a badge-- if you are not ready to complete the entire program at this time. Each badge may count towards completion of the CDP or CDE program. 

  • The Culture & Inclusion Management micro-credential will be an online option only.



For more information, join us for a free webinar on September 30, 2016 at 12:00pm (EST). Register for the webinar now

Can't attend the webinar but you are ready to get started? Apply for Certified Diversity Professional (CDP)™ or Certified Diversity Executive (CDE)™ credentials today!