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Get Certified as a Diversity & Inclusion Leader
And Gain the Confidence & Support 
that You Need to Succeed! 
Step 1: Select a Credential
Step 2: Prepare for the Test
Step 3: Take the Exam
Both the Certified Diversity Professional (CDP)® and Certified Diversity Executive (CDE)® programs are industry-recognized credentials. Selecting a credential depends on your career stage, as well as on your strategy for advancing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. 

If your objective is to diversify the workforce with recruiting, training and resource groups, the CDP will be the best option. However, if your goal is to facilitate inclusive excellence with senior executives, on the Board, with suppliers, and in the global marketplace, the CDE may be the most advantageous.
There are several ways to prepare for the exam. You may ​self-study; take an 8-week online prep course; or participate in a 3-day classroom-based course. All of these options include IDC's renowned study guide and the online exam review session. Also, the self-study and online programs are accessible from anywhere in the world. See the class schedules and fees.

​Candidates are not required to utilize IDC's preparation materials or courses. If you recently completed a university-based certificate program or you have extensive experience, you can take the exam only.


The examination is a two-part process. All candidates must submit a professional work, or Candidate Project, for peer review. Candidates must also pass a standardized exam with a clear 80.0% or better. Once you are ready to test, you will be sent a link in email that allows you to select the date, time and location of your exam.
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