CDE Exam
The Certified Diversity Executive (CDE) qualification is
a diversity leadership program that, regardless of one's title, is designed to innovatively and strategically strengthen an organization's global diversity operations.

Requirements for the CDE credential are as follows:

  • At least five years of progressive work experience in the field of diversity or Human Resource management
  • A current leadership role as Chief Diversity Officer, Executive Director, President, Vice President/Chancellor, Assistant Vice President/Chancellor, or Director
  • A passing score of at least 80% on the CDE exam

“Experience” can be defined as work in the field of diversity, inclusion, or human resources, whether in management, marketing, communications, administration, finance, IT, sales, recruiting, training, strategic planning, consulting, supplier diversity, overseeing Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity programs, or coordinating other diversity initiatives. Serving on a Diversity Council or Resource Group counts toward the requirement.

“A Current Leadership Role” includes those who have terminated employment within the last six (6) months.

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Institute for Diversity Certification
The Standard of Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion

Important Dates:

Exam Window Starts:
Monday, Nov. 3, 2014

Exam Window Ends:
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

Application Deadline:
Friday, August 22, 2014

Preparation Courses:

  Sept. 2 - Oct. 23, 2014

  Oct.15-17, 2014 (Plainfield, IN)

Next Exam Window:
April 6-24, 2015

Learn About the Exam Competencies

The certification test is a broad-based, knowledge exam. Experience will be factored in through candidate projects, but essentially, as with most standardized tests, scoring high will be a matter of taking the time to prepare.

The test consists of 170 multiple choice questions, over two and a half hours.  Candidates are encouraged to choose the best possible answer, or the answer that aligns most closely with the study materials.

Candidates may choose the most appropriate study method, but generally, each credential will cover 16 broad competencies, as identified as key performance indicators by the Institute for Diversity Certification’s Task Force.

Preparing for the Exam
You can prepare for the exam by purchasing the study guide, attending an intensive 3-day live class, or taking an online course.  The online preparation program will consist of a CDE study guide, 8-weeks of instruction, and a one-day intensive review session prior to the exam.  Generally, the CDE online preparation course will be held on Tuesday's and Thursday's from 2:00PM – 3:30PM (EST). The sessions will be recorded to ensure online availability after each class.  The online class schedule is as follows:

Notification of Exam Results

Candidates will find out their score on the knowledge-based exam by e-mail within 24-hours of taking the test. Candidates will be notified of their total score for the knowledge-based exam and Candidate Project in writing approximately 4 weeks after taking the test. The score report does not contain any qualitative feedback or interpretive remarks. In accordance with accepted certification program standards, this level of feedback is strictly prohibited because it raises issues around fairness and test security.

Successful candidates will receive a certificate, and will be listed on the Institute for Diversity Certification’s online directory of Certified Diversity Executives. Designees should begin using the CDE credentials immediately upon notification of success.

Future Exam Schedule
The exam was administered four times in 2014. The 2015 exam schedule will be released in September 2014. Reserve your seat early by applying for the CDE program now.

Test fees and materials are for a one-time sitting. Payment may be made by credit card, check or money order. Groups of 3 or more will receive a 30% discount, while Society for Diversity members receive a 20% discount.

Diversity Council of the Carolinas members receive a discount when using the Promo Code: DCC14. Membership will be verified.

Applying to Take the Exam
Possessing CDE credentials means that you will have more employment and/or consulting options.  So secure your future today!

Applying to take the CDE exam is easy! Register online or simply print a registration form and mail/fax it back to us.

Society for Diversity members receive a 20% discount. Become a member today to receive your instant discount, and credit towards recertification!