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
  • Completion of a Candidate Project

“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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CDE Exam
Important Dates
Apply for the 2015 Program now

Exam Window Starts:
Monday, November 2, 2015

Exam Window Ends:
Friday, November 20, 2015

Application Deadline:
Friday, August 28, 2015

Preparation Courses:

    September 1 - October 22, 2015

  October 14-16, 2015 (Plainfield, IN) 

Next Exam Window:
April 4-22, 2016

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.

Learn About Exam Competencies
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:
Preparing for the Exam
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.

Notification of Exam Results
The exam will be offered four times in 2016: April, June, September, and November. The 2016 schedule will be released in September 2015.  The current exam schedule is below. Reserve your seat and start studying early by applying for the CDE program now.
Future Exam Schedule
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: DCC15. Membership will be verified.

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!  Diversity Council of the Carolinas members also receive a discount when using the Promo Code: DCC15.

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