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 2016 Program now

Exam Window Starts:
Monday, November 14, 2016

Exam Window Ends:
Friday, December 9, 2016

Limited Seats for 2016 Preparation Options:


    Oct. 26-28, 2016 | Ft. Myers, FL

Change is ahead for the 2017 program! Details to be released on Sept. 12th!

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. Read the brochure.

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.

Since the CDE program is designed to enable candidates to innovatively and strategically lead global diversity and inclusion efforts in the workplace, the program covers 16 broad competencies. The expected performance outcomes are described below.

Learn About Exam Competencies
The cost of each option includes the study guide, online exam review session and the CDE test. Please see our brochure for more details about future class dates and times. Generally, there are 3 ways to prepare for the exam:  

  This option allows you to set your own pace and is an excellent choice for disciplined learners.

Classroom-Based Prep Course
  In 2016, we will introduce live classroom-based prep courses on college campuses around the nation. The 
  classroom-based prep course is the only option where your Candidate Project is prepared and approved in class. 
  See the Classroom-based schedule now.

Online Prep Course
  The online prep course runs every Tuesday and Thursday for 8-weeks. Classes start at 2:00pm (EST)
  and CDP or CDE designees from the corporate, education, government and nonprofit sectors facilitate the 
  educational sessions. Therefore, Candidates have the opportunity to hear various perspectives and learn how different 
  organizations execute real-life diversity and inclusion strategies. Classes are recorded; nevertheless, we strongly urge 
  all Candidates in participate in the live online classes. 

  The upcoming online class schedule is below.
Preparing for the Exam
Candidates will find out their score on the knowledge-based exam at the testing center after completion. The score report will use percentages to indicate which competencies are strengths and which are weaknesses for you. Unsuccessful candidates may re-take the exam by clicking on the "Retest and Exam Changes" page. There is no waiting period to re-take the test.

Candidates will receive notification via e-mail that they have passed the exam and their Candidate Project has been approved. Successful candidates will receive a certificate, press release, and listing in 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, August, and November/December. 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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