CDP Exam
The Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) credential indicates that a practitioner has knowledge, skill, and  the ability to successfully execute day-to-day diversity and inclusion tasks. The CDP track is a great program for practitioners seeking to enhance their credentials and increase their credibility in the field of diversity and inclusion.

Requirements for the CDP credential are as follows:

  • At least two years of work experience in the field of diversity or Human Resource management
  • A passing score of at least 80% on the CDP exam

"Experience" can be defined as work in the field of diversity, human resources, or in management, legal, multi-cultural marketing and communications, 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.

Candidates who earn CDP designation are recognized as elite players in the field of diversity, and are distinguished from diversity practitioners who lack the knowledge and performance indicators that the CDP credentials offer.

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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:
August 22, 2014

Preparation Courses:

  Sept. 2 - Oct. 23, 2014

  Sept. 24-26, 2014 (McKinney, TX)

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 a live 3-day preparation session in a classroom, or taking an online course.  The online preparation program will consist of a CDP study guide, 8-weeks of instruction, and a one-day intensive review session prior to the exam. The online CDP preparation course will be held on Tuesday's and Thursday's at 12:00PM (EST). Classes will be recorded and available online after each session.  The online class schedule is as follows:

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

Applying to take the CDP exam is easy! Register online or simply print an application and fax/mail 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!

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 Professionals. Designees should begin using the CDP credentials immediately upon notification of success.

Future Exam Schedule
The exam was offered four times in 2014. The 2015 exam schedule will be released in September 2014. Reserve your seat early to allow adequate study time and preparation for your candidate project.

Test fees and related materials are for a one-time sitting. Payments may be made by check, money order, or credit card. 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.