The Institute for Diversity Certification was formed for the sole purpose of providing diversity and inclusion management preparation courses and materials; administering diversity certification exams; and designating diversity and inclusion credentials to Certified Diversity Professionals (CDP) and Certified Diversity Executives (CDE).

As a subsidiary of the Society for Diversity, the Institute for Diversity Certification was founded in 2009 by Leah Smiley. Mrs. Smiley currently works with a team of people who update the tests annually, review the study guides, teach the preparation courses, and assess the candidate projects.

Our program focuses more on the business of Diversity & Inclusion versus the theoretical tenets. For example, much of our content addresses management expectations, linking diversity and inclusion goals to organizational objectives, and how to get better results. The CDP exam centers on the day-to-day operations, while the CDE exam centers on organizational strategy.

What is Certification?
Certification is different from a ‘certificate’ program. In a certificate program, individuals affirm that they have acquired a certain level of knowledge, usually by taking a class with a training provider or educational institution. Prior knowledge and experience are not required, nor is it necessary to continue professional development activities in that particular subject.

Certification, on the other hand, represents a declaration of a particular individual’s professional competence through knowledge and experience. And, it requires an ongoing commitment to professional development and mastery of a particular field through recertification. Typically, certified individuals are conferred with credentials such as SPHR, CCDP/AP, or CPLP, that attest to the individual’s expertise in a particular field.

The Institute for Diversity Certification awards the Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) and Certified Diversity Executive (CDE) credentials. Compare the CDP and CDE programs to determine which credential best suits your career goals.

Our program does not simply “teach” to pass the test—it prepares individuals to be successful in the field of Diversity and Inclusion, and to get consistent, measurable results. Essentially, the Institute for Diversity Certification is a business management program that operates as a global framework for recognizing and rewarding high quality, knowledgeable professionals who strive for excellence in the field of Diversity and Inclusion.

What Is the Institute for Diversity Certification's Process?
For Diversity & Inclusion certification candidates, the process is relatively simple. First, individuals apply for an exam. You choose which exam is best based on your professional goals. You can either prepare for the test by taking a preparation course or self-studying with a guide. Several weeks before the exam window, participants will be able to choose the test date, time, and the nearest exam center.

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Candidates will also have to submit a candidate project prior to taking the test.

Within 24 hours of taking the exam, candidates will receive an e-mail with their test scores broken down by competency. Within 30-days, successful designees will receive an official certificate in the mail.

Are You Accredited?
The Institute for Diversity Certification intends to seek accreditation from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

Dr. Howard Mzumara is a testing consultant who is helping us with this process by assessing and monitoring the psychometric characteristics pertaining to the exam. Dr. Mzumara is currently the Director of the Testing Center and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of Education at IUPUI.

How To Apply for the exam
For more information about how you can apply for Diversity & Inclusion certification, click on one of the main menu tabs:   CDE Exam or CDP Exam.  The program description, fees and schedules are listed for each exam. Finally, please review the requirements for the candidate project.

Once again, thank you for your interest and please contact us if you have any questions.








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