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The Certified Diversity Executive (CDE)® credential gives those with a foundation in diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts the skills to strategically position their organizations to remove systemic barriers to inclusion, lead culture change, and transform the brands. This credential demonstrates consistent knowledge and application of concepts, principles, and methodology, and also indicates the highest standard of ethics and competence in generating transformative business outcomes. We’re proud to be the exclusive provider in North Carolina of this credential, which is offered in partnership with The Institute for Diversity Certification (IDC).

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If your day-to-day work involves DEI, then our Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) course may be right for you.

What is the CDE?

The CDE credential is for those who already know the basics of DEI. The program is not based on titles; it is designed for practitioners who support more advanced, complex, or global DEI efforts. The CDE requires at least five years of experience and a current leadership role. Those in this course should be prepared to remove systemic barriers, such as bias or blind spots, as you seek to diversify more than your workforce. For example, the CDE will focus on the business case the practical ways to diversify the board of directors, suppliers, products, services, and more.

Certified Diversity Executive

The CDE qualification credential is designed to strategically position an organization to remove systemic barriers to inclusion, lead culture change, and transform the brand.

The CDE certification course covers the following topics:

Personal Awareness & Managing Blind Spots • Improving Your Approach to the Bottom Line • Global Best Practices • The Elements of Leading a Large-Scale D&I Effort • Race, Power and Privilege • Boardroom Diversity • Supplier Diversity • Innovation Through D&I • Impediments to Inclusion & Cultural Competence • Unconscious Bias • Executive Commitment & Sponsorship • Strategic Purpose & Partnerships • Connecting Demographic Shifts to Organizational Strategy • Integrating Cultures Amidst Merger & Acquisition Activity • The Next Generation of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Work • Advanced Data Insight and Analysis

What is the investment?

The cost of the certification course is $3000 for the CDE credential.

The in-person time commitment of the course is 24 hours, which is divided into four day-long classes held over two weeks. The course is typically taught from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday for two consecutive weeks with an hour lunch break.

Additionally, you will receive a learning manual to use to prepare for the certification exam. You will also have access to the learning management system (LMS), which contains a digital version of the learning manual, helpful study tools, and additional information and resources.

The exam consists of 170 competency and skills questions, and you must score at least 80% to pass. Additionally, each candidate must submit a professional project that demonstrates their knowledge and ability to do the work. The project must be the candidate’s own work and completed within the last year. Group projects are acceptable, however they should note the number of members and describe how each individual contributed to the project.

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