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The Certified Diversity Professional (CDP)® credential is designed for those working with diversity, equity, and inclusion in their daily roles. Earning your CDP indicates you have the knowledge, skill, and ability to successfully execute day-to-day diversity and inclusion tasks and initiatives. 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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For executives looking to further drive DEI in their organizations, our Certified Diversity Executive (CDE) course may be right for you.

What is the CDP?

The CDP credential is geared for DEI professionals who are working with organizations in the beginning stages of their journeys and implementation of these programs. Students will learn to how to drive change beyond political correctness or affirmative action. We'll talk about the business case for DEI and apply best practices when designing and implementing programs. We'll engage in strategic planning around diversity training, recruiting, resource groups, measuring outcomes, and more. This certification requires at least two years of experience, which can be demonstrated in a variety of ways.

Certified Diversity Professional

The CDP credential indicates that a practitioner has the knowledge, skill, and ability to successfully execute day-to-day diversity and inclusion tasks.

The CDP certification course covers the following topics:

The Role of a Diversity Practitioner • The Business Case for Diversity & Inclusion • EEO Laws in the U.S. and Abroad • Harassment Around the World • Diversity Recruiting & Retention • Reinventing Diversity Training • Handling Difficult Conversations • Resource Groups & Diversity Councils • Empowering Women in the Workplace • Disability & Special Needs Accommodations • Generational Intelligence • Designing Programs for Veterans • Immigrant Groups in the Workplace • Navigating Through Religion & Belief Systems • LGBTQ+ Inclusion • Measuring the Impact of Diversity & Inclusion

What is the investment?

The cost of the certification course is $2500 for the CDP® credential.

The in-person time commitment for 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 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 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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