Get Certified

Diversity certification is an external verification process that assures an employer that you have the right mix of knowledge, skills and experience to impact the workplace.

In a world where advanced education and specialized skills reign, the Society for Diversity seeks to establish a global framework for recognizing high quality and knowledgeable professionals.  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. Certification represents a declaration of a particular individual’s professional competence through knowledge and experience.

The Society for Diversity offers certification through the Institute for Diversity Certification (IDC)™.  In order to receive certification through IDC, individuals must pass a uniform exam and meet additional experience requirements. The credentials awarded will be Certified Diversity Professional (CDP)™ or Certified Diversity Executive (CDE)™. The certification will be offered to diversity officers and practitioners, consultants, and Human Resource personnel throughout the world.

The initial certification is valid for 3 years. As part of a complete renewal of an individual’s certification, each certified professional must show evidence of continued learning — often termed continuing education units (CEU). You must earn a total of 60 continuing education credit hours within a three-year period in order to recertify.  This requirement can be fulfilled through a myriad of activities, including but not limited to:  live seminars/workshops, webinars, self-study, on-the-job experience, research and publishing.

The benefits of certification include:

  • Higher wages for executives, employees and consultants who possess CDE or CDP credentials.
  • A more productive and highly trained diversity resource for employers.
  • Prestige for the individual and a competitive advantage over non-certified individuals in the field.
  • Enhanced employment opportunities.
  • Assisting employers in making more informed hiring decisions.
  • Assisting consumers in making informed decisions about qualified diversity providers.
  • Protection of the general public from incompetent and unfit practitioners.
  • Establishment of a professional standard for individuals in the field of diversity.

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