Certified Diversity Professional (CDP)® Exam

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The Blueprint for Effective D & I Work

The Certified Diversity Professional (CDP)® credential indicates that a practitioner has the knowledge, skill, and ability to successfully execute day-to-day diversity and inclusion tasks. It is a professional qualification credential that is designed to enhance cultural competency and help an organization enrich its approach to inclusion.

The CDP® credential is designed for individuals who are working with an organization in the beginning stages of their diversity and inclusion journey. It requires at least two (2) years of experience, which can be demonstrated in a variety of different ways.

Definition of Experience

“Experience” can be defined as work in the field of diversity, Affirmative Action/EEO, multicultural affairs, human resources, organizational development, management, legal, multi-cultural marketing and communications, sales, recruiting, training, strategic planning, supplier diversity, consulting, or volunteering for a diversity council or resource group.

Starting the Credentialing Process

The CDP® credential builds confidence and inspires inclusive excellence. The CDP® track is a great program for practitioners seeking to demonstrate competence and increase their credibility in the field of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

To begin the credentialing process, click on the Apply Now button, and verify your experience on our brief application form. You will receive confirmation materials from the Institute for Diversity Certification (IDC)®, which will provide detailed instructions for you.

Eligibility for the CDP® Credential:

  • At least 2 years of experience
  • A passing score of 80% or better on the knowledge exam
  • Completion of a Candidate Project

What Is a Candidate Project?

Completion of a “Candidate Project” meets the additional experience requirements for each credential. Candidates will be required to complete a project before 12:00 p.m. on their exam date. You may submit your project as early as you choose, but late projects will not be accepted. Projects will be evaluated for thoroughness, accuracy, and impact.

The project must be the candidate’s own work and have been completed within the last year.

Peer Review of a Professional Work

The Candidate Project is peer-reviewed, which means that a current CDP® or CDE® designee will review the professional work and determine if the project meets the criteria for a certified diversity professional. Please note, the Candidate Project score is independent of the exam score. Candidates must pass both portions in the Institute for Diversity Certification (IDC)® credentialing process.

For the CDP® credential, you may submit a diversity plan, a cultural climate audit, or any other usable project that is relevant to your professional work.

Facts & Features

  • 170-Question, Multiple Choice, Online Exam for up to 2.5 Hours
  • Knowledge-Based, Standardized Test
  • Proctored Testing Centers Accessible from Anywhere in the World
  • Year-Round Testing
  • Large, Global Network of Candidates & Designees
  • ​Globally Recognized Credentials
  • Credentials Valid for 3-Years
  • Post-Exam Requires 60 Continuing Education Credits Every 3 Years + Recertification Fee