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Knowledge Exam

After taking the exam, candidates will receive a print out of their knowledge-based score report at the testing center. The print-out will indicate your score in each competency for a cumulative result.

The cumulative score on the knowledge-based exam must be equal to or greater than 80% in order to be eligible for Certified Diversity Executive (CDE)® or Certified Diversity Professional (CDP)® credentials. Please note that the score must be a clear 80.00% as IDC® does not round (e.g., a 78.23% is not a passing score).

Unsuccessful Candidates will be afforded an opportunity to retake the exam at any time. There is no waiting period to retest. However, the Institute for Diversity Certification (IDC)® does recommend that candidates listen to the exam review session prior to retesting. The retest fee is $599 for either credential, and the exam fee will be for a one-time sitting.

Candidate Projects

The Candidate Project results and knowledge-based exam scores are separate (i.e., a passing score in one will not offset the other).

Your Candidate Project must be submitted online in the Learning Management System (LMS). You will be notified in the LMS as to whether you passed the Candidate Project within one (1) week of submission.

The Reviewer will evaluate the project based on four (4) criteria: Is the work usable? Realistic? Intentional? Meaningful? Should the Candidate pass the knowledge exam but the professional work is not approved, the credentials will not be conferred until the Candidate successfully fulfills all requirements.

The intent of the review process is to ensure that Candidates demonstrate excellence, as well as receive the necessary feedback to make clear progress, or indicate bottom-line impact through D&I. If the project is unsuccessful, the Candidate will receive written qualitative feedback from the Reviewer in the LMS. Candidates must re-submit the project with the recommended changes. Upon re-submission, the Institute for Diversity Certification (IDC)® will send the project to a different peer reviewer. There is no fee to resubmit a Candidate Project.