IDC’s  Testing & Credentialing Process

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In short, certification opens doors. The Institute for Diversity Certification’s CDP and CDE credentials are the gold standard in the D&I profession. Both the CDP® and CDE® provide assurances to the public, employers, and colleagues that the holder has the knowledge, skills, and expertise to thrive in the Diversity & Inclusion field.

The Institute for Diversity Certification (IDC)® offers:
  • Proctored, Online Exams at 600 Testing Centers Around the World.
  • A State-of-the-Art Learning Management System and Certification Testing Platform.
  • World-Class 24/7 Technical Support.

Step 1: Applying for Credentials Is the Secret to Your Success

For Diversity and Inclusion certification candidates, the process is relatively simple. First, individuals should apply for an exam. You choose which exam is best based on your professional goals. 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.

The CDE® credential is designed for practitioners who support more advanced or global diversity and inclusion efforts. It requires at least five (5) years of experience and a current leadership role, which may not be defined by title. For example, one’s title may be Director of Diversity, but the individual may head up a multi-faceted workplace effort.

Step 2: Planning for On-the-Job Application

Think about what you need to pass the exam, and what you will require to do the job. Every Candidate receives an Exam Review Session. For those taking the exam only, you will receive an online tutorial. Others may need a study guide or formal prep course, which you can obtain from anywhere.

If you choose the Institute for Diversity Certification (IDC)® to help you prepare for the exam, our program does not simply “teach” to pass the test– it prepares individuals to be successful in the field of Diversity and Inclusion, and to get consistent, measurable results.

Essentially, the Institute for Diversity Certification (IDC)® is a business management program that operates as a global framework for recognizing and rewarding high quality, knowledgeable professionals who strive for excellence in the field of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Step 3: Taking the Test

Your application for the program serves as your exam registration. Be sure that the name on your application matches the name on a valid form of ID. This is required in order for you to take the test.

PAN (Performance Assessment Network) provides state-of-the-art, secure internet-based testing and proctored administration at over 600 locations through the world.

In the Learning Management System, you will select the month that you wish to take the test. Several days before the first of the month that you selected, you will receive a link in your email that allows you to choose the date, time and location of a testing center that works best for you.

On the day of the test, be sure to bring your ID and arrive 15-minutes early.

Candidates must submit a Candidate Project on the Learning Management System prior to taking the test. For more information, click on CDP Exam or CDE Exam. You can call the Institute for Diversity Certification at 1-800-983-6192 for more information.