Performance Outcomes Drive Approach to Curriculum

The certification test is a broad-based, knowledge exam. As with most standardized tests, scoring high will be a matter of taking the time to adequately prepare. The test consists of 120 multiple choice questions over two and a half hours. Candidates are encouraged to choose the best possible answer or the answer that aligns most closely with the competencies.

Nikeya Diversity Consulting is pleased to provide this world renowned diversity certification program. IDC’s next-generation educational platform transforms traditional DEI education by providing information that is necessary for the test as well as useful on the job. Candidates can save time and resources through our competency-based approach to leadership and better results. The expected performance outcomes for each credential are listed below.

Differences in Competencies

Certified Diversity Professional (CDP)®

1. The Role of a Diversity Practitioner

Assemble the foundational components of a successful diversity and inclusion effort by creating a strategic plan and developing standard operating procedures; effectively communicate the role of a Diversity practitioner

2. The Business Case for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Justify the case for maximizing workplace diversity, equity,​ and inclusion efforts by using traditional business principles; write a compelling business case that produces information and/or gains support for equity and inclusive excellence

3. EEO Laws in the U.S. and Abroad

Compare the basic tenets of global legislation that prohibits employment discrimination; consult with direct supervisors, and delegate responsibility for addressing unprofessional and/or illegal behavior​

4. ​Harassment Around the World

Advise managers and employees about strategies to prevent and correct harassment in the workplace; develop clear procedures to investigate and follow-up with complaints

5. Diversity Recruiting, Engagement & Retention

Coordinate best practices and innovative techniques to recruit, on-board, develop, include, engage and retain diverse workers

6. Reinventing Diversity Training, Education & Development

Design, present and evaluate training, education, and development initiatives that result in the acquisition of new skills, the practice of intentional behaviors, or a positive change in the organizational culture

7. ​ Handling Difficult Conversations

Confidently initiate and mediate complex discussions about diversity; develop an effective message of inclusion for employees, students, patients, customers, Board members, supplies, partners, or other stakeholders

8. Resource Groups & Diversity Councils

Collaborate with and delegate to internal allies in order to analyze the organizational climate, integrate D & I within business units, and achieve mission-centered objectives

9. Empowering Women in the Workplace

Develop interventions that will eliminate the gender gap in compensation, promote work-life integration, build a diverse pipeline, and increase the overall inclusion of women

10. Disability, Accessibility & Accommodations

Encourage employees to eliminate the stereotypes associated with workers who have visible and non-visible disabilities; help supervisors gain better understanding of accessibility and accommodations in the workplace

11. Generational Intelligence

Prepare the workplace for changes in the organizational scope and structure by acknowledging generational differences in the approach to work, as well as in expectations for management

12. Designing Programs for Veterans

Improve the Organization’s ability to employ a diverse veteran population by utilizing best practices for optimal workplace performance

13. Immigrant Groups in the Workplace

Modify diversity terminology, policies and practices to include nationality, as well as create more opportunities for employees to learn about and work in different cultures

14. Navigating through Religion & Belief Systems

Identify the complexities associated with religion and non-religion at work; help supervisors and employees to steer through issues relative to sincerely held personal beliefs

15. LGBTQ+ Inclusion

​Build LGBTQ+ inclusive workplaces with policies that are discrimination- and harassment-free, as well as with practices that are fair

16. Measuring the Impact of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Evaluate diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts by assessing the achievement of annual plan goals, identifying areas for improvement, and directing future progress; calculate the quantifiable benefit or return on investment from DEI work


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Certified Diversity Executive (CDE)®

1. Personal Awareness & Continuous Learning

Develop one’s own emotional intelligence; compare activism with advocacy; identify opportunities for empathy, compassion, care, and specialized focus

2. Improving Your Approach to the Bottom Line

Construct a concise, data-driven approach to demonstrating the business benefits of equity and inclusion; communicate with stakeholders more effectively by distinguishing between Personal Value (What’s In It For Me — WIIFM) and Organizational Value

3. ​The Elements of Leading a Large-Scale DEI Effort

Develop a formal framework from which to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion work, including the formation of a strategic plan, standards, policies, budget, and an organizational chart

4. Managing the DEI Talent Life Cycle

Explore the key to extending the talent life cycle with engagement strategies, navigating diverse social views in the workplace, and formalizing structured DEI career path

5. Global Best Practices for an Inclusive Culture

Oper​ate a best-in-class diversity effort by adopting professional methods and/or techniques that have been globally accepted as superior in fostering equity, defining inclusive excellence, and achieving a discrimination- and harassment-free work environment

6. Bias in People, Policies & Practices

Identify implicit associations that lead to discrimination, inequality, and exclusion; present effective techniques to help managers and employees overcome stereotypes and biases in people, policies & practices

7. Boardroom Diversity

Improve policies, management, and decision making at the board level to reflect inclusive leadership; ensure a pipeline of diverse board candidates

8. ​ Supplier Diversity

Build a diverse vendor base and enhance the organization’s cost-saving opportunities with an inclusive supply chain strategy

9. Integrating Cultures Amidst Merger & Acquisition Activity

Reconcile cultural expectations and practices amidst a unification of companies, departments, or agencies; consult with leadership about potential problems and opportunities

10. Innovation Through Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Investigate new and creative approaches to doing business better by promoting diversity of thought and inclusion of divergent perspectives in equitable environments; justify the organization’s ability to truly harness innovation, agility, and disruption

11. Race, Power & Privilege

Present alternatives to an outdated social and power construct in the workplace; identify the nuances behind the theory of privilege; encourage White males to actively engage in a culture that is becoming increasingly diverse

12. Executive Commitment, Engagement & Sponsorship

Secure the right type of support from, and engage, senior-level leaders in equity, diversity and inclusion efforts

13. Strategic Purpose & Partnerships

Assemble strategic and mission-centered teams; build relationships with division leaders, mid-level managers, resource groups and community partners

14. Connecting Demographic Shifts to Organizational Strategy

Research, forecast and interpret how global demographic changes and user trends will impact the organization; advise flexible, long-term strategies to respond to market fluxes

15. The Next Generation of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Work

​Evaluate how workplace diversity and inclusion efforts have changed over the years, and prepare the organization to adopt forward-thinking practices and strategies

16. Advanced Data Insight and Analysis

Collect timely and relevant data for measurement and evaluation purposes, benchmark the organization’s Diversity & Inclusion progress against similarly situated employers, and compile analytic insights to drive organizational culture change and reconstruct inequitable inter-connected systems


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Certified Diversity Professional (CDP)® and Certified Diversity Executive (CDE)® are Registered Trademarks of the Institute for Diversity Certification (IDC)®, used under license.