diversity certification


The purpose of the Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) Program is to provide participants with a framework for transforming an organization into an engaged, productive, and inclusive workforce. You will learn to manage diversity, develop a strategic plan, onboard difficult people, and drive organizational inclusion. This program will help you assess your current cultural competency and demonstrate how to increase competency. By the end of this seminar, you will have learned how to:

  • Use an organizational change approach in planning how to increase inclusion.
  • Assess an organization’s inclusion barriers.
  • Complete the steps in the design, development, and implementation of a strategic plan
  • Use a set of techniques for onboarding stakeholders to create sustainable inclusion programs


Upon completion of the course, participants will:

  • Understand the organizational inclusion change process
  • Develop a rationale for the inclusion plan
  • Understand how to use a Balanced Scorecard in the planning process.
  • Utilize the content to build a plan.


There are three formats for completing the CDP:

(1) Online (DELA 100B & DELA 300B) Use the links to learn more about the course.

DELA 100B X  DELA 100B

(2) Four-day classroom (DELA 100A) [Reserved for clients with eight or more participants];

(3) Blended version (DELA 300B online and attending the last two days of the DELA 100A classroom training).


  • Learn in small group settings.
  • Ask as many questions as you need. Get the support needed to meet your unique challenges.
  • Learn from the experiences of others.
  • Receive your certification on the final day after successfully completing the training.


  • The course takes place over four days of classroom training
  • Three online modules must be completed before the beginning of the classroom training
  • May require travel


  • Learn at your own pace
  • 24-hour/365-day access
  • Learn in small group settings
  • Ask as many questions as you need. Get the support needed to meet your unique challenges.
  • High-speed internet, computer access, word processing programs
  • Learn from the experiences of others
  • Receive your certification after successfully completing the training


A participant manual (created by DTUI) is provided to each student. The cost is included in the registration fee.

Participant Success Story

I started working with DTUI after the CEO of the company I work for recruited me to serve as the first cultural diversity leader. I did not know anything about the position or responsibilities. Luckily, I found DTUI. I got so much value out of the program that I received the title Vice President of Diversity and a large salary increase. I owe it to the work I did with Dr. Billy Vaughn and DTUI.

Francine Small

Did you know that we have six additional certification programs?

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Certified Diversity ExecutiveXCertified Diversity TrainerXCertified Diversity Manager

Certified Diversity RecruiterX

(13) Comments

  • Sylverst Fertil June 4, 2020 @ 7:08 pm

    I am looking for a diversity certification in order to complete the registration process as a vendor.

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      Kopenhavn June 17, 2020 @ 9:01 pm

      You are seeking certification as a diversity supplier, Sylverst. Use supplier diversity certification as key words to find the best one for you. Okay?

  • Johnny McNeil June 15, 2020 @ 2:05 pm

    When I am reading classroom are you speaking of a virtual classroom or an in-person classroom.
    Thank you.

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    Desiree Manning July 24, 2020 @ 7:02 am

    How long is the online course? Is there an exam at the end of the course?

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      Kopenhavn July 27, 2020 @ 12:20 pm

      Hi, Desiree. Good question. We train participants on how to do the work in their everyday, real-life work setting. We do not offer a comprehensive exam because that does not help you apply the work. A test can determine if you learned concepts, but not if you know how to apply what you have learned. We train the whole professional, which includes awareness, attitude, skills and knowledge. Does that help?

  • Nicole Windsor November 25, 2020 @ 11:55 am

    Why is your CDP show “DELA CDP” while another organization’s CDP shows as a registered trademark? Is your CDP offering an actual certification or only a certificate awarded when the course is completed? Thank you.

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      Kopenhavn December 9, 2020 @ 11:24 am

      Great question. You will find that we designed, created, and started the first CDP program (See https://diversityexecutiveacademy.com/about-dela/). We did not trademark the CDP credentials in order to spark competition that would create more opportunities for as many people to get trained in different models. That will lead to the growth and wide acceptance of the program. The competition grew thankfully. Yet, one organization decided to try to take it all. Fortunately for us, we have first rights and there is ample evidence of that (e.g., See Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Magazine 2007). The competitors did not surface until 2009. We hope this helps.

  • Felipe Amaral April 12, 2021 @ 10:12 pm

    I am interested in the online program. Please send additional info on next steps.

  • Parul Kudawla August 2, 2022 @ 12:17 am


    I am working in the space of DEI at Asian Paints Ltd. I would like to expand my knowledge and get myself certified in DEI.

    I am based out of Mumbai, India. Please let me know if you have any offerings in this space. Thanks.

    Manager , Asian Paints. Ltd.

  • Jay August 11, 2022 @ 2:07 am

    Hi. Do you offer CDP “recertification” courses. If so, which courses? Thanks 😊

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      Kopenhavn August 12, 2022 @ 2:13 pm

      Yes. Thanks for asking. Did you receive CDP training with DELA or another organization? That’s important to know, Jay as the answer will be different. Please reach out to admin@dtui.com with your question and provide the answer to the question about your training organization.

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