Diversity Executive Leadership Programs

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Is There a Comprehensive Test at the End of the Training?

The DELA difference is that our training is designed to develop professional awareness, attitude (inclusive values and beliefs), knowledge, and skills. A comprehensive examination only assesses your knowledge. Each DELA program is designed to develop professional skills rather than cover only the knowledge you need to pass a final exam. Our certification recipients boast about having designed and developed a strategic plan, a diversity training, or a diversity recruitment plan upon completing their program. In that way, the knowledge you is put into practice. Instructors provide the feedback needed to complete the projects successfully. One graduate boasts that she developed a cultural diversity strategic plan by the end of the CDP training, for example.  Her organization adopted the plan because she included staff during the design and development phases. A police officer developed cultural diversity training for officers in her department. The product you develop can be put into your professional portfolio along with the credentials that you earn. 

What is the difference between the CDP & CDT? 

The CDP, or certified diversity professional, training best suits the individual who wants to learn about how to lead a cultural diversity and inclusion initiative. The goal is to serve as an in-house or independent consultant. The CDP focuses on strategy and organizational change methods.

The Cultural Diversity & Inclusion Trainer (CDT)™ certification is for the professional interested in primarily serving in a trainer role. The training covers high impact facilitation skills for managing hot topic discussions, managing emotional reactions to diversity and inclusion, and keeping the audience engaged. The CDT program includes training design and development (DELA 200) as well as a facilitation skills course (DELA 400). The program focuses on designing high-impact training and facilitating emotionally-charged topics.

What is the Cultural Diversity & Inclusion Executive™ Certification (CDE) credential?

The CDE is designed and developed for individuals serving in cultural diversity leadership roles within an organization. The individual typically reports directly to the head of the organization, such as the CEO or president. The graduate’s range of potential influence within the organization is considerable compared to a diversity manager or someone with diversity and inclusion (D&I) expertise reporting to a middle manager, such as the human resource manager.

Is Online Certification Training Available?

Yes, the distance learning format was the first format we offered the programs back in 1998. Now we use a state of the art learning platform called Canvas Instructure. You can begin the first course in each online program as soon as you register. There is also a weekly – strictly voluntarily – live one-hour video conferencing session for the course. It either meets either on a Tuesday or Thursday. You do not have to attend. It there when you want to attend. You can ask questions, meet other participants, and get an overview of the current module being covered in the course.

When Do You Expect the Classroom Programs to Return?

That is an excellent question. As of August 1, 2020, federal and state guidance on how to reopen live classroom training sessions is insufficient to even guess at start dates. The pandemic has not been arrested and that is likely the best turn of events that will offer that insight. Please check back as often as necessary or sign up to receive our newsletter at the bottom of this page. 

In the meantime, online courses have, understandably, become very possible. In addition, we are currently considering a more intensive live, online experience (e.g., fours hour per day over two days for each course). If that is something you are interested in learning more about, please contact us.

Who Can Benefit from the CDE Training?

Diversity management leadership is filled with landmines. Far too many professionals are being placed in D&I management positions with little, if any, training or credentials. The result is that most of those on the front lines of D&I in organizations are ill-equipped to take the lead or manage cultural collisions. The DELA’s certification programs are designed to provide professionals with necessary competency, confidence, and increased credibility. Given the complexity of the work, anyone in a D&I leadership role can benefit from the training. Examples of the titles most closely aligned with the credentials include Vice President of Diversity and Chief Diversity Officer. The title is less important than the role and responsibilities. A Vice President of Human Resources will benefit from the training if a considerable amount of her or his responsibilities including leading the diversity efforts.

What is the Difference Between the CDE and the CDP?

The Cultural Diversity & Inclusion Professional™ (CDP) program is designed for those who are either consultants or in-house professionals with D&I responsibilities, but less potential influence than the CDE. A diversity manager, multicultural resource specialist, human resource manager, or EEO/compliance advisor would likely find the CDP most suitable.

What is diversity certification?

Diversity Certification refers to the credentialing of professionals to serve in management or executive level diversity and inclusion leadership roles.

What are the diversity certification requirements?

A number of training programs exist today compared to when DTUI.com started offering certification in 1998. What the programs have in common is the goal of providing participants with diversity leadership competency. Programs differ in philosophy, the length of time to completion, and prestige. 

We emphasize classroom experience similar to a learning lab to foster applying what you learn. Many programs are either academic in format or require completing study materials followed by passing a written test of knowledge. Our adult learner approach offers participants opportunities to apply what they are learning. This enhances transfer to the real world. Ask us about how we commit to the development of your expertise after the class is over? You will be both impressed and encouraged.

Who can benefit from diversity certification training?

Anyone who wants to serve as a diversity professional or who is in the role and values credentials for professional recognition typically seek the certification. Diversity managers, equal opportunity specialists, human resource managers, and cultural diversity council members have found the training rewarding.

Those who are responsible for:

  • Military diversity recruitment and retention
  • diversity and inclusion leadership
  • Government diversity recruitment and retention
  • diversity management
  • human resource managers
  • diversity training
  • Supplier diversity
  • Cultural diversity council members
  • Chief Diversity Officers
  • equal opportunity advisers
  • sexual harassment & assault experts
  • Diversity managers

What Makes the DELA Diversity Executive Leadership Programs Standout?

Most certification programs cover diversity best practices instead of training the necessary skills and abilities to effectively do the work. The result is that few cultural diversity professionals are poorly prepared for avoiding the inevitable landmines inherent in the work or how to change an organization from its current state to higher stages of inclusion. Our certification program offers you knowledge and skills that propel your expertise to the next level.

Many professionals are new to cultural diversity leadership roles. They were often at the top of their game in another job role (e.g., training, human resource management, etc.). The new role leaves them feeling overwhelmed after they quickly discover how under-prepared they are to take on the diversity leadership role. Years of human resource management experience, for example, increase the ability to understand how to keep the organization in compliance, curtail turnover, and develop policy-driven initiatives, but not the expertise needed to manage resistance and complacency to cultural diversity initiatives.

Diversity leaders need a detailed, well-tested system to start moving your organization immediately and the techniques to get them to the finish line. Even the seasoned professional needs continuing education – especially training that offers next-level solutions.

A few cultural diversity certification credentialing programs have sprung up since DTUI.com started training professionals in 1998 as Diversity Training University International. We continue to be the choice for those seeking solutions that they can utilize immediately upon returning to the office. 

You can trust that our Certified Diversity Professional credentials will offer you expertise and value along with practical tools. And you really don’t want to reinvent the wheel or use outdated, untested tools and techniques that will shortchange the amazing value you offer in your role. That’s why we’re so excited about showing you a powerful step-by-step strategy.

What is a diversity certificate?

The diversity certificate implies less training and time commitment. The certification implies credentials, which necessarily is more than a two-day weekend. Higher education institutions are reluctant to offer certification because they compete with the degree programs offered. The certificate course is the compromise.

For the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), certification implies that a professional has demonstrated competency in knowledge and skills. DTUI.com offers the certification credentials as a freestanding corporate university.

What is the difference between credentials that require passing an exam and those that require passing courses? 

DELA focuses on developing your cultural and inclusion competencies. This requires training that develops the awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills needed to be effective in the role.

A test that assesses how much you know about the profession and best practices does not reflect competency in the range of competencies you need to change organizations and avoid cultural collisions. Preparing you for an examination does not prepare you for the work. Our position reflects an instructional philosophy for training inclusive professionals more than a criticism of test-taking credentialing. Increasing the number of competent, credentialed professionals is what different training approaches have in common.

Are Examinations Required?

“Exams” are built into the training to enhance learning rather than test what you have learned. Quizzes are built into online courses. The classroom course is based on adult learning and guided learning principles. Participants are presented with assessment forms, critical thinking exercises, and group work to increase the learning of the course content. You can choose to “test out” of DELA 300, DELA 500, or DELA 600, which means that you may take an exam instead of the course. This option is best suited for autodidacts, familiar with the DTUI framework, and comfortable with examinations.

What does each DELA diversity certification program include?

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What are the Logistics for the Classroom Programs?

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What are the Logistics for the Online Programs?

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Where Can I Register for the Free Course?

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What is the cost? 

The cost depends on which course or program you register for. Click Here to learn more about pricing. 

Is there a payment plan option for paying the registration cost over time?

Yes. Contact us for more information. 

How long does it take to receive the certification?

The length of a course varies. Some courses have two to three sets of modules to form novice, intermediate, and advanced training (One builds on the other). Classroom course range from a few hours to five days depending on the client’s needs. Online courses are organized into modules. Typically, the more modules a course has, the longer it takes to complete the course.

  • CDP Online – Can take from six weeks to three months depending on your time commitment and time management.
  • CDP Classroom – Four-day course with credentials at the end with a satisfactory completion.
  • CDT Online- Can take from six weeks to three months depending on your time commitment and time management.
  • CDT Classroom – Four-day course with credentials at the end with a satisfactory completion.
  • CDE (Blended) – Takes the longest. It requires completing 6 courses. Six to nine months depending on commitment and time management.

How does this program measure up to the other diversity certification training programs?

Diversity professionals need the awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills to avoid the career-ending pitfalls of the profession. You can take a certificate course, but that is seldom sufficient. You can complete training that teaches you how to past a test. You will have the language and understand the legal issues, but it will not likely help you develop the critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and persuasion techniques to onboard an organization from top to bottom to effect real change. That takes training offered by experts who are seasoned consultants and trainers. They have experience being on the front lines of the work and can help you avoid the mistakes they have had to bootstrap their way through to succeed. That’s the DELA edge.

Diversity professionals seldom have the level of necessary influence in organizations to effect change even when well trained and prepared. This reality means that most in-house diversity resource professionals need to earn and request the necessary authority.  The DELA’s credential programs are designed to provide diversity professionals with the competence and approach to the work that makes them outstanding. We train them in areas such as onboarding the leadership, designing and developing high-impact diversity initiatives, and capturing the hearts and minds of even those most resistant to D&I.

Alternative credentialing programs exist. This provides you with choices. Why choose our program? First and foremost, the CDP credentialing program enjoys a time-tested and laudable reputation (see Selecting a Diversity Professional Credentialing Program). The CDE is the next generation of diversity leadership competencies based on both what we have learned from participants since our CDP was first offered in 1998 and expert understanding of the changing needs of the profession. We go beyond providing a smorgasbord of diversity best practices. Considerable evidence shows that much more than best practices is required to effect change, which is necessary to increase inclusion. In other words, most alternative programs focus mostly on the “D” in D&I instead of the “I.” The DELA’s programs provide leadership, high-impact D&I initiative design, development, and implementation savvy.

Will I Need to Renew My Credentials?

Yes, credentials need to be renewed annually. Please find more details here.

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(3) Comments

  • Erica Glover October 27, 2019 @ 5:25 am

    I work for a school district and as the Recruitment Coordinator, I have been charged to lead our initiative of increasing diversity within our teacher population. This is new for our district, which has been very “traditional” in its efforts. I am hoping to understand scholarship or financial aid provided.

  • Dr. Ryan July 15, 2022 @ 6:33 pm

    I was going to apply for your scholarship program, but it requires a letter from my organization’s president. The reason I need a scholarship is because I was laid off due to budget cuts. Is there another way to apply for financial assistance?

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      Kopenhavn August 3, 2022 @ 1:11 pm

      It will help if you have a senior leader of a non profit supporting your application. Your direct supervisor can suffice as well.

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