The DiversityFIRST™ Certification Program prepares professionals to create and implement highly successful D&I strategies for organizational excellence and a competitive edge in today’s global marketplace. The program blends theory and practice during a 5-day intensive curriculum and on-going professional development within the DiversityFIRST™ Graduate Network.
Graduates of the program are recognized as a NDCCDP (National Diversity Council Certified Diversity Professional).
Participants are expected to complete assigned readings and arrive prepared to actively engage in classroom discussions. Successful completion of the program requires mastery of both the pre-assigned readings and the classroom curriculum.
The Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion
Measurement and Accountability
Best Practices in Diversity and Inclusion
An outline of the modules may be found at the Curriculum page.
The multiple-choice CDP examination is administered on the final course day. Those who successfully complete the exam are awarded the CDP designation. Other participants are offered an opportunity to re-take the exam one time at no additional cost, but not sooner than 90 days after the formal class ends. Any subsequent exams incur an additional examination fee.
All participants will be provided password access to the DiversityFIRST™ Toolkit, which is the primary repository of selected articles and readings required, prior to the actual classroom instruction. Upon graduation, the DiversityFIRST™ Toolkit remains a password-protected resource for National Diversity Council Certified Diversity Professionals (NDCCDP) and intended solely for their use. Disclosing or distributing the toolkit username and password is strictly prohibited and is a violation of these Terms and Conditions.
In addition to the team of facilitators, business and/or academic leaders will be present during specific modules to provide experienced perspectives.
Graduates of the CDP program are automatically enrolled in the nationwide DiversityFIRST™ Graduate Network.
Payment, Transfer, Refund, and Cancellation Policy
Full payment is expected prior to the first day of classroom instruction. For acceptable methods of payment, please refer to the registration form.
Refunds will be made for extraordinary circumstances, such as death in family or hospitalization, occurring within 14 days of the classroom instruction. No other refunds will be made within 30 days of actual classroom instruction. In lieu of refund, participants may elect to attend a future session.
Cancellations outside of the 30-day window will incur a $1,000 cancellation fee. All other fees received and processed by the National Diversity Council will be refunded to the organization/individual as soon as possible after notification is received.
In the event of a cancellation by an individual whose tuition was paid by an organization, the organization will be offered the option of substituting another designated individual. In such case, the cancellation fee will be waived. If no substitute is named, the cancellation rule will apply.
Transfers requested within 21 days of the program start date or after receiving your program books will incur an additional $500 fee.
The National Diversity Council is unable to offer scholarships to attend the DiversityFIRST™ Certification Program.
Travel and Lodging Expenses
Participants are responsible for all travel and lodging costs. Breakfast, lunch, and daytime break refreshments will be provided throughout the 5-day program. Participants are responsible for their dinner and miscellaneous expenses.
Suggestions for hotel accommodations are provided for each session. Because of the location’s proximity to hotels and the wide variety of individual preferences, the National Diversity Council also recommends that participants do an Internet search for hotels near the location of their choice.
All sessions will commence promptly at 8:00 a.m. Friday’s session will end by mid-afternoon, allowing participants ample time to make flights back home.