What is Diversity Certification?

What is Diversity Certification?

A cultural diversity professional can take on a range of roles and responsibilities. Some work in the human resource management department. Others have essentially an EEO role. Others are directors of student life in colleges and universities. Diversity certification is the credentialing of professionals with cultural diversity leadership and management roles and responsibilities. The role most similar to the DTUI Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) is the Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). The primary difference is that the DTUI CDP involves training for diversity management roles.

CDP or Certified Diversity Executive (CDE)?

The DTUI Certified Diversity Executive (CDE) provides credentials for those in higher level leadership roles, such as Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, and Diversity Executive. The relatively recent SHRM-CP emphasizes application instead of testing skills. The DTUI CDP has consistently assessed application skills since its inception in 1998.

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What Makes The DTUI Program Outstanding?

This is more than a diversity trainer certification program. Diversity expertise involves developing the competencies needed to lead, manage, onboard, and training people across cultures. Certification provides the competence needed to communicate, develop cross-cultural relationships, conduct business across cultures, and design diversity education while avoiding costly social foibles. The result is more productive encounters and increased potential for innovation in a diverse organization.

Diversity training is too often utilized when other means for obtaining the objectives hold more promise and require fewer resources! The goals of diversity training are limited to developing competence and cannot be expected to drive organizational change. Click Here to Learn More!

Another unique aspect of the DTUI CDP is the emphasis on developing cultural competence. Cultural competence is critical for meeting the demands of today’s world. Organizations can ill afford to ignore the opportunities (and also the liabilities) brought about by diversity and globalism. Consider the impact of the internet in bringing people together who would not otherwise have an opportunity to communicate with one another. Different types of diversity management determine the extent that organizational inclusion is supported as well. Some approaches have higher impact than others.

While we have developed the technical capabilities to connect electronically at a distance, we continue to struggle with understanding the needs, expectations, and potential of people from cultures that are very different than our own. Each of us can see the problems caused by poor cultural competence in the daily news and in our lives.

  • Organizations in the United States pay hundreds millions of dollars each year to settle discrimination lawsuits.

  • Employees lose their jobs for saying or doing something that is considered culturally insensitive.

  • Companies are scrambling to change market strategy to attract customers across different cultural groups in response to demographic changes.

  • Sales representatives inadvertently step on multicultural toes as their customers in the field becoming increasingly diverse.

Failure of leaders to competently embrace and learn about the differences have contributed to security risks for countries such as the United States and Great Britain. Continuous learning is a must in modern work life. Learning how to manage diversity among those you work with requires learning to deal with the complexities for diversity that few have mastered. Where do people learn cultural competence? Most of us learn some of it early in our lives from parents, friends, teachers, and our clergy, but few of these important people adequately model effective cross-cultural skills. Higher education institutions offer knowledge about cultural differences, but rarely prepare people with the skills needed to navigate a diverse workplace. At the same time, working in a modern organization requires you to learn what you need as quickly as possible and use it as readily as necessary–including managing differences.

Many organizations offer new and existing employees a diversity course primarily for legal protection against potential lawsuits. However, these programs rarely equip employees adequately to deal with the increasing cultural complexities that they encounter from within and outside of the organization. Studies show that even the best diversity practice organizations are not fully protected from verbal racial slights and other insensitive communications that lower productivity. The required depth of expertise simply exceeds the internal capabilities of even these best practice companies. Diversity managers require even greater competence to serve as leaders.

Diversity management, consulting and training have been developed to address the needs, which has led to an industry with enormous growth potential. Currently, the need for people with diversity experts is greater than the availability–or the needed expertise.

DTUI.com is filling the void by training diversity specialists to meet in-house and consulting needs. Our intensive program consistently receives very high evaluations (4.7 average out of 5 possible points in anonymous surveys). The course ;”>content is state-of-the-art and participants consistently indicate it is the only program they have found that offers tools and skills they can use immediately on the job. You can become a certified diversity trainer, a certified diversity professional, or a human resource manager with additional credentials.

DTUI’s proprietary capabilities include the following:

  • Expertise in diversity training, diversity consulting, global competency development, and teaching.
  • Expertise in developing diversity leadership competency.
  • Expertise in aligning and on-boarding the organization.
  • Expertise in diagnosing organizational culture and competence gaps (Critical for organizational change).
  • Expertise in promoting inclusive organizations that attract the most talented recruits
  • Expertise in designing, developing, and implement diversity education strategy

Few programs exist in the United States to train cultural competency development professionals. Some offer weekend long programs, while others allow you to receive credit for attending conference workshops and sessions. DTUI.com is the only program that offers a combination of the three most important facets of diversity management: strategy, organizational analysis, assessment, and facilitation.

If you simply learn how to conduct a diversity training, you are not likely to know how to develop a strategic plan or work competently with the leadership. Focusing on compliance and equal opportunity will limit your ability to serve the organization in the broader role required to produce change. We teach you to be The Expert with the competence to create an inclusive and productive organization.

Our institute for diversity certification is the Diversity Leadership Academy. Once you enter our program, you become a member of our We Can Do This community, which is for CDP graduates. There are loads of resources on the site, discussion threads to get your questions answered, and coaching sessions with DTUI.com consultants at no extra charge. You can also pick up the phone and get coaching from us at no extra charge–as many times as you need — after receiving certification.

DTUI.com is a free-standing corporate university dedicated to training and certifying diversity professionals. A considerable number of the participants entering our program have recently taken on a major diversity leadership role in their organization. They seek the DTUI.com certification to secure the expertise and credibility needed to succeed. Other participants seek to augment their diversity expertise. Then there are the participants who desire to become a diversity consultant and trainer. Our program meets each of these  needs.


The flexibility of the instructional format enables you to take courses and programs in the best way that suits you. The face-to-face classroom course takes place in a 3 1/2-day intensive session.

The self-pace course is an online course that requires completing readings, instructional videos and exercises.

Who Can Benefit From DTUI.com Courses?

Professionals encounter diversity challenges often. Here are a list of examples of common diversity-related challenges professionals encounter:

  • The human resource officer has to address a harassment complaint.
  • manager must mediate a racial conflict between two employees.
  • Training department administrators need to determine the best way to prepare managers for a merger between a German and Taiwanese high technology company. 
  • Purchasing  Department employees need to develop a supplier diversity program.
  • diversity steering committee does not know how to get its initiative off the ground. 
  • Managers in one country communicate poorly with those of another country.
  • human resource officer has to make select the best candidate from a diverse applicant pool

DTUI courses are designed with the working professional in mind. Healthcare, human resource, technology, military, police, government, education, and community development professionals will find these courses valuable. No matter what your job is, you will undoubtedly run into diversity challenges. How you handle the challenges determine your effectiveness as a colleague and your productivity.

What is Diversity Certification?

Diversity certification refers to the credentialing of professionals to serve in the diversity and inclusion leadership role. Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) certification demonstrates to peers, employees and your organization a commitment to expertise in cultural diversity leadership and that you are dedicated to continuous education to stay ahead of the profession.

Becoming certified requires professional experience and meeting educational requirements. To maintain certification, you need to stay current in as a diversity professional and renew certification annually. You display your certification by putting the CDP credentials after your name.

Earning CDP Credentials Sets You Apart

  • Your credentials separate you from others you compete with in the job market.

  • You earn recognition within your organization – Business leaders find certified professionals to be more self-motivated.

  • You become part of an elite group of motivated diversity professionals around the globe.

How Does Certification Differs from a Certificate Program?

The diversity certificate implies less work, time commitment, and a course rather than an educational program. In reality, it is a matter of principle in the case of higher education programs. Most often a certification implies credentials, which many higher education institutions appear reluctant to offer against its degree programs. DTUI.com offers the certification credentials as a free-standing corporate university. Credentials are also offered by national membership organizations. 

Completing Your Diversity Certification

What is a Corporate University?

Have you heard of Toyota University? Well, Toyota has its of the Fortune 500 companies have their own university to offer the courses most suitable for enterprise purposes and to save on tuition costs. DTUI.com serves as a corporate-style university with diversity expertise education as its focus. It is the teaching and training division of DTUI.com.

That makes us free-standing or independent.

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