Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional

As a diversity and inclusion professional, you know your skills are vital to the future of Canadian organizations. Yet, how can you prove to your clients or employers that you have what it takes to advance the D&I agenda and promote real change? Get certified and become a Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional (CCIP™).

CCIP™ is a professional designation for diversity and inclusion practitioners who work in Canada and are looking to acquire an official national certification of competence in the field.

The CCIP™ certification process is designed to assess the knowledge and experience of diversity and inclusion professionals against the standard established by the CCIP™ Competency Framework.

CCIP™ is not an educational program. Educational programs are designed to provide training and instruction to help participants acquire or enhance their knowledge or skills, whereas certification programs such as CCIP™ are designed to assess an individual’s existing knowledge or skills against a set of pre-defined competencies. This is accomplished in a way that is completely independent from the provision of training or instruction.

New this year: We are offering an online study guide to support CCIP candidates in preparing for the exam. These seven eLearning modules complement the reading list and walk candidates through pertinent information. Each module is available in both English and French, includes audio, and is accompanied by an alternate version in word, for those that use a screen reader. The study guide may be purchased at the time of registration/payment for the CCIP Exam. A member of the CCDI team will contact you to provide access to our Learning Management System allowing you to access the modules.

Registration is now open: Click here to register for the CCIP certification. Registration closes March 8, 2019.

Watch the video to learn more about the CCIP™ designation: 

How to get certified:

  1. Assess your eligibility – You are eligible to enter the certification process if you have three years of relevant diversity and inclusion work experience and at least two references – colleagues or supervisors – who can speak to your work experience in diversity and inclusion. (Use the Eligibility Checklist to verify whether you have what it takes to meet the certification requirements).
  2. Prepare your documents – Prepare a chronological resume and complete an Assessment of Eligibility form. You are required to describe your diversity and inclusion work experience and provide two references.
  3. Register and pay the certification fee – Registration is now open. Click here to register.
  4. Take the CCIP™ exam – the exam will test your knowledge of the CCIP™ competencies with a multiple-choice test that can be taken remotely. The only thing you will need is a laptop or PC and a reliable Internet connection.
  5. Prepare and submit your Professional Experience Dossier – after successfully writing the CCIP™ exam, submit a Professional Experience Dossier (PED). The PED is a collection of short essays that provide examples of practical work situations where you applied or demonstrated the competencies included in the CCIP™ Competency Framework. You will also be required to identify an external assessor who will review your submission against the CCIP™ Competency Framework.

Once your submission has been approved by your external assessor you officially become a CCIP™. You can use the acronym (CCIP) in your signature and your name will be added to an on the CCDI website.

Maintain the certification by providing evidence of 20 hours of professional development per year.

Visit our CCIP™ FAQ page for more information.

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