How much does the certification cost?

The registration fee for the certification process is $1,199. CCDI Employer partners receive a 15 per cent discount on registration. CCDI Individual Practitioners and Associates are eligible for a 10 per cent discount.

Is the certification a course or degree?

No, the certification is not a course neither is it a degree. It is not an educational program and it does not require any class time. The certification is a rigorous process through which the knowledge and experience of diversity and inclusion professionals are assessed against the standard constituted by the CCIP™ Competency Framework.

What is the difference between a certificate and certification?

Certificate programs (such as the Centennial College Certificate in Leadership and Inclusion) 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, in a way that is completely independent from the provision of training or instruction.

What is the goal of the certification?

The goal of the CCIP™ certification is to set formal national standards, which currently do not exist, for the diversity and inclusion profession in Canada, thereby raising the standards and national profile of the profession in our country.

Why get certified?

The certification will enable diversity and inclusion professionals practicing in Canada to obtain a formal and standardized recognition of their knowledge, skills and experience in the diversity and inclusion field.

By obtaining the CCIP™ designation, diversity and inclusion professionals in Canada will be able to show employers and clients the breadth and depth of their experience and develop a competitive edge in a tough job market.

I already hold a professional designation. Can I get another one?

Yes. If your experience, knowledge and skills meet the requirements of the CCIP™ certification process, you can get certified.

How is this certification different from human resource certifications?

The CCIP™ Competency Framework is designed to describe the competencies of diversity and inclusion. These competencies only partially overlap with the competencies of human resource professionals.

The goal of the CCIP™ certification is to support diversity and inclusion professionals who feel the need to increase their professional profile, regardless of whether they have a human resources background or designation.

The intent is not for CCIP™ to replace or compete with existing human resource certifications. A diversity and inclusion professional might decide to hold both the CCIP™ designation and a HR designation.

Are there any educational requirements to enter the certification process?

There are no educational requirements to enter the certification process. However, certain number of years experience in the diversity and inclusion field is required.

How can I prepare for the CCIP™ Exam?

The CCIP™ exam does not have a textbook. The CCIP Competency Framework constitutes the foundation of the certification. Upon registration, candidates will also be provided with a reading list to prepare for the exam. We are also 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.

How can I learn more about CCIP™?

Interested in learning more about the CCIPbefore registering? Sign up for a virtual open house. Open house sessions will be online and free of charge. View our events calendar for more details. You can also contact us at