As a diversity and inclusion professional, your skills are vital to the future of Canadian organizations. Yet, how can you demonstrate to your clients or employers that you have what it takes to advance diversity and inclusion and promote change?

Become a Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional (CCIP™).

The Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional (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 independent from the provision of training or instruction.

Registration/important dates

Registration for the October 22, 2024 exam is now open. Click here to register. Registrations will close September 10, 2024.

Certification process (Click on each to learn more)

1. Assess your eligibility.

You are eligible if you have three or more years of relevant diversity and inclusion work experience in Canada 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 get started.

4. Take the CCIP™ exam.

The exam will test your knowledge of the CCIP™ competencies with a multiple-choice test delivered online.

5. 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 be required to identify a priority and an alternative external assessor who will be able to 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 the CCDI website. Click here to access the Professional Experience Dossier Submission page

6. Maintain the certification.

Provide evidence of 20 hours of professional development per year. 

CCIP Virtual Open House

Currently, there is no CCIP Virtual Open House event planned. You can watch the recording of the latest CCIP Virtual Open House at any time.


Visit the CCIP™ FAQ page, or contact [email protected] for more information. If you would like to be added to the CCIP™ mailing list, click here.

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