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certified organization development professional codp

Certified Organization Development ProfessionalCODP

“Putting the pieces together – as a community”

what is certification
What is Certification?
  • Certification recognizes the experience, knowledge and skill of an individual as measured against a standard of practice or competencies of a profession. Owned and operated by CODI, it would assess that an individual actually demonstrates and meets the standard for the OD profession.
codp designation
CODP Designation
  • Completion of CODI’s certification process confers the right to use the title “Certified Organization Development Professional “and the right to use the initials “CODP” after your name.
  • Certification is a "warrant of competence" or "warrant of expertise"
what the codp designation demonstrates
What the CODP Designation Demonstrates:

The CODP will be a mark of quality. It demonstrates to the public that the OD professional has:

  • Met educational and training requirements
  • Passed a knowledge specific examination
  • Obtained experience in the field of organization development
  • Obtained professional peer references
  • Accountability to a code of ethics
  • Commitment to continuing education
benefits of certification to the individual
Benefits of Certification to the Individual
  • Enhances professional reputation, credibility and trust
  • Increases career advancement opportunities
  • Provides a sense of pride and personal accomplishment
  • Validates a level of professional achievement and standard of practice
  • Recognizes a standard level of knowledge and skill
  • Increases job mobility
benefits of certification to the profession
Benefits of Certification to the Profession
  • Creates a standard of practice
  • Develops and supports a professional code of conduct
  • Creates a common understanding and language
  • Increases confidence in the service provision of the profession
  • Recognizes knowledge, skill and practice
benefits of certification to the employer client
Benefits of Certification to the Employer/Client
  • Increases competence level of employees
  • Improves employee satisfaction and engagement
  • Provides professional development opportunities for employees
  • Provides standards for use in hiring, performance management and evaluation practices
research on other professional designations
Research On Other Professional Designations

We have done research both nationally and internationally on the

following related professions:

  • Coaching
  • Training and Development
  • Human Resources
  • Change Management
  • Organization Development
  • Strategic Planning
certification requirements
Certification Requirements

CODI’s certification process has 4 components:

  • Examination component or knowledge component
  • Experience component
  • Education component or degree component
  • Acknowledgment of ethical guidelines for OD professionals
2 paths to certification
2 Paths to Certification
  • Knowledge and Skill Path
  • Portfolio Based Assessment Path
knowledge and skill path
Knowledge and Skill Path
  • 3-4 years experience full time or equivalent *
  • Degree in related field
  • Knowledge exam with score of 70% or more
  • 3 references who can validate skills

*4 years full time experience or 3 years full time with MCOD

portfolio route senior practitioner 10 years full time od experience
Portfolio Route – Senior Practitioner10 years full time OD experience

Evidence based point system which addresses the following

competency areas:

  • Knowledge (degrees, certificates, teaching experience, continuing education)
  • 10 years of full time OD experience (validated through portfolio according to Knowledge )
  • Skills (demonstration of OD interventions; published author, research, public speaking; leadership in OD network;
  • 3 client references to validate OD experience
  • Documentation to validate portfolio
education component
Education Component
  • For both knowledge and portfolio based paths there should be a degree in a related field (e.g. social sciences; adult education; human resources; Organization Development)
  • For knowledge and skill path, MCOD will reduce the experience requirement from 4 to 3 years full time experience (other programs may be considered – eg. Certificate in OD from Queen’s University)
knowledge and practice dimension categories
Knowledge and Practice Dimension Categories

PART ONE: Foundations of OD & Systems Change

  • 1.1 Basic History of OD and Systems Change
  • 1.2 Theories and Models of Organization Development and Systems Change

PART TWO: Initial Stages of OD & Systems Change

  • 2.1 Business of OD and Systems Change
  • 2.2 Organization/System Assessment and Feedback
knowledge and practice dimension categories1
Knowledge and Practice Dimension Categories
  • PART THREE: Organization and Systems Change Interventions
      • 3.1 Strategic Change
      • 3.2 Change and Leadership
      • 3.3 Human Process Interventions
      • 3.3.1 Interpersonal and Group Dynamics
      • 3.3.2 Team Effectiveness Interventions
      • 3.3.3 Working with Conflict, Power and Resistance
      • 3.4 Techno-structural Interventions
      • 3.4.1. Organization Design and Restructuring
knowledge and practice dimension categories2
Knowledge and Practice Dimension Categories
  • PART FOUR: Emerging & Specialized Applications of OD
  • PART FIVE: Use of Self
  • PART SIX: Evaluating and Marketing OD and Systems Change

Requirements for those on Knowledge & Skill Path:

  • Rigorously tests OD knowledge across key knowledge areas (based on knowledge and practice dimensions document)
  • 150 multiple choice for efficient management and assessment
  • Readily available study materials to assist learners in preparation for exam (OD textbook and other documents)
  • Exam prep study package and or study groups
  • Available in multiple test locations (major centres across Canada) with proctors
  • Future webinar option availability for remote locations
  • 70% pass rate
code of ethics
Code of Ethics

4 key areas:

  • Responsibility to client and client system
  • Responsibility for professional development & competence
  • Responsibility to profession
  • Social responsibility

All professionals will be asked to sign off on them and to uphold them while practicing.

recertification process
Recertification Process
  • Final phase of implementation for CODP designation
  • Certification every 3 years
  • Development of certification logs/journals
  • Development of certification criteria (e.g. continuing education units/points for experience)
  • Development of potential continuing education partners and pre-approved courses
next steps
Next Steps
  • Pilot of Senior Practitioner (Portfolio process) done in October 2013. Next session: May/June 2014
  • Exam committee working on developing questions/structure for 2014
  • Steering committee formed and meeting regularly to address operational and strategic issues (including partnerships; marketing; educational alliances, etc.)