Continuing Your Ongoing Professional Development in the field of Organization Development


Continuing Your Ongoing Professional Development in the field of Organization Development


Continuing Education is a way to differentiate your résumé from that of someone else with similar qualifications.  It makes a statement to your clients and the business community of your ongoing commitment to the field of Organization Development.  Clients, interested in contracting your professional services, either internally or externally, want highly skilled consultants who can achieve greater organization success.  It’s important for those in the field of OD to stay current with OD practices and tools.  Many professional organizations require ongoing recertification as part of their certification process.  This includes: Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), HRCI, Association for Talent Development (ATD), and International Coaching Federation (ICF).

What are the Requirements?

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) requires those with credentials to earn 60 professional development credits (PDCs) within a 3-year recertification period or retake the certification.  Participants complete professional development activities that relate to the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge.

HRCI provides continuing education events and activities through providers whom they approve.  Events and activities can range from webinars to seminars and from online courses to conferences.  The goal is to provide HR professionals with continuing education that will help them grow and advance, both in their career and their organization.

Association for Talent Development (ATD) offers a CPLP in Learning and Performance.  The CPLP credential is valid for three years.  Recertification is earned through professional development.  CPLPs must accumulate 60 CPLP recertification points within the three-year recertification period.  30 points are CPLC recertification points link directly to one or more areas of the ATD 2013 competency model.

Some of the recertification categories include: Continuing education, job related activities, educational events, reading books, speaking engagements or conducting training on the topic of Talent Development, research and publishing, leadership roles, and professional memberships.

ICF’s Continuing Professional Development Process (CPD) is consistent with their ethical standards.  As part of a self-regulating industry, International Coaching Federation (ICF) is committed to coaches providing consistent value to their clients.  In order to maintain these professional standards, ICF has redefined its Continuing Professional Development (CPD) position to keep pace with industry expectations and emerging standards.  Ongoing development activities include: Education, Training and Skills Enhancement, Mentor Coaching with an ICF Credential, Coaching Supervision, and Research and Teaching.

How does Institute of Organization Development (IOD) fit in?

Institute of Organization Development (IOD) provides a variety of online OD Certification Programs to support the development of OD Professionals, including OD Process Consultant Certified Professional, OD Certified Professional, OD Certified Consultant, Talent Management Certified Professional, Leadership Development Certified Professional and Executive Coaching Certified Professional.  Each program is based on the principles of Organization Development and ethical guidelines to maintain professional standards and emerging requirements in the field.

IODs Advanced Skills Program offers participants the ability to continue their development as an OD Professional.  Each course is designed to provide participants with advanced knowledge, tools and processes in the field of OD.  IOD’s courses are aligned with the SHRM and ATD competencies, as well as the OD Competencies.

OD professionals should consider 20 hours of professional development each year to maintain their certification. OD Professionals can continue their professional development by developing or implementing new interventions, becoming certified in an assessment tool or process, demonstrate OD tools or train others, attend ongoing educational and professional development courses.

Benefits of Professional Development


  • Gain valuable experience that can be applied immediately in your organization
  • Gain practical tools you can use on the job
  • Continue to enhance your professional growth
  • Gain new opportunities in the field
  • Earn valuable credentials to advance your career


Additional benefits of IODs Advanced Skills Program


  • IOD Continuing Education Credits
  • SHRM Recertification Credits
  • ASTD CPLCP Continuing Education Credits


For more information about each course, please check online


IOD offers 24 HRCI credits for each 8 month certification program; 3 credits for each Advanced Skills professional development course; and 18 credits for our annual conference.


Client Testimony:



Dr. Nancy Zentis is the CEO of Institute of OD, offering online certification programs for those interested in Organization Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development and Executive Coaching, and OD Advanced Skills courses for ongoing learning.  She can be reached at  For more information about our certification programs and advanced professional development courses, visit our website


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