Organization Development Certification Program

The Organization Development Certification Program (ODCP) is designed to help participants gain practical skills to advance in the field of Organization Development.  Participants earn the distinction as an Organization Development Certified Professional (ODCP).

Through the Organizational Development Certification Program, participants learn how to apply the concepts of OD by using the Action Research Model and OD’s model for change to help clients identify needs and solve critical business challenges using a whole systems approach.

In each of the Organization Development Certification Program sessions, participants practice by using OD tools to learn how to develop a client relationship, gain senior leader buy-in, create contract criteria, identify data collection techniques, conduct feedback and action planning sessions, measure results, recognize change models, identify systems thinking and learning, improve organization systems, and integrate sustainable change processes into the culture for ongoing renewal.

The OD Certification Program (ODCP) is offered online, for an 8 month period, meeting 3 hours per month. Each session provides participants with tools, guidelines and interactive activities to practice OD. Participants network with each other to share valuable insights. IOD’s experienced facilitators lead each session and provide coaching in between sessions. Participants complete assignments and case studies to practice the skills learned during each session. A final exam is provided at the end of the program to complete the certification process.

Participants receive 8 comprehensive OD guidebooks, slides, OD Tools, OD Resources and References, Assessments, & Case Studies.

If you are interested in gaining a certification in the field of OD to advance your career potential!  Register today!

Here are the benefits of gaining an ODCP Certification

  • Build your brand as an OD internal/external professional
  • Apply proven methodology to create a solid transformation plan
  • Begin applying OD principles immediately in your job
  • Influence leadership with expert advice
  • Become a catalyst of change in your organization
  • Lead change management initiatives effectively
  • Impact the bottom line of the organization with results
  • Sharpen your facilitation and contracting skills
  • Earn 24 HRCI credits for recertification
  • Receive 24 SHRM – PDC for recertification
  • Gain the credential “ODCP” to be recognized as an OD professional

Who Should Take This Online OD Certification:

  • 4+ years experience & degree in the field of HR, L&D, TM, OD, Change Management. Responsible for leading change interventions and implementing change. Prerequisite for ODCC.
  • Human Resource Professionals
  • Talent Management Professionals
  • Training and Development Professionals
  • OD Professionals

Online Sessions

Online Sessions are 3 hours long and meet once a month on the same day (e.g.,2nd Tuesday of the month). Once you register, you will receive confirmation of all meeting dates and times. Each session is facilitated live by an experienced OD Consultant.

Certification Requirements

  • Attend all 8 sessions over an eight-month period
  • Complete all assignments
  • Complete a case study
  • Complete self-development plan
  • Complete a final examination
  • Upon completion of these requirements, you will receive your certificate via email

Online Sessions

Online Sessions are 3 hours long and meet once a month on the same day (e.g.,2nd Tuesday of the month). Once you register, you will receive confirmation of all meeting dates and times. Each session is facilitated live by an experienced OD Consultant.

The cost of this course is $3,800.00 USD.

Features of IOD’s Certification Programs

  • Convenient
    • Connect from anywhere to the online meetings
    • Interactive sessions with experienced OD practitioners in an instructor led format
    • Virtual sessions meet once a month on the same day of the month and at the same time
  • Flexible
    • Program schedule is flexible enough to cover multiple time zones/regions
    • We understand the workplace and personal demands, in some cases we can accommodate for make-up sessions so you won’t miss the learning experience
  • Affordable
    • Group discount available for groups of 5 or more.
    • Individual payment options might be available upon request
    • Special discount for referrals and additional courses.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the theories, concepts, history and ethic of OD
  • Apply OD’s Change Management Approach – Action Research 7 Phase Model
  • Demonstrate a variety of OD concepts, tools, and models
  • Identify the client’s needs and develop a trusting relationship
  • Demonstrate effective contracting techniques for roles, responsibilities, ground rules and deliverables
  • Diagnose organization problems to determine root causes and gaps
  • Develop data collection tools, collect and analyze data and create feedback reports
  • Facilitate a variety of feedback, strategic planning and follow up meetings
  • Work with clients to identify appropriate interventions, create action plans, and project plans to implement change
  • Implement a variety of assessment instruments to align change with the organization system
  • Recognize how to overcome resistance to change
  • Define measurable outcomes and measure results
  • Provide coaching, feedback, and follow-up to help clients sustain change
  • Develop a plan to help the client support and maintain the change

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction to OD, Roles, Values, History, Ethics
  2. Action Research Model: Entry and Contracting
  3. Assessing Organization Needs Through Analysis
  4. Preparing and Facilitating Feedback Sessions
  5. Identifying Action Plans and Creating Project Plans
  6. Designing OD interventions and Implementing Change Management
  7. Evaluating Results and Sustaining Change
  8. Preparing the Client for Maintenance, Exit and Separation

Additional Resources Provided:

  • 8 Participant guides, one for each session
  • Complete set of the presentation slides each month
  • OD Professional Competency Assessment (a “must do” assessment instrument as you immerse in the field of OD!)
  • Access to 6 case studies, OD toolkit, change management toolkit, and facilitator toolkit, sample assessments, over 30 guidelines and templates
  • Comprehensive list of OD publications and references
  • Up to 6 hours of coaching and mentoring with an experienced OD practitioner
  • Official program certification and distinction as OD Certified Professional
  • Access to Institute OD Linked-in group and international network of OD Professionals
  • Preferred alumni registration and discount for additional Certificate Programs

Advanced Certification

  • After completing this course, you may want to advance your skills to the next level and are invited to complete the Advanced OD Consultant’s Certification Program (ODCC).

Professional Development Requirements

  • It is suggested that participants complete 2-3 additional courses yearly to keep their certification up to date.

My professional background has evolved from HR to Training and now Organizational Development.  I felt that OD was the next career path for me to take as the next professional chapter in my life.  I had looked at many programs, including Masters in OD, but due to logistics, this made more sense.  I felt like I was receiving my Master’s degree in OD, but only having to take the core classes, which was perfect.  The convenience of having it offered online was a bonus to me and the costs were reasonable.  My instructor was very well versed in the OD arena and had worked many roles in this field, so she had so much to offer.  I was able to have one-on-one time after each class with my instructor to discuss my homework so that I thoroughly understood the topic of the month.  I wish it was offered twice a month to all ow more in-depth discussion, however, no matter what, I am thrilled I chose this Certification in OD program.

I will be looking at their other programs that they offer.  Thank you.

Make it an incredible day!

 Stephanie Maat

Executive Assistant to Adam Reed, General Counsel


“Very relevant – as I am submitting an action plan template next Monday on how to propose our engagement survey that closed this week.  These plans shape group engagement plans for the entire year”.

“A lot of what I have done has been informal and organic; however, now that I am learning (real) terms, tools, methods and models, I am already more effective. This program is exactly what I need – Thanks!”

“Thank you so much for all of the teachings and learnings.  I incorporate it daily”.

“Thank you so very much for facilitating this course over the past 9 months and for coaching me.  It has been a great learning experience”.

The ODCP program gave me a “road map” that empowered me with a step-by-step process to lead change initiatives. I’ve had 3 major O.D. projects that I’ve been working on while going through the ODCP training:

  1. Clarify the top 3-5 values of our organization
  2. Architect and implement a leadership development pipeline
  3. Design a career path for one of our departments

The principles I learned are helping me engage leaders with a process that draws out the best decisions, while generating maximum ownership. I have been transformed through this certification process—enabling me to become a better transformational leader for the organization. If it were not for this ODCP training, I would have left some major gaping holes in some of our change initiatives!


Now I feel much more capable to label and market myself as an O.D. professional. I will have options to grow where I’m currently working, or expand influence into another larger role elsewhere, or even launch my own consulting business in the future with greater credibility.


This has truly been a transformational experience for me. The O.D. process has come alive to me—now that I’m better equipped with some great tools to proceed forward. With increased competence, comes increased confidence. I appreciate the crucial role you played through this growth process in my personal and professional life.


It was said of St. Basil, “His words were thunder because his life was lightning.”

Sam Day

Organizational Development Specialist

Transforming ordinary work into extraordinary teamwork!

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