Organization Development Consultant Certification Program

Organization Development Certified Consultant Certification Program (ODCC)

In this program, participants achieve the designation of OD Certified Consultant by learning and practicing advanced OD methodologies, tools, and interventions. This program prepares participants to manage complex change and apply adaptive and dialogic methods to transform cultures. Participants learn to apply analytics and measure the return on investment to help clients achieve organizational success.

Participants Will:

  • Demonstrate OD’s model for change, using the 7 Phase Action Research Model
  • Recognize and demonstrate OD process consulting roles and styles
  • Identify an effective approach to working with senior leaders to build relationships, teams, and identify problems to lead change
  • Recognize a model for leading complex change and managing uncertainty during VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) situations or events
  • Demonstrate Dialogic OD Methods, an alternative approach to the classic OD Action Research Model of Plan Change
  • Demonstrate advanced facilitation methods to guide leaders and stakeholders to manage and lead sustainable organizational change
  • Recognize organization design processes and critical interventions to increase organization effectiveness to ensure survival in a VUCA environment
  • Identify several models and approaches to assess the current culture to analyze the need for change; develop a plan to deploy cultural transformation strategies
  • Recognize how to apply and present analytical tools and methodologies to measure the outcomes of OD interventions


Benefits of ODCC Certification:

  • Gain the credentials “ODCC” and earn the distinction as an advanced OD Consultant
  • Earn greater opportunities as an OD Consultant
  • Learn advanced tools in the field of OD
  • Become competent in using advanced OD Consultant Applications
  • Gain global recognition as an expert in the field of OD
  • Earn 24 HRCI Credits and 24 SHRM – PDUs for recertification

*Program Prerequisite

In order to qualify for the ODCC program, you must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • You must be a graduate of the ODCP program or
  • You must have 5+ years of experience in HR, Learning, Business and OD and you must have a thorough understanding of the Action Research Model and Systems Theory
  • To bypass the  ODCP program  pre-requisite,  you must demonstrate that you have a full understanding of the Action Research Model, Systems Theory and Change Application and have helped a client implement change.  APPLY HERE

Certification Requirements

  • Attend all the 8 sessions
  • Complete all assignments after each session
  • Demonstrate 5-10 OD Interventions
  • Work with a Client to complete an OD project
  • Present a case study on the project
  • Complete a self-development plan to track your professional growth

The cost of the ODCC Certification Program is $3,900.00 USD.

Resources Provided

  • One-on-one coaching
  • Participant Materials for each session – Slides, Participant Guide, and Handouts
  • Comprehensive list of OD publications and references
  • Upon completion, you will receive an official certification and a digital badge to display your distinction as an “ODCC”

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 workplace and personal demands. In some cases we can accommodate for make-up sessions so you won’t miss the learning experience. (Maximum of 2 make up sessions.)
  • Affordable

Course Outline:

Session 1: Introduction to the Action Research Model

Demonstrate the 7 phases of the Action Research Model – Entry, Contracting, Data Collection and Analysis, Feedback Reporting, Action Planning, Creating Interventions and Exit and Termination.

Learning Objectives:

  • Serve as a strategic partner to the leadership team to build a world-class culture and facilitate culture transformation to support business growth and success
  • Develop the required OD strategies to support organization growth and success and to deliver world class people solutions
  • Provides strategic guidance and advice to all levels of leadership on how to implement organizational change, increase effectiveness and health
  • Successfully operate as a Global OD Consultant across borders and cultures to diagnose and design OD Solutions to deliver the business & people agenda of the organization


Session 2:  Role of the OD Consultant

OD consulting roles, skills and process, humble inquiry overview and application

 Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the role of the OD Process Consultant
  • Identify OD Process Consulting behaviors and determine which best support client needs
  • Define the purpose of Humble Inquiry
  • Identify types of Humility and InquiryConsulting & Humble Inquiry techniques
  • Build positive relationships by applying Process


Session 3:  Leading Complex Change

Complex change overview, VUCA challenges in change, core change components, implementing complex change, tools to lead change

 Learning Objectives

  • Partner with senior leaders to lead & guide them through complex change
  • Apply the VUCA Model and create a strategy to address the challenges of change across the organization
  • Identify core change components and apply them to your organization
  • Utilize the “Passmore Model” to manage complex change in your organization
  • Implement key OD tools to ensure change in the organization succeeds (Kaleidoscope, ADKAR Model, & Visioning)


Session 4:  Dialogic OD

Dialogic OD overview and methodology, dialogic OD models and interventions

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the differences between Diagnostic OD and Dialogic OD and select the appropriate approach to fit the needs of your organization
  • Engage your employees in interactive dialogues and processes to generate new ways of thinking and acting
  • Define your role as a consultant when implementing Dialogic OD interventions
  • Utilize dialogic tools to maximize the levels of innovation and effectiveness across the organization (Whole Systems Transformation, Appreciative Inquiry, and World Café)


Session 5:  Designing and Facilitating Learning Events

Role of OD facilitator role, OD facilitation competencies, design facilitated events, demonstrate use of facilitation tools and techniques.

 Learning Objectives:

  • Define the role of the OD facilitator
  • Identify facilitation competencies and distinguish your individual strengths and development needs; Create a Development Plan to increase your facilitation skills.
  • Utilize a set of tools to manage group processes and maximize your effectiveness as a facilitator.
  • Apply OD Facilitation Toolkit to support your organization’s needs


Session 6:  Organization System Design

Organization systems overview, 7 S model – diagnose organization systems, Weisbord model – organization alignment, select and implement intervention

Learning Objectives:

  • Differentiate between the organizational systems
  • Recognize the 7-S model and apply their elements in the context of: organizational change, organizational alignment
  • Diagnose organization systems
  • Recognize how to improve organization systems
  • Identify six types of interventions
  • Identify the steps to implement an intervention


Session 7:  Implementing Culture Change

Culture change overview and models, assess current culture, integrate culture changes with business objectives

 Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize several culture models
  • Identify culture change opportunities
  • Assess current culture
  • Recognize how to implement culture change
  • Integrate culture improvements with business objectives


Session 8:  Evaluation, Future of OD, Case Studies

Measure and evaluate outcomes, future trends in OD, case study presentations

 Learning Objectives:

  • Measure and evaluate the outcomes of OD interventions
  • Recognize the trends and future in OD
  • Participants will present their case studies demonstrating the OD Action Research Process and applications learned in Advanced ODCC Program


Online Sessions — How does it work?


  • Over the course of 8 months, you will attend a monthly 3 hour session to learn new consulting tools, practice new skills, demonstrate advanced consulting techniques, and receive feedback from skilled OD Consultants
  • This program is offered 100% online, meeting for 3 hours each month. The total investment for the program includes all participant materials and exam fees
  • Once you register, you will receive confirmation of all meeting dates and times. Each session is facilitated live by an experienced OD Consultant
  • You will complete a self development plan and identify a client project to work on during the program
  • In addition, you will complete a variety of assignments each month related to the topic discussed during each session
  • At the end of the program you will complete an exam and case study demonstrating your advanced OD skills


“Just wanted to say that it was a great experience working with all of you in the ODCC workshop. Interacting with brilliant and inspirational people such as yourselves gave me much to ponder and reflect upon. One of the key insights I gained was a newer, richer, and deeper perspective of OD and its impact on our lives. The case studies that were shared were very motivating and I hope to reflect the insights I gained from all of you into my work going ahead”.   

“Thank you to Nancy and Patti for being excellent facilitators!” — OD Consultant

“I learned so much and it really put a lot of things into perspective for me. The design of the program was terrific. The topics were all so relevant and I especially loved the role plays. In addition, I met some fabulous and talented people. It all inspired me.” — Senior OD Professional