What is a Professional Designation?
- A professional designation is a “warrant of competence” or “warrant of expertise” denoting that the practitioner’s experience, knowledge and skill have been measured against a standard of practice (or competencies) for the profession
- A professional designation confers to a practitioner the right to use a designated professional title and initials after their name
OD Designations Through CODI
Currently there are 2 designation paths, the Knowledge Path (CODP) (for those with 4 years or more of OD experience) and the Portfolio Path (CSODP) for those with 10 years or more OD experience.
To receive a CODP or CSODP designation from CODI, candidates must demonstrate fulfillment of 4 components:
- Education component or degree component
- Experience component
- Knowledge and skill component (requiring a knowledge examination or submission of a competency portfolio)
- Ethics component
What do the CODI Designations Demonstrate?
The CODP and CSODP designations are a mark of quality. They demonstrate to the public that the OD professional has:
- Met educational and training requirements
- Obtained experience in the field of organization development
- Passed a knowledge and skill examination (for the CODP)
- Demonstrated competence through a portfolio of documented and validated experience (for the CSODP)
- Obtained professional references
- Agreed to uphold the CODI Ethical Guidelines
- Committed to continuing professional learning and development
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