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ASDP Professional Education and Certification Program

This document describes the professional education and certification program for the Alliance of Supplier Diversity Professionals (hereafter referred to as the ASDP).

The ASDP requires a certification and educational program to recognize, evaluate, and train professionals who work to ensure their company or organization meets its Supplier Diversity goals. Supplier Diversity goals support business, while ensuring that all small business owners get a fair chance at competing for contract opportunities.

The increased emphasis of Supplier Diversity requirements from the Federal Government, state governments, and commercial businesses has resulted in the need to standardize practices, comply with numerous regulations, and accurately report diversity statistics. The ASDP is the national resource for Supplier Diversity Professionals, and offers a full battery of professional development courses for members ranging from novice Supplier Diversity Professionals to seasoned Supplier Diversity managers.

The ASDP has developed a Supplier Diversity Body of Knowledge, which has resulted in a meaningful set of professional development courses, which could be applied to Supplier Diversity Professionals at all levels on a national basis.

Professional Education Course Descriptions
Below are descriptions of the courses currently offered by ASDP. The general format for the courses will be as follows:

  1. Seminar schedule
  2. Review of desired learning objectives
  3. Course curriculum including exercises for comprehension
  4. Question and answer session
  5. Survey
Courses will be offered at various times and in different locations and can also be taught on location by request. Contact the ASDP Chair of the Education Committee at or check the ASDP website at

Supplier Diversity Body of Knowledge

Introduction to Supplier Diversity
This course is the introductory module for new Supplier Diversity Professionals and for those in need of a refresher course. This course is based in part on the DCAA-developed SBLO101. This course will cover basic descriptions, definitions, and requirements encountered by Small Business Liaison Officers and other Supplier Diversity Professionals. In addition, it will cover the history of the laws that led to the formation of the Supplier Diversity profession. 

Preparing Subcontracting Plans
This course has two parts. Part 1 details the required elements of a subcontracting plan as dictated by various Government and commercial entities. Different types of subcontracting plans will be explained. Second Tier subcontracting plans will be discussed. Part 2 provides instruction and guidance for developing a subcontracting plan.

Preparing for Customer Reviews
This course provides a description of the elements of a Supplier Diversity Program Review. Successful completion of this course will provide the student with the tools to prepare their corporation for a program review by their customer.

Mentor-Protégé Program
This course has two parts. Part 1 describes the Mentor-Protégé Program. Part 2 provides details of mentor-protégé programs within various government agencies. Upon completion of this course, the student will have the tools to identify potential protégés, and develop and propose programs to different organizations. A “lessons learned” module will include information on how to avoid negative experiences with the Mentor-Protégé Program. 

Customer Reporting
This course provides instruction how to complete the Individual Subcontracting SR (previously SF294) and the SSR (previously SF295) for contract reporting of progress toward meeting subcontracting goals for the Department of Defense and requirements for NASA. Typical reporting practices for commercial entities will be described. Instruction on how to track internal statistics is provided in this course. 

Sourcing Strategies
This course describes the various sourcing strategies available to the Supplier Diversity Professional. Successful completion of this course will provide the student with a template for developing a business case for Supplier Diversity and will describe methods for including diverse suppliers in their procurement plans.

Certification Exam
There is one certification exam which encompasses the information contained within the six ASDP courses. Although completion of the courses is not required in order to be eligible to take the certification exam, completion the courseware is highly recommended.

Certification Levels and Prerequisites
The ASDP currently offers one level of certification: Certified Supplier Diversity Professional (CSDP).

Prerequisites for certification are outlined below:

  1. Educational Experience : Minimum of B.S. or B.A. degree. A waiver of the Educational Experience requirement can be obtained by submitting an Educational Experience Waiver Form, if the applicant has worked in the Supplier Diversity field for a minimum of eight (8) years.
  2. Work Experience : Minimum of two (2) years of employment in the Supplier Diversity field or with responsibilities in Supplier Diversity. If a waiver was used to satisfy the Educational Experience requirement, an additional two years of Work Experience is required to satisfy the Work Experience requirement.
  3. Successful completion of certification exam (70% or better) .
The ASDP certification is valid for three (3) years from the date of the exam, after which the certification must be renewed.

Certification Renewal
Certification must be renewed every three (3) years.  Requirements for renewal are as follows:

  1. Completion of three (3) of the following nine (9) activities:
  2. Email proof of the 3 choices below  to
a. Actively participate in ASDP training either as speaker or planner
b. Attend at least one (1) ASDP Annual Meeting during the previous three years (Other conferences where technical, administrative, and/or managerial applications on Supplier Diversity are discussed or demonstrated also fulfill this requirement)
c. Obtain 9 credits, CLC’s, or other continuing education units from a university, college, government, industry, or professional organization (e.g. ASDP, NCMA, DAU) for courses and/or seminars related to Supplier Diversity
d. Author and have published at least one (1) paper, thesis, or article on Supplier Diversity
e. Participate in community - or state-oriented Supplier Diversity activities
f.  Attend at least three (3) major Supplier Diversity related events.
g. Serve as ASDP Officer
h. Serve as ASDP Committee Member
i.  Be involved in Supplier Diversity activities through employment
j.  Successfully complete the current certification exam.

     3. Email Proof of the 3 choices above to
     4. Once documentation proof has been received and reviewed, you will be emailed
      with acceptance or denial through the ASDP Website. If accepted, you can select
      Renew Certification in the training tab drop-down list. The cost of the renewal is $185.00.


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