Professional Certification


GInI's Professional Certification Program involves five unique certifications, each based on a corresponding professional examination. View the descriptions below to determine which of these best matches your education, experience, and professional needs. The five certifications are:

Certified Design Thinking Professional (CDTP)®

GInI Certified Design Thinking Professional (CDTP)® is GInI’s recognition of innovation professionals who have demonstrated an advanced understanding of the key topics relating to Human-Centered Design, Design Thinking, the Design Thinking process, and Design Methods.
CDTP certification affirms an individual's proficiency at this most crucial of innovation methods. This includes: the Human-Centered Design (HCD) philosophy, Design Thinking overall, the Design Thinking process, Points of View, Design Principles, Design Methods for Observation, Design Methods for Inquiry, Design Methods for Experimenting, Design Methods for Study, and the critical role of Prototyping.
Become a Part of the Exclusive World of Design Thinking

You will develop a deep understanding of the philosophy, methodology, and tools of Design Thinking, to become initiated into one of the world’s most powerful and impactful approaches to innovation. You will learn how to explore customer and market needs deeply with a designer’s mindset.

Become a Powerful Voice for Customer Empathy

You will learn how to dive into and explore your customers’ world with a deep sense of empathy for both their spoken and unspoken needs. You will also learn how to leverage these insights to deliver greater value that more effectively solves for their tension points.

Learn How to Get to the Real ”Problem Behind the Problem”

You will learn how to formulate and test hypotheses around problems and opportunities for a clearer understanding of the real problem behind the perceived problem. You will learn how to use this as a method for consistently de-risking your organization's innovation endeavors.

Become a Driving Force for Delivering Winning Brand Experiences

By understanding how to reframe problems you will be able to develop a concise point of view regarding how to best position new solutions and brand experiences. This will help to ensure that everything your organization does delivers a consistent and valued brand message.

Step 1- Meet the exam eligibility requirements:

To be eligible to register for the CDTP exam, an individual must meet ONE of the following criteria:
- A Bachelors or Master’s degree in Design Methods, regardless of experience.
- A minimum of one year of professional experience with a Master’s degree or higher.
- A minimum of two years of professional experience with a Bachelor’s degree.
- A minimum of four years of professional experience with less than a Bachelor’s degree.
- In addition, the individual must show proof of ownership of the GInI Applied Innovation Master Book®

Step 2- Apply for and pass the CDTP exam:

The CDTP is a 90-minute exam with 90 multiple-choice questions and a passing score of 65%.


To maintain your CDTP Certification, you must earn 30 Innovation Development Units (IDUs) every three years, or retake the CDTP exam. Detailed information can be found under Maintain Your Certificate.
Obtaining CDTP Certification GInI Member Non-Member
Exam Enrollment Fee 400 USD 500 USD
IDU Application Submission fee** every 3-year cycle 75 USD 125 USD
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