Certified Design Thinking Professional (CDTP)®

Certified Design Thinking Professional (CDTP)®The 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-Centric Design, Design Thinking, the Design Thinking process, and Design Methods.

CDTP certification affirms the individual’s proficiency at these crucial innovation methods, which include:  the Human-Centric Design (HCD) philosophy, the history of Good Design and of critical Design Theories, Design Thinking, the Design Thinking process, Points of View, Design Principles, Design Methods for Observation, Design Methods for Inquiry, Design Methods for Experimenting, and Design Methods for Study.

Certified Design Thinking Professional CDTP

Benefits of Becoming a CDTP

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 becoming 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, and how to leverage these insights to deliver greater value that more effectively solves their pain and 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 to arrive at a clearer understanding of the real problem behind the perceived problem. You will learn how to use this as a method of substantially 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, ensuring everything your organization does delivers a consistent and valued brand message

Obtaining a CDTP Certification

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 1 year of professional experience with a Master’s degree or higher.
.  A minimum of 2 years of professional experience with a Bachelor’s degree.
.  A minimum of 4 years of professional experience with less than a Bachelor’s degree.

In addition, the individual must show proof ownership of the GInI Applied Innovation Master Book®.

STEP 2 - Apply for and pass the CDTP exam

The certification exam has 90 multiple-choice questions which you have 90 minutes to complete. The passing score is 65%.

Maintaining CDTP Certification

To maintain your CDTP Certification, you must earn 30 Innovation Development Units (IDUs) every 2 years, or retake the CDTP exam. 

Detailed information can be found under 
Maintain Your Certificate.


Obtaining CDTP Certification 500 USD Exam Enrollment Fee
GInI Applied Innovation Master Book® 300 USD Plus Shipping Fees