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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.

To be eligible to register for the CDTP exam, an individual must meet ONE of the following criteria:

  1. A Bachelors or Master’s degree in Design Methods, regardless of experience.
  2. A minimum of one year of professional experience with a Master’s degree or higher.
  3. A minimum of two years of professional experience with a Bachelor’s degree.
  4. A minimum of four years of professional experience with less than a Bachelor’s degree.

Choose your Learning Path:

At GInI, we provide two comprehensive learning options to cater to your preferences:

  1. Self-Study: Upon acquiring the AInMB, you can seamlessly prepare for the exam at your preferred pace.
  2. Instructor-Led Learning: Opt for additional guidance by enrolling in a course offered by one of our accredited providers in your vicinity.

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 45 Innovation Development Units (IDUs) every three years or retake the CDTP exam. Detailed information can be found under Maintain Your Certificate.

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Certified Design Thinking Professional (CDTP)® FAQs

Achieving GInI certification is a significant accomplishment that demonstrates your expertise and commitment to innovation. If you're wondering how to become a GInI Certified professional, read on for the simple steps to earn your certification.

Step 1: Exam Preparation:

To begin your journey toward GInI certification, you should first prepare for the certification exam. GInI offers a range of valuable resources to help you get ready for the exam. Take advantage of these materials to ensure you're well-prepared.

Step 2: Take the Proctored Exam:

The cornerstone of GInI certification is the proctored exam. You must earn a passing score on this exam to become GInI Certified. The exam is designed to assess your knowledge and understanding of innovation principles, practices, and methodologies.

Step 3: Receive Your Certification:

Once you've successfully passed the GInI certification exam, you're on your way to becoming a GInI Certified professional. Within a short period of time, typically within four business days, you will receive your official certification credentials.

These credentials will serve as tangible proof of your achievement and can be used to showcase your expertise to employers, colleagues, and clients.

Congratulations on earning your GInI certification! Now, you might be wondering how long your certification will remain valid. At GInI, we value continuous learning and innovation. To ensure your certification reflects the latest trends and knowledge, recertification is required every three years.

Selecting the ideal GInI certification can be a pivotal decision in your professional journey. But how do you know which one aligns best with your current career and aspirations? We've got a solution: the GInI Certification Guidance Assessment.


To begin, consider your background, experience, and career goals. Reflect on your areas of expertise and the specific aspects of innovation that intrigue you the most.

At GInI, we offer a diverse range of certifications to cater to professionals at different stages of their careers and with varying areas of expertise. Each certification is designed to recognize and validate specific skillsets and knowledge within the field of innovation. To help you choose the right certification for your goals, let's explore the key differences between them.

1. Certified Innovation Professional (CInP):

Designed for working professionals.
Demonstrates advanced understanding of business innovation and innovation management.

2. Certified Design Thinking Professional (CDTP):

Focuses on Human-Centered Design, Design Thinking, Design Thinking processes, and Design Methods.
Ideal for those passionate about user-centric design principles.

3. Certified Innovation Associate (CInA):

Specifically recognizes university students, usually near graduation.
Demonstrates understanding of fundamental business innovation topics.

4. Certified Chief Innovation Officer (CCInO):

Tailored for senior business leaders.
Validates advanced knowledge in enterprise innovation.

5. Certified Innovation Strategist (CInS):

Geared toward business leaders.
Highlights expertise in innovation strategy and business model innovation.

6. Authorized Innovation Assessor (AInA):

Recognizes individuals capable of conducting innovation maturity assessments for organizations pursuing GInI Certified Innovation Organization (CInOrg) status.

Choosing the Right Certification:

Consider your current role, career aspirations, and areas of interest within innovation.

Review the detailed certification descriptions and exam guides on our website to understand each certification's focus.

Curious about GInI's retake policy? Here's what you need to know:

Retake Attempts:

There's no limit on the number of exam attempts you can make. However, each attempt requires payment of the registration fee.

Waiting Period:

Once you pass an exam, you must wait for two years before retaking the same exam. This waiting period applies to the identical exam version.

Updated Exams:

If an exam is updated with a new guide and series code, you can attempt the new version without waiting for the two-year period.

At GInI, we understand that every learner is unique, and while some individuals prefer structured training courses, others thrive through self-study. We offer flexibility in your certification journey, allowing candidates to self-study for most GInI exams.

Self-Study Eligibility:

For most GInI certifications, candidates are indeed allowed to pursue self-study independently without the requirement to attend an accredited training course. This approach empowers individuals to tailor their study methods to their preferences and schedules.

The Exception: Authorized Innovation Assessor (AInA)® Exam:

The Authorized Innovation Assessor (AInA)® certification is a unique case within our certification offerings. To maintain the highest standards of competence for this certification, GInI requires candidates to complete a mandatory 24 hours of education specifically related to the AInA certification. This education must be provided by a GInI Authorized Provider and delivered by a GInI Master Assessor.

Getting Started with Self-Study:

If you're considering self-study, here's a simple guide to get started:

  1. Choose Your Certification: Visit our "Professional Certification" page to explore the various certifications GInI offers. Select the one that aligns with your career goals and interests.
  2. Access Study Materials: GInI provides recommended study materials and exam guides for each certification. These resources will be your primary tools for self-study.
  3. Create a Study Plan: Develop a study plan that outlines your study schedule, goals, and milestones. This will help you stay organized and motivated. Practice, Practice, Practice: Utilize practice exams and sample questions to assess your knowledge and readiness for the actual exam.
  4. Register for the Exam: Once you feel confident in your preparation, visit the GInI online store to register for the exam of your choice.

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