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“The most comprehensive OD and Change
Certificate Program in the world.”

There are many certificate programs in organization development or industrial-organizational psychology from which to choose. What makes this one better than the others?

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The program is intended for practicing OD, IO, HR, and L&D professionals. It is not an introductory course.

The program covers:

Change Leadership: An exploration of the personal traits and behaviors of individuals who can inspire, engage, and lead people toward identifying and achieving a shared vision of positive futures.

Change Management: A overview of processes for planning and implementing change initiatives/projects AND integrating them into a personalized change model that can be modified to meet unique organizational situations (unique to this program).

Organization Development: A comprehensive review of traditional and emerging OD methodologies that are generating more positive outcomes and better meeting client expectations.

Competency Assessment & IDP: The competency assessment identifies the existing knowledge, skills, and experience of participants. The IDP articulates the development areas needed to become a fully competent OD practitioner.

OD/I-O Consulting Skills: Content is presented from a consulting perspective, specifically designed for people currently charged with the responsibility for implementing or assisting in the implementation of change initiatives in organizations.

Three eLearning Modules: Ensure that participants possess a common background in the topics covered in the experiential workshop.

Two Free Textbooks: The Modern Practitioners Guide to OD & Change Leadership and The Change Handbook are provided to participants for free.

Experiential Workshop: The 5-week online workshop is highly experiential with over 80% of the content based on group work, case studies, and simulations.

Creating Intervention Tools: This unique program feature teaches participants how to design and develop specialized tools and models for engaging employees in change interventions. No other program does this.

Online Simulation: An entire session is devoted to completing an online change management simulation from Harvard Business Press. Participants apply their newly acquired skills to generating support for change initiatives.

Two Coaching Sessions: Two coaching sessions are conducted after the experiential workshop. Even though attendance is optional every participant has attended to learn what their peers are doing and share their own success stories.

The Drucker Advantage

The Peter Drucker Graduate School of Managements’ Certificate Program in OD and Change Leadership builds essential competencies, within a reasonable time frame, costs less than most university programs, and covers more topics.

It Represents the Best Value for your Money and Time!

It assumes a consulting perspective, that introduces core consulting skills such as, contracting, dialogic and diagnostic OD practices, selecting interventions, and multiple change management models.

It focuses on competency development and enhancing change leadership skills requiring participants to create tools and instruments that can be directly applied on the job.

It is the most affordable, costing significantly less than programs from other well-known universities.

Lessons are chunked and optimally distributed to ensure participants can comfortably process and retain content.

The time commitment is the most reasonable, requiring only six hours a week for six short weeks.

Participants receive two free textbook and materials covering all content presented in the seminar.

Who Should Attend

Experienced professionals responsible for leading or assisting in the planning and implementing of change projects within organizations, either as internal change experts or external consultants.

New OD/IO Professionals who want to stand out from the crowd: A post-graduate degree attests to one’s knowledge, diligence, and intellect. Adding a certificate from a well-known and established graduate school can separate the certificate holder from the average job candidate.

HR, HRD, Performance Management, and Talent Management Professionals looking to expand skills and knowledge: Much of the work these professionals do is directly related to organizational effectiveness, culture change, DEI, and implementing corporate strategies. That means leading change. This certificate increases your knowledge and competence, allowing you to become the “go-to person” for converting strategy into action.
Executives, Managers, and Team Leaders. Competence is the new currency. Today, team leaders and managers face challenges that may exceed their experience or stretch their capabilities. New lessons, contemporary case studies, and examples are constantly added to the DGS Certificate Program, helping leaders keep abreast, adapt, and lead through unexpected situations

Experiential Workshop Design: The Key Difference

Adult learners gain the most when they 1) actively engage in experiences that relate to work situations, 2) reflect on those experiences with others, 3) create meaning derived from the experience, reflection, and generative input from facilitators, and 4) form principles and generalizations that participants can apply to outside situations.

Emergent Learning Model

Modern Experiential Learning

This experiential approach is a major differentiating factor separating the Drucker Certificate in OD and Change Leadership from others.

Instead of being told what is or isn’t, participants create their own meaning and guidelines.

This approach to learning reflects the emergence of post-modern principles in adult learning theory as well as the practice of OD.

Program Curriculum

Topics Covered

Organizational Change Competencies

  • The People-side of Change – introduces common emotional and personal reactions to change
  • Understanding Resistance – presents alternative views to resistance and ways to build support to overcome it
  • Changing Cultures – looks at how cultures shape behavior providing practical clues for altering or changing them

OD Competencies

  • The OD Mindset – presents the multiple roles and responsibilities of a change leader
  • Contracting with Clients – provides a process for clarifying client/consultant expectations
  • Data Gathering & Generating Support – combines both dialogic and diagnostic OD methodologies
  • Implementation Planning – details a 7-step process from entry through institutionalization and termination
  • Intervention Management – introduces multiple options and matching interventions to clients
  • Evaluation, Reporting, and Feedback – teaches what to measure, how to measure it, and how to present data to clients

Change Leadership Competencies

  • Listening and Questioning Skills – learn 50+ useful questions for various stages of planning & implementation
  • Communicating Change – presents a multi-phased plan for communicating change throughout organizations
  • Inspirational Motivation and Influencing – introduces methods for increasing personal influence and persuasion
  • Organizing and Planning – details a planning and implementation process that transfers expertise to the client

Brief Summary – Fees and Registration

All sessions are online.

The program starts on April 10th with self-paced, prework. This consists of a competency assessment, an individual development plan, and three self-paced eLearning programs. It should take less than 7 days to complete the prework.

The experiential workshop sessions begin on Tuesday, April 18th and continue, twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM (Pacific Time) until Thursday, May 18th. Attendance is mandatory for all workshop sessions.

The final exam is on Tuesday, May 23 rd from 12:00 noon until 3:00 PM Pacific Time. A prep session is conducted the day before test from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM Pacific Time. The final exam is difficult. It is recommended you attend the prep session.

Two optional coaching sessions follow the final exam. Dates and times will be determined after the exam.

Registration Fee: $3,950. Discounts are available for recent graduates (within one year of graduation) and multiple participants from the same company.

Our Academic and Certification Program Advisor

Jay Prag, Ph.D.
Drucker Graduate School

Jay Prag is the faculty director of the Certificate Program in Organizational Development and Change Leadership. Dr. Prag has been teaching at the Drucker School of Management since 1986. He serves on the board of directors of LINC Housing, a nonprofit low-income housing developer in Long Beach. He also served on the Board of Directors of Mt. San Antonio Gardens in Claremont and was actively involved in many business startups. Dr. Prag has won numerous teaching awards in his years at The Claremont Colleges. He also served as academic director for the Executive MBA and the Financial Engineering programs at the Drucker School.

Our International Partners

The OD & Change Leadership Group has established a global alliance with the Drucker Academy, and the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School to promote and deliver a Certificate Program in Organization Development and Change Leadership.

The Peter F. Drucker Academy is a registered Non-Profit Management Institute in Hong Kong, exclusively authorized by Peter F. Drucker and his family trust. The Academy focuses on Management as a Liberal Art advocacy, research and education in Greater China. The Academy partners with institutions to organize forums, seminars, and a series of management training courses tailor-made for executives, entrepreneurs and young professionals. These courses are rooted in Drucker’s management theories and aimed at enhancing effective leadership, decision-making, creativity and instilling a sense of social responsibility within individuals and organizations.