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This Certificate is for anyone with OD responsibilities who wants to build their operational and strategic skills and knowledge of OD models, tools and techniques.

Programme Overview

Organisational  development (OD) used to be long to the world of I/O psychology. However in the last few years many HR and Learning & Development professionals have moved into OD roles. Here at Elephant we’ve talked to many OD people and found that there is a lack of qualifications, training and support in this field. Following our OD (re) Design Conference, we are pleased to have developed the Certificate in Organisational Development.

The Certificate is for anyone in a role with OD responsibilities, who wants to build both operational and strategic OD skills and grow your knowledge of OD models, tools and techniques. The Certificate is launching in 2020, and is a 12 to 18 month programme.

The Certificate involves the following:

You’ll hear from both New Zealand and international experts in the different fields of Organisational Development.

Who should attend?

You’ll benefit most from the Certificate if you have OD responsibilities in your role. This may mean you are currently in an HR, OD or Learning & Development type role.

What will you finish with?

The Certificate in Organisational Development is different from tertiary study as you need to be working in a role where you can apply what you’re learning, rather than just covering theory. The webinars, videos and articles will cover fundamental knowledge as well as challenging your thinking. The assignments and assessments will test your ability to apply these to case studies and on the job situations. You will need to pass each assignment to complete the Certificate.

Apply for a place

The programme investment is AUD$1,750, NZ$1,950, UK£995 or US$1,295.

You will need to complete the on-line application to register for the Certificate.

We will have 3 intakes during 2020 which are:

 If you are unsure if this is the right Certificate programme for you, please email us and we can help assess which may suit you most.

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Certificate in Organisational Development (OD)

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Approaches to OD and building your skill set

This module covers the following:

You’ll complete a 360 competency assessment so will need peers and managers to provide feedback.

Core Modules

Communication Strategy and Roll Out

Whether during a change project, rolling out a new initiative or launching or reinvigorating an existing programme - your communications plan can make or break your message getting through and the success of your roll out.

This module covers:

Learning Strategy

Most OD roles will still have a capability and learning component to them, as this is one way OD can help an organisation achieve their goals. This module covers:

The on the job assignment involves analysing a case study and planning a programme as well as analysing your own programme approach.

Leading Change

This module takes you through using specific change tools through a case study so that you are fully prepared to drive change in your business including:

Building your Company Culture

More and more OD professionals are asked to use  the right tools to redefine, measure  and build company culture. This module covers:



One of the key areas many OD professionals are responsible for is building leadership capability accross an organisation, and often at different leadership levels.

This module covers:

OD Models and Tools

There are a number of organisational development models and tools that are essential for OD professionals to understand, so they can use these in capapbility and development, leadership or culture initiatives.

This module covers tools including SCARF, Appreciative Inquiry, Design Thinking, Agile, NLP and Project Management.

You’ll hear from a range of experts in their fields and then your assignment includes application of each of the models and tools to a number of case studies.

Psychometric Tools

Part of an OD professionals remit is to understand the science and pyschology behind pyschometric testing, and then being able to assess which pyschometric testing and tools will work in different areas of your business.

This module takes you through a range of the psychometric tools available, understanding the pyschology behind them, and then when and where each could be used.

You will also get to use one of the tools, and assess a case study of what should be used, when.

You must choose four of these optional modules.

For NZ participants, you can also choose to attend the OD (re) Design Conference instead of two of the core or optional modules.

Transformational Workplaces

Over the last few years at the HR Game Changer Conference we have explored and discussed what the amazing companies are doing to transform. This module covers case studies from around the world on:

Team Dynamics

Many organisations are struggling with breaking down silos and trying to create collaboration across the business. In this module we cover:

Optional Modules

These modules must be completed. If you have advanced training or experience in one of these areas, then you can apply to have this module  exchanged for an optional module.

Employee Experience (EX) Strategy

Many companies are now moving to EX, using principles from CX (customer experience) to build a more engaging employment experience at all levels. This module covers the following:

• What components make up EX

• The benefits of focusing on EX

• Different tools and techniques to use to develop your employee experience strategy including design thinking, journey mapping, Voice of the Employee and more.

• A case study of a real company and their approach

OD Psychology 101

There are a number of Industrial Organisational (IO) Psychology principles that are useful for anyone working in OD to understand, and for many years anyone working in OD had to have a psychology qualification.

That’s no longer the case but an understanding of key methodology and practises mean you can put in place solutions that address the root cause of issues.

Note: If you have completed psychology papers at tertiary level then this module is optional. If you have not studied psychology then this module is mandatory.

Strategic Workforce Planning

OD professionals have a unique view of an organisation’s work patterns and capabilities and can provide frameworks and strategies on workforce planning.

This module covers:

Performance Coaching

Whether part of leadership development, L&D programmes or as a tool for OD to use when advising and supporting heir business, understanding and using the principles and models of performance coaching can be very valuable. This module covers:


and Mental Health

Mental health and wellness are more important than ever before. In an OD role you may be responsible for developing and delivering wellness and mental health programmes. This module covers:


Using Metrics and


Many managers and CEO’s do not understand what an OD function can deliver, as there is a lack of metrics or analytics delivered to the business.

You’ll finish this module with:

The on the job assignment involves analysing different case studies to see which analytics and metrics would be appropriate.

Using Competencies for development, talent and succession

OD can help their business use competencies in a variety of ways. This module covers:


The OD (re) Design Conference ran in Auckland in August 2019 and is scheduled to run again in August/September 2020. Further details will follow. To find out what the 2019 conference covered click here.

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