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Diploma in Organisational Development Practice

Roffey Park Institute
Course summary
Executive Education
12 days
2,880 GBP excl. VAT
Part time
Executive Education
Course Dates
Online courses
2,880 GBP

Online courses
2,880 GBP
 Roffey Park Institute

Course description

OD Practitioners Programme

In today’s fast paced, ever changing business environment, an organisation’s ability to respond is key to survival and success. It is not the ‘organisation’ however that decides when, why or how to respond, it’s the people within it. Organisation Development (OD) is rooted in the deep connection between the best business processes and structures and the people working with them.

Practising OD means balancing economic growth and impact with human systems perspectives, building an agile, resilient and emotionally intelligent workforce, promoting compassionate, ethical and sustainable leadership and organisational practices, and having a clear sense of purpose. It is concerned with creating great organisations and cultures!

Our OD Practitioner Programme is designed to increase your knowledge and understanding of OD as a discipline, give you opportunities to develop skills and acquire tools that have practical application and to develop the thinking strategies that shape the kind of tools and approaches you may use in your organisation.

The Diploma in Organisational Development Practice is the next evolution of the OD Practitioner Programme. The programme has been reviewed, updated and redesigned to integrate certification in the market-leading Denison Consulting’s Organisation Cultural Survey© and to embed your learning through your own real-life OD project; providing both the opportunity and support, for your new skills to make an immediate business impact.

Suitability - Who should attend?

This course is for you if…

  • You are working in the field of organisational development and want to develop and enhance your practice.
  • You’re a change agent, manager or leader who recognises the importance of bringing people with you but want to have a greater insight into how to achieve this.
  • You have a background in HR, an aspiring HR Director perhaps, or are a Learning and Development professional or similar who wants to have more of an OD lens  and add OD skills to your portfolio
  • You’re involved in local authority or public sector transformations which require changes in mindset as well as structures and services
  • You’re in the commercial sector and have been recognised as having OD ability

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Benefits for you

  • Increase your capabilities as an OD practitioner for the benefit of you and your organisation
  • Increase your impact and influence and develop knowledge and application of a variety of interventions
  • Improve your ability to recognise and facilitate group dynamics
  • Build your confidence and impact as an OD Practitioner
  • Grow your network of like-minded OD Practitioners in parallel roles across sectors

Benefits for your Organisation

Your organisation will benefit from you attending this programme through your skilled, knowledgeable, and impactful OD practice. They will benefit from an OD Practitioner who has a greater awareness and understanding of what influences people’s ability to embrace organisation change and transformation and a toolkit to enable them to intervene at any level. Your organisation will benefit from your ability to build sustainable, effective and values driven relationships across their business

Training Course Content

Programme Outline

Programme Outline

The programme consists of three modules plus a follow up day where participants present the outcomes of their business projects.  These are delivered face-to-face or virtual as 3 x two-day modules with a 2 week gap in between.   Each module consists of six 90 minute sessions and a half day action learning set.  The programme begins with a launch call and initial action learning set and concludes with presentations of participants’ action research projects.

Module One 

You and your approach to OD work

  • Identify theories and practices within the field of OD
  • Effectively operate in different stages of the OD cycle
  • Articulate the importance of, and reflection in the practice of OD
  • Reflect on your personal impact and influence to improve your practice
  • Identify appropriate OD Interventions that support Leaders and their Teams through change
  • Demonstrate and assess the difference and value of dialogic and diagnostic OD approaches

Module Two

Culture Change and Case Study

  • Design and present an OD intervention based on a real-life case study
  • Understand the Denison Model and its origin
  • Understand how to interpret Denison assessment results/reports
  • Identify trends in results, recognise patterns and key habits, and create successful change strategies and action plans
  • Prepare to run a the Denison Consulting’s Organisation Cultural Survey©  and debrief key stakeholder

Module Three

Group Dynamics and OD Evaluation

  • Use real life examples to illustrate group dynamic theories
  • Reflect on a group dynamic experience in the here and now
  • Demonstrate when you use a range of large group methodologies
  • Design and practice of a group intervention
  • Articulate the methods for evaluating OD interventions
  • Reflect on evaluation best practice

Action Research Project


  • Participants will be supported in identifying and selecting an appropriate OD intervention as the basis for their Action Research Project in their organisation or client organisation.  The project becomes the lens through which participants think, plan, act and reflect on their learning from the programme; enhancing their understanding of what it takes to practise OD effectively in their real-world context.

    Participant should come to the programme with one or two ideas about an OD project that they will be working on as they go through the programme. It could be something that they need to deliver in their organisation or something that they think would value in future. This will form their Action Research project. As they go through the programme, they use the learning from each module and apply the learning to their project. In the action learning sets they share their progress with the rest of the set and receive support and challenge on how they can improve the intervention they have designed. At the final session participants will present their intervention to the whole group and receive feedback

Roffey Park Diploma in Organisational Development Practice

Roffey Park Institute’s Diploma in Organisational Development is designed as a level 5 diploma programme. You will receive the Roffey Park Diploma certificate if you attend all programme sessions including Action Learning Sets, complete a learning log and case study, deliver a facilitated session and present a final presentation on your OD intervention that you will be working on during the programme. This Roffey Park Diploma in Organisational Development Practice is designed with practitioners in mind and therefore includes a variety of content, tools, and many opportunities for sharing experiences and learning from others.

Denison Organisational Culture Survey Certification

As part of this Diploma programme, you will also complete Part 1 of the certification process to use the Denison Organisational Culture Survey. This comes with one free culture survey that can be sent to up to one hundred participants. You can use this survey in your work context or with a client organisation to diagnose and apply your learning. Full certification can be obtained by completing the culture survey and working with a senior consultant to overview the real client results as a preparation for your first client debrief.

Course delivery details

The programme consists of three modules plus a follow up day where participants present the outcomes of their business projects.  These are delivered face-to-face or virtual as 3 x two-day modules with a 2 week gap in between.   Each module consists of six 90 minute sessions and a half day action learning set.  The programme begins with a launch call and initial action learning set and concludes with presentations of participants’ action research projects.

Online Sessions will begin at 09:00 (UK Time).

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Continuing Studies

Roffey Park offers a suite of OD programmes:

  • Introduction to OD - Organisational Development Essentials
  • Diploma in Organisational Development Practice - Developing the Skills and Knowledge for Effective Organisational Development Practice
  • Leading Organisation Design - Creating future-ready organisations
  • MSc in People and Organisational Development - Change management certification

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Roffey Park Institute is an international, research led learning and development organisation. Combining research, qualifications based workplace learning and development programmes, we focus on personal, interpersonal and organisational learning in leadership, management, human resource development, and organisational development. Our goal...

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Average rating 5

Based on 9 reviews.

Shaney-Ann C.
Module 2 gave me the awareness of how I ‘show up’ in group dynamics and the importance/impact that this will have on my practice as an OD Practitioner.
Julia S.
The program enhanced my toolkit as an OD Practitioner and confidence to try new methods – allowing me to take some of the learning and immediately apply it into the OD interventions at my company with leaders, teams and the organization overall.
Rachel C.
Enjoyable and challenging. Useful mix of group/pair/small group and individual work and reflection. Good opportunity to focus on ‘me! Engaging course and content with likeminded delegates. A good venue and programme.
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