The Certified Divorce Specialist (CDS®) program is a highly involved participatory training that is divided into two sections. The first section consists of a specialized communication skills training, with the focus on integrating those skills in a client/session environment. In the second section, specialists learn specific information regarding the Legal, Financial, Mental Health, and Real Estate fields, that are essential to the divorce process. Upon the completion of the course, specialists must pass a CDS® online assessment with a 75% or higher in order to receive the CDS® designation. We are required to submit 10 hours of divorce specific continuing education every two years to maintain designation.