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Considerations for Setting Costs as an IDI Qualified Administrator

This article is intended for licensed IDI Qualified Administrators. If you are not a licensed IDI Qualified Administrator and are interested in being licensed to use the Intercultural Development Inventory, visit this article: Should I become an IDI Qualified Administrator (QA)?


IDI Qualified Administrator consultants can charge what they wish for their time and effort, and IDI, LLC does not advise QAs on what to charge. The amount a QA charges for their time will vary based on many factors such as their previous types of experience, years of experience, breadth and depth of experience, educational background, skills, knowledge, region, etc. This number can vary widely, dependent on these factors. Due to that, IDI, LLC is unable to tell QAs exactly what they should charge for their time. We can, however, offer some considerations that should help you in deciding this:

  • The cost for each individual to take the IDI Assessment must remain the same as the cost charged to QAs from IDI, LLC.  For example, if the cost of each IDI Assessment is $33, the QA should charge $33 for each assessment, and no more.

  • QAs cannot charge clients additional fees that are specifically designated for any IDI Report or Intercultural Development Plan. The cost charged for the IDI Assessment includes IDI Profile Reports for groups and individuals, if results are being shared and these types of Debriefs are being conducted. In addition, if Individual Debriefs are conducted where Individual Profile Reports are shared, individuals must also receive their Intercultural Development Plan (IDP).

  • Other costs that the QA consultant may incur in administering the IDI can be charged to the client. These may include a number of things depending on the scope of the project. Here is a partial list of other cost considerations: administrative costs, time for meetings (planning meetings to determine the use of the IDI, Individual and Group Debriefs, coaching, next steps, etc.), IDI setup costs (e.g. the time is takes to purchase assessments, send them to clients, and manage their completion), materials used, etc.

  • The amount of time a project will take depends on the scope of the project, but consider time for general meetings/communication, setting up the IDI and administering it, and for conducting Debriefs. Individual Debriefs generally take 30-60 minutes, depending on if the individual has already been exposed to the IDC, and on how deep you get into the IDP or other types of development. The time recommended for Group Debriefs is 3-4 hours.

  • A QA may decide they would like to itemize their costs based on a project, or charge a flat rate. This is a personal decision based on the factors mentioned above. 

In determining these costs a QA should review the Resource Guide (see A Blueprint for IDI Development, and the Dos and Don'ts).

Finally, we encourage you to reach out to other QAs for information. You can do an internet search for other QAs in your area, reach out to personal networks, or connect with other QAs in the IDI Qualified Administrators Group on LinkedIn or QA Group on Facebook (you might try directly messaging others who have similar interests/backgrounds).

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