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Facilitation Certification

Develop the facilitation skills and confidence needed to transform meetings, inspire innovation, drive collaboration, and lead change.

Facilitation Certification

What you'll learn

This comprehensive program will guide you through key facilitation foundation skills aligned with the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) competencies and provide you with ample opportunities to practice. You’ll receive feedback in a supportive cohort of facilitation colleagues. And by the end of your experience in this facilitation certification program, you will be able to:

When you pass coursework, you’ll receive certificates of completion for each individual course. At the point of satisfying all certification requirements (courses are pass/fail), you’ll receive a full certification to display on LinkedIn and for your professional portfolios to get further recognition from your employer and the field.

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Program At-A-Glance

Facilitation Foundations

This synchronous, cohort-based immersive will provide you with an introduction to the core competencies of facilitation. Instructors will model a spectrum of facilitation methods and provide learners with the opportunity to practice and receive both instructor and peer feedback. Live sessions will be on Fridays from 11a-2p Central Time for one month. Plan on carving out 3-5 hrs./wk. (on average) outside of class sessions for prep (e.g. reading and/or viewing, facilitation design activities, and application in your work context). 

Facilitation Electives

After completing the Facilitation Foundations course, students will then select two asynchronous elective courses of interest that will allow for further exploration and application in a key facilitation focus area. Electives include Magical Meetings, Design Thinking, Liberating Structures, and Workshop Design, and are continually expanding. Approx. 3-5 hrs./wk. for one month. 

Facilitation Capstone

After completing both the Facilitation Foundations and Facilitation Electives Courses, students will complete their certification experience through a Facilitation Capstone Immersive. In this immersive, learners will be guided in creating their professional facilitation portfolio, provide artifacts that show competency in key facilitation foundation areas, and create a plan for their leadership growth over the long term. Course instructors will model a spectrum of portfolio and growth methods and provide students with the opportunity to receive both instructor and peer feedback on their portfolios. Live sessions will be on Fridays from 11a-2p Central Time for one month. Plan on carving out 3-5 hrs./wk. (on average) outside of class sessions for prep (e.g. reading and/or viewing, facilitation design activities, and application in your work context).

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Who Should Apply

Executives & Team Leaders

Who want to create optimal team experiences

Chiefs of Staff

Who want to align and support initiatives across departments

Program & Project Managers

Who want to foster collaboration across teams and projects

Scrum Master & Agile Practioners

Who want to guide team discussions and resolve conflicts

Teachers & Trainers

Who want to design the most impactful learning


Who want to offer their clients exceptional consulting

Facilitation Certification


Our 3-month certification program includes foundations, electives, and a capstone experience.

Facilitation Foundations

Month 1

Live sessions will be held on Fridays 9a – 12p US Pacific Time.

 Individual office hours will be available by appointment.

Facilitation Electives

Month 2

This portion of the certification will be asynchronous but you should expect to devote approximately 3-5 hours per week to coursework.

Individual office hours will be available by appointment.

Facilitation Capstone

Month 3

Live sessions will be held on Fridays 9a – 12p US Pacific Time. Individual office hours will be available after class TBD.

Individual office hours will be available by appointment.

Upcoming Cohorts


Summer 2023


July 7–September 22

Application Deadline

June 16, 2023


Fall 2023


October 6–January 5

Application Deadline

September 22, 2023


Spring 2024


Feb 16-May 3

Application Deadline

February 2, 2024


Summer 2024


June 7-August 30

Application Deadline

May 17, 2024

Apply Today

Begin mastering these future-proof skills and becoming the go-to leader in your work.

Certification Fee: $5,000* (Includes all coursework, office hours with course instructor(s), and facilitation portfolio evaluation). 

Applications are due June 8, 2023 5p CT. Applicants will be notified of a decision no later than June 16, 2023.

Not quite ready to apply?

Download our free Facilitation Certification Portfolio Starter to begin your journey today.

Interested in a private cohort for your team? Let us know.

Have questions?

*$5,000 Certification Fee will be collected upon your acceptance to the program.
*Any learner not meeting standards at the end of the course may resubmit their portfolio for an additional $1,000 resubmission fee.

**The Facilitation Certification is meant for leaders looking to deepen their existing facilitation skill and competency and take a next step in their leadership development. Our  Master Facilitation Certification is meant for leaders with a minimum of five years facilitation experience and either the successful completion of our Facilitation Certification or demonstrated evidence of meeting our Facilitation Certification Standards. 


Apply for a Diversity Scholarship

A key part of our mission is to support diverse leaders from different methodologies, backgrounds, races, genders, sexual orientations, cultures, and ages. If you are a part of, or serve, a traditionally underrepresented group and feel that this scholarship would allow you to amplify this mission, please apply now and select the option to Apply for Diversity Scholarship.

Thank you to MURAL for partnering with us to sponsor scholarship spots for this Facilitation Certification cohort. MURAL is the leading provider of digital workspaces for guided visual collaboration in the enterprise. Different from online whiteboard and design software, the MURAL platform transforms teamwork by making meetings and workshops interactive experiences designed for problem solving, play and imagination.

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