Vision, mission & values

What is the IAF?

The International Association of Facilitators (IAF) is a participatory organisation with members in more than 65 countries. As a professional association we set internationally accepted industry standards, provide accreditation, support a community of practice, advocate and educate on the power of facilitation and embrace the diversity of facilitators.

Our Vision

Our vision is to see professional facilitation used throughout the world to address the challenges faced by people in their groups, organizations and communities.

Our Mission

Our mission is to grow the community of practice for all those who facilitate, establish internationally accepted professional standards, build credibility and promote the value of facilitation around the world.

Our Values

  • Inclusivity
  • Openness
  • Global Perspective
  • Professionalism
  • Leadership
  • Excellence

We are an inclusive organisation with members from all walks of life and different ethnic backgrounds. We are open to different views, perspectives and approaches to facilitation, with a focus on process facilitation.

Our members ensure we have a global perspective on how we facilitate. How we operate is grounded in professionalism. As facilitators, we are leaders in our field and strive for excellence in everything that we do.


Join the IAF

The world needs more great facilitators. Our members form a global network of mutual learning, networking and fun. Learn about the benefits of membership.

A Facilitator's Code of Ethics

Members of the International Association of Facilitators are committed to using Statement of Values and Code of Ethics to guide their professional practice.

Learn about the CPF

IAF Certified Professional Facilitators (CPFs) have undertaken a rigorous peer review of their experience and demonstrated skills around the IAF’s core competencies.

IAF Core Competencies

There are six competencies that form the basic set of skills, knowledge, and behaviours of effective facilitation.