Professional development

The International Association of Facilitators (IAF) works to establish international standards, build credibility, and promote the value of facilitation worldwide. Central to these objectives is providing support for the professional development of IAF members.

Being a facilitator is a unique opportunity to help groups work together by creating effective processes that foster participation and achieve results. While there is no single, universal approach to facilitation, there are certain values, ethics, skills, and behaviours that support effective facilitated processes.

The Association has drawn on the significant experience and expertise of its members to discuss and distil the key attributes of credible and effective facilitation. The outcomes from these global discussions include the IAF’s Statement of Values & Code of Ethics and Core Facilitator Competencies framework.

Statement of Values & Code of Ethics
The IAF adopted its Statement of Values and Code of Ethics in June 2004, after extensive consultations and discussion within the IAF membership and the field of facilitation. 

Core Facilitator Competencies 
The IAF’s Core Competencies represent a fundamental set of skills, knowledge, and behaviours that facilitators must have to be successful facilitating in a wide variety of environments. 


The strength in these tools is that they are not derived from any one individual, organisation or company. They have been researched, discussed, debated, and improved through the collective wisdom of IAF members, some of whom are pioneers of process facilitation.

Both the Code of Ethics and Core Competencies guide the Association’s key professional development services: the IAF CertifiedTM Professional Facilitator designation and the IAF EndorsedTM Training Programme.

The IAF CertifiedTM Professional Facilitator
The IAF CertifiedTM Professional Facilitator (CPF) is an international designation that indicates the attainment of the IAF’s Core Competencies for facilitation. It assures that those who are certified are qualified to design and deliver effective group facilitation services. Read More

IAF EndorsedTM  Training Programme
The IAF endorses training programs that are aligned with its Statement of Values, Code of Ethics, and Core Competencies.  IAF EndorsedTM trainings can be awarded to both “comprehensive” training programs that cover all six IAF Core Competencies, and “focused” programs that cover one or more competencies in depth.

IAF Regional Conferences

Looking to brush up on your facilitation skills? IAF conferences are a great place to learn and network.

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.

Facilitation Impact Awards

The Facilitation Impact Awards honour excellence in facilitation and its positive, measurable impact on organisations around the world.