IAF funding assistance

New funding programme

From June 2017 the IAF will start offering financial support - up to 75% of the assessment fee - to enable more members to earn their professional credential.

The new funding programme aims to address income inequality based on global circumstances. We know that in some countries the daily rate for facilitation services is 10% of the cost of similar services in North America. As such we're introducing funding to even the playing field so that more people across the globe can earn their accreditation. 

If you are a facilitator working regularly, and living in an area where income is comparatively low because of the circumstances of the local economy, this programme is designed to support your assessment costs.

This programme is not intended to address an inability to afford certification for other reasons. Individuals who are in the startup phase of their business, operate in normally robust economies that are going through a downturn, or have not been successful in generating enough business to cover the costs will not be eligible. See full selection criteria below for more information.


At the IAF, we offer endorsements and certifications to contribute to the professional growth of practitioners and the quality of services delivered by the global community of facilitators.

The IAF Certified™ Professional Facilitator qualification is the only global peer assessment offered in our profession. It's also the only multi-lingual one with assessments in English, Dutch, Japanese, Mandarin, Polish, and more languages on the horizon.

However, we understand that the cost of the IAF Certified™ Professional Facilitator assessment can be a barrier to participation for some IAF members and we want to overcome that barrier.

The certification was originally priced based on the costs of running events in North America and Europe, where the association began and where most of its members lived. We’ve grown a lot since then. And we know that the cost is a particular issue in countries with lower average annual incomes than in North America and Europe. The new funding programme aims to address this disparity.

Application process

Stage one – initial screening

After your application is received by the IAF Office, copies are forwarded to:

  • two members of the Working Group (rotated amongst the five group members)
  • an IAF Board member – either the Director of Professional Development or the Director of Membership
  • your regional director

The four members of your initial screening team will review your application and assess it against the selection criteria. We will let you know whether or not your application your progresses to stage two. 

Note: If your Regional Director has a conflict of interest with you applying for support, they must declare this conflict of interest to the other members of the assessing team, above. They will collectively decide how to handle it. Should an issue arise, it will be escalated to the IAF Board Vice Chair for resolution. 

Stage two – final decision

You will be invited to an interview with the Regional Director, and either the Director of Professional Development or the Director of Membership – whoever did not participate in you initial screening.

The interview last around 30 minutes and will focus on the criteria, looking for more in-depth understanding and clarification.

After the interview, the interviewers will discuss their scores and determine a level for you. If your score is below a threshold rating, we’ll send you a letter explaining the decision.

If your score is above the threshold, the Regional Director will then review their remaining support fund with the IAF Director of Certification Operations and decide how much you will receive, based on your score and funds remaining.

Selection Criteria

  • Candidate describes a clear and qualifying financial need. 
  • Candidate uses facilitation on a regular basis in work and / or life.
  • Candidate encourages others to use facilitation through mentoring, training, etc.
  • Candidate is a current member of IAF – for at least three years within the past five years including the immediate past full year. 
  • Candidate demonstrates support of IAF’s Vision, Mission, Values, and Code of Ethics
  • Candidate describes how they have met the IAF Core Competencies
  • Candidate has described how receiving a CPF designation will impact their life and why it is important to them.
  • Candidate is an active member of IAF which may be demonstrated by, but is not limited to:
    • participating in their local chapter
    • working on the IAF Board
    • attending IAF conferences
    • volunteering to help at IAF conferences
    • presenting at professional development events
    • organising professional development events around facilitation
    • volunteering for a working group
    • agreeing to remain an IAF member for at least three years after receiving financial support.


  • The amount budgeted for this programme each year will be limited, and based on the Certification programme’s financial health. As such, it’s possible that you might meet the criteria for support in each year, but funds will not be available.
  • The programme will support up to 75% of the cost of the certification or accreditation you’re applying for.
  • The programme will not support travel and accommodation expenses to attend an event.
  • The programme is based on merit and need. Applicants are assessed using the selection criteria on the left.
  • The decisions on financial support and facilitator competency are made separately by different teams. Being approved for financial support does not guarantee an invitation to an assessment, nor that you will pass the assessment.
  • Final decisions on who receives financial support will be made by a working group made up of IAF members, with participation from the appropriate Regional Director.
  • Application documents can be found here.

If you have any questions, or would like more information, please contact the certification administrator at certification@iaf-world.org.