Endorsing your facilitation training
The IAF Endorsed™ Facilitation Training Programme (EFTP)
The IAF Endorsed™ Facilitation Training Programme (EFTP) promotes the professionalism of facilitation training programmes internationally.
The IAF EFTP endorses facilitation training programmes offered by training organisations. It does not endorse facilitation training organisations or individual trainers. The endorsement is for a specific training programme and lasts for 4 years.
To achieve IAF endorsement, a facilitation training programme needs to demonstrate to the IAF’s satisfaction that it is consistent with the IAF Core Competencies and delivered according to international quality training principles. Trainers who have achieved the IAF’s Certified™ Professional Facilitator (CPF) designation demonstrate and transmit their understanding of the IAF Core Competencies, and their commitment to process facilitation and professional development in the field.
Since competence is a combination of both knowledge and skill, all endorsed programmes must provide both the required theory and adequate practice to develop competency.
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Benefit for training providers
The IAF’s endorsement of a process facilitation training programme offers:
- International visibility
- Alignment to IAF international standards
- A clear and international recognised professional development pathway for facilitators
We consider any facilitation training programme as a unique case, and we are committed to endorse any kind of programme if it meets the international standards set by the IAF. If for any reason you believe your programme has some specific features that make it different from other training programmes, and you believe it will be difficult for you to follow the standard application process, please contact our office, we will be happy to arrange a meeting to understand your specific needs.
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The application process is in two stages. Stage 1 is designed as a short review process to check that the facilitation training programme meets the basic standards set by the IAF, and has a reasonable likelihood of passing the full review at Stage 2.
Stage 2 is a full review of the facilitation training programme.
All reviews are conducted in English.
Stage 1 is designed as a short review process to check that the facilitation training programme meets the basic standards set by the IAF, and has a reasonable likelihood of passing the full review at Stage 2. At stage 1 the training organisation submits:
- administrative information about the facilitation training programme
- confirmation that the training programme, and its delivery, are in alignment with the IAF Ethics and Values.
- The training organisation provides:
- General information about the facilitation training programme and an overview of the entire course
- An example of one of the course modules
- Information about the trainers.
IAF assessors review the application and may ask the training organisation for additional information.
When the review is complete the training organisation receives a report detailing the evidence of the findings. If successful, the training organisation has 6 months to submit the facilitation training programme to Stage 2 for a full review.
After a positive result in stage 1 the applicant will have 6 months to complete the submission for stage 2.
At Stage 2, the training organisation submits more complete documentation in their application, covering the entire facilitation training programme. In stage 2 the applicant is requested to map the training programme to IAF Core Competencies.
All materials for both trainers and participants are under review in this second stage. This entails a detailed programme curriculum, detailed session plans and participant materials. Through an online questionnaire past participants will be asked for feedback.
The applicant will be asked to sign a statement that the trainers are the same as stated in stage 1, or new trainers’ details and credentials can be submitted.
A successful Stage 2 review results in a 4-year endorsement for the training programme.
Assessors review all documentation submitted and may ask the organisation for additional information.
When the review is complete the training organisation receives a report detailing the evidence of the findings. If successful, the training organisation will receive a certificate of endorsement, and the Endorsed Facilitation Training Programme will be published on IAF’s website.
In the next session How to Apply all forms and documents required for stage 1 and stage 2 are listed, and can be downloaded.