Levels of AI Certification

The Center for Appreciative Inquiry maintains high standards for Appreciative Inquiry Facilitators, Coaches, Practitioners and Trainers worldwide. Certification demonstrates to your customers, competitors, suppliers, staff and investors that you use industry-respected best practices and possess the knowledge, experience and education to effectively help organizations achieve their success.

There are several certification paths for you to choose from. Please take a moment to review each certification training to determine which program best fits your needs.

APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY FACILITATOR TRAINING (AIFT)
This 4-day training teaches the skills necessary to facilitate Appreciative Inquiry sessions in all human systems (large or small). Learn the basics of Appreciative Inquiry (e.g. principles, the 5D’s, supporting theory and research, etc.) and participate in experiential exercises that prepare you to

  • work with a core team;
  • design an interview guide;
  • field test this interview guide;
  • generate energy for the inquiry;
  • sustain energy for change during and after the inquiry.

Pre-requisite: None
Number of Training Hours: 26
Learn more about our AI Facilitator Training program here.

VIRTUAL APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY FACILITATOR TRAINING (vAIFT)©
This online, accelerated certification program also teaches the skills necessary to facilitate Appreciative Inquiry sessions in all human systems (large or small) in synchronous sessions and asynchronous work.  The combination of work will equate to 26 training hours (same as our face-to-face AIFT program). We will open the online platform prior to the start of the training allowing participants to familiarize themselves with the software, introduce themselves to their trainers and other vAIFT participants, and access all pre-workshop reading and materials.  Participants will need to complete the program in its entirety to be eligible to earn their AI Facilitator Certification, including participation in all synchronous sessions. 

Pre-requisite: None
Number of Training Hours: 26
Learn more about our virtual AI Facilitator Training program here.

APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY COACHING TRAINING (AICT)

This 5-day course is a full Appreciative Inquiry into our collective experience of Appreciative Inquiry and Coaching. Together we will explore and experience each of the 5 D’s as it relates to one-on-one relationships (between you and your client). The practicum, which is required for certification, will embody “Destiny” as you apply the lessons taught during this course into your coaching/consulting work.
Pre-requisite: AIFT or equivalent AI foundations course (with a minimum of 26 classroom hours)
Number of Training Hours: 32
Learn more about our AI Coaching Training program here

APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY PRACTITIONER TRAINING (AIPT)
Experience an advanced community of practice in during this 3-day workshop. Participants will identify their personal strengths as AI facilitators, enhance their contracting skills, and expand their capacity to design and lead AI initiatives that result in accelerated, sustainable change with measurable outcomes. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences and participate in dialogues drawn from their actual experiences while in the field.
Pre-requisite: AICT or equivalent AI course (with a minimum of 32 classroom hours)
Number of Training Hours: 21
Learn more about our AI Practitioner Training program here

APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY TRAIN-THE-TRAINER PROGRAM
Our Train-the-Trainer program is an observation model, wherein the trainee and Certified Lead Trainer (CLT) share expertise and collaborate to design solutions and activities to improve the training(s). Individuals interested in becoming trainers with the Center for Appreciative Inquiry have the option to become a Certified AI Facilitator Trainer, AI Coaching Trainer, or an AI Practitioner Trainer. The number of training hours for this program varies based on which AI course the trainee wishes to be certified in.

Pre-requisite: Completed the AIFT, AICT or AIPT and have submitted a practicum for that course.
Number of Training Hours: variable
Learn more about our AI Train-the-Trainer Program here.

CERTIFIED LEAD APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY TRAINER
Certified Lead Appreciative Inquiry Trainers are licensed to deliver our various AI workshops (to business, community, non-profit, education, etc.) as well as teach, mentor and observe those participating in our AI Train-the-Trainer program.
Pre-requisite: Completed the AI Train-the-Trainer Program and submitted a practicum to be a Certified AI Trainer
Number of Training Hours: variable
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