Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner Training (AIPT)

Enhance Your Ability to Shape the Future for Organizations You Care About

About the Program

The AIPT Certification course will take you on an experiential, insight-oriented journey to heighten how you work with individuals, groups, organizations, and communities to examine possibilities and be the best that they can be.

You will experience an advanced community of practice where you can identify your personal strengths as an AI practitioner, enhance your contracting skills, and expand your capacity to design and lead AI initiatives that result in accelerated, sustainable change with measurable outcomes. You will be encouraged to share your experiences and participate in dialogues drawn from personal learning and experience.

Part 1 of the Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner Training© (AIPT) course will focus on enhancing your foundational Appreciative Inquiry skills. Your development journey will continue in Part 2. You will be able to strengthen your application skills by learning from Subject Matter Experts and guided group discussions.

We delve deeply into these segments throughout Phase 1 and Phase 2 of this advanced course.

Learning Outcomes

As a fully engaged participant in the Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner Training© (AIPT), you will leave the workshop better able to:

    • Master the ability to build relationships and create an environment of trust, respect, and collaboration with the organizations you serve.
    • Be familiar with the elements of organizational culture and learn how unleashing the power of culture can facilitate success.
    • Deepen your understanding and application of foundational Appreciative Inquiry processes and principles
    • Build your understanding of a stakeholder engagement and enhance your ability to work with your clients to identify key organizational stakeholders
    • Effectively apply Appreciative Inquiry tools to facilitate organizational transformation and participative change
    • Develop your knowledge of organizational systems through systems thinking to assist your clients in reaching their goals
    • Enhance your effectiveness by applying the insight gained from professionally oriented instruments and discussions which impact consulting success.

    “Our whole approach to working with organizations has been transformed by our learning through the Center for Appreciative Inquiry. We specialize in strategic planning, board development, and grant writing for nonprofit organizations and are enjoying incorporating AI into our work with client organizations.”


    Successful completion of the Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training© (AIFT), in person or virtually, or equivalent course with the earned certification. The equivalent course must be reviewed in advance.

    Facilitation of a minimum of four (4) AI engagements.

    Commitment to complete all asynchronous work, attendance of synchronous sessions, mentoring sessions and community practice.

    Certification Requirements

    Successfully complete the online coursework, attend all live sessions, and participate in the Community Practice sessions, including the Orientation, which equates to 33 training hours.

    Participate in three mentoring sessions as you work on your Final Project for certification.

    Complete and submit the Final Project which is suitable for publication. This final report must demonstrate the participant’s deep understanding of the breadth, depth and application of Appreciative Inquiry work.

    Complete the final evaluation.

    Once certified, your Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner Certification lasts for 2 years and includes:

    • A Certification document for your records;
    • Use of the Center for Appreciative Inquiry Certification logo to embed on your website or include in your email signature;
    • A listing on our Appreciative Inquiry Directory. Learn more about the benefits of our AI Directory here.

    Certification in AIPT© is also a pre-requisite for the Center of Appreciative Inquiry’s Certified Train-the-Trainer course.

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    Click here for detailed program, pricing, and registration information and to reserve your seat.

    Registration is limited to 16 people and early bird discount pricing is available.

    Secure payment options, including a “pay later” option with PayPal, group pricing for three (3) or more people, and individual scholarships are available; details are available on the Training Event Registration page.

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    Additional Training Information

    Participants will receive login information to the Center for Appreciative Inquiry’s (CAI) online learning platform closer to the training date. We will open the online platform to participants three business days prior to the start of the training. This allows participants time to navigate the software and become acquainted with the various features and tools it offers, introduce themselves to their trainers and other vAIFT participants, and access all pre-workshop reading and materials.

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