The accreditation is linked to a trainer (a person) rather than to an organisation. It needs at least two trainers within an organisation to be recognized as a CLI network partner.
The accredition process has three phases:
Phase 1: Selection and Training of Facilitators (up to 12 months). CLI offers a comprehensive set of courses to train future trainers in collective leadership methodologies, facilitation, and personal reflection. Trainees may be teams of CLI course Alumni who want to complete their accreditation together or new teams confirmed in close consultation among partners.
Trainees learn the CLI methodologies Dialogic Change Model and Collective Leadership Compass and facilitation techniques in-person from two CLI Faculty by completing:
- The Art of Stakeholder Collaboration course
- The Art of Leading Collectively course
- The Art of Dialogue course
- Publishing a reflective or applied case study on CLI website and/or in newsletter (this can also happen during phase 2)
Phase 2: Co-Facilitation of Foundation Courses (up to 6 months). In this phase, one CLI faculty co-facilitates both of CLI’s foundation courses (the first two, above) with members of the Trainee team. Trainees are requested to do active course acquisition and go through the full process of marketing the course, conducting pre-course engagement with participants, ensuring an appropriate venue, checking off organizational details, facilitating the course, and following up with reporting and alumni engagement. Of course, they will be supported by CLI during the whole process.
Throughout phases 1 and 2, trainees are responsible for demonstrating to CLI faculty fluency with the collective leadership approach, aptitude for facilitation and coaching, and a capacity for personal reflection and growth. In order to become accredited, trainees must also embody values such as inclusivity, respect for diversity, professionalism, and a commitment to contributing to the sustainability movement. A full list of required knowledge and proficiencies is available upon request.
Phase 3: Official Accreditation. Once the above phases are complete, trainees earn official CLI trainer certificates. If it is an organisation with at least two trainers, it entails that the name of the organisation, trainer profiles, and courses appear on our website and that trainers may begin facilitating CLI courses on their own.