The accreditation is linked to a facilitator (a person) rather than to an organisation. It needs at least two facilitators within an organisation to be recognized as a CLI network partner.
The accredition process has two phases:
Phase 1: Collective Leadership Specialist (up to 12 months). CLI offers a comprehensive set of courses to train future facilitators 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
At the end of phase 1 Trainees become CLI Certified Collective Leadership Specialists. CLI Certified Collective Leadership Specialists are trained in the methodologies © Dialogic Change Model and © Collective Leadership Compass and can apply them successfully in practice. By completing our certification process, Collective Leadership Specialists have proven expertise in designing and invigorating multi-stakeholder initiatives that work to achieve outcomes across the Sustainable Development Goals at all levels. Being a Collective Leadership Specialist is also a compulsory qualification to become an Accredited Collective Leadership Facilitator in phase 2 of the accreditation process.
Phase 2: Collective Leadership Facilitators (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.
Steps to be completed in phase 2:
- Publishing a reflective or applied case study on CLI website and/or in newsletter
- Co-facilitating a CLI foundation course
At the end of phase 2 Trainees become CLI Accredited Collective Leadership Facilitators who could offer and facilitate not-for-profit CLI foundation courses. If it is an organisation with at least two facilitators, it entails that the name of the organisation, facilitator profiles, and courses appear on our website and that facilitators may begin facilitating CLI courses on their own.