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Facilitation Skills Certificate

Apply advanced-level facilitation skills to increase your professional credibility.

This hands-on workshop is designed to move you beyond fundamental facilitation skills and into the realm of higher-level meeting facilitation. You will also practice techniques, receive feedback, and walk away with new strategies.

Credits: CEU 1.4 MORE
Level: Capable
Role(s): HR/OD Professional More
Language(s): English
Capability Area(s): Collaboration and Leadership More

At this time, there are no scheduled dates for this program.

Please check back for updates or bring it on-site to your organization.

At this time, there are no scheduled dates for this program.

Please check back for updates or bring it on-site to your organization.

Course Info

Effective facilitation skills are needed to build consensus around a topic, ask questions that guide a group toward an action plan, and manage participants inclined not to engage with one another. Earning this facilitation certificate will help you move beyond relying on fundamental facilitation techniques.

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Effective facilitation skills are needed to build consensus around a topic, ask questions that guide a group toward an action plan, and manage participants inclined not to engage with one another. Earning this facilitation certificate will help you move beyond relying on fundamental facilitation techniques.

Discover critical concepts and tools that foster effective facilitation for C-level executives and other audiences. Practice your new techniques, get peer feedback, and walk away with new strategies you can use to take your next meeting to a higher level.

This program is currently only available by request for group training. If interested, complete the form below to speak to a professional development specialist.

If you are looking to build your knowledge and skills as a facilitator in the classroom, ATD has two great options:

  1. For in-person training, enroll in our Training Certificate program and gain a practical, how-to-overview of the entire training function. Includes a peer-reviewed skills demonstration.
  2. For training in the virtual classroom, register for Virtual Training & Facilitation Certificate. Go beyond informational webinars to create a truly engaging, leaner-focused experience that makes use of all of the tools available in a virtual learning platform.

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What You Will Learn
  • Define desired outcomes for the facilitated session.
  • Recognize group dynamics and behavioral styles.
  • Apply techniques to demonstrate confidence and command attention.
  • Ask appropriate probing and thought-provoking questions.
  • Apply idea-generating and decision-making tools and methods.
  • Apply conflict/difficult dialogue strategies.
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Facilitation Skills Certificate Brochure

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Topic 1 - Setting the Context
Training versus Facilitation
An Exceptional Facilitator
Best Practices
Topic 2 - Defining Session Outcomes
Preparatory Interviews
Best Practices
Topic 3 - Recognizing Group Dynamics
Puzzle Activity
Creating our Shared Language
Best Practices
Topic 4 - Gaining Credibility
What Gaining Credibility Looks Like
Facilitators Going Down in Flames
Best Practices
Topic 5 - Asking Good Questions
Best Practices
Topic 6 - Facilitating Ideas and Decisions
Group Goal Planning Activity
Best Practices
Topic 7 - Managing Conflict
The Role of a Facilitator around Conflict
Models for Managing Conflict
Best Practices
Topic 8 - Facilitation in Action
Topic 9 - Facilitator Best Practices
Who Should Attend

This program is designed for those who need to sharpen their facilitation skills at a higher level. The ideal participant brings facilitation experience from outside a training role; has basic knowledge of meeting-related concepts, such as setting ground rules and creating and managing agendas; and understands fundamental communication principles, such as active listening. This program is well-suited for those who need to build their facilitation skills for the C-suite.

ATD Education programs are designed primarily for learning professionals—trainers, instructional designers, and organization development practitioners—but will also greatly benefit anyone within an organization who is responsible for developing others, from managers to human resource specialists.

Level: Capable
Roles: HR/OD Professional, Trainer/Facilitator
Language: English
What Our Participants Are Saying
Andrea Hernandez Tobar

"I feel more confident in my facilitation skills and feel that I have gained quite a bit of new knowledge on how to better read my audience, plan activities that will be relevant, identify and manage conflict, and prepare for the unexpected! This training program was extremely relevant to my work and I look forward to using everything I learned in the coming months."

Fred Cabral

"My favorite takeaways were all the tools that were modeled to get the best out of any facilitation situation. I would recommend this program to all who facilitate, especially if you have some experience. It can really make you see what your strong points and weaknesses are and how to effectively use tools that can help you achieve a positive experience for your participants."

Chuck Walden

"It is always great to attend a session with a facilitator who knows her stuff.  Robyn knows her stuff! My favorite takeaways were: The differences between facilitation and training. When facilitating a session, I don't own the problem; it isn't mine to fix. I gained many new tools that will enable me to help a group move toward consensus and decision."

Carrie Addington
Emmy Monticelli, CPTD
Nanci Appleman-Vassil
Peggy Greenberg

Things to Know


For full-day face-to-face and live online programs, participation in all originally scheduled days of the program, including both face-to-face and live online formats, is mandatory in order to receive the certificate of completion and CEUs. Participants who miss more than two hours of the entire program will not be eligible to receive the certificate. Participants who fulfill the attendance requirement will receive a certificate at the end of the program.

For multi-week, live online programs with five or more sessions, one missed live session can be made up by listening to the session recording in full. Participants who miss more than one live session will not be eligible to receive the certificate. To be marked complete for that one session, please email [email protected]. For programs with four or fewer sessions, attendance at all live sessions is required to receive a certificate. All sessions will be recorded and available for participants to review throughout the program for your reference.

ATD requires active participation throughout the program to receive credit. Active participation in live online sessions includes, but is not limited to, participating in virtual classroom activities, discussions, breakout sessions, and intersession work. Please note that using a tablet or mobile device significantly limits your ability to fully and actively participate.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, a certificate will be issued to you through the ATD Learning Platform at the end of the program.


14.0 learning hours

1.4 CEUs awarded

This program is eligible for 14.0 professional development hours or recertification points from the ATD Certification Institute (ATD CI) for the APTD or CPTD credential.

This program has been approved for 14.0 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

This program is valid for 14.0 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit


A laptop computer with Wi-Fi capability is required for both face-to-face and online programs. Please do not bring mobile devices (phones, tablets, etc.) in lieu of a laptop. There will be no computers available on-site for participants. Note: You might not have an optimal experience if you are using Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge to access your courses. Chrome is the recommended browser.


Enrolled in a program? Sign in to the ATD Learning Portal with your ATD account credentials two weeks before the first day of class to:

  • Engage with your facilitator and peers.
  • Access pre-work assignments.
  • View any technical requirements.
  • Review logistical information.


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