IAF Certified™ Professional Facilitator

The IAF CertifiedTM Professional Facilitator (CPF) is the professional designation for IAF members who demonstrate having Core Facilitator Competencies.  The Core Competencies represent a fundamental set of skills, knowledge, and behaviours that support effective facilitation in a wide variety of contexts.

The CPF designation benefits both facilitators and their clients. Facilitators achieve a formal certification and undertake valuable self-reflection and learning.  For clients, working with a CPF provides an assurance that the facilitator has met the internationally recognised standard for effective facilitation of group processes. 


Benefits of Becoming A CPF

There are several benefits to becoming an IAF CertifiedTM Professional Facilitator (CPF), both during the assessment process, as well as upon successful completion. Click here to find out more. 


CPF Assessment Process

To achieve the CPF designation, a facilitator needs to document their experience and must demonstrate both knowledge of, and skills in applying, the IAF’s Facilitator Core Competencies. 

This includes a written submission, interviews with IAF Assessors, an observed practicum, and feedback from the Assessors. The designation is renewed every three years through a follow up submission and feedback process.

To learn more about the CPF assessment process, please visit the IAF Global site.


Maintaining your CPF

The IAF requires that CPFs recertify in order to ensure that the CPF designation maintains its credibility and continues to denote ongoing mastery of the IAF Core Competencies by facilitators who are active in the field. Recertification also encourages IAF members to commit to their own professional development, assisted by credible peer review and feedback. The requirements can be found here.