Validated Facilitation Competency Assessment
Since the CPF process described above is accessible only to full-time professionals, a secondary certification process was created by the Pfeiffer Company, a leader in the development of tests and instruments. In 2009 they asked Ingrid Bens to create a reliable test to assess facilitator competency. The result was the Facilitation Skills Inventory (FSI).
The FSI is a test of 20 observable skills that must be mastered by all group facilitators. To be assessed one need only find a facilitator colleague who is willing to observe the applicant lead a group meeting of at least one hour’s length. After the meeting the observer completes the inventory and offers specific feedback during a post-observation coaching session.
The FSI criteria yields results that show a facilitator to be at one of three levels:
Developing, Accomplished or Advanced. Because the FSI test was developed over three years with rigorous validation by a panel of certified professionals, these test results can be cited in resumes.The FSI is the only validated test in existence. Since the FSI was developed by Ingrid Bens, the author of the Facilitation Skills Online Course, all of the skills are consistent.
Each assessment activity requires the purchase of one Observer Guide and one Participant guide.
To purchase the books, click here and look for the Facilitation Skills Inventory.