Certified Technology of Participation Facilitator
Availability of the Certified ToP Facilitator (CToPF) qualification:
The ToP certification process is about being certified for a level of competency in facilitation using ToP methods and understandings, as distinct from being certified for competency in facilitation more generally (such as the Certified Professional Facilitator or CPF assessment process offered by the International Association of Facilitators).
Candidates assessed as competent are recognised as Certified ToP Facilitator (CToPF). This assessment is based on evidence gained from variety of potential sources, including:
Portfolio evidence provided by the candidate, documenting on-the-job application
Observation by ToP trainers during training, including practice and feedback sessions
Feedback or recommendation from a mentor and/or clients or referees
Direct observation by assessors in a real-life situation or role-play.
The criteria and standards are…
Communicating to candidates and to others what it takes to be certified in terms of scope and standards.
Requiring a high level of competency from the ToP practitioner and indicating to others a high quality of practice from those who are certified.
Arising directly from the ToP Facilitative Leadership Program training and actual ToP practice of the candidate.
The process is…
Easy to understand, participate in, and administer, without imposing prohibitive costs.
Consistent, while accommodating personal circumstances, guarding against personal biases, comparable with ToP certification in other parts of the world.
Actively seeking multiple evidence sources and triangulating these for indicators that demonstrate required competencies.
Testing performance against a wide range of what is expected from a highly competent ToP facilitation practitioner.
Suitability for ToP certification is assessed against ToP competency criteria and standards which are comparable with those used in other parts of the world.
Use ToP Methods effectively (for both designing & leading)
Create a participatory environment
Evoke the creativity of the group
Orchestrate quality events
Manage positive client relationships
Model positive Facilitative Leadership
Produce effective results
Criteria are summarised here. More detailed criteria apply, with explicit indicators and standards. Prospective candidates need to refer to the current guide to the ToP Certification Process (Australasia).