Facilitation is the latest key business skill to attract the attention of APMG-International, the provider of specialist qualifications for knowledge-based workers, including PRINCE2® and ITIL®.
To help improve managers’ efficiency and effectiveness in this area, APMG officially launches a new certification scheme in Facilitation skills at an event at the Churchill War Rooms on 28th February. Based on methodology written and developed by Tony Mann, director of Strategic Resource Change, the APMG certification scheme will teach candidates how to design, apply and use specific processes and tools in order to increase the success of programmes and projects.
The venue for the launch – the Churchill War Rooms, an underground maze of rooms that once buzzed with round-the-clock planning and plotting, strategies and secrets – is strangely appropriate. They were the venue for many of the key meetings which decided that the outcome of World War II would be successful for the Allies. As such, they involved – and demonstrated the value of – well developed facilitation skills.
Tony Mann believes that effective facilitation helps identify issues and resolve problems through productive interaction. This then defines the scope of projects and allows accurate development of objectives through communication, engaging stakeholders and encouraging team members to contribute. Because project objectives are clarified, constructive solutions can be drawn out of discussions resulting in higher rates of project success.
According to Richard Pharro, APMG-International’s CEO, being an effective facilitator helps any manager achieve higher levels of success. Too often, confusion among team members leads to late, over budget project delivery; the processes taught in Facilitation could help eradicate this problem.
Complementing all other APMG-International certifications, APMG’s scheme enables facilitators to be trained, assessed and certified in a similar way to project managers with a Foundation qualification and – coming soon – a Practitioner qualification. It offers training organizations the chance to be accredited to offer the new Facilitation courses and qualifications.
Those attending the launch event include training organizations which are already offering the new Facilitation skills certification scheme, along with a number of people who’re interested in becoming the first to study for the new qualifications. You can register by emailing us with your name, job title, organization and phone number.
To find out more about Facilitation – and how you can become an accredited facilitator or become accredited to train facilitators our website.