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Becoming a Certified Clean Facilitator

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Many people come across Clean Language by talking with a friend or colleague. Some learn ‘a bit of clean’ on an NLP or a coaching course. Others come across it online. Those whose interest is piqued, take it a bit further and join an introductory workshop to see how Clean Language can benefit them, their families and their work. And many of them see such tremendous value in the skills they learn that they decide to continue their studies – and at this point they get interested in what qualifications are on offer.

This is how most people find themselves on one of our more advanced courses working towards certification. And some people are hooked the minute they hear about Clean Language and start asking about qualifications immediately.

Either way, we recognise that looking at our events list is not enough to help you work out which certificate is right for you or what training you need to do in order to get it.

So here’s a run down showing what you can learn and how the various courses fit together…

There are three main certifications you can work towards:

  • Certified Clean Facilitator Level 1 – for people who want to work one-to-one with others using Clean Language, Symbolic Modelling and Clean Space.
  • Systemic Modelling - Foundation / Professional / Master Levels - for people who want to use Clean Language to facilitate groups.
  • ICF Accreditation (ACC) - Clean Coach Certification Programme – an externally recognised accreditation, based on Clean Language.

What’s involved in each one?

Certified Clean Facilitator Level 1

You don’t actually need to attend any training to gain this certificate, although you will need to be assessed! I wasn’t there but I do know that someone passed an assessment in Australia, just by having read my book and having done lots of practice. He’s probably one in a million though. Most people do need training as well as lots of practice, before they’re ready…

  • Start by joining our Clean Language: Core Skills training to learn the basics. (We are offering this training this summer - online with timings to suit Europe/Asia, or Europe/USA).
  • Upon completion, join our Fine Tuning Rolling Programme to refine your skills and get high-quality feedback in a small group setting. 
  • Each Fine Tuning module lasts 5 weeks (4 hours a week) and the programme is open-ended so you can join as many or as few modules as you wish/need. Assessment consists of marking your skills against set criteria during one or more modules and sending a video of you working with a client to a second recognised assessor for verification.
  • To get to the required standard for certification usually takes between 2 and 4 Fine Tuning modules in addition to Core Skills.
  • For the Clean Space part, attend our 2-day Clean Space workshop (or 3 x 4 hour sessions online). The assessment for this also takes place during Fine Tuning.

Systemic Modelling

  • This programme starts with Clean For Teams, a 2-day or 4 half-day sessions workshop where you can learn what Systemic Modelling is all about and experience it yourself as a participant.
  • Clean for Teams is a pre-requisite for joining our Systemic Modelling Rolling Programme. Like the Fine Tuning programme this is open-ended and incorporates assessment.
  • Foundation Level can be achieved within one or two modules, and it generally takes 4 to 7 further modules (5 x half-day sessions each) to reach Professional standard. Those who pass this assessment will have the skills needed to run a 2-day workshop (like Clean For Teams) or to facilitate in-house groups to move away from drama and be more collaborative and creative together.

ICF Accreditation (ACC) - Clean Coach Certification Programme

To gain this ICF accreditation you need to:

  • Attend 15 x 4-hour training sessions
  • Have 10 hours of coach mentoring (7 in a group, 3 x 1-2-1)
  • Practise your skills - 100 hours of coaching are required
  • Undertake a Performance Evaluation (submit a recording + transcript of a clean coaching session)
  • Take the ICF's Coach Knowledge Exam

Can I take more than one of these certifications?

Of course! You can do them in any order or simultaneously. Let us know of your intention as we can put together a ‘package deal’ for someone who’s planning to take a lot of training with us. And we can also consider payment by instalments to make things easier on your pocket. (We already have a great deal for anyone who wants to buy more than one module of Fine Tuning or Systemic Modelling Rolling Programmes, which means you can save up to £200 per module.)


About Marian Way

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A highly skilled facilitator and trainer, Marian, who founded Clean Learning in 2001, has developed and delivered training across the world. She is the author of Clean Approaches for Coaches, co-author, with James Lawley, of Insights in Space and co-author, with Caitlin Walker, of So you want to be… #DramaFree.

Marian is an expert Clean facilitator, an adept modeller, a programme writer and an inspirational trainer. She has a natural ability to model existing structures, find the connections between them and design new ways for people to learn. Marian was a leading innovator within the Weight Watchers organisation, which included developing the “points” strategy, a local idea that went on to become a global innovation. She is a director of both Clean Learning and Training Attention CIC, world leaders in clean applications for corporate, educational and community development. She designs our programmes and workbooks, leads workshops and teaches on all our courses. She’s trained people in Great Britain, Russia, Sweden, Germany, Australia, Japan and the USA. Marian is also a recognised Clean Assessor.


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