Certified Workshop Leaders (CWLs) are well on their way to getting re-certified - re-certification, like the original certification process, emphasizes use of Strategic Doing in "real life." If you're coming up on two years as a CWL, you'll want to start thinking about putting together a re-certification submission.
(Note: if your original certification was based on attending training before December 2016, you'll need and want some additional information, found at the bottom of this page)
There are two parts to re-certification:
First, submit documentation of having used Strategic Doing in a workshop in the past six months. This should include a few packs from the workshop, a 30/30 form or other report of what happened after the original workshop, and feedback from at least three of the participants in the workshop (we have an online survey to direct participants to: bit.ly/stratdoingworkshops). Submit documents to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second, choose one of the following activities:
- Re-take the 2.5 day training (Strategic Doing 301: Leading Complex Collaborations)
- Attend the annual Strategic Doing practitioners’ conference
- Conduct two workshops and submit participant feedback
- Participate in a new training offering (we have a few in development)
- Author/publish research or a detailed case study on the use of Strategic Doing
The recertification fee (if not done as part of the 2.5 day training) is $125 and is good for two years. You have a "grace period" of three months after your original certification expires to submit your re-certification materials. If you choose not to get re-certified, you'll no longer be listed in our online directory; you'll also lose access to CWL-only materials like the online Table Guide training.
For "legacy" CWLs:
If you attended your original 2.5 day training before December 2016, the process is slightly different (if you're not sure when you attended, email us).
Over the years we've been teaching Strategic Doing, the people attending training (and who encounter it in workshops) have become much more diverse – not just economic development, but also nonprofits, higher education, corporate, consultants, government, and more. That, as well as lots of teaching and practice experience, informed a major overhaul of the way we teach Strategic Doing, and a new Field Guide to go with it. Both of these changes were implemented starting in December 2016. Because the way we teach and practice Strategic Doing has changed so significantly, we felt it was important that the “older” CWL’s be up-to-date with those changes and be members of the community on the same basis as newer CWL’s.
To be re-certified, you need to have taken the new curriculum by July 2019, and to have completed the new certification requirements. To make that possible, we’re offering the 2.5 day training at less than half the normal rate ($775, rather than $1,575) for anyone taking it as a “repeater.” Your new certification will be good for two years. We keep a calendar of upcoming trainings on the Events page; you can also contact us to see about the possibility of doing a training near you. Our teaching corps is growing (currently about a dozen) and we can usually accommodate your scheduling needs.