ICA:UK draws on more than 50 years of experience in group work, community development and participatory decision-making to offer our Technology of Participation facilitation training courses, now delivered to more than 2000 people in the UK!

Learn our structured approach to facilitating meetings and events through our series of one and two-day courses. Follow the links in the table for a full description of each course, with feedback from previous course participants.

We regularly run public courses in Manchester and  London, and host them in other cities around the UK a few times a year. Please visit Course Dates and Registration to see upcoming dates. All of our courses are also available in-house for your organisation or group.

Our Core Facilitation Training Courses

Title Level Days OVERVIEW
Introduction To Group Facilitation foundation 1 Exploring the role and skills of the facilitator, this course helps beginners gain confidence in their role.
Group Facilitation Methods (GFM) foundation 2 Our most popular course, introducing the foundations of the ToP approach. This course is a methods course, so it is useful both for beginners and for experienced facilitators who wish learn our approach.
Dynamic Action Planning (AP) foundation 1 Dynamic Action Planning for short-term projects and events.
GFM Refresher intermediate 1  

This one-day refresher course will give you extra opportunity to practice your facilitation skills and methods, and covers loads of useful new content.

Participatory Strategic Planning (PSP) intermediate 2 Bringing people together to create strategies for action.
Organisational Transformation (OT) advanced 2 Frameworks and tools for facilitating ‘whole systems’ change.


  Participants in our courses benefit from a special 50% discount in membership of the International Association of Facilitators - go here for details

Our core courses have been recognised by the Institute of Leadership and Management, and participants are eligible to receive an ILM Development Award. Please visit our ILM Recognition page to find out more.

Additional Available Facilitation Training Courses

These are specialised curricula which may be appropriate for your group or organisation, we are always to happy to adapt our courses to suit your specific needs.

Title Level Days OVERVIEW
Group Work Skills foundation 1 Developing skills for working with young people in groups
Designing Participatory Events intermediate 1 Ensuring events are productive and successful
The Power of Image advanced 2 Creative facilitation for transforming 'mental models'
Participation Paradigm advanced 2 Explore the values & assumptions of ToP facilitation
Meetings that Work foundation 2 Plan, prepare for and facilitate productive meetings 

Course Dates and Registration

Fees, Discount, Scholarships

Unsure what's best for you? Please contact us for advice.

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