Facilitation Competencies

What are core competencies?  The International Institute for Facilitation conducted a global research project to define the knowledge, skills and experiences a highly skilled facilitator should possess to consistently lead outstanding facilitated sessions. Over 450 facilitators and clients responded to the survey.

  • The research project included a survey which presented respondents with a definition of an outstanding facilitated session.
  • The survey invited the respondents to add to or modify the definition.
  • The survey asked respondents to rate the importance of 57 skills in achieving an outstanding facilitated session.
  • The survey also gave the respondents the opportunity to add to the list of skills.
  • The researchers reviewed existing facilitator competency models and facilitator training curriculums.

The researchers used the ratings and comments to finalize the 6 competencies and 30 sub-competencies that make up the Master Facilitator Competencies. The acronym “PAC³E” is used to describe the competencies.