Practitioner Accreditation

AoF’s accreditation process is based on the understanding that effectiveness as a facilitator rests on a combination of experienced practice and a sound theoretical underpinning. To gain AoF recognition, applicants must be able to demonstrate they are competent in both areas.

The accreditation process involves applicants:

  • demonstrating that they have identified and reviewed their experience, reflected on it and provided evidence which demonstrates the learning they have gained from it.
  • presenting the outcomes of their analysis in a portfolio which enables AoF to undertake a meaningful comparison against their standards for quality and professional practice.

The process involves applicants first engaging reflectively with their development as a facilitator, and next gathering evidence of their skill and competence as a facilitator in the form of a portfolio presented in person at an interview:

  • Practitioners identify, review and reflect on their range of experience and learning as a facilitator
  • Analysis, evidence of skill/experience/learning, including client and peer feedback, is compiled into a portfolio. (Evidence can be submitted in a variety of formats such as text, video, audio, communication materials)
  • The portfolio of evidence is reviewed by AoF and independent confirmation of selected qualifications, skills and feedback is sought
  • The practitioner attends an interview, witnessed by other applicants, at which he/she presents an overview of their portfolio, answers questions, shares and receives feedback.
  • A level of accreditation and written feedback are offered
  • Accredited practitioners are supported to self-regulate and continue their development

While the preparation of the portfolio is largely a self-directed activity, significant support is provided by AoF in the form of a detailed workbook and a one-to-one support person who is available for telephone/skype calls.  From application to accreditation is typically a 4-6 week process, depending on spaces available on our Practitioner Accreditation Days.

Please download an extract from the workbook which describes the process in more detail.

Costs, Dates, Location and Application

The cost of accreditation via this route is £550 + VAT which includes the workbook, one-to-one support and attendance at an accreditation day.  Our forthcoming accreditation dates can be found by visiting our calendar and take place at Highfield Park, Hook, Hampshire. This day is also open to existing accredited members seeking re-accreditation.

To request further information or register your interest (application closes 1 month before date), please contact us