Create, Communicate, Facilitate

How to become Certified

Step 1: Enroll in CFAL

Embarking on the journey to become a Certified Facilitator of Adult Learning (CFAL) begins with a simple yet crucial step – enrolling in the CFAL course. By signing up, you open the door to a transformative learning experience that will equip you with the skills needed to guide others in their educational journeys.

Step 2: Navigate the Initial Emails

After signing up for CFAL, you will receive three important emails:
  • Order Confirmation: Confirms your enrollment in the course.
  • CFALpro Account Access: Provides details on how to access your new CFALpro account.
  • Google Drive Worksheet Page: Guides you to your dedicated Google Drive page for course-related materials.

Step 3: Explore CFAL

Upon entering CFAL, the first page serves as your orientation, explaining how the course operates and offering insights into maximizing the course information. This initial guidance sets the stage for your journey towards becoming a Certified Facilitator of Adult Learning.

Step 4: Utilize Course Information and Self-Tests

The heart of CFAL lies in your active engagement with the course content. Use the provided course information, engage in self-tests, and delve into the submissions for feedback. This process is designed to empower you to develop your own courses using adult learning and facilitation principles.

Step 5: Individualized Learning Experience

CFAL recognizes that everyone learns differently. You are never asked to do something that doesn’t make sense to you. The emphasis is on studying the materials, attempting assignments, and seeking feedback. If you find yourself lost, communicate it through your assignment submissions, and collaborative solutions will be explored to guide you back on track.

Step 6: Course Design and Objectives

The ultimate goal of CFAL is to help you design courses that meet the specified criteria outlined in the CFAL course objectives. For instance, if your course is as simple as teaching how to change a light bulb, the objective must go beyond mere information. CFAL encourages you to think deeper, ensuring your course design is tailored to your audience’s needs and fosters meaningful learning experiences.

Step 7: Tailoring Learning Experiences

A key aspect of CFAL is recognizing the diverse needs of learners. Whether you’re instructing electricians on changing light bulbs in various scenarios, or guiding individuals with different learning styles, your objectives and learning experiences should be tailored for maximum impact.

Step 8: Showcasing Understanding and Application

The culmination of CFAL is evident when you can showcase your understanding of the principles learned and apply them to develop courses that resonate with your audience. This demonstration of applying adult learning and facilitation principles is the hallmark of a Certified Facilitator of Adult Learning.

A Note from Dr. Jill Henry

As you navigate through the steps of becoming a Certified Facilitator of Adult Learning, remember that success is not just about acquiring knowledge but about applying it in a way that truly benefits your learners. If you have any questions along the way, feel free to reach out. Here’s to your success in your journey with CFAL! To Your Success, Dr. Jill Henry

GOAL: The goal of CFAL is to advance active, learner-centered training and teaching worldwide by developing a cadre of Certified Facilitators of Adult Learning.

PURPOSE: The purpose of CFAL on-line training is to enable participants who teach adults in a variety of settings to develop skills in organizing, facilitating, and evaluating their trainings in terms of Adult Learning Theories and Active Teaching Strategies

OBJECTIVES: By the time you complete CFAL you will be able to: 

  1. Compare your current teaching methods with the Basic Characteristics of Adult Learning and describe how you could organize a session using those practices.
  2. Write Cognitive, Affective and Psychomotor (if applicable) Behavioral Objectives for your course based on the content and processes you wish to teach in the format of Objective, Topic, Content and Rationale or Purpose for Content as it relates to each objective.
  3. Appreciate different learning styles and different methods of instruction by identifying your own style and becoming aware of how your style may affect your teaching.
  4. Determine active learning experiences and time frames that will enable your learners to meet your course objectives. (Add the description of these to your formatted Course Design).
  5. Develop learner facilitation questions for each step of the Experiential Learning Cycle to use with your own learning content.
  6. Identify the use of formal and informal evaluation and feedback in facilitating adult learning.
  7. Design and develop a written and/or performance pre-test/post-test to determine initial and ongoing progress towards competence for each of your objectives.
  8. Design a participant evaluation form for your course that will assess the learner’s understanding of your course and provide you with feedback for future courses.

5 Steps in Dynamic Course Design

Sign up below for our newsletter and receive 5 sequential emails outlining the steps you can take right now to help your learners learn.  They are the same steps you will use within CFAL to design your own course or workshop. Within CFAL are many more resources available to you, including one-on-one feedback from and collaboration with an adult learning expert.