Certification Program

In Fall 2016 we launched a Certification Program to recognize those who are being trained to serve as facilitators and note-takers at our forums. We have a great group of trainees so far, and we are always looking to add more people to the certification program.

In 2019, we launched a new ONLINE Certification Program. Most of our trainings now take place online, in preparation for helping us facilitate a forum or helping you organize and facilitate your own forum.

Email BaylorPDI@baylor.edu if you are interested in gaining access to our Canvas sites for training!

Current Certifications Offered via Canvas

  • Facilitator Certification Level I
    • Complete Deliberative Practice Training (Online Module)
    • Complete Facilitation Training – Level 1 (Online Module)
  • Facilitator Certification Level II
    • Complete Deliberative Practice Training (Online Module)
    • Complete Facilitation Training – Level 1 and 2 (Online Modules)
  • Advanced Facilitator Certification
    • Attend all day workshop (dates TBD)
  • Level I Certification for Undergraduate and Graduate Student Associates
    • Complete Deliberative Practice Training (Online Module)
    • Complete Facilitation Training – Level 1 (Online Module)
    • Meet with Josh to discuss ongoing involvement of PDI model in your student organization, residence hall, or campus group
    • Host one PDI event in your student organization, residence hall, or campus group each year
  • Level I Certification for Community Associates
    • Complete Deliberative Practice Training (Online Module)
    • Complete Facilitation Training – Level 1 (Online Module)
    • Meet with Josh to discuss ongoing involvement of PDI model in your community
    • Host one PDI event in your community each year
  • Level I Certification for Staff Associates
    • Complete Deliberative Practice Training (Online Module)
    • Complete Facilitation Training – Level 1 and 2 (Online Modules)
    • Meet with Josh to discuss ongoing involvement of PDI model in your department, trainings, and programs
    • Host one PDI event in your area each year (including assessment)
    • Actively include civic habits and skills as part of the goals and outcomes for your events or programs
      • Example: “As a result of this experience, students will be able to articulate a clear understanding of public deliberation as one model of civic engagement.”
      • Example: “As a result of this experience, students will understand that learning to have a good conversation about difficult issues is hard work and also a spiritual practice that develops compassion, humility, empathy, charitable listening, and the ability to hold competing ideas in tension.”
  • Level I Certification for Faculty Associates
    • Complete Deliberative Practice Training (Online Module)
    • Complete Facilitation Training – Level 1 (Online Module)
    • Complete Supplemental Deliberative Theory Training – Deliberative Pedagogy (Online Module)
    • Meet with Josh to discuss ongoing involvement of PDI model in your department or coursework
    • Include one civic learning outcome in your syllabus
      • Example: “As a result of this course, students will be able to articulate a clear understanding of public deliberation as one model of civic engagement.”
      • Example: “As a result of this course, students will understand that learning to have a good conversation about difficult issues is hard work and also a spiritual practice that develops compassion, humility, empathy, charitable listening, and the ability to hold competing ideas in tension.”