Inspiring Communities have partnered with Otago Polytechnic to provide a CLD micro-credential that enables you to bring together, reflect on and share all you have learnt about CLD.

Validate your facilitation experience with a micro credential

Are you an effective facilitator of community-led development processes? This important skill is often not recognised, formally or informally. However, exciting new developments in education now mean a Community-led Development (CLD) Facilitation qualification is possible.

This “mini” qualification validates that you have the competencies to plan and facilitate community-led development processes, hui, meetings and workshops – for a diverse range of groups – and to critically reflect upon your own practice. 

It is more than simply something to add to your resume. The qualification process is also designed to strengthen and support the effectiveness of your CLD practice. Inspiring Communities runs a support package to support you through the process.

What’s this all about? What do I need to do, by when? What’s the value add?

FEEDBACK FROM 2021 GRADUATE, GEMMA SLACK:

“Completing the micro-credential in community-led development was the best decision I have made as a facilitator for change. The experience gave me the language to communicate what had been felt working alongside the community for nearly a decade. It empowered me to become more effective in influencing others on the value of community-led development to transform communities from the inside out, not the outside in. The regular group calls were helpful to stay accountable and share wins worth celebrating and challenges faced to crowd-source perspectives and insights to stay motivated. I would highly recommend this course to anyone passionate about community change.”

WHAT PRACTICAL CLD FACILITATION EXPERIENCE WILL I NEED TO TAKE PART?

If you can draw on at least one situation where you have used your skills to help facilitate a CLD process, hui, meeting or workshop, and this shows experience in bringing people together, facilitating groups and coordinating local action – this mini-qualification is for you.

HOW MUCH TIME WILL I NEED TO INVEST?

It’s hard to say! Everyone is different. Most of your time will be spent preparing your own Portfolio of Evidence (20 – 40 hours), based on a case study of your CLD mahi (50 – 80 hours) in your community that you were already doing. This is equivalent to a level 5 qualification worth 10 credits (a full time year of study is usually 120 credits). 
You work at your own pace to put your portfolio together. 

WHAT DOES MY PORTFOLIO OF EVIDENCE NEED TO INCLUDE:

  • background information about your CLD facilitation experience and current role(s)
  • a case study for one CLD process you have facilitated
  • attestations from participants and a peer, mentor, supervisor or manager
  • supporting documents that provide evidence of your facilitation process, outputs and/or outcomes (for example; agendas, minutes, action plans, community newsletters, reports)
  • thoughts related to your case study in light of what you have learnt through feedback, your own reflections and readings
  • a plan for your future CLD facilitation practice

WHAT COSTS ARE INVOLVED?

The cost of our support package is $199 plus GST. This includes your one-on-one planning session, 4 learning group sessions and email support for one-off questions over the 6 month period for completion, provided by Inspiring Communities.

There is also a $199 (incl. GST) evaluation fee associated with the qualification, payable upon submitting your portfolio.

If cost is a barrier for you, consider including this activity within a grant application for professional development support – or talk with us about how we can help.

WHAT SUPPORT CAN I EXPECT?

This is a self-directed learning process, but by registering for our support package, you can join an online, facilitated learning group to work alongside others completing this qualification – see details of these sessions below. In addition, once you are registered, you will have the opportunity to connect one-on-one with one of our facilitators to help plan your learning journey.

Online learning support group: Four sessions, every 6 weeks over 5 months. There will be an opportunity each session to check in on how you are going, share successes, challenges, questions and find solutions. There will also be a structured topic introduced on each session as follows:

Tuesday 5 April, 12 – 1.30 pm:

Strategies, frameworks and resources for reflecting on practice: drawing on Community-Led Development, Facilitation, Reflective Practice and other lenses

Tuesday 17 May, 12 – 1.30 pm:

Taming the tiger: A closer look at the tasks, strategies for managing scope of case study breadth/depth and getting started on drafting your submission

Tuesday 5 July, 12 – 1.30 pm

Writing and editing strategies: Getting beyond writer’s block, focusing on key messages, writing as a reflective process

Tuesday 23 August, 12 – 1.30 pm

Celebrating success: Getting finished, maximising the benefits for you and others, sharing your learning.

Please register via the link below. We look forward to connecting with you!