IAF Facilitator as a Profession PDF Print E-mail
"Facilitator is a profession rapidly taking its unique place alongside those of consulting and training."

The International Association of Facilitators (IAF) was formed by a group of professionals desiring an avenue for interchange, professional development, trend analysis and peer networking. A formal association was proposed and adopted in Alexandria, Virginia, in January 1994. Since then, the IAF has grown to include members from 6 continents.


The IAF encourages and supports the formation of local groups of Facilitators to network and provide professional development opportunities for their members. Regional groups from around the world are invited to become Chapters of the IAF to help promote the profession of facilitation as a critical set of skills in the global society of the 21st century. For more information, see www.iaf-world.org


The Mission of the IAF is to promote, support and advance the art and practice of professional facilitation through methods exchange, professional growth, practical research, collegial networking and support services. This is accomplished through peer-to-peer networking, professional development and annual conferences, which are a critical means for fulfilling the Mission and reflecting our core Values.

The Values of the IAF are:


  • Inclusiveness - Including the full spectrum of personal, professional and cultural diversity in our membership and in the field of facilitation.

  • Global Scope - Connecting and serving Facilitators locally, nationally and internationally.

  • Participation - Advocating participative methodologies that generate ownership of decisions and actions.

  • Celebration - Celebrating life through spirit filled quality interchange, activities and events.

  • Innovative Form - Modeling a participative and flexible organizational structure that promotes growth change and learning.

  • Social Responsibility - Supporting socially responsible change within private, public and voluntary organizations.

"The IAF is the only internationally recognized, non-profit, industry association for Facilitators and the CPF is the only internationally recognized, non-commercial, professional credential for Facilitators. You can only receive the CPF designation from the IAF. The IAF has certified CPFs in over 42 countries." See Facilitator Certification... by Gary Rush, IAF CPF

For additional information, regarding:

  • IAF Certified™ Professional Facilitator (CPF) | Overview

  • IAF Certified™ Professional Facilitator (CPF) | The Process