Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner Certification Program

Our Appreciative Inquiry (AI) Practitioner certification program is a hybrid residency/online program. It includes foundational training in AI and experiential learning opportunities in tools and techniques for applying the principles of Appreciative Inquiry in a variety of settings and levels within any organizational system. If you're interested in receiving an Appreciative Inquiry certification online, read on to learn how Champlain College can help.

The Details

This program presents a proven approach to accelerating organizational change by showing how to focus on and leverage the core strengths of any organizational system. Through a combination of coursework and fieldwork, learn how and why Appreciative Inquiry works, explore the power of questions to effect positive change in any situation, and discover how to engage others in the change process for lasting results. By working on an application project specific to your own organization, you will have the opportunity to create positive change that bridges high ideals with a results-oriented mindset.


  • How and why Appreciative Inquiry works
  • The underlying theory and principles behind AI
  • AI 4D Framework for Positive Change
  • The power of questions for positive change
  • Examples of AI around the world—case studies, stories, and illustrations
  • Cutting-edge methods and tools used to create positive change
  • AI applications at all organizational levels: interpersonal, team, strategic planning, and whole-system
  • How to apply AI in your own organization

Coursework for Certification:

Part 1: Foundations – Choose either the 12-week online or 3-day in-residence Foundation course, both of which lay the groundwork for understanding how and why AI works and exploring ways to use AI in your own organization.

Upcoming Foundations: Online: Sept 9 - Dec 1, 2019 | In-person - Tampa, FL: October 21-23, 2019

Part 2: Fieldwork – Through periodic, internet-mediated sessions, coaching, and conference calls with Center faculty and global AI thought leaders, you will create a portfolio of personalized AI applications including:

  • A customized design plan for an AI workshop

  • Personalized appreciative interview guides used for data collection and thematic analysis

  • An AI application project tailored to your interests and organization's needs

  • A reflective journal that incorporates your learning across the certification process, documenting applications and outcomes of the AI methodologies you are exploring

Part 3: 3-Day In-Residence Capstone – A culminating learning experience where you will share your lessons and insights, and explore not only best practices but also future trends in the field of positive organization development and change.

Upcoming Capstones: April 22-24, 2020

The Instructors

Portrait of Pru SullivanPRU SULLIVAN - Pru is the Practitioner-in-Residence at the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry, having recently retired as the Director of Continuous Learning at Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. In her role at Keurig, Pru was responsible for weaving a strengths-based approach into the fabric of Keurig Green Mountain. From onboarding new employees and team member career development to new product development, appreciative strengths-based change has been embedded into organizational practices. As an active volunteer in the community, Pru has focused her volunteer efforts in bringing Appreciative Inquiry to non-profit organizations. She leads strengths-based strategic planning for organizations like Vermont End Child Abuse, and strengths-based leadership development at the Leahy ECHO Center.

Portrait of Joep C. de JongJOEP C. DE JONG - After Joep's introduction to AI in 1995, attending the Global Excellence for Management program in 1997 and becoming one of the founders of AI Consultancy in 1998, he has been deeply involved in the global AI community. Ever since 1998, when he joined BT Syntegra as a senior executive, Joep has been using AI to lead, coach, and facilitate change and innovation in the organizations he has been responsible for, bringing out the best in people to deliver positive business results from an appreciative leadership perspective. After he resigned as CEO of a consultancy company in 2013, he became a candidate PhD at the University of Tilburg on the topic of appreciative leadership as well as an independent consultant, coach, and lecturer on AI. Joep serves as a non-executive on the board of the Afri-Can Foundation, is a member of the advisory councils of Instituto IDEIA and the AI Practitioner, and is an associate of the TAOS Institute. He delivers lectures on AI, leadership, change management, and inter-cultural work at the American University (US), Champlain College (US) and the Hotelschool The Hague (NL). He has frequently published on AI-related topics in the AI Practitioner and has contributed to several AI books. In 2008, Joep was co-author of Waarderend Organiseren, the first book on AI in Dutch. In 2013, he and Robbert Masselink published the ‘Handboek Appreciative Inquiry’.

David CooperriderDavid Cooperrider, PhD, holds the title of "Distinguished University Professor" and is the Fairmount Santrol- David L. Cooperrider Professor of Appreciative Inquiry at Case Western Reserve University, where he is the faculty founder of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. David is best known for his original theoretical articulation of "AI" or Appreciative Inquiry with his mentor Suresh Srivastva. Today AI's approach to strengths-inspired, instead of problematizing change, is being practiced everywhere: the corporate world, the world of public service, of economics, of education, of faith, of philanthropy, and social science scholarship-it is affecting them all. Jane Nelson, at Harvard's Kennedy School of Leadership recently wrote, "David Cooperrider is one of the outstanding scholar-practitioners of our generation."

David Cooperrider will be teaching the October 22nd afternoon session of the In-Person Foundations course in Tampa, FL.

Application Deadline: August 31, 2018

Space for this special session is limited, so register now to secure your spot!

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