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Certified Group Facilitator Program

Program Overview

APAC’s Certified Group Facilitator (CGF) program develops skilled facilitators who work in the public sector. These facilitators help groups, teams, and communities plan, make decisions, resolve conflict, solve problems, and meet goals. When groups have a skilled facilitator, their decisions are more inclusive, better informed, and more effective.

The CGF program provides extensive training and significant opportunities to practice. Participants in the program will:

  • Learn facilitation approaches to decision making, planning, and problem solving.
  • Practice designing, implementing, and evaluating facilitations.
  • Experience and practice both online and in-person facilitation skills.
  • Start a personal portfolio of facilitation resources and techniques.

Next Program

The next program will be held in Spring 2024. The program will require approximately 60 hours of time and includes ALL of the following:

  • Six, half-day, live online training sessions held via Zoom;
  • A three-day, in-person training held in Little Rock, Arkansas;
  • Assignments between each training;
  • A capstone facilitation.

Join our Mailing List

You can join our mailing list by completing this Google form. You will receive program updates and registration information as soon as it becomes available.

Find a Group Facilitator

If you are a community organization, nonprofit or government agency, APAC can help identify a facilitator for your upcoming meeting, retreat, strategic planning process, or other group event. If interested, send a description to or call 501-916-6056. Consider answering the following questions in your description:

  1. What would you like to accomplish through a facilitated process?
  2. Do you have dates/times set or are they open?
  3. If dates/times are not set, how much time are you thinking of allocating for the facilitation(s) with your group? Do you have a preference for the facilitation(s) happening during the day, at night, on the weekend, etc.? What time of year would you like your facilitation(s) to happen (e.g., September, Fall, etc.)
  4. How many people will be included in the facilitation(s)?
  5. Will the facilitation(s) be held online or in-person or some of both?
  6. Are you seeking a volunteer facilitator or do you have funding to pay a facilitator?
  7. What information would you like to know about potential facilitators (e.g., past facilitation experience, resume, etc.)? Would you prefer someone with a certain type of experience (e.g., experience with youth, DEI experience, etc.)?

For More Information

Contact APAC at or 501-916-6056.

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