What is the Holacracy Certification Program?
The Holacracy Certification Program offers three levels of certification to recognize different degrees of expertise in Holacracy®. It grants these credentials to individuals who successfully pass the Holacracy Governance and Holacracy Tactical Assessments.
Holding a Holacracy credential does not automatically grant an individual permission to sell Holacracy-related services professionally.
If you’d like to use, sell, advertise or deliver paid Holacracy-related services, then you’ll need to join in the Holacracy Licensing Program. The Certified Holacracy Coach (CHC) credential is required to join the Licensing Program and, therefore, to deliver any paid consulting services
Below are the Holacracy credentials currently granted to individuals.
Level 1: Certified Holacracy Facilitator
Exams: The Certified Holacracy Facilitator (CHF) credential is granted to individuals who have taken and scored the following:
Governance Assessment: Score range 3 – 6 points (out of 10)
Tactical Assessment: Score range 3 – 6 points (out of 10)
It is also given to individuals who score higher on one assessment, but not the other.
Displays: This CHF credential conveys that an individual is qualified to facilitate a newly-practicing circle effectively enough to keep the process and outputs generally aligned with the rules of Holacracy. However, it doesn’t convey a level of skill and experience sufficient to coach a newly-practicing circle towards deeper understanding and effectiveness of their Holacracy practice.
Allows: Facilitation of meetings as part of a Holacracy adoption led by a licensed and Certified Holacracy Coach.
Renewal: The CHF credential is valid for 2 years and may be renewed by retaking the Governance and Tactical Assessments and scoring appropriately.
Level 2: Certified Holacracy Coach
Exam: The Certified Holacracy Coach (CHC) credential is granted to individuals who have taken and scored the following:
Governance Assessment: Score range 7 – 10 points (out of 10)
Tactical Assessment: Score range 7 – 10 points (out of 10)
And who have:
Facilitated at least one real-world circle in its very early practice
Displays: The CHC credential conveys that an individual has first-hand experience working in an organization practicing Holacracy, has personally faced and integrated many of its unique paradigm shifts, and has demonstrated the capacity to coach others through such a transformation. A CHC is thus well-equipped to facilitate an organization’s Holacracy® adoption.
Allows: All permissions granted to the CHF, plus entry into the Licensing Program which grants permission to sell Holacracy-related services including presentations, workshops, coaching and adoption services.
Renewal: The CHC is valid for 1 year and may be renewed by earning continuing education credits. Read more: Maintaining your Coach Credential.
Level 3: Certified Holacracy Master Coach
Exam: The Certified Holacracy Master Coach (CHMC) credential is granted by an authorized HolacracyOne representative after a candidate is assessed over many months of actual Holacracy practice and facilitation. There is currently no other formal process to gain this credential.
Displays: The CHMC credential conveys that an individual has the demonstrated capacity to support complex organizational transformations using Holacracy practices and principles, including adapting ancillary organizational processes to better align with the the paradigm shift behind Holacracy®.
Renewal: The CHMC is valid as long as an individual maintains their CHC credential. Read more: Maintaining your Coach Credential.