The Welcoming Schools Facilitator Certification Program

The Welcoming Schools Facilitator Certification Program

HRCF Welcoming Schools Facilitators are experts who learn how to facilitate Welcoming Schools professional development modules to improve school climate for students across the country.


What is the Facilitator Certification Program?

A 1-2 year certification program that provides the skills and technical assistance to deliver Welcoming Schools professional development modules to schools to improve school climate.


How long is the Facilitator Certification Training?

All participants in the Facilitator Certification Program attend an initial four full days of training at the Human Rights Campaign headquarters in Washington, D.C. Candidates must attend the full four days of training.


What are the requirements to become a Welcoming Schools Certified Facilitator?

  • Participate in four full days of the Facilitator Certification Training and complete all  pre-reading activities.
  • Meet monthly with an assigned Expert Trainer until fully certified.
  • Participate in quarterly calls with an assigned cohort of regional facilitators.
  • Attend quarterly webinars.
  • Successfully deliver each required Welcoming Schools professional development module to elementary staff.
  • Submit all training documentation.
  • Complete all program requirements within 2 years of the facilitator training.


What experiences do I need to become a Welcoming Schools Certified Facilitator?

Candidates should have experience working with E-12 schools, as well as experience training adult learners. Welcoming Schools also looks for competencies in the following areas: LGBTQ topics, gender, anti-bullying and social justice.


Are there opportunities to generate income as a facilitator?

Facilitators are independent consultants and not employees of Welcoming Schools. Welcoming Schools regularly receives requests for trainings across the country and provides facilitators opportunities to train as they arise, but does not guarantee generation of income.


How many individuals are Welcoming Schools facilitators?

The program currently has 90 facilitators across the country and in Mexico.


How does Welcoming Schools decide who is accepted into the program?

A committee independently reviews applications, and candidates that best meet the criteria and needs of the program are selected. Welcoming Schools is particularly interested in facilitators that bring diversity to the program, have the knowledge base and capacity to work with schools and live in underrepresented regions of the country. The program strongly encourages people of color, transgender and non-binary people to apply.


Can a school district or organization send a representative to become a Welcoming Schools Facilitator?

Welcoming Schools selects facilitators both as independent consultants and as representatives of schools or districts. In addition to the national training, Welcoming Schools offers a District-wide Facilitator Training. This training helps schools to develop internal facilitators to provide Welcoming Schools professional development within the district. More information on our District-wide Facilitator Trainings can be found on our website.


When is the next National Facilitator Certification Training, where will it be located, and what is the cost of the training?

Welcoming Schools National Facilitator Certification trainings occur every two years. The last training was held June 2017, and the next training is expected to be held June 2019.  Closer to the training, all those that completed the interest form will receive notification of the opening of the application process and will be encouraged to complete an online application. The national training is held at HRC headquarters in Washington, D.C. The cost of the training is $2500 and does not include travel expenses.


What are the next steps after filling out this form?

Interested candidates who fill out the form will be notified when applications are open for the next cohort and will receive an email invitation to apply. Completion of the interest form does not guarantee acceptance into the program. After filling out the interest form, visit to learn more about the program’s resources,  and like the Human Rights Campaign on Facebook.


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