RC Certification for Training

If you have designed a training program that prepares participants to use relational coordination for their leadership, their work, or for organizational change, we invite you to submit your program to be considered for RC Certification. The certification process certifies that the content and pedagogy of the training program is consistent with the principles of relational coordination.  Learn about workshops that have been certified and when they are being held.

RC Certification is governed by the RCRC Board and its Training and Certification Committee, staffed by Marjorie Godfrey (Dartmouth Institute, Microsystem Academy), Nancy Whitelaw (Salus Global), Tony Suchman (University of Rochester School of Medicine, Relationship Centered Health Care), Diane Rawlins (InsideOut Consulting, LLC), Laura Montville (Montville & Associates, LLC) and Claus Jebsen (Institute for Co-Creative Leadership Norway).

Training Certification Criteria

1.  The lead instructor must be an RC Certified Professional, to ensure the training program will be implemented in alignment with the principles of relational coordination 

2.  The training program must be designed to do the following:

  • Engage participants in co-creating their own learning experience
  • Be based on experiential learning with reflective debriefing
  • Recognize and support the emergent nature of change
  • Promote an understanding of RC as culture change
  • Prepare participants to use RC principles for their leadership, for their work, or for carrying out organizational change
  • Address how leaders individually and collectively can promote through their actions, behaviors and communication a meaningful vision that includes engaging people and staff at all organizational levels to explore and test relevant changes
  • If RC survey data are used, ensure they are used as a starting point for reflective conversation, not as a summative evaluation or judgment
  • If RC survey data are used, ensure understanding of how to interpret them and share them back
  • If RC survey data are not used, ensure understanding of how conversations can be structured around these dimensions without data sharing

Steps in the Process

  1. Ensure that all criteria have been met.
  2. Contact Tanya Allain at info@relationalcoordination.org requesting to have your training program reviewed for RC certification. Include as attachments your curriculum and any other relevant supporting materials that describe your training program. Your program will be screened based on the above criteria.
  3. Programs that appear to meet all the criteria will be referred for review. Tanya will schedule the review process.  
  4. Engage in oral review process with feedback from two colleagues with RC Certification, who will review your training program based on the certification criteria. The dialog will be followed up with written feedback.
  5. If RC certification is awarded, you will receive the RC Certified Training trademarked logo to use on your materials, and your training program will be posted on the RC Certified Training page of the RCRC website with a link to your training program. 
  6. Seek Re-Certification within 5 years to maintain standing.

Benefits of Training Certification

  1. Use of RC Certified Training trademarked logo.
  2. Inclusion of your training program on RC Certified Training referral list.   
  3. All RC Certified Professionals are eligible to act as faculty reviewers. For information about faculty stipends, contact RCRCinfo@brandeis.edu


To participate in certification program: $1500
Recertification (after 5 years): $600

Please contact RCRCinfo@brandeis.edu for more information about RC Certification.