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Online Certification in Appreciative Inquiry (Fall 2021) is a Course

Online Certification in Appreciative Inquiry (Fall 2021)

Aug 30 - Dec 11, 2021

$3,995 Enroll

Full course description

*** Save $400 when you register by August 15th with the code POSITIVECHANGE ***

Develop your capacity to identify and leverage strengths, talents, and possibilities with Appreciative Inquiry (AI).

Grounded in evidence-based practices, and the latest science of strength-based change, Appreciative Inquiry turns the old idea of organizational change on its head. Rather than starting with a focus on what is wrong in your organization, AI invites you to ask what is working and how you can scale up successes. For over 30 years, AI has been used around the world to: 

  • Increase profits, while at the same time improving the world.
  • Show businesses the bigger picture, including their place in the world from a sustainability point of view.
  • Allow employees to be more creative and to have more buy-in with the company's strategic plans.
  • Improve efficiency and output due to the revitalized commitment and enthusiasm from both employees and management for the company's mission.
  • Engage entire communities in creating improvements in their region.
  • Work across all types of organizational sectors, from for-profit to the social sector.

In our world of continual disruption, AI provides a framework and practical tools to navigate change in a way that brings out the best in everyone. Step into your capacity to be a positive change leader today! 

Learning Outcomes:

Through this certification program, you learn the foundations of Appreciative Inquiry and define and design your own AI application with the help of expert coaches. You will learn the tools and techniques that will help you and your organization:

  • Leverage Core Strengths
  • Engage the Whole System
  • Accelerate Positive Growth

You will also build competency in these five core AI leadership skills increasingly in demand in today’s ever-changing world:

  • Intentional Inquiring
  • Future Focusing
  • Solutions Seeking
  • Asset Appreciating
  • Inclusively Involving

What you need to know:

  • The course is designed for individuals across organizations who are working to lead change formally or informally at the individual, team, or systems level.
  • The program is entirely virtual - participate from anywhere you are in the world!
  • The program is 15 Weeks in total, designed in a series of three 4-week sessions (outlined below), with a 1-week break in between sessions and for the Thanksgiving holiday (Nov 22-26, 2021).
  • Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a professional certification as an Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner from the Cooperrider Center at Champlain College.
  • There will be one 1-hour zoom meeting per week. These live meetings are optional and will be recorded so you can view them later/if you are unable to attend.
  • Expect to spend 8-10 hours a week on learning materials and applications.
  • In addition to pre-recorded, on demand lectures from Drs. Lindsey Godwin and David Cooperrider, you will also be provided with weekly learning materials and hands-on application opportunities to bring AI to life in your world.
  • All required resources (articles, videos, books, chapters, etc.) are provided as part of your tuition.
  • As part of the program, you will receive a 1-year subscription to the AI Practitioner Journal. 
  • This course qualifies for 10 CEUs.

Session 1: Foundations in Appreciative Inquiry & Strengths-Based Change

This 4-week session is designed to provide a comprehensive and practical introduction to the principles and practices of Appreciative Inquiry and strengths-based change. Topics include:

  • Understanding the principles and theory behind Appreciative Inquiry
  • Understanding the latest science around strengths-based change
  • Unpacking common myths and misperceptions about Appreciative Inquiry
  • Learning how to leverage the power of your questions to catalyze innovation and action
  • Cases and examples illustrating how Appreciative Inquiry has been applied in organizations around the world to create positive change.

Session 2: Appreciative Inquiry Applications For Change Leaders

This 4-week session provides a deeper dive into the specific tools and techniques for putting appreciative practices into place in your organization. Not only will you be introduced to specific methodologies for applying Appreciative Inquiry at all levels, you will have an opportunity to begin putting them into practice in your own organization. Topics include:

  • Exploring the building blocks for any appreciative practice
  • Applying appreciative change practices at the individual level
  • Applying appreciative change practices in teams and small groups
  • Designing strategic and system-level appreciative interventions

Session 3: Designing & Delivering Positive Impact with Appreciative Inquiry

This 4-week session provides an opportunity for you to design and deliver a customized Appreciative Inquiry project in your own organization. Through coaching and hands-on application of a change initiative, you will learn how to bring the principles and practices of Appreciative Inquiry to life in your own system. Emerging topics from the field of strength-based change will also be explored to ensure you are informed of the latest research and practice happening in the world. Topics include:

  • Defining and designing your own appreciative application project
  • Appreciative coaching for success
  • Timely topics from the field of strengths-based change
  • Reflections on your appreciative learning journey


Save $400 when you register by August 15th with the code POSITIVECHANGE.

About the Cooperrider Center at Champlain College

The David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry is the global hub for connecting people to learn about, apply, and amplify Appreciative Inquiry. Appreciative Inquiry is a framework for discovering and accelerating individual and organizational strengths to generate value.

Refund Policy

  • Withdrawal up to two weeks before the start of the course: 100% refund
  • Withdrawal between two weeks before and 3 days before the start of the course: 50% refund or transfer registration in full to another person.
  • Withdrawal within 3 days of the start of the course: No refund.
Questions? Contact the Cooperrider Center at


Sue James

Sue James

An Appreciative Inquiry practitioner for almost 20 years, Sue James works with a wide range of individuals and organisations across community, non-profit and business sectors. All her work is based on the foundational principles of Appreciative Inquiry and incorporates the components and qualities of Appreciative Intelligence®.

Shelly Masson

Shelly Masson

Shelly was first introduced to Appreciative Inquiry in 2011 when she worked at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and her concept of how organizations and people could thrive was forever changed. Since that time, she has worked with various individuals and companies helping to create a better way of living and working. Shelly currently serves as Adjunct Faculty at Champlain College teaching in the Positive Organizational Development certificate program. Shelly is also a graduate of the David Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry.

Guest Experts

David L. Cooperrider, PhD

Dr. David Cooperrider

Dr. David Cooperrider's founding theoretical work in "Appreciative Inquiry" is creating a positive revolution in the leadership of change. He is the Fairmount Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. Professor Cooperrider is past President of the National Academy of Management’s OD Division and has lectured and taught at Harvard, Stanford, University of Chicago, Katholieke University in Belgium, MIT, University of Michigan, Cambridge and others.

Dr. Cooperrider will provide a number of pre-recorded lectures as well as attend the first and last live meeting.

Lindsey Godwin, PhD

Lindsey Godwin

Dr. Lindsey Godwin is the Robert P. Stiller Endowed Chair of Management at the Robert P. Stiller School of Business. She holds an MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, where she studied with David Cooperrider and Ron Fry, the thought leaders in Appreciative Inquiry.

With a passion for helping organizations leverage their potential through strengths-based change, Dr. Godwin has consulted with organizations including Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, the Vermont Federal Executive Association (VTFEA), World Vision, the Houston Independent School District, the California Teachers Association, Imagine Nepal, the United Nations, the American Society of Association Executives, and the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain.