5 Step Process for Accreditation in
using the Process Enneagram©
Richard N. Knowles and Associates, Inc.

Step 1

This is an agreement with an interested person (the candidate) to assist them on becoming accredited in the use of this tool of Complexity.

This is a 6-month program under the leadership of Richard N. Knowles and Claire E. F. Knowles.

Included are:

  • Two full days of in-depth theory dialogue. (This can be in-person or virtual by phone over many days.)
  • Dialogue on the theory and practice of the use of the Process Enneagram.
  • Background readings, discussions and coaching.
  • An introduction to Systematics.
  • An introduction to Self-Organizing Leadership; ;Richard N. Knowles, 2002. The Leadership Dance, Pathways to Extraordinary Organizational Effectiveness, Center for Self-Organizing Leadership.  ISBN 0-9721204-0-8.
  • An introduction to Complex Systems Leadership Theory, 2007. James K. Hazy, Jeffrey A. Goldstein and Benyamin B. Lichtenstein. Mansfield, MA. ISCE Publishing, ISBN 978-0-9791688-6-4.
  • Beverly G. McCarter and Brian E. White, 2013. Leadership in Chaordic Organizations, CRC Press, ISBN 978-1-4200-7417-8.
  • Richard N. Knowles, Editor, 2013. The Process Enneagram, Essays on Theory and Practice. Emergent Publications, ISBN 978-1-938158-10-0.

And ideally,

  • Observation of a workshop using the Process Enneagram.
  • Co-facilitation of a workshop using the Process Enneagram.
  • Also included is continued coaching and dialogue to learn together with other practioners about new insights and uses as well as a listing on the Center for Self-Organizing Leadership web site as an Accredited Practioner. This work is a part of Richard N. Knowles and Associates, Inc

Also included is continued coaching and dialogue to learn together with other practioners about new insights and uses as well as a listing on the Center for Self-Organizing Leadership web site as an Accredited Practioner. This work is a part of Richard N. Knowles and Associates, Inc

Step 2

There is pre-reading and study required, based on selected reference material, including books on Systematics, Self-Organizing Leadership and The Process Enneagram mentioned above, and related articles and publications. This would include a review of all Center for Self-Organizing Leadership web site material. Richard N. or Claire E.F. Knowles would engage with the candidate to establish the reading list based on their previous experience with these ideas.

Step 3

Coaching work (min. of two full-day sessions either in-person or virtually over many sessions) with Richard N. and/or Claire E. F. Knowles which would include (i) review/assessment of selected parts of the reference material to determine competency and understanding of the underlying principles, (ii) conversation with the candidate about their own personal values and perspectives on this work to determine ‘fit’ with process or issues to be addressed and (iii) preparation for doing the Process Enneagram work, initially as a co-facilitator, if practical.

Step 4

Co-facilitation with Richard N. and/or Claire E. F. Knowles using the Process Enneagram©, in a team development workshop setting (either a 1 or 2 day workshop) to demonstrate the candidate’s competence at facilitating this work. This is to be organized by the candidate with her/his employer or a company whit whom he/she is consulting.

Step 5

A personal interview (preferred) or telephone call with Richard N. and/or Claire E. F.  Knowles will be held to allow further assessment of the candidate’s readiness to do this work. This would include a review of Steps 1-4. An assessment by Richard N. and/or Claire E. F. Knowles of the candidate’s capacity and capability to facilitate this work would be provided during this conversation. The candidate would also be required to write a brief paper (8– 10 pages min) outlining their understanding and learning about of the Process Enneagram concept and approach and any added comments pertaining to it’s use as a team development tool or other appropriate application. This paper would include reference to other work in this area, the Center for Self-Organizing Leadership and recognition of Dr. Richard N. Knowles as the originator of the Process Enneagram.

As part of this final step, a signed certificate would be provided to the newly accredited facilitator by Richard N. Knowles and Associates, Inc. and following payment of the first year’s Center for Self-Organizing Leadership supporters’ fee, their name would be listed on the Center’s web site as both an accredited person and a Center for Self-Organizing Leadership Supporter.