Flow Certifications – Overview
With the advent of Covid-19 and the subsequent lock-downs (and dramatic changes to how we will be doing business in the foreseeable future), there have been some updates to the Flow Certifications that I offer.
There are now three (3) Flow certifications – first an overview and then a little more detail on the requirements for (and the path to achieving) each certification:
Flow Online Courses Pricing and the start dates for the next round of training
During April through September of 2020 we had six groups (with over 100 participants) test the FCP and FCC online courses. Now the FCP and FCC courses are both solid products due to the excellent feedback from the participants.
The FCP (Flow Certified Professional) course consists of instructional videos, blog posts and quizzes. These are watched and completed at your own pace; and, you have four (4) weeks to complete the coursework (about 18 hours worth of work).
Part of the feedback I received (from the first three (3) test drive groups for the FCP during the Spring and Summer of 2020) was that it would be nice to have live sessions for the FCP with Flow experts to answer the questions that the participants have about Flow. So, that is now included in a new package called the FCP+.
The FCC (Flow Certified Coach) includes four (4) additional hours of instructional videos that present Flow from a transformation perspective (also done at your own pace; and, you have roughly one week to watch the videos), a live 4-hour online exercise; plus, the FCC candidate must complete the Flow Case study using the template provided (see link below with the FCC).
Here’s the current pricing for the online Flow Certification Courses:
FCP … €150
Next FCP Class begins Monday, 30 September 2020 – please note that you do not have to pay in advance for the FCP (and, if you’d like to start late, you can still register up through 05 October). Register here.
This includes the video content, blog posts and quizzes required to achieve the FCP Certification.
FCP+ … €250
Next FCP+ Class begins Monday, 30 September 2020 – please note that you do not have to pay in advance for the FCP+. Register here.
The “Plus” version includes the FCP (described above) plus two live sessions with Flow experts to answer your and other participants questions that you might have about Flow (so, choose one or the other … not both FCP options)…
FCC … €350
Next FCC Class begins Monday, 12 October 2020. Register here.
You must be an FCP in good standing to take this course and it includes an additional half-day of video content on Flow Transformational Leadership plus a half-day live, online, facilitator-led exercise; and, the participant must complete a Flow Case Study to earn the FCC Certification…
FCT … €450
You must be an FCC in good standing to take this course and it includes another half-day of Flow content plus another half-day live, online, FCT-led workshop; and, you must complete 2 to 5 co-trainings with a full-fledged FCT to become an FCT (as determined by your FCT)…
FCP – Flow Certified Professional
This course is now worth 18 PDUs (Professional Development Units) for PMI and 18 SEUs (Scrum Education Unit) for Scrum Alliance. We arrive at 18 PDUs / SEUs by including the time to watch the videos, read the blog posts and take your quizzes.
It is recommended (but not required) that you read both Flow and Nehemiah Effect (and, copies of those are included in PDF format along with the entire training slide deck when you take the course). Those are worth an additional 5 PDUs each for 10 PDUs additional (if you haven’t already claimed them as PDUs). So the recommended reading plus the FCP course together add up to 28 PDUs, total.
This FCP course consists of the following units:
- Intro to Flow
- 4D Model
- Flow-based Scrum / Agile
Upon the successful completion of this course (and passing all quizzes at a minimum of 75%), you will then be entitled to apply for you FCP certificate. A link will be mailed to you with instructions on how to do that when you are done.
FCC – Flow Certified Coach
The Flow Certified Coach Is a new certification that was launched here in the beginning of 2020. This is a new step in-between the Flow Certified Professional and the Flow Certified Trainer levels. The desire for this certification is to move the FCP to the next level and take the knowledge, understanding, tools & techniques out of the books & online training and apply them using the Flow case study template.
The Flow Certified Coach fills the gap that was left due to the changes made to the Flow Certified Professional course. It consists of 1/2 day of online training. It also includes 1/2 day live, instructor led exercise. Upon completing those, the candidate then completes the Flow case study. The case study helps the FCC to take the tools and mindset from both of my books and apply those to real world situations. Upon the completion of this course, the participant then receives their certification.
This case study was previously required for the Flow Certified Professional. Since the Flow Certified Professional course is now completely online with a number of quizzes, once you have successfully passed those quizzes, you will receive your FCP certification (upon submitting the Certification fee).
FCT – Flow Certified Trainer
The Flow Certified Trainer is designed for those individuals that have a passion for training and this will require some additional reading, online coursework and anywhere from 2 to 5 co-training sessions with a full-fledged FCT. Due to the current situation with coronavirus, the co-training sessions will be held online. The live co-training sessions required for the FCT are suspended until such time that we can actually hold live courses again.
For those FCCs that would like to facilitate the live exercise sessions for other FCC’s that are going through the FCC course, but they would not like to become a full-fledged FCT, they can do the 2 to 5 co-training sessions with a full-fledged FCT and become an authorized FCC exercise facilitator. Later, if they so desire, they can work towards becoming a full-fledged FCT.