Always check with your assessor to confirm the current process.
As of Summer 2020, we follow the process outlined below.

How to Begin Certification

We ask you to begin by reading the Certification Preparation Packet (CPP).

If, after reading it, you find more excitement about moving ahead and you have 10 days training with a Certified Trainer (CT), go to our assessor team information and contact the assessor of your choice. Upon reaching a mutual agreement to work together, we will explore the first steps to register as a candidate.


If you would like to measure your development of NVC skills, check out this Matrix, Pathways to Liberations (available in 14 languages!) as developed by Jim Manske, Jori Manske, Jacob Gotwals, and Jack Lehman. Also, we encourage you to check out the Core Nonviolence Commitments as developed by Miki Kashtan.

Meeting and working with us along your journey

As the CPP describes, you need at least 50 days of training with a CT to come to a final assessment. If you work with us, we require that 8 of those will be with us in person sometime during your process.


For this to happen we have created events that we describe as a Stepping Stone.


At a Stepping Stone, at least 2 assessors are present. The focus will be on you and your process to become the best NVC trainer you can be.


We expect you to be actively involved in learning and sharing NVC. This includes practising:

  • Presentations

  • Answering questions re the basic assumptions of NVC and Key Differentiations

  • Giving and receiving empathy

  • Giving and receiving feedback

  • Roleplays


And working on:

  • Unresolved conflicts

  • Deepening your journaling skills

  • Any learning edges you have identified.


Here are the benefits we believe you will get from a Stepping Stone event:

  • Getting to know each other- even more important if moving further online

  • Learning in depth- integration of skills and knowledge

  • Learning with depth- relationship building with assessor and other candidates

  • Clarity about ESEAT approach

  • Peace of mind- in meeting us and seeing we are human!

  • Alignment with goals of ESEAT

  • Belonging to a journey of Giraffes

  • Ongoing feedback

  • Trust in the process

  • Living NVC becomes easier

  • Wealth of experience to draw on

  • Your moment to pause, reflect and be inspired

  • Plan your next steps

  • Free yourself from past issues of power and assessment

  • Community Building/Networking

More on the Certification Process

CNVC is committed to the vision of a critical mass of the world's population using Nonviolent Communication (NVC) to resolve differences peacefully. A strong community of qualified trainers will play an important role in the realization of this goal. CNVC has two long-term goals for the certification process:

  1. Create a community of trainers who want to work with CNVC to fulfill our vision.

  2. Ensure that the next generation and succeeding generations are taught NVC in a way that preserves and protects the integrity of the NVC process.

The certification process can support trainer candidates to reach the following goals: connection to CNVC, contribution to our vision, credibility, mutual support, and personal growth.

We want to emphasize that the Center has a unique perspective in offering certification, and that may be different from the assumptions some candidates start with. For CNVC, certification is a validation and celebration of a new colleague joining our community. It is not a permanent credential like a diploma, but needs be renewed each year to stay in effect. In essence, it is an annual renewal of your commitment to the organization.

Certification Philosophy -- “Power With” not “Power Over

CNVC brings a unique perspective to trainers who want to become CNVC Certified Trainers. You will find this process quite different from most traditional training programmes. The Certification Team members who support trainer candidates on their journey toward certification are called "assessors." They create a partnership with a candidate -- what we call a “power with” process, rather than domination or “power over.” This paradigm shift allows assessors to carry out their roles in a spirit of shared respect and shared power. When you enter the certification process, we invite you to the challenge of experiencing this shift.

Your Commitment

By the time you become a CNVC Certified Trainer, you will have acquired:

  • A strong grounding in NVC consciousness, demonstrated by your views of social change and NVC spirituality, and by participating in an NVC community.

  • A deep understanding of the NVC process, and proficient teaching skills, as well as a willingness to continue to grow in all these areas.

  • At least one year of teaching NVC as a non-certified trainer, including leading workshops and practice groups; significant training experiences with at least three different CNVC Certified Trainers for guidance; at least 50 days of NVC training over the course of three to five years; along with training logs and personal NVC journals to help you chart your own progress and learning.

What's Next? The path to CNVC certification is comprised of six steps: pre-registration, registration, preparation for assessment (3-5 years), pre-assessment, assessment, certification, in sequence. The Certification Preparation Packet of materials is designed to support candidates in deepening their NVC consciousness, teaching skills, and understanding of NVC concepts. These materials are also designed to help candidates determine their own readiness for completing each phase.

Whether or not you decide to pursue CNVC certification, we hope that your enthusiasm for spreading and sharing NVC will continue. The “Guidelines for Sharing NVC for Individuals Who Are Not CNVC-Certified Trainers” is offered for your information. We request that you follow these guidelines, or contact Certification for further discussion.

The Certification Process is always subject to change. It is an ever evolving process which relies on feedback, and all involved want to ensure the system remains relevant and fit for purpose.
There are many other teams offering assessment around the world.