deBono Thinking Systems

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Instructor Certification


In order to be become a qualified trainer for Dr. Edward de Bono's Six Thinking Hats®, Lateral Thinking, The Power of Perception™, Focus on Facilitation™, Simplicity, or Six Value Medals™ you must complete the respective Certification process for the course you wish to teach, and maintain your certification status as managed by a dBTS Authorized Distributor.

By becoming an dBTS Certified Instructor of one or more de Bono courses you are entitled to use and teach the use of the tools in that particular course(s) to others, and agree to use the appropriate dBTS materials in your training. You may be certified as a Corporate Instructor, authorized to train company's employees and/or an Independent Instructor, enabling you to offer the dBTS programs to outside clients. You must re-certify every two years.

We are dedicated to maintaining the integrity and high quality of the de Bono courses every time they are taught. For that reason, certification courses are taught ONLY by Dr. de Bono or by dBTS Master Trainers who have proven knowledge and experience in teaching the courses and practicing the de Bono Thinking Systems methods.

Certification Courses

The multi-part, week long* certification process for each of the core de Bono Thinking Systems courses is designed for you to gain experience as both participant and teacher.

Each Certification begins with the complete full version of the respective dBTS course, followed by intensive training in the presentation, practice and facilitation of the dBTS tools. As part of your training, you will be guided through the comprehensive dBTS Certification Manual, which will serve as the basis of the courses you will teach post-certification.

After your certification in a de Bono Course, an Authorized Distributor in your region will work with you to maximize your training opportunities and abilities. They will assist you as needed with one-on-one feedback sessions, conduct re-certifications, as well as keep you updated with new techniques, materials and products. Their role is to support you and help to ensure the highest quality in all de Bono Thinking Systems courses.

To find a training seminar or certification course near you, please refer to the Global Training Schedule or contact an Authorized Distributor in your region.

*Certification course length varies by region as determined by that area's dBTS Authorized Distributor.