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Become a licensed trainer in Facilitating Restorative Conferences.

The IIRP conducts a three-day "Training of Trainers" to teach experienced practitioners how to facilitate the two-day "Facilitating Restorative Conferences" professional development event. 

Once trained, participants will be licensed trainers and able to provide this two-day offering within their agency or limited geographical area. For organizations that have already held some amount of on-site training from the IIRP, this will provide a cost-effective way to continue to train new staff by becoming capable of providing this high-quality training "in-house." For others, it provides a way to initiate the implementation of restorative practices in your setting or conduct training in your locale.

The IIRP also offers a Training of Trainers for our two most popular events, Introduction to Restorative Practices and Using Circles Effectively.

When am I eligible to take the Training of Trainers?

The Training of Trainers Programs are for experienced restorative practitioners. It is integral that you have participated in or facilitated a restorative conference prior to registering for the training of trainers program. Individuals should be well versed in restorative practices and should be able to share their own restorative conferencing experiences during the training.

Complete the request form to receive more Training of Trainers information.

Steps to Become a Licensed Trainer:
  1. Attend the prerequisite Facilitating Restorative Conferences event. If you have yet to attend this training, view upcoming dates here.
  2. Gain experience using these practices in your setting. It is integral that you have participated in or facilitated a restorative conference prior to registering for the training of trainers program.
  3. Register for the three-day Training of Trainers. These are scheduled throughout the year. The training of trainers can also be held on-site at your organization with a minimum of four (4) and a maximum of twelve (12) participants.
  4. Complete a Licensing Agreement with the IIRP outlining the potential target audience — who and where you would like to train, agreeing to all terms of the agreement. The IIRP will ask that this be narrowly defined, such as within a specific organization or limited geographical area.
  5. Start training and get experience.
  6. Sign up for the IIRP's free ongoing Trainer Development webinars. This is an opportunity to receive extra support from IIRP's master trainers for developing your skills and receive useful feedback on providing the highest quality training. (Access to webinars provided once licensing process is complete.)

To ensure professional development quality and fidelity, the IIRP expects trainers to meticulously comply with their licensing agreements:

  • Trainers must use the scripts, digital presentations, videos, role plays and prescribed activities that are provided for each professional development event.
  • Trainers must offer IIRP professional development events in their prescribed sequence or configuration and must provide them as a whole day.
  • Trainers who provide other kinds of trainings must clearly identify in advance to their attendees when they are not IIRP professional development events.
  • Trainers must buy and provide each trainee with a copy of the paperback book related to each IIRP professional development day. The IIRP books ensure that trainees have permanent access to a wealth of information related to each topic without the burden of taking notes.
  • Trainers must pay the annual licensing fee.
  • All professional development materials (scripts, digital presentations, videos, role plays, etc.) are provided to licensed trainers. The IIRP wants to ensure that its materials are not being used by unauthorized trainers and that they are kept up-to-date.
  • IIRP professional development must be delivered as taught in the training of trainers and in accordance with updated materials to ensure they can be integrated with IIRP hybrid graduate courses.
  • Trainers must check with the IIRP before agreeing to conduct IIRP professional development events outside of their identified institution or geographic area so they do not infringe on the rights of other IIRP trainers.

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