Course Description

Advanced DT Facilitation Training Online – April 2021

South Africa

This interactive Advanced (Design Thinking) Facilitation training will equip you with the skills to expertly design and develop Design Thinking workshops tailored to projects challenges. It will cover techniques to deal with complex situations typically prevalent during Design Thinking projects for both an online and offline environment.

Online sessions

During 6 personally facilitated live Online Classroom sessions we combine personal coaching with interactive doing sessions during which you will learn how to create an environment where participants feel confident to take creative leaps and drive innovation.

We will encourage you to stretch your comfort zones (as a facilitator) by trying advanced facilitation techniques that will help you deal with the common blockages and challenges experienced during Design Thinking workshops (and outside of them).

Certification Option

In parallel to and beyond the course, you will be encouraged to identify and run a Design Thinking project. Should you wish to be certified you will need to submit work completed according to templates provided within 8 weeks.

The certification track continues for 8 weeks beyond the course to give you the chance to find a project and become certified as a Design Thinking facilitator.

To learn more about the DT Facilitation Certification of Competence please click this link:


To advance your online facilitation skills in designing and facilitating Design Thinking workshops we will focus on the following essential areas for advanced DT Facilitation:

Planning and Kick-off: Improve your ability to kick-off and lead remote and multi-disciplinary collaboration geared towards customer-centred outcomes;

Workshop and project flow: Develop your approach to planning for and setting up online sessions inspiring creativity while keeping the flow from session to session;

Handling Complexity: Learn how to deal with project complexity, including different personality and learning types as well as surfacing organisational bias and challenges;

Principles and Mindsets: Practice setting up sessions related to the DT principles and mindsets (across divergent and convergent thinking activities) to enable team capability

Engaging Creative teams: Learn how to use templates or design your own while ensuring the transfer of shared meaning between workshop participants through engaged interaction and techniques that surface insights and novel ideas

You will receive live guidance and personal coaching from our expert facilitators during the program


This course is for experienced Design Thinking practitioners and facilitators who seek a higher level of proficiency in catalysing creative thinking for innovation oriented projects.

You should be formally trained as a design thinker and/or have worked as a facilitator in Design Thinking or related disciplines to Design Thinking. You should have some basic understanding of platforms used to deliver online sessions (e.g. Mural, Miro, Zoom etc ).

If you’re entirely new to the topic of online facilitation, we’d recommend you attend first our Online Design Thinking Facilitation course or Advanced Design Thinking for Creative Leadership.

3-Week Advanced Design Thinking Facilitation Course (Certificate of completion)

The 3-Week advanced course consists of 6 modules, focusing on the key elements of becoming an advanced facilitator. Each week consists of interactive Online Classroom sessions, followed by group work. After the course, you will share your experience and receive tips & tricks from our expert facilitators during the Coaching Session. To embed your knowledge we recommend continuing your learning journey with the following optional certification program.

8-Week Design Thinking Certification (Certificate of  Competence)

The 8-week program will be initiated and lead by you in a relevant environment  where you are able to bring about positive transformation. It should be bight-sized to enable you to facilitate at least one cycle of the Design Thinking framework in 8 weeks.

You will be required to produce a proof of work (PoW) completed as well as evidence of at least 16 hours of facilitation over the 8 weeks with a group of participants.

To finalise your certification you will complete an oral with experienced DesignThinker Academy facilitators from around the world.

On boarding
1 week before the first module we invite you to join us in the online environment to meet your facilitators and fellow participants. We find it very important that you feel comfortable, secure and motivated to work together for the upcoming weeks in this online learning environment.

Module 1 : Kicking off a DT Project on a positive note
1 x 3 hour Online Classroom session,

Module 2: Workshop preparation and flow
1 x 3 hour Online Classroom session,

Module 3: Handling Complexity – managing self in tense situations
1 x 3 hour Online Classroom session,

Module 4: Principles and mindsets for desirable outcomes
1 x 3 hour Online Classroom session,

Module 5: Engaging creative teams
1 x 3 hour Online Classroom session,

Module 6: Reflection and Certificates plus 8-week kick off

1 x 3 hour Online Classroom session,

Optional Certification of Competence

Embed your learnings by running a project and documenting your lessons through guided practice and written reflections

Oral will be held during the month of July

Certificate & Toolkit
After completing the 3-Week program and assignments you can celebrate your achievement of becoming a skilled facilitator! You will receive your personal Design Thinkers certificate and access to the online Toolkit that you can use freely.

Coaching Session
It is crucial to practice your new facilitation skills in the ‘real world’ on short notice. During the online course you will work on preparing a real facilitation opportunity within your organization or working environment. After you have facilitated your first “real-world” Design Thinking session, you can discuss challenges you encountered with our expert facilitators and exchange experiences with your peers in the Coaching Session.

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About this Event

Length: 3 Weeks, 6 x 3 hour sessions & homework (minimum 1 hour)

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (SAST/CET)

Thursday 8 April: session 01
Tuesday 13 April : session 02
Thursday 15 April : session 03
Tuesday 20 April: session 04
Thursday 22 April: session 05
Thursday 29 April: session 06

Optional Certification of Competence: 29th April – 30th June

Online platforms: Miro & Zoom
Language: English
Max. participants: 12


Early Bird Ticket Price: R 15 450,00 (for South African/African Nationals)
until 22 March 2021

Regular Ticket Price: R 16 650,00

Optional Certification of Competence Price: R 4 995,00

These prices are for South African / African nationals.

Prices are excluding VAT.

Your ticket includes access and use of the online environments (Miro & Zoom) for the duration of the course. All tools and materials are also available after the course for personal use.

Certificate of Completion: A certificate from DesignThinkers Academy is awarded to participants who successfully complete the 3-week course.

Optional Certificate of Competence: A certificate of Competence is issued to those who submit Proof of Work completed to a satisfactory level (8 week project)

Discounts are available for teams signing up, Freelancers, Non-Profits and Government Organizations.

If you are based outside South Africa we will not charge you VAT.


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