We are frequently receiving questions about training on LEGO Serious Play methods and materials. Therefore we have compiled here the most frequently asked questions and pointers to look for further information.
Is it worth to be trained in LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®?
If you plan to start working as a LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitator we strongly suggest you to go through training that provides you with in-depth knowledge and hands-on skills that you need to start working as a practicing facilitator. Review the training calendar to find out about the events close to your region:http://seriousplaypro.com/events/
It is SO EXPENSIVE! Do you offer discounts?
The cost of training sessions varies between EUR 2000-3000 ($2500-3500), plus travel and accommodation. We suggest you get in touch with the trainer and see if there are discounts available for groups.
However, given that you will probably be using LEGO Serious Play for your professional work, we suggest you to be inventive and identify the ways of making business with the method already prior to attending the seminar. There are many other ideas. Post on social media about your planned training session and see if you can pre-sell workshops to your friends, family or clients. Find a champion who would like to introduce the method to their company. Sell this idea to your boss.
One of the ways of making it affordable is to host a training event in your area. If you can find a group of 5-10 other people who are interested in training on LEGO Serious Play in your area then perhaps as a contribution of your skillful hosting you may either enjoy the event for free or even profit yourself.
If you find it very difficult to raise funds for the training we suggest you to start self-educating. There are many wonderful books that you can read about facilitation.
Will LEGO train me in LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®?
No. In 2009 LEGO Group provided the final training sessions on LEGO Serious Play. Thereafter in 2010 the LEGO Group made LEGO® Serious Play® Open Source. This means that the LEGO Group does not offer any kind of training. This also means that no training provider is officially linked to LEGO.
However, LEGO Group has strongly suggested in the LEGO® Serious Play® Open Source Guide to take up training to make sure that when you facilitate, you would be informed about the skills that are needed to be a skillful group facilitator.
How to choose the best training provider?
There are more than dozen different trainers providing public training courses on LEGO Serious Play methods globally. Furthermore, there are even more trainers who are providing custom-built training courses that focus on particular aspects of LEGO Serious Play methodology or they provide in-house training using LEGO Serious Play.
Facilitator training sessions by experienced LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® trainers are an investment. They usually require 2-5 day training and putting in individual work. The cost of training sessions normally varies between EUR 2000-3000 ($2500-3500), plus travel and accommodation.
- We first suggest you to first think WHY are you going to use your skills for. If you plan to use LEGO® Serious Play® for your coaching clients then you might not need to know real time strategy applications. So prior to joining a training group, ask your trainer to provide you a thorough layout of the training sessions and explain you what kind of skills will you acquire by attending their training.
- Different trainers have different styles. Some of them are academic. Others practical. Some very emotional. Others distant. Some have experience in certain cultures. Others have a global view. We suggest you choose well and make sure that you would be comfortable with your chosen trainer and happy with the result. Ask them send you training videos where you can see them in action.
- Some trainers just run "training factories" - it does not matter if you gained any skills or not. Ask them whether their training has actual homework whereby you need to demonstrate your skills of actually running a workshop. Ask if they will also coach you after the training session is over. Whether this coaching is a part of the package or if it costs extra.
What is the meaning of "Certified facilitator of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method and materials”
There are some facilitators who have adopted fancy-looking badges that state that they are certified facilitators. In practice this does not provide a certificate of quality.
All current LEGO® Serious Play® certification processes as of early 2017 just offer certificates for showing up at an training event. Provided you complete the training course you get a certificate of completion (no matter what your skill level or competency, this kind of certification does not mean people who are "certified" have met quality assured standards of practice). There is NO independent body of certification who is certifying the knowledge, skills, capabilities, values or competencies of different facilitators who claim to be "certified".
Until such certification mechanisms will be put in place, we suggest you get in touch with the facilitator and ask them to provide you with a proven list of earlier references.
What are different applications that I can get trained in LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®?
In the 2010 LEGO® Open Source Guide LEGO® said, 'New applications will be developed by the international community of users, and may be shared online. In this new phase, we welcome creative uses of these tools, and innovation in the community.'
Applications are different blueprints for facilitation sessions. Some trainers are rigid about their applications, asking their trainees to follow their applications closely. Others provide more flexible roadmaps that given you a generic direction on how to facilitate e.g. a strategy session, a teambuilding event or an ideation workshop.
We suggest you to get in touch with your chosen facilitator and ask what applications does their training programme cover. If they say that it covers "everything" then do not believe them and ask them kindly be more precise on what example workshop uses will their trainees be able to start working on the next day once the training session finishes. :-)