There are two ways of getting trained in the field of LEGO Serious Play methods and materials.
- Open Serious Play training session. One possibility is to attend one of the public Serious Play training courses that is listed on this website under the "Events" section.
- In-house training. Another possibility is to invite a trainer to provide a tailored in-house training session at your company. To identify an in-house trainer please post your request to our marketplace, then wait for the offers and choose the best trainer of LEGO Serious Play methodology who can help you.
The team running this community are also trainers in LEGO Serious Play methodology. Therefore, we have decided not to solicit for preferred trainers. The training providers who post their public events and those who work with the clients in house are all working on an open market. Should you have doubts about the quality of their work please get in touch with us and tell us about your experience and we would be glad to mediate your concerns.
Frequently Asked Questions about LEGO Serious Play Training
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®?
Yes. 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.
It is SO EXPENSIVE! Do you offer discounts?
Check the price of the training and potential group or non-profit discounts with your chosen trainer. The cost of training sessions varies between EUR 2000-3000 ($2500-3500), plus travel and accommodation.
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. Post on social media about your planned training session and see if you can pre-sell your LEGO Serious Play 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®?
Not any more. 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.
This means that even if somebody organizes training sessions at venues associated with LEGO or claims that their training is "LEGO Serious Play certification", there is no quality guarantee from LEGO Group. All the trainers are operating on an open market and are fully responsible for the quality of training contents themselves.
LEGO Group has still strongly suggested in the LEGO® Serious Play® Open Source Guide to take up training with one of the training providers 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 30 trainers providing public LEGO Serious Play training courses globally. Some provide custom training courses that focus on particular aspects of LEGO Serious Play methodology or in-house training using LEGO Serious Play.
- We first suggest you to first think WHY are you going to use your skills for. LEGO® Serious Play® for coaching does not necessarily need strategy applications, and vice versa. So prior to joining a training group, ask your trainer to send you a layout of the training sessions and explain you what skills will you acquire by attending their training.
- Different trainers have different styles. Some are academic. Others practical. Some traditional. Others innovative. Some emotional. Others distant. Some have experience in certain cultures. Others have a global view. We suggest you get in touch with them in person and ask them send you training videos where you can see them in action.
- Ask your trainers whether they have actual tasks where you need to practice and demonstrate your skills of running a workshop. Ask if they will also coach you after the training session is over.
- Some trainers restrict you and do not allow you use the acquired methodology in training setting. Make sure that you ask them first about any legal implications of training with them before signing up.
Can I train the others?
Yes! Of course! LEGO Serious Play methodology is Open-source. This means that anybody who wants can train the others. If you feel that you do have the necessary experience and feel qualified to do so then please get in touch with us. Please send us your references and write a few words about what is your Unique Sales Proposition as a trainer and we will give you the right to post your training events in our community Events section.
If you are just starting out and think that you would like to train others in the future, then be aware that some training providers may not allow you do that. Please make sure that you understand your obligations well before you sign up with a training provider and choose somebody with terms suitable to you.
What is the meaning of "Certified facilitator of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method and materials”
While the training providers call their training events "certification", in practice the training programmes differ a lot. Hence, there is no universal meaning of the word "Certified Facilitator".
Some trainers are offering certificates just for showing up at the training event. Others carefully review, assess, and ensure learning transfer based on predetermined learning outcomes. Some have developed training that provides basic knowledge, others have experience working in a variety of settings with proven results. Some are theoretical and allow the participants the to experience being facilitated, others provide practical masterclasses that allow the participants to facilitate groups in real life.
As of early 2019, there is no universal, independent and impartial body that would assess facilitators in their practice regarding their skills of facilitating with LEGO® Serious Play® methodology.
Until such assessment mechanisms are missing, we suggest you get in touch with the facilitator or a trainer of facilitators and ask them to provide you with a proven list of earlier references and explain their training approach.
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. :-)