Many consultants, trainers, coaches, and mediators have earned one or more of our certificates so they can provide their clients with the highest level of expertise in using the Thomas-Kilmann Instrument (TKI), our other assessment tools, and the eight tracks for quantum transformation.
Technically, however, you don’t need certification to purchase the TKI or any of our other self-report assessments. Instead, the primary purpose for receiving our certification is so you’ll use each assessment tool accurately and to its full potential—and thus you’ll be able to provide the best possible professional service to your clients.
We offer two foundational courses that not only examine the thread of self-aware consciousness (which runs through all our online courses), but also provide a grand overview of our entire series of courses on conflict management and change management. In addition, Quantum Transformation provides three self-report assessments, including the Kilmann-Covin Organizational Influence Survey and the Organizational Courage Assessment.
If it’s important to you to see THE BIG PICTURE at the start so you can learn how all the pieces fit together, then begin your process toward certification by taking the Expanding Consciousness Course and the Quantum Transformation Course. However, if you would first like to get some solid “hands-on” experience with the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI) and how it can improve conflict management in the workplace, then begin with either (1) BASIC Training or (2) ADVANCED Training, as described below. Indeed, some people prefer to take our two foundational courses after they’ve completed all of our other online courses, since Expanding Consciousness and Quantum Transformation can then serve as the integrative threads that tie everything together. Naturally, if your prime focus is on receiving certification for conflict management only (and not on any aspect of change management), you can then bypass our two foundational courses altogether (since the Final Exams for our two foundational courses are not required for our certification in conflict management).
If you’re still new to the TKI assessment and conflict management, we recommend you take our 80-minute course on BASIC Training in Conflict Management. If, however, you’re already well versed in the TKI and its uses, you can proceed by taking our 8-hour ADVANCED Training in Conflict Management.
Taking our BASIC and/or ADVANCED Training will enable you to develop and interpret individual TKI Profiles. Then you’ll be ready to take our GROUP Training in Conflict Management, where you will learn how to develop and interpret the more intricate group TKI Profiles. These Group TKI Profiles require members to complete two TKI assessments with modified instructions in each case: (1) INSIDE your group, how do you usually respond when you find your wishes differing from those of another group member? (2) OUTSIDE your group (across all other settings in your life), how do you usually respond when you find your wishes differing from those of another person?
The results from these two TKI assessments can then be sorted into HIGH and LOW scores that show how conflict modes are being used both INSIDE and OUTSIDE a group. Our GROUP Training course concludes by presenting the Conflict Management Matrix, which provides action recommendations that result from various combinations of (a) transforming systems, (b) developing people, and (3) transferring the conflict management wisdom from one group setting to another.
Even if you begin with the BASIC course and then take GROUP Training, however, you’ll still need to take the eight-hour ADVANCED course, since the latter is the foundation for a deep appreciation of the TKI and conflict management in organizations. Indeed, the knowledge learned in ADVANCED Training is used throughout our remaining online courses.
It will be most important for you to take and pass the Final Exam in the ADVANCED course, by receiving at least an 88 out of 100 points on 25 multiple-choice questions. By passing this exam, you’ll earn the Certificate for Advanced Training in Conflict Management:
Building on BASIC, GROUP, and ADVANCED Training in Conflict Management, the next step for additional certification is for you to take our series of online courses on change management.
These online courses, which parallel the eight tracks for quantum transformation, make further use of the TKI and also include several additional assessment tools: Kilmann-Saxton Culture-Gap® Survey, Kilmanns Organizational Belief Survey, Kilmanns Time-Gap Survey, and Kilmanns Team-Gap Survey.
It will be important for you to take and pass the Final Exam for the Critical Thinking Course, by receiving at least an 88 out of 100 points on 25 multiple-choice questions. By passing this exam, you’ll earn the Certificate for the Critical Thinking Course:
If you plan on taking several of our online courses, it will be most cost effective for you to take The Complete Program, which includes our sequence of 11 online courses and 8 assessment tools at a significant discount (including two TKI assessments). When you purchase The Complete Program, you’ll have access to all Course Manuals (for a total of 1,410 professionally designed pages), just as if you had purchased our courses one at a time. Moreover, instead of the expiration period of 90 days for each of the separately purchased courses, your purchase of The Complete Program gives you access to all our online courses for an entire year.
If you would like to focus on the Thomas-Kilmann Instrument, you can purchase The TKI Package of our three TKI-based online courses (which you can buy at a nice savings). With The TKI Package, you’ll have access to all three Course Manuals (for a total of 222 pages), just as if you had purchased these courses one at a time. And instead of the expiration period of 90 days for each of the separately purchased courses, your purchase of The TKI Package gives you access to the three courses for six months. Since these courses recommend that you take the TKI assessment twice, each with modified instructions, The TKI Package also includes your two TKI assessments.
If you successfully pass seven required Final Exams (EITHER Expanding Consciousness OR Quantum Transformation, ADVANCED Training, GROUP Training, Critical Thinking, EITHER Culture Management OR Team Management, EITHER Strategy-Structure OR Reward Systems, and Process Management), you’ll earn your “Certification for Conflict Management and Change Management.” This achievement represents our highest level of certification for using the TKI and our other assessment tools for both personal development and quantum transformation:
If you pass two required Final Exams (GROUP Training and ADVANCED Training in Conflict Management), you’ll earn your “Certification in the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument.” This achievement signifies your mastery of the TKI assessment for individuals, groups, and organizations (but excludes our courses on change management and thus mastery of change management):