“A great all round introduction to Action Learning. The course facilitators’ experience is clear and the course was well organised, interactive and thorough.”
— Nikki Wilson

Action Learning Facilitator training programmes

Learn the principles, process and skills required to set up, develop and facilitate Action Learning Sets. 

Action Learning Facilitation Essentials:  

This 3-day course provides an introduction to Action Learning and to equip you to confidently facilitate Action Learning Sets. You will leave with knowledge, experience and understanding of the Action Learning process having developed core facilitation skills.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Explain the Action Learning process, theory, roles and core principles

  • Describe the purpose of ground rules and use appropriate interventions to establish and maintain them

  • Support set members develop core questioning, listening and problem solving skills

  • Experience working in an Action Learning Set

  • Confidently facilitate Action Learning Sets

The course structure mimics that of the Action Learning cycle giving you a real experience of the process of Action Learning. It is a great tool to build collaborative working, problem-solving and learning.

Five places per course

Dates for Essentials Action Learning Facilitator Training

  • London

  • 6th, 7th and 28th February 2020

  • Fully booked

  • London

  • 28th, 29th May and 24th June 2020

  • Places available

  • London

  • 3rd, 4th and 23rd September 2020

  • Places available

  • London

  • 19th, 20th January and 8th February 2021

  • Places available

 Cost: £799 for self employed or organisations with a turnover of under £1M,  £899 for organisations with a turnover over £1M & £599 for students and fellows of the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE). We currently run our London open courses in partnership with the SSE at their London Bridge offices.

For more information about our courses give us a call or drop us an email. We can also tailor our courses to your organisation. Contact us for an informal chat about your needs. 

“Attending the Action Learning Facilitator Training with the Action Learning Centre was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my working life.”
— Vita Snowden, Founder, Creative Carers

Stretching Your Practice 1+ day course:

Want to enhance your practice?  Looking for ways to keep your Action Learning fresh and relevant? Our Stretching Your Practice day will add a variety of new approaches to your toolkit.

This course is for facilitators who have already attended the Essentials course or have previous action learning experience.  Learn how to use pictures and images, quick fire post-it rounds, metaphors and other tools and techniques to help keep your practice fresh and engage those you are working with. 

During this experiential course you will work as a Set and practice a variety of creative ways so you have first hand experience of them. 

Included is a two-hour webinar dedicated to answering your questions on implementing and setting up Action Learning programmes.  The webinar is led by two experienced Action Learning Centre facilitators who will share ideas, tips and practical solutions to help you successfully establish Action Learning Sets.

In summary the course consists of:

  • 1 day experiential course

  • Handouts and materials

  • Receive video feedback

  • Attend the webinar call and receive the recording

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Stretching your Practice course. The training was rich and powerful.
Before taking this course, I felt comfortable with the basics of Action Learning, but this course has moved me on in a big way. It’s not only given me more confidence to use different tools and techniques, it’s really helped me to be clear about ‘when to use them’ and ‘how to introduce them”.
— R. Gardner, Birmingham

Cost: £450 private companies and corporates, £400 for sole traders & 3rd sector organisations or £365 for those who previously attended the ALC Essentials course & SSE members


  • 6th December 2019

  • London

  • Booking now - 3 places available

If you would like to be contacted with future dates for this course please complete the enquiry form below.

For more details and dates contact us.

ILM endorsed award in Action Learning Facilitation:

Want to be able to show your credentials and know you are competent to set up and facilitate Action Learning programmes in your organisation or for clients?

 Attending our ILM endorsed course will give you just that. To gain our ILM Endorsed award you must first attend the three day Essentials course followed by the Stretching Your Practice course. Once you have completed both and have facilitated at least one Learning Set you will submit an assignment and reflective learning journal for assessment. 

“Nearly a year on from having attended the training I refer to the learning from it on a weekly basis. It’s equipped me with a set of tools and approaches that I’ve been able to embed into my own personal development while applying it across a broad range of my work. I would not hesitate in recommending this course.”

— Zoe Portlock, London

Cost for the ILM Endorsed programme is £625 or £595 for SSE Fellows.


  • 6th December 2019

  • London

  • Booking now - Places available

If you would like to be contacted with future dates for this course please complete the enquiry form below.

Facilitating Action Learning virtually

Already an experienced Action Learning facilitator? Want to learn how to apply your skills to facilitate virtually? 

This virtual Action Learning facilitation course for experienced facilitators is packed with information, tips and practice of facilitating virtually. 

You will explore the role of the facilitator in a virtual arena, similarities and differences to working in-person, learn how to intervene without the same physical cues and practice managing the technology and facilitating the group.   

In this participative course everyone will experience facilitating, presenting and observing.  You will have the option to continue your practice after the training, with access to a virtual meeting platform to practice as a self-facilitating group. 

Who is it for?

This course is for people who already facilitate Action Learning or have previously attended training to be an Action Learning facilitator and wish to expand their ability to offer virtual Action Learning to clients. 

Cost:  £455 private companies and corporates, £420 sole traders and 3rd sector organisations or £380 for SSE Fellows and those who previously attended the ALC 3-day course



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“An excellent training course on running ALS virtually under the wings of a highly skilled trainer. Through clear and patient guidance, we were helped to work through our anxieties and fears around technology and managing groups virtually.
To see first hand when things go wrong and how to pick up again was invaluable. Resources and recordings were made available - incredibly useful for learning and growth, not just as a virtual ALS facilitator but as a facilitator in general. Thank you so much!”
— Suri Patel

All our courses can be tailored specifically for Your organisation. Contact us for an informal chat about in-house courses and your requirements. 

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