NCI Charrette System™ Certificate Training - Core Level

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This training integrates scoping, budgeting and RFP writing into the NCI Charrette System to offer a truly collaborative project management process. Through this 2.5-day training, you will learn to activate the unique creative potential of all stakeholders as they engage in creating a transformative plan. Whether you are working on a community design, public policy or a company’s strategic plan, this course will equip you with a flexible, yet replicable, systematic project management process.

Content includes tools for gauging the length and cost of a charrette using project budget, political considerations, and design difficulty. Also included in the training are design thinking empathy and ideation tools, conflict resolution tools, social media, distance participation, keypad polling, web-based flip charts and touch tables for public design meetings.

This training is for anyone involved in transforming communities and organizations, including city and regional planners, public health staff, developers, architects, land and transportation planning consultants, and citizen advocates.

Individuals who complete the trainings are included in our online certificate holder database.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn a systematic approach to fostering creativity and innovation.
  • Identify and orchestrate the engagement of key stakeholders.
  • Learn how to create broad stakeholder support, reduce costly rework, and produce a plan with an exceptional design.
  • Gain a practical knowledge of the high- and low-tech collaborative planning tools and techniques used by leaders in the field.
  • Explore methods for facilitating a public, hands-on workshop that maximizes participation while assuring that no person or group dominates.
  • Practice using key NCI Charrette System tools and techniques, including: Guiding Principles, Project Charrette Products, Stakeholder Analysis and Outreach, Project Complexity Analysis, NCI Charrette System Roadmap, Charrette Ready Plan, and Charrette Scheduling.

The NCI trainings consistently attract top practitioners in the field from across the US and abroad. Students report that one of the most valuable aspects of the course is learning from others and establishing beneficial relationships in the field of community planning.


Sample training agenda (PDF).

Continuing Education

This course is approved for continuing education by the AIA for learning units, the AICP for certification maintenance credits, and the ASLA for professional development hours.