Add the globally recognized CQ® and Unconscious Bias Certifications to your professional credentials and help others improve their multi-cultural interactions.  Our certification and train-the-trainer programs will equip you to use and distribute our world-class, research-based tools to share the proven benefits of Cultural Intelligence.

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CQ Certification Overview

A growing number of organizations are looking for qualified CQ facilitators to help them assess and develop cultural intelligence. Certification with the Cultural Intelligence Center provides the only valid accreditation for using the CQ assessments and trainings.

The certification process begins with the CQ Certification course, providing an in-depth understanding of the CQ model and research, and full accreditation to administer and use the CQ assessments in individual coaching, student courses or group workshops.

To advance your qualifications, you can then complete our train-the trainer programs. The CQ train-the-trainer and Unconscious Bias train-the-trainer courses fully equip you to facilitate the Developing Cultural Intelligence and/or CQ Your Bias workshops within your own organization or consulting practice. You receive all the materials needed to lead these proven-successful workshops, rather than having to develop your own. Participants are also welcome to incorporate content and activities into their own sessions.

In addition, we offer a CQ for Teams Workshop. If you are interested in facilitating the workshop, we offer CQ for Teams train-the-trainer.

Why Should You Get Certified?

differentiate yourself

Businesses, educational institutions, and government agencies are realizing that cultural intelligence is more than just a “nice-to-have” – it is the difference between success and failure in today’s multicultural and globalized world.

Scientifically Validated

The CQ framework is rooted in rigorous academic research conducted across more than 100 countries. Our programs will equip you to administer rigorous, research-based tools.

Get Empowered

CQ Certification courses equip you with all the necessary tools to facilitate workshops for your colleagues or clients on your terms. We provide you with the resources to prepare your organization for success.

Online Options

Most of our virtual certification programs are held in a live, virtual classroom. You will have unlimited access to on-demand insights on our CQ Learning Portal, all from the comfort of your home or office. We do offer in-person certification events throughout the year.

Gain A Competitive Edge

Industries around the world want to maximize productivity in the global market. Getting certified will equip you with highly coveted global skills and credentials.

Get Connected

Individuals from over 40 countries are CQ Certified, and over 200,000 have taken our CQ Assessment. Join our international CQ community.


Earn Continuing Education Credits

The Cultural Intelligence Center is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. The CQ Certification course is accredited by ICF for continuing education credits - Earn Continuing Education Credits ICF Members can earn CCE credits (Core Competencies: 7; Resource Development: 5) upon completion of CQ Certification.


Receive a Digital Certificate

Share your digital certificate on LinkedIn or include on your resume. Use the digital certificate to validate your own cultural intelligence.

Certification Fast Facts

Over 100,000 CQ Explorers Globally

One of the main benefits of becoming CQ Certified is that you can spread the transformative power of CQ across the world by reaching those interested in improving their cultural intelligence.

65% of Certification Participants are referred by a colleague

We are thrilled that so many people refer their colleagues to our certification programs. Word of mouth is the best endorsement out there.

There are over 2300 certified facilitators across the globe

Of the 2300 certified facilitators globally, a small percentage are Association Facilitators, Master Facilitators or CQ Champions. Of the 2300+ CQ Certified Facilitators globally, about 33% are in Education, 29% are professionals within corporate or non-profit organizations, 32% are independent consultants, and 6% are in faith-based organizations.

Certification Options


This 2-day program offers an in-depth look at the CQ model and equips you to use CQ assessments.
$ 2695 One-Time
  • Learn how to effectively debrief the CQ Assessment Feedback Report
  • Receive a full set of research-based strategies for improving CQ
  • Gain life-time access to the full suite of CQ assessments at discounted rates
  • Early Bird and Multi-Course Discount Available


This 2 day train-the-trainer program equips you to teach CQ sessions.
$ 2295 One-Time
  • Learn how to facilitate the Developing CQ© Workshop (half-day and full-day versions)
  • Receive a full set of training materials for teaching CQ (facilitator manual, slides, participant materials, etc.)
  • Gain practice teaching CQ to others
  • Early Bird and Multi-Course Discount Available


This 2 day train-the-trainer program, equips you to teach unconscious bias using CQ.
$ 2295 One-Time
  • Learn how to facilitate the CQ© Your Bias Workshop (4 hour and 6 hour versions)
  • Receive a full set of training materials for teaching about bias (facilitator manual, slides, participant materials, etc.)
  • Gain practice teaching about bias to others
  • Early Bird and Multi-Course Discount Available

Get Started!

Cultural Intelligence Certification events are held virtually and in major cities around the world.  Refer to the Certification calendar below for upcoming program schedules, pricing, and to register.  Click on one of the links below to explore and purchase one of our certification programs.

View CQ Certification | View CQ Train the Trainer | View Unconscious Bias TTT | CQ for Teams Train the Trainer

Download the complete 2023 Certification Schedule.

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