Be a Leader in Regenerative Agriculture
Become a Holistic Management® Certified Educator
HMI Certified Educators play an important role in educating land stewards around the globe in regenerative agriculture to create healthy land and thriving communities. Most of them teach workshops, consult with farmers & ranchers and practice Holistic Management in their own operations. This training program is designed for those working with land stewards, professional educators, and consultants who want to attain the highest level of competency and teach others to reap the benefits of Holistic Management. It has been funded by the USDA five times to provide this agricultural leadership training and professional development to agricultural educators around the U.S. HMI is the ONLY organization that provides this rigorous training. You can find a current list of Educators in our community map and directory.
We offer an individualized two-year HMI Certified Educator Training Program. This program is overseen by HMI, which engages experienced and knowledgeable Certified Educators to mentor the candidates through the program.
This self-directed training program provides a solid foundation in effectively facilitating and coaching the principles and practice of Holistic Management. You can individualize your training by choosing where and how you will learn and take advantage of the international travel and exposure that increase your learning opportunities.
HMI staff will work with you to carefully select your mentoring team to maximize your learning experience. You will also receive support from HMI staff throughout your two-year program as well as a thorough evaluation of your learning portfolio and recommendations for further learning.
Please note that a prerequisite to HMI’s Certified Educator Training Program is the successful completion of 5 modules through one of HMI’s training programs (such as HMI’s Next Step Program).
The Training Experience
The two required content areas that you will be trained to teach are:
In addition, you will be trained to teach in three areas of your choice from the list below:
3) Holistic Marketing / Business Planning
4) Holistic Management® Grazing Planning
5) Holistic Management® Land Planning
6) Holistic Management® Biological Monitoring Planning
7) Holistic Cropping Planning
You will deepen your learning of this material and practice teaching and coaching it to your learning community that you develop as part of the program. You will begin assisting them through sharing information and giving them HMI templates to complete. You will have your mentor to help you provide effective feedback to your clients. When you are ready you will either assist an instructor in a place-based course or videotape a course you facilitate so it can be reviewed by HMI staff and your mentor. You will work with staff to review your lesson plans and curriculum before the event. Throughout your training, you will work closely with HMI staff and your mentor to maximize your learning, engage with the Holistic Management network, and explore different learning techniques. You will also have access to all HMI Curriculum including powerpoints, worksheets, agenda templates, manuals, as well as numerous webinars and support no matter your geographic location. We’ll connect you with HMI’s Certified Educator network so that you will develop your skills with some of the most innovative educators in the world!
We pull from a wide pool of Certified Educator mentors so you will be introduced to a broad range of knowledge and experience about Holistic Management and effective facilitation techniques. HMI staff works closely with these educators to make sure you get the support you need
To be accepted into HMI’s Certified Educator Training Program, you must demonstrate a basic level of Holistic Management practice and training. See the HMI Certified Educator Application for more information. You must successfully complete our Next Step training program or an HMI-approved training in order to apply for this program. One of your letters of reference must be from a Holistic Management® Certified Educator from which you have received training. You must also have a learning community that will support you in your learning process and with whom you can practice your instruction.
Note: You must have satisfactorily completed HMI’s Next Step training program or be able to present a satisfactory portfolio of completed assignments through other HMI-approved courses. You will need to submit coursework and/or a learning portfolio of previous training and assignments completed for that training. HMI will use that information to determine what previous training can count toward the Certified Educator Training Program. You cannot apply to the Certified Educator Training Program until that training is completed.
Your program mentor provides coaching when you need it through email, phone calls, and instruction as you develop your coaching opportunities with your learning community. Your mentor will also either help you directly or identify support resources within the Holistic Management practitioner and educator network and with HMI programming. You develop a learning plan that will evolve into a learning portfolio representing the work you have done to fulfill the program requirements. In your learning plan you identify the objectives you will meet and the strategies and action steps you will take to ensure you meet your objectives successfully. At the end of your first year, you complete a mid-term exam to determine your progress and where you need to further concentrate your efforts. You should have coached, assisted in teaching, or facilitated each module to your learning community in that first year.
In this second year you must focus on fulfilling your learning plan objectives and developing your portfolio including the development of a case study. As during the first year, you communicate monthly with the HMI Director of Programs and your program mentor. You must also complete your lead facilitation portion of the program with your learning community or other identified audiences.
Second year activities for your learning portfolio can include:
- Providing pro bono workshops, training sessions, or consultations for individuals and organizations outside your learning community.
- Writing articles for publication
- Developing Holistic Management projects locally
- Creating educational materials
- Getting further training in areas that improve your facilitation skills (e.g.,mediation)
- Gathering assessment of the work you have done
- Developing your case study
At the end of your second year you participate in an oral exit review with HMI staff, your program mentor, and another Certified Educator from HMI’s Technical Review Committee selected specifically for your area of specialization. Feedback from this review helps you as a Certified Educator. Once you have demonstrated competency in your oral exit review and have adequately documented your program efforts within your learning portfolio, including the completion of your case study, you will be identified as an HMI Certified Educator. Your name and contact information will be published in Holistic Management International publications and on our website.
From this point on you continue to have access to the resources listed above and will be eligible for referrals from HMI. You can also participate in training and consulting contracts with HMI as they arise and as skill or specialty area permits.
Most importantly, you are certified to teach Holistic Management and to market yourself as an HMI Certified Educator. This certification demonstrates that you have met the standards set forth by Holistic Management International to ensure the quality of the training or consulting services you provide. Certification is renewed annually each year.
Here’s What Some of Our Certified Educators Are Doing
- Teaching Holistic Management at universities and schools
- Leading international tours of businesses practicing Holistic Management
- Providing consultation or process consulting/coaching for individuals, businesses, families and communities
- Creating companies that offer management and/or financial planning services and sustainability evaluation
- Working with international development organizations around the world to offer training to their staffs and the indigenous populations they serve
- Working in their organizations to provide guidance in using Holistic Management® decision-making and planning
- Working for HMI as trainers and liaisons for communities and organizations as part of grant-funded community projects or our fee-based educational programs
The current list of HMI approved mentors are:
- Angela Boudro (Oregon)
- Blain Hjertaas (Canada)
- Brian Luce (Canada)
- Brian Wehlburg (Australia)
- Christina Allday-Bondy (New Mexico)
- Cindy Dvergsten (Colorado)
- Deborah Clark (Texas)
- Dick Richardson (Australia)
- Don Campbell (Canada)
- Elizabeth Marks (New York)
- Erica Frenay (New York)
- Graeme Hand (Australia)
- Jason Virtue (Australia)
- Jeff Goebel (New Mexico)
- Joel Benson (Colorado)
- John King (New Zealand)
- Joshua Dukart (North Dakota)
- Jozua Lambrechts (South Africa)
- Kelly Sidoryk (Canada)
- Larry Dyer (Michigan)
- Peggy Maddox (Texas)
- Peggy Sechrist (Texas)
- Phil Metzger (New York)
- Preston Sullivan (Mississippi)
- Ralph Tate (Nebraska)
- Richard King (California)
- Rob Rutherford (California)
- Roland Kroos (Montana)
- Seth Wilner (New Hampshire)
- Tony McQuail (Canada)
- Tracy Litle (Texas)
- Tuomas Mattila (Finland)
- Wayne Knight (South Africa)
Training Program Cost
The cost for this training program will vary per individual. However, there are some basic costs that will be universal for all trainees. The $4,500 fee for this program covers all training costs, educational materials, tests, learning portfolio evaluation, and mentoring. Depending on whom the trainee selects and additional needs of the trainee in regards to distance for travel, the travel, food, and lodging costs will vary from trainee to trainee and will not be covered under the cost of the program. These costs are the responsibility of the trainee.
For more information on this program, please contact:
Dr. Ann Adams
2425 San Pedro NE, Ste A
Albuquerque, NM 87110