Community membership overview

Community Membership Overview

There are a variety of entities or group associations that fit the purpose of being a community. These could typically include professional governing bodies, education and training institutions or acceptable individual training service providers, organisational departments, or brand associations. If you lead or are involved in training for your community or organisation then you are on the right page. If you are an individual practitioner or profesional please see and register from this page.

Benefit to community / organisation

The landscape over the last few decades in terms of the knowledge and information paradigm shifted dramatically. All the more businesses or experienced individual practitioners are providing their own training, developing their own cutting edge technology in the helping industry and thereby create their own practitioner networks. New professions and helping roles flourish and the old modernistic paradigm simply cannot keep up.

Community organisations who register their members (when giving training) and those who are trained give the clients of those organisations and its members the ease of mind that they are held accountable by a third party (SignoPro) as it relates to ethics, professionalism and best practices in various roles or professions. This happens in conjunction with SignoPro’s accountability structures, designation levels, practice number award, professional community development, and further practitioner development focus.

The concern from the perspective of clients/public, and peer-regulating bodies

Case example: A service provider for StrengthsFinder (could be any other worksheet based instrument) trains its delegates to be knowledgeable in what the results of the worksheet/analysis means for the clients the delegates will eventually see. It is not unheard of that such practitioners market themselves as coaches. However they have not received coach-training but rather adequate training in interpreting the results of what the worksheet covers. While they can think of themselves as practitioner-consultants, given the international standards of coaching (also mentoring, counselling and other helping roles/professions) they are not technically coaches. This is where SignoPro helps by leveling out the gaps so that those practitioners may well promote themselves as coaches by allowing SignoPro to join them on their professional journey.

If delegates did indeed receive actual coach training (or SignoPro is satisfied that the internal training covers sufficient coaching knowledge) then based on SignoPro’s understanding of the various workseet based instruments and the helping profession/role of coaching, delegates are welcome to register in the appropriate coach category – which they might find difficult with some regulating bodies.

In order for delegates to benefit and obtain CPD points in the category of coaching, the organisation and the delegate will need to sign up as members. From that point onwards the organisation’s training will qualify for CPD points for its members or delegates.

Register as a relevant community of knowledge and practice

Any community who joins (if it is a formal entity) simply join by filling out two ‘individual membership’ electronic forms (included below): one person on the leadership filling out the form on behalf of the community/organisation and another person who will act as the person accountable for the training.

Registration forms

  • Registration for individuals and those signing up the community (click here)
  • Registration for members of the community or organisation (the organisation can also submit this separately on a spreadsheet on behalf of its members) (click here)

Who joins as community/ organisational members?

Several groups may join as community members:

  • Peer-professional governing bodies
  • Education and training institutes, organisational training departments, training centres or networks (e.g.StrengthsFinder, MBTI, Eneagram, Shadowmatch, NBI, other; where recognition to practitioners are given as coaches, mentors, facilitators provided they adhere to foundations of those roles which we can help with)
  • Corporate training departments, Brand associations with an informal or formal following in various forms (students, members, employees, other)

More about different types of communities

Community membership is one of the types of memberships at Signo Professional (The others are individual and organisational/corporate membership).

There are a variety of entities or group associations that fit the purpose of being a community. These could typically include professional governing bodies, education and training institutions, brand associations.

Professional governing body

Education and training organisations, centres or institutes

Brand association

What is the relationship between Signo and the members, students, participants of any of the above communities?

It does make a difference which community one is talking about. In general the basic assumption is that all individuals of any community also become members at Signo but for various purposes.

  • If the community is a professional governing body the individual will hold two memberships and be encouraged to actively participate in what that particular professional governing body has to offer. Still they will also derive benefit through the governing body’s relationship with Signo.
  • If the community is a training institute or a kind of brand association it would depend on how the institute or brand sees the relationship they want to have with their students or course participants (or they may even be seen as institute- or brand members, practitioners, affiliates, or other description).
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