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Note: This training combines our previous “Introduction to Dynamic Planning” and “Continuing Dynamic Planning” trainings. It is equivalent to the NCI Charrette Planner® Certificate

2015 Certificate Trainings

NCI Charrette System™ Certificate NCI Charrette Management and Facilitation™ Certificate

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"This course provided me with the details required to explain to clients the complexities, and value added, associated witha charrette process."

-- Andrew Raus, Bergman Associates

NCI Charrette System™ Certificate Training


This 3-day training illustrates the capability of the NCI Charrette System™ for all aspects of community planning. Participants learn the practical NCI Charrette System™ skills, tools and techniques through interactive, hands-on exercises practiced on four case study types:

2015 Upcoming Public Trainings

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Who should take this course

The training is ideal for planners, designers, and developers specializing in sustainable development, transportation, public works, and transit as well as citizen advocacy.

Course Content

The purpose of this training is to teach the tools and techniques for planning and running a successful project using a NCI charrette or other collaborative tools and give participants a practical understanding of the power of the NCI Charrette System™ to create sustainable communities.

The course begins with a comprehensive overview of the entire NCI Charrette System™ including a day-by-day account of the process and products of a recent charrette. This overview sets the framework for the in-depth case study exercises, conducted in a small team format. The goal of the exercises is to teach the essential tools for assessing and planning a project and selecting the right design tool. The assessment and organizational tools include Guiding Principles, Objectives and Measures, Stakeholder Analysis, Project Roadmap, and Design Phase Schedule. Also covered are discussions of charrette or design team capabilities and chemistry, design studio set-up, budgets and stories from famous charrette successes and failures.

One major benefit of this training is meeting and working with your fellow students. 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 each other and establishing beneficial relationships with others in the field of community planning.

You will gain a practical, working knowledge of the most advanced tools and techniques used by the leaders in community planning. Depending on your skill and experience level, upon completion of the training you will be able to host or conduct a NCI charrette.

Training Agenda

Exercises are performed by small groups (8 max.) using case studies

NCI Charrette System Certificate Training Agenda


This 3-day, intensive training will be offered to the public several times per year. Register through the NCI website or partnering organizations. See the above list of dates for upcoming trainings. This training is also available in-house at your location. Please contact us for details and availability.

Training Curriculum Contributors

This course is accredited with the AIA for 18 continuing education hours (CEHs), the AICP for 18 certification maintenance (CM) credits, the ASLAfor LA CES for 18 professional development hours (PDH), andthe CNU for 18 CNU-A continuing education credits. AIA CES logo AICP CM logo
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