When it comes to training the DiSC model you ultimately don’t need to be certified. However, taking the initiative to become a certified DiSC trainer will help prepare you with the resources and tools that you need to present the information and engage with people in your organization effectively.

When you complete any of the Wiley certification courses, you will be provided with resource material you can use to customize to the needs of your organization. Whether your organization is large or small, having the certification expertise will help solidify your authority when delivering the DiSC principles to your employees.

The purpose of DiSC is to elevate your business by improving office relationships, better communication, and develop workplace culture in a way that produces effective results in an efficient manner.

By becoming a certified trainer, you will be able to increase your confidence and knowledge of the DiSC model. If you are planning to teach a DiSC training session to your organization, you will likely have the employees complete a DiSC profile assessment prior to the training. It will be very important for you as the trainer to review their results prior to the session. This way you can have a more hands-on and personable approach to training. You will be able to have a better indication of the mix of DiSC styles within the training group and come prepared to answer questions as they will relate to the participants you’ll be training.

DiSC styles vary based on the individual’s key personality style. While we all have a degree of each style, one behavior will take priority over the others. Knowing the DiSC styles of the participants will educate you with relevant knowledge and resources of how to improve communication and diffuse conflict within the workplace. In completing a DiSC certification course you will be able to have access to additional resources of information related to each of the DiSC styles.

Whether your course is in person, virtual, or a hybrid of the two, it’s important to come prepared. In your preparation you will want to set realistic times for how long you plan your training sessions to go. When presenting, be thoughtful and articulate. Allow time for thinking so plan thoughtful questions that are open ended that will encourage critical thinking and self-reflection.

With that said, don’t be afraid of silence when you ask a question. Different DiSC styles will have different needs and methods of internalizing and interpreting the information that they are provided. When asking a question, the “i” style might be ready to jump in with a response because they are more personable and willing to share. Compared to a C style who will want to have all the information before responding to a question as they’ll want to internalize and come up with a calculated response to the question.

So while other DiSC styles might speak to think, another DiSC style may be more inclined to think before they speak. As you present, you’ll also want to recap and reiterate the principles that you are teaching so that you can clarify information that may be confusing. You will want to schedule breaks to allow people to have time to process the information and then come back refreshed ready to start again. And finally, end on time. In your preparation you can budget for silence and plan for virtual sessions to take a bit longer. This way you can adapt and adjust the information you’ll share. You may need to plan multiple meetings that build on each other, versus one long training.

Whatever you decide, while a formal DiSC certification isn’t required for training, it is strongly encouraged. It will save you valuable time, providing you with the training tools, graphics, and presentation materials needed so you’ll be able to meet the needs of the employees within your workplace more proactively.