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Certified Systems Thinking Consultant (CSTC)

Certified Systems Thinking Consultant (CSTC)

Become a Certified Systems Thinking Consultant (CSTC) and stand out from the crowd. You'll be the leader in handling organizational challenges, controlling unforeseen events, and reducing risks. Question the norm, grasp dynamic behaviour, and nurture creative solutions. Start your journey today and become an authority in systems thinking.

The Certified Systems Thinking Consultant (CSTC) certification is designed for individuals who aspire to be top-notch professionals and leaders in the industry. It equips them with advanced systems thinking knowledge and skills that enable them to navigate complex challenges with confidence and achieve successful breakthroughs.

In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, the demand for systems thinking is higher than ever. Organizations are increasingly seeking professionals who can navigate complexity and drive improvement across all facets of their operations. As such, the CSTC certification not only enhances your problem-solving toolkit but also makes you a highly sought-after professional in your field.

  • Address complex challenges: In today’s interconnected world, challenges are seldom isolated. Systems thinking allows you to see the big picture and understand how changes in one area might affect another. This holistic view can lead to more effective and sustainable solutions.
  • Enhance your Career prospects: As a Certified Systems Thinking Consultant, you’ll stand out from your peers. The certification demonstrates your commitment to continuous learning and mastery of a highly sought-after skill set.
  • Improve decision making: Systems thinking improves decision-making by considering all potential impacts of a decision, reducing unintended consequences and increasing overall effectiveness.
  • Unveil opportunities: By understanding how different parts of an organization interact, you can identify inefficiencies and opportunities for improvement that others might miss.
  • Become a change agent: With the CSTC certification, you’ll be equipped to lead change initiatives in your organization or with your clients, making you a valuable asset in any team.
  • Must be a certified CSTP Practitioner credential holder and be in good standing.
  • Provided a minimum of 30 hours of presentations on diverse topics related to systems thinking in community settings.
  • Must have 2000 hours of experience in the last three years of applying systems concepts and approaches.

If you meet the prerequisites above, you can submit your application via the STA portal. Once the evaluation process is complete, you will receive you Certified Systems Thinking Consultant (CSTC) certificate.

  • You must earn 30 Learning and Development Units (LDUs) annually to maintain your CSTC certification.

 

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Absolutely! Once you've earned your CSTP Practitioner certification and have decided to advance to the CSTC level, specific guidelines to help you prepare for your community presentation will be made available to you. These resources are designed to streamline your progression and ensure your success on this journey.

While it's recommended to conduct presentations within the Systems Thinking Alliance Community due to our established feedback mechanism, you're not restricted to it. You're welcome to present to other systems thinking communities as well. We provide guidelines for documenting your experiences in these situations. A combination of both can also work effectively

Any work that involves the application of systems concepts, specific approaches, or a combination thereof can be considered relevant systems thinking experience. During the application process, you'll be asked to provide a detailed write-up regarding the hours you've spent on such activities.

The associate and practitioner certifications provide a comprehensive list of systems thinking concepts and approaches. This list is accessible during the CSTC application process. If you're uncertain whether your experience qualifies, don't hesitate to contact us with your questions.

The duration varies as there's no fixed timeframe. We encourage you to take your time to provide quality responses. For some, this may mean spending several weeks collecting information and contemplating more reflective questions. The emphasis is on thoroughness over speed.

We aim to complete the review process within two weeks from the date your application is submitted. However, please note that this timeframe is an estimate and not a guarantee.

Ideally, you should aim to respond to any additional questions from the reviewer within a week. However, if you need more time, you can request an extension. To minimize the chances of needing to do this, we recommend following our application guidance thoroughly when initially submitting your application.

If your application fails to meet all the necessary requirements, it will be put on hold. This is to give you time to address any gaps identified by the reviewer. Please note that applications put on hold are closed after one year, so you will need to submit a new application if you do not complete the necessary changes within that time frame.

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