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Join an elite group of highly-qualified human resource and organizational development managers, consultants, and educators who are using WorkPlace Big Five ProfileTM and Big Five research to lead their organizations confidently into the future. and

Learning what makes a cohesive, engaged, and productive workforce has been our passion since we opened our doors. We have devoted our lives to understanding people – their complexities, strengths and motivations. Jump into our world by participating in the Paradigm Core Certification Program and elevate your organization to new heights with the insights you gain.

WorkPlace Big Five ProfileTM Certification

Unlock success in the workplace.

Experience a comprehensive training that empowers YOU to apply the WorkPlace Big Five ProfileTM in your organization.

In our WorkPlace Big Five ProfileTM Certification, you will learn how to:

  • Avoid both costly hiring mistakes and development that misses the mark.
  • Leverage the WorkPlace Big Five Profile framework to bring out the best in leaders, teams , employees and new hires.

  • Create a culture of engagement and productivity

  • Apply your new WorkPlace knowledge to real-world, business case studies

In an interactive, blended learning format in a cohort from diverse industries, regions, and experience.


When are the Core Certification Programs?

Programs are listed here. Contact us for Cohort Certification dates and course schedules.

I’m familiar with the Big Five Model of Personality, but I don’t think I am an “expert” yet. Will this program make me a subject-matter expert or just cover things I already know?

The Core Certification Program covers basic and in-depth WorkPlace Big Five™ applications to help human resources professionals solve problems in all aspects of organizational development. You do not have to be a subject-matter expert when you take the course, but you will be well on your way to being one when you complete it.

My organization needs an upgrade. Will this program help us?

Definitely. The Big Five, or Five Factor Model of Personality is the gold standard in psychological research. Our WorkPlace Big Five Profile™ product builds on this research with in-depth assessments and reports that provide a nuanced look into personality traits as they apply to the workplace and the schoolplace. Organizations that use the Five Factor Model are at the head of the pack in organizational development and as a result, have more engaged and more productive workforces.

I am already certified in several other assessments and would like to add a Big Five assessment to my toolkit. Is this program for me?

Yes. There are many tools out there. Getting certified in the WorkPlace Big Five Profile™ allows you to offer your organization or your clients one of the most sophisticated, yet easily applied, assessments available today. Our certified consultants consistently tell us that our assessments have opened opportunities for them. Register here to get started adding our certifications to your repertoire.

Is the Big Five or Five Factor Model really that reliable?

Yes! The Big Five is the most trusted, most reliable and most accepted form of personality measurement. Our co-founders, Pierce Howard and Jane Mitchell Howard, were pioneers in applying the model to work and educational settings. Now the Five Factor Model is the gold standard of the industry.