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The ASU Spark Method™ Facilitator Certification

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January 11-13, 2022: 5-hour course instruction period. 

January 13-February 27, 2022: 45-day applied project phase wherein participants must hold a Spark facilitation session and submit a final project reflecting on the experience.

Discounts are available for those affiliated with higher education and nonprofits.

Program Description

The ASU Spark Method™ is a conversational design tool that allows teams to quickly move from discussing a problem to implementing an action plan of ideas crowd-sourced from the team’s collective wisdom. Spark empowers individuals at any level within an organization to confidently and skillfully approach the challenges they face with the training and tools needed to implement effective change. ASU Spark ignites motivation, lifts morale, and builds a culture of autonomy where each individual trusts and values the collective understanding that innovation starts with me™. This concept, that creativity and invention live in all levels of the organization, regardless of title or authority, is what drives The ASU Spark Method™.

The ASU Spark Method™ Facilitator Certification is a 5-hour virtual, synchronous program designed and delivered by The ASU Spark Method™ co-creators to train and certify new Spark Facilitators. In addition to gaining valuable technical and professional skills, Spark Facilitators become conversation designers with a deep understanding of the Spark Method and the tools to facilitate discussion for a variety of topics that range from process improvement to strategic planning and goal setting. 


Spark facilitators have held hundreds of sessions with meaningful and tangible impact in topics ranging from process development to community engagement and leadership training. Thanks to the adaptable nature of The ASU Spark Method™, trainees will be prepared to facilitate engaging and effective sessions addressing a variety of topics across a wide array of industries.

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Program Topics

Participants will learn how to guide a group through the 4 steps of The ASU Spark Method™, concluding with an actionable plan and next steps that will keep the momentum generated in the session going.  


Learning Outcomes

Through The ASU Spark Method™ Facilitator Certification, participants can expect to gain the following technical and professional skills:

Technical Skills

  • Facilitation
  • Process improvement/mapping
  • Basic problem solving
  • Strategic planning/development
  • Program planning/development
  • Event development/planning
  • Idea development
  • Lifecycle development
  • Communication skills
  • Presentation skills

Professional Skills

  • Relationship building/mending
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Active listening
  • Time management
  • Collaboration skills
  • Adaptability
  • Navigating team dynamics
  • Conflict management
  • Confidence building
  • Leadership development


Earning a Certificate

To earn the ASU Spark Method™ Facilitator Certification:

  • Participants must attend all sessions of the virtual, synchronous training.
  • Participants must facilitate a workshop using ASU Spark Methodology and complete a report on the experience. The final project report is due 45 days after the end of instruction.

With the completion of this course, participants receive a certification as a Certified ASU Spark Method™ Facilitator and qualify for Continuing Education Units (CEU) and Professional Development Units (PDU) from Arizona State University. 

Instructional Team

The ASU Spark Method™ Facilitator Certification program was designed by a team of ASU staff and ASU Spark Method™ co-creators to ensure the learning objectives, course framework, and assessments are validated and aligned to the ASU Spark Methodology standards. The curriculum and applied facilitation project for this program are led by the following instructors.


 Anca Castillo

Anca Castillo

Anca received her MS in Management from W. P. Carey School of Business and her Six Sigma Green Belt Certification from the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. She is dedicated to process improvement and, utilizing this passion, she co-created the ASU Spark Method™. She is the Associate Director of Recruitment at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, focusing on graudate student recruitment, strategic recruitment development, improving the status quo, developing relationships, and creating a positive work environment. Anca is truly passionate about access to education, helping to create change-makers, and developing innovative ideas to help ASU grow. Outside of work, Anca likes to travel, spend time with family, do DIY projects, and has been a professional dancer/performer for 16+ years.


 Cary Lopez

Cary Lopez

Cary is passionate about designing organizational processes, structures, and cultures that allow people to flourish in their workplaces. While her career journey has taken a somewhat winding path – including everything from helping startups launch, to auditing public companies, to running large HR departments and everything in between – the core of her passion has remained the same: to work with the people of an organization to create a positive culture, where all members can thrive. She is one of the co-creators of the ASU Spark Method™, a problem-solving approach designed to help teams move from issue to action. When she’s not at work, she’s chasing her two young kiddos around, completing a Ph.D. program at the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, and sharing all of the craziness that is their life with her husband.


 Clayton Taylor

Clayton Taylor

Clayton, MBA, is the Director of the Business and Finance Organizational Performance Office in the Office of the Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer at Arizona State University and co-creator of The ASU Spark Method™. His office consults with nine diverse Business and Finance operational areas to lower costs, improve operational efficiency and provide the highest quality customer experience to internal and external customers. Mr. Taylor is a Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt with experience deploying Lean Six Sigma and process improvement initiatives in a variety of service organizations. He is an experienced team and project manager who is skilled at training, facilitating, coaching, developing, and motivating work teams to achieve high productivity and quality goals.


Custom Workshop

During a custom Executive Introduction to Spark Workshop, a Master Facilitator will guide a team of staff, decision-makers, subject matter experts, and leadership through a Spark Session to examine a specific challenge or re-imagine a program or process. Following this custom workshop, the group develops solutions and selects the most viable options for the time and resources available. In the final step, the team creates an action plan to implement and maintain the solution. The goal of all ASU Spark Method™ sessions is to generate a solution and subsequent actions that produce results. 

Contact us to learn more about this offering available in both digital and face-to-face formats at or 480-727-4534.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Professional & Executive Education
(480) 727-4534