Reality-Based Certification Program (Train-The-Trainer)

Learn how to teach the Reality-Based Leadership Philosophy within your organization!


Upcoming Classes

(All classes are virtual due to the ongoing pandemic until further notice.)

Next Class Date: March 30 – 31, 2023

If you are interested in attending this certification course, call 402-763-8963 or email Alex Dorr to learn more or sign up.

Interested in certifying a large group at your organization? Contact Alex Dorr for more information.

About the Certification Program

Become a Reality-Based Certified Facilitator so you can deliver Cy Wakeman’s revolutionary content in your own organization! You’ll also have the opportunity to network with like-minded leaders from other organizations and share best practices on how to infuse the Reality-Based principals in your workplace.

Reality-Based Certification classes provide deep insight into the Reality-Based Philosophy and an experiential learning environment to practice and apply the tools and concepts.

While we train you how to train the Reality-Based Leadership content, we also recognize that your role as a leader or influencer calls you up to use the Reality-Based Leadership philosophy in your own life and to coach others to do the same. We will teach you how to teach the philosophy, and we will also ensure you leave with the tools you need to lead groups and individuals to greatness.

Cy and Alex at Certification

About this Class

This is your first step to joining the Reality-Based Facilitator Community! This two-day program will introduce you to the ins and outs of how to successfully deliver Cy Wakeman’s Reality-Based content to those inside your own organization.

  • On Day 1, you’ll walk through the foundational principals of the Reality-Based Philosophy and best practices for the most impactful facilitation of the programs.
  • On Day 2, you’ll have a chance to present a portion of the material back to the class and receive live feedback and coaching from Reality-Based Leadership content experts! You’ll also have a chance to dive deep into the Reality-Based Leadership Toolkit. You’ll spend the day in live practice and coaching with tools for groups and practicing the 1-1 tools. We will be there supporting you as you practice these valuable ways to shift energy away from drama into results and cultivate accountability.

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Here’s What Participants Are Saying About Our Virtual Certification

“I participated in a 3-day virtual experience with Alex Dorr on the programs Reality-Based Leadership and Business Readiness. As someone with 17 years of experience in training and development that knows the challenge of keeping an online presentation engaging, I was a bit concerned initially about how the experience would go. Not only was Alex able to conduct a highly engaging experience over the course of the 3 days (over 18 hours of presenting!), he was able to facilitate mindset and behavior shifts for the 19 participants involved in the experience. I had operated by the learning and development gospel that you shouldn’t do a virtual session longer than 90 minutes and because of our time together Alex had me questioning all that I have believed about that belief.

If you are looking for a captivating virtual experience that teaches, transforms and moves teams to action, I highly recommend gathering with Alex and your group on your favorite virtual platform of choice in the future.”

Kimberly Lieb, Training Manager

Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic


“I was all set to take RBL in person, my boss had taken it a few months previous. She raved about how awesome the certification was and how I was going to get to network with a lot of like-minded individuals. So, you can imagine my disappointment when COVID struck and the in-person certification was off the table.

Alex and his team quickly assured me that they were coming up with an alternative solution and that the “show” will go on! They communicated daily in regards to the new expectations of virtual certification, so when the first day of class arrived I was fully prepped with my mailed materials and had the full rundown on the technology piece.

I was still a little discouraged in regards to being able to interact and meet people but boy was I wrong! From start to finish, RBL was taught with professionalism, patience, and high energy! You don’t even realize you are in the comfort of your own home while learning this awesome content.

I was able to ask my questions in the chat setting and we had lots of great group discussions. The pace of the course was great, we took appropriate breaks to stretch and refresh and anything we didn’t understand fully could be discussed during the break or at the end of the day.

Overall, my virtual experience was amazing! I had a blast learning the RBL content and I’m extremely excited about partnering with Alex and his team in the future to share these practices with my organization.”

Jordan Masten, Leadership and Culture Development Specialist

Nebraska Furniture Mart

Certification Requirements

This exclusive event fills quickly with leaders and professionals who meet the following criteria:

  • Experienced trainer, facilitator or leader
  • Will use the certification within their own organization
  • Generated interest and investment in the Reality-Based Leadership program in their organization
  • Completed certification readiness assessment


The Reality-Based Philosophy Course: $7,500.00

Participant Licensure Fee:

  • There is a participant fee starting at $150/per person that learns the curriculum from you after you are certified. We do offer bulk participant discounts based on company size. The participant fee includes a physical OR digital copy of a participant workbook for note-taking during the learning experience.

Facilitator Annual Licensure Fee: $400 annual fee

In order to keep your status as a certified Reality-Based Facilitator current, an annual fee of $400 is required. The fee includes your access to the Facilitator Success eToolkit which is all delivered through our Virtual Training Platform. *The annual fee for your first year is included in the cost of the certification class.

If you are interested in certifying a large group at your organization, contact Alex Dorr for more information.

What Past Participants Are Saying About Certification

“Facilitator certification with Reality-Based Leadership is the beginning of an ongoing partnership that is backed with excellent support, insight, and collaboration. After attending a Reality-Based Leadership course in 2016, I knew I HAD to go to certification so that I could facilitate the material with others! In class, they used real-life examples, allowed for lots of interaction and dialogue, and answered questions candidly. Somehow, they made teach-backs feel safe – like we were all in this together – and provided accountable feedback for learning purposes. I left feeling ready to facilitate the course on my own because the team provided such great takeaways, tools, and ongoing facilitation support. I cannot say enough about the team. They are professional, courteous, fun, incredibly responsive, and work to exceed our expectations in every interaction.” – Jamie Hower, Manager – Talent Development at Regional Health


“Most of my leadership is composed of hard-working men that have worked their way up from the shop floor. They are a tough crowd, and they are all-in with Cy’s Reality-Based Leadership philosophies. The drama and stress they’ve felt is melting away as they work with the coaching techniques and on reducing their own emotional expensiveness. I was a Cy Wakeman fan before I went to the RBL Certification Course, so I felt like I knew the material pretty well, but I gained so much more knowledge from Alex during the course. It was worth every moment, especially now that I’ve seen first hand how it’s affected our organization. Thank you, Thank You, Thank you!” – Denice Tally – Human Resources Manager – Special Projects Amfabsteel, Inc.


“This has easily been the most influential training of my HR Career. Alex, our trainer, was dynamic, knowledgeable and approachable which made our training days fly by! We learned so much and walked away with so many new skills and resources to really carry forward this philosophy in our organization. The support doesn’t end with the training. Alex, Cy and their whole team are there to support you every step of the way to help you and your workplace to ditch the drama!” – Director, Human Resources & Mission at CHI St. Gabriel’s Health


“After reading Cy’s book No Ego, I realized that I was leading my team using methods based on outdated, traditional leadership doctrine that just doesn’t work in today’s world. My experience at Certification brought the Reality-Based Philosophy to life and was easily the best 3 days of learning I have ever had. Bringing this back to my team, I finally feel like I have the language and mental process tools to bring my team out of drama. Cy, Alex and the rest of the RBL team, I can’t thank you enough!” – Tessa Felix – HR & Operations Lead, Investment Advisor at PWL Capital Inc.


“What I loved about the certification course was learning how to apply what we’ve learned in Cy’s books and presentations to real-world situations in our workplace. We had a small, intimate group and were able to bounce ideas off of one another and work through more challenging scenarios that we expect to face when we get back to work. Alex’s presentation style is energized and engaging, and presenting Cy’s message in front of Cy herself was a career high for me; her feedback was honest and empowering.” – Manager, Human Resources at CHI St. Alexius Health


Frequently Asked Questions

Am I able to be certified virtually?

At this time we are only holding certification courses online via Zoom.

Why should I get certified?

Obtaining certification enhances the capability of an organization to embed and sustain the Reality-Based Philosophy throughout their organization to cultivate happiness, reduce drama and achieve amazing results. The certified Reality-Based Leadership Professional (RBLP) will be able to:

- Support daily practices, immediate application and light a new path for leaders within the facilitator’s organization.
- Bring the message to the workplace that transforms lives in the worldplace.
- Truly call people up to fulfilling their missions at work and their mission in life.
- Provide the safe place and a sane voice that provides tools that actually work and their organization’s employees and leaders can actually use – today.
- Provide their organization with counter-intuitive and researched based, unique content and insights to reduce the emotional waste and improve bottom-line results.
- Challenge conventional wisdom and re-redefine the role a leader and the work of HR.
- Learn, live and teach evidence-based social psychology and behavioral economics principles that cultivate happiness leading to better results and success in their organizations.

What should I expect from the certification?

The Reality-Based Leadership certification provides more than just the ability to deliver the Reality-Based Leadership content in your workplace. It provides you the foundation of the evidence-based philosophy that powers the work. You will be immersed with other leaders as Alex Dorr reveals the social psychology, behavioral economics and brain science that grounds the bold truths of why the philosophy simply works.

Are there any prerequisites?

Prerequisites for Certification
Complete the readiness assessment
Communicate the RBL value and investment to your organization
Complete the Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace and the Reality-Based Leadership Virtual Terminal Courses
Highly recommended: read the Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace and the Reality-Based Leadership books

What's included in the registration?

Before the certification you'll receive:
- Access to our Virtual Training platform (pre-work)
- A copy of the Facilitator Guide
- A copy of the Ego Bypass Toolkit
- A copy of the Reality-Based Leadership book
- A copy of the Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace book

After the certification you'll receive:
- Facilitator Access to our Virtual Training
- Roll-out and sustainability success plan
- User tracking access
- Toolkits, marketing materials and program
- First access to new resources, case studies, and training!

Why should I come to certification versus bringing out someone from RBL corporate?

Certified Facilitation generates Better ROI for your Company! The initial investment in certifying someone in the content allows for ongoing workshops to be conducted in your organization at any time and for any length. Certified individuals are able to sustain the message with members of the organization by promoting and training daily practice of the philosophy!

This becomes a more financially viable option than bringing in a Reality-Based speaker multiple times to train in your organization.

You have the value of having a Reality-Based EXPERT, on-hand and accessible at any time you need!

What is the investment?

1) The program investment is more than just a classroom with a certification. Your investment in this program includes a variety of professional resources including:

- Facilitator guides, toolkits, facilitation coaching, and a personal copy of Reality-Based Leadership and Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace
- One-year personal subscription access to the online Virtual Terminal
- Exclusive access to the expertise and best-practices of a nationwide community
- Ongoing virtual coaching opportunities from Cy & Alex
- Exclusive access to new Reality-Based Leadership tools and products

$7,500 → – Reality-Based Leadership Philosophy

2) Facilitator Access Plans (year-one is included in the certification price):
- Reality-Based Leadership + Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace eCourses
- Roll-out sustainability plan to ensure your organization's success
- User tracking access
- Toolkits, marketing materials and program downloads
- First access to new resources, case studies and training!

Above training is delivered via the Reality-Based Virtual Platform

3) $150 per participant/per course you are training. This includes a physical or digital copy of our participant workbook.

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

There is a non-refundable administrative fee of $500.

Cancellations within two weeks of the course forfeit refunds but will be able to attend the next available course.

What if I don't pass the certification on the teach-back?

Attendees who don't pass the certification course on the teach-back day will have the option of reteaching the content virtually to obtain complete certified facilitator status.

What if my company already has an established coaching model or framework?

That’s great! The Reality-Based Leadership philosophy provides you simple and practical tools that you can use from your broader coaching conversations to your impromptu hallway chats. All of our work helps you keep feedback relevant and short, and gives you endless ways to encourage self-reflection, which is the birthplace of accountability.

What type of support is included once I become certified?

Do not worry! We will not just certify you and send you on your way! We will reveal the path to sustaining the philosophy in your organization with these support options:

1. Virtual Training:
• Continue to access your virtual training sites to prepare for presentations
• Review virtual terminal packages and success strategies with your organization

2. Certified Facilitator Community:
• Join the Reality-Based Leadership Facilitator group on Facebook
• Share your success stories via email or social media
• Participate in quarterly certified facilitator calls

If you have additional questions about our certification program, we're happy to assist. Give us a call at (402) 763-8963 or drop us a note. You'll be hearing from us very soon!