ILO Participatory Gender Audit Certification Programme

ILO Participatory Gender Audit Certification Programme
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ILO Participatory Gender Audit Certification Programme

11 November–12 December 2024
The course is available in English
Introduction to the course

The ILO Participatory Gender Audit (PGA) is a powerful tool for introducing and managing institutional change. It is a participatory method of promoting institutional learning and reinforcing organization's collective capacity to analyse its activities from a gender perspective, verifying its achievements and its challenges. KNOW MORE ILO Participatory Gender Audit The PGA Certification Programme is a transformative learning process that yields knowledge, techniques and tools to certify gender-sensitive analytical skills. The ultimate goal is to raise institutional awareness on gender issues to promote a change in attitudes and behaviour from within.

Who attends this course?

Governmental, United Nations and civil-society staff, gender experts and specialists from organizations and enterprises, and professional candidates working on gender mainstreaming and organizational change.

This has been definitely a ‘game-change’ experience in the personal and professional way, I have enjoyed any single moment I have spent with the facilitators course and also with my dear colleagues, either within the assessments, the groups exercises on the personal chats I had with then. I learnt a lot beyond the theory and practice, also about the experience this amazing multicultural group of mostly women has shared with me.                                                      
Senior Diversity and Inclusion Manager at ZALANDO, Germany
Overall objective


The ILO PGA certification will ensure high quality standards for facilitators implementing the PGA and will provide guarantees to organizations undergoing a PGA that the certified PGA facilitators are meeting or exceeding the quality standards set out by the ILO and the ITCILO.

The certification will provide facilitators with a specific set of know-what and know-how competences, such as:

  • applying a gender perspective to analytical work;
  • detecting and mapping discrimination at work;
  • identifying strategies for advocacy and capacity-building in promoting inclusive workplaces; improving communication competence and organizational capacity to form a coordinated Gender Audit team;
  • analysing accountability, evaluation and monitoring systems and instruments in place for gender equality and change management;
  • identifying new challenges and possible improvements.

Certified facilitators will have access to:

  • all PGA course materials, case studies, training tools and reference materials;
  • a network of certified facilitators from around the world who support each other in delivery and in the identification of professional opportunities;
  • preferential access to future PGA curricula and ILO referrals.


The certification process is a valuable professional development experience in itself. However, any person who participates in the certification process, regardless of whether the candidate is ultimately certified, will have had an opportunity to learn new training techniques and to strengthen areas of technical weakness.


The training and the certification will be carried out by gender experts that have applied the ILO PGA methodology, ran audits and are expert trainers. They have a wide experience in directly assisting national and international institutions worldwide on how to mainstream gender in development programmes and organizations/enterprises.

“I am truly grateful for the exceptional and professional efforts the ITCILO staff have dedicated to this Programme. Having experience as a trainer and facilitator, I am especially impressed by the variety of methods (synchronous, asynchronous, teamwork, individual work, forums, etc.) employed to enrich our learning experience. Their commitment has been truly remarkable and has not gone unnoticed.                                                                                                                                                                
Gender & Equity Trainer & Consultant, Turkey
Application portfolio

Only complete application portfolio will be reviewed. It must include:

  • the complete online application form (available HERE);
  • a short original essay maximum of 500 words describing gender mainstreaming challenges in the applicant’s own organization (if this is not possible describe main challenges in general) and why obtaining the Certification would be an added value to their work.


If you have a sponsor please include the supporting letter from the sponsoring/funding institution.

Incomplete files will not be considered.

As an organization dedicated to fundamental human rights and social justice, the ILO is taking a leading role in international efforts to promote gender equality. In line with this ILO focus, men are particularly welcome in this Certification Programme.

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