Levels of accreditation

Please read carefully. Updates made January 19, 2022

ViP certificate of completion

Certificate requirements:

  • Active participation in all meetings
  • Evidence of reasonable growth in VCoLing skills (observed in meeting participation)

Certified Associate Lectical Coach

Work with the LDMA and Lectica's learning model, VCoL+7, in one-on-one coaching contexts.


  • Coaching accreditation or adequate coaching experience

Accreditation requirements (in this order):

  • ViP certificate of completion
  • LAP-1

Certified Professional Lectical Coach

Supervise LAP-1 participants who are nearing certification or newly certified coaches who have been asked by Lectica to work with a mentor during their first few debriefs.

Prerequisites: Associate Coach Certification

Accreditation requirements:

  • 1 year of active experience with Lectical Assessments
  • 1-year internship or facilitation in 2 LAP-1 courses
  • mentor recommendation

Certified ViP instructor

Teach ViP to individuals and groups.

Prerequisites: Teaching or coaching experience

Accreditation requirements:

  • ViP certificate of completion
  • Four written micro-VCoLs (one starter set containing 3 micro-VCoLs and one stand-alone micro-VCoL)
  • One skill map
  • Co-facilitation in two ViP sections
  • Senior instructor recommendation

Certified Lectical Selection Expert (LSE)

Work with Lectical Assessments in recruitment contexts. Includes gathering data required for General & Precise Role Complexity Analyses and working with Lectica First.

Prerequisites: Associate Coach Certification (2021 or later) and demonstrated recruitment expertise

Accreditation requirements:

  • Participation in a minimum of four Lectica First recruitment projects (with an LSE mentor)
  • Mentor recommendation

Certified Lectical Learning & Selection Expert (LLASE)

Gather the data required for General & Precise Role Complexity Analyses and work with Lectica First, the Lectica Suite, and the Team Fit Snapshot.


  • Associate Lectical Coach Certification
  • Lectical Selection Expert (LSE) Certification

Certification requirements

  • Participation in two Lectica Suite projects (with a Lectica mentor)
  • Participation in two Team Fit Snapshot projects (with a Lectica mentor)
  • Participation in one Lectica Inside project (with a Lectica mentor)
  • Mentor recommendation


Maintaining accreditation

It is in the interests of all individuals that use Lectical Assessments to maintain the assessments' reputation as effective learning tools. For this reason, accredited coaches and consultants must renew their accreditation every 3 years by participating in a formal review. During this formal review we consider the level and quality of particpiation in Lectica Institute offerings and samples of current work. You may also be asked to partipate in training events if our product line or approach has changed appreciably. Accreditation certificates state the duration of accreditation (for example, 2015–2018). Only accredited coaches and consultants with up-to-date certifications are permitted to work with our adult assessments.

IP policy

As a non-profit, we freely distribute knowledge about learning as well as a variety of learning tools. We also protect some of our intellectual property in order to raise the funds that allow us to keep creating and distributing freely available knowledge and tools. Additionally, to maintain a reputation for excellence, we must also protect the integrity of our work and the quality of our reputation. We appreciate your help in protecting all three—our IP, our integrity, and our reputation.

These policies apply to all users of our materials, including accredited coaches and consultants:

  1. We require that you do not share course-related materials, including but not limited to, cheat sheets, learning sequences, slides, narratives, or videos with others without our written consent.
  2. We welcome you to integrate snippets from course materials into your own educational or marketing materials but require that you obtain our approval for each specific use.
  3. We do not endorse the publication of descriptions of the 4 zones of development (or other learning sequences) or sharing them with test-takers. It is acceptable to use single learning sequences to illustrate the idea of development in marketing talks or proposals to specific clients.
  4. We do not endorse the use of names for our levels other than those we use ourselves. If you feel that you must give alternate names to our levels, please state the following. “Lectica does not endorse the use of these names for Lectical Levels.” 
  5. Our Lectical Levels are analogous to those of Piaget, Fischer, Kohlberg, Kitchener & King, Armon, and Commons. They are not analogous to ego development or spiral dynamics levels. Please avoid making claims to the contrary.
  6. We require that you obtain our consent before distributing marketing or educational materials that describe Lectical Assessments or the Lectical Scale.
  7. With the exception of VCoLs marked as "for educational use," you may not distribute or use Lectica's VCoLs outside of a specific contracted project or purchased assessment report. 
  8. The first time you use our registered trademarks (Lectica®, DiscoTest®, DTS®) in a document, add ® following the name. When you use unregistered trademarks (VCoL+7™, Lectical™ micro-VCoL™) for the first time in a document, add ™.
  9. Without our written consent you may not use any of our trademarks in any way that suggests we have endorsed your work or that your work is our work. For example, you may not label a VCoL you have created as a micro-VCoL unless we have added it to our library, and you are using the version in our library.
  10. Please acknowledge the source when using any of our materials. An unobtrusive ©Lectica, Inc. is adequate.

Selected funders

IES (US Department of Education)

The Spencer Foundation


Dr. Sharon Solloway

The Simpson Foundation

The Leopold Foundation

Donor list

Selected clients

Glastonbury School District, CT

The Ross School

Rainbow Community School

The Study School

Long Trail School

The US Naval Academy

The City of Edmonton, Alberta

The US Federal Government

Advisory Board

Antonio Battro, MD, Ph.D., One Laptop Per Child

Marc Schwartz, Ph.D. and former high school teacher, University of Texas at Arlington

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Ed.D., University of Southern California

Willis Overton, Ph.D., Temple University, Emeritus