Help yourself and those around you.

Through the Character.org Individual Certification Program, you can become a character leader, improve yourself, and improve your community.

Get certified.

The Individual Certification program is the first step in your journey as part of a community that is passionate in all things character. We use belts as tiers to mark where you are in your journey to becoming certified in the 11 Principles. The program is not easy, but it is rewarding, and it will equip you with the tools you need to be a change maker in your community.

White
Belt

CWB

You’ve become a member of Character.org, kicking off your character journey and granting yourself access to the Character Exchange to you for the next level.

1st Degree Yellow Belt

CYBI

You’ve logged onto the Character Exchange and you’re preparing to dive deep into the 11 Principles of Effective Character. You’ve completed Principles 1 — 3.

2nd Degree Yellow Belt

CYBII

You’re well on your way to understanding the power of the 11 Principles to positively impact communities. You’ve completed Principles 4 — 6.

3rd Degree Yellow Belt

CYBIII

You’ve hit the home stretch of introducing yourself to the 11 Principles and you’re getting closer to implementing them. You’ve completed Principles 7 — 9.

Green
Belt

CGB

You’ve completed each of the 11 Principles on the Character Exchange. Take a moment to embrace your accomplishment… but don’t rest easy yet!

"Having been around The 11 Principles for years now, I was pretty confident in my understanding of how they work. But as I went through the certification process in The Character Exchange, I began to think through them more critically and from more perspectives. These exercises have helped me understand what living The 11 Principles should look like in my life, and I continue to use them every day."
Heather Cazad
Heather Cazad
Green Belt Certified

Note: We prefer to have 1 – 2 people who will ‘own’ a School of Character project.

Thanks for giving back! Use the Exchange and its resources to further your idea.

Blue
Belt

CBB

You’re practicing what you’ve learned. In this level, you’ve successfully led a character driven initiative in your community based off the 11 Principles.

1st Degree Purple Belt

Great job putting the 11 Principles into practice!

Great job putting the 11 Principles into practice!

Great job putting the 11 Principles into practice!

CPBI

In this level, you’ve led your school as a key contact to implement a character initiative which has been designated a Promising Practice by Character.org.

2nd Degree Purple Belt

CPBII

As a key contact, you’ve worked with your school to instill the 11 Principles and have received the State School of Character designation.

3rd Degree Purple Belt

CPBIII

You’ve successfully led your school to the National School of Character designation. With your experience, you have the potential to become either an evaluator or a trainer.

1st Degree Black Belt

CBKI

You have been recognized for being a mentor to a Blue or Purple Belt student.

2nd Degree Black Belt

CBKII

You’ve successfully completed Evaluator training via webinar or at the National Forum. You’ll now be able to evaluate schools and other communities for their character!

3rd Degree Black Belt

CBKIII

You’ve successfully completed Trainer training and you’re now able to train other communities in the 11 Principles. You’ve reached a new and exciting stage in your journey!

Begin the journey!

Everyone starts somewhere. To begin your journey towards becoming a character advocate and a Trainer in the 11 Principles, join today and receive your white belt recognition!

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The Character Exchange is Character.org’s character development platform which features a certificate in character development. To learn more, visit the Character Exchange website.​

A Promising Practice is given when a school or community has completed an original initiative that focuses in on one of the 11 Principles. To learn more about the process, visit the Promising Practices page.

The School of Character designation is considered very prestigious and requires an investment of time. To learn about the process, visit the Schools of Character page.

If your school received the Schools of Character designation, you are eligible to become a National School of Character, which is the highest designation that we offer. To learn more about National Schools of Character, visit the Schools of Character page.

National Evaluators evaluate schools based upon the 11 Principles of Effective Character and conduct National School Site visits.

National Evaluators receive reduced membership cost or no cost if they evaluate five School of Character applications, have all their travel costs reimbursed for site visits, and complimentary Forum registration if they evaluate 12 National School of Character applications.

Certified trainers provide 11 Principle workshops in schools both nationally and internationally. Trainers work to grow the National Schools of Character program.