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IEA Accreditation


Carl Marsak is one of only a few Enneagram teachers in the world today to have been recognized and accepted by his peers as an IEA Accredited Professional Provider or Teacher (APPT).  What follows is the relevant information about this program, including the IEA Code of Ethics that Carl has agreed to abide by at all times when he is using the Enneagram for teaching, writing, consulting and counseling purposes.  For more information about the IEA please go to their website: www.internationalenneagram.org.

IEA Accreditation Program
What is IEA Accreditation?

In January 2009, the IEA began offering an accreditation to teachers, training programs, and schools. Since then, the program has been expanded to also include a basic knowledge category. The IEA accreditation serves as a mark of excellence for teachers, trainings, and schools so that people within and outside the international Enneagram community will have a way of knowing that specific teachers, trainings programs, and schools have achieved a certain standard of quality in their Enneagram work and have formally agreed to adhere to the IEA's ethical guidelines.
The Reasons for the Accreditation Program:

  • To increasingly promote a high international standard of quality for all Enneagram teachers, training programs, and schools through establishing an accreditation that demonstrates the achievement of certain minimum standards of ethical Enneagram work.

  • To provide a way to communicate to the public that participating individuals, training programs, and schools meet certain minimum standards and agree to adhere to a defined set of ethical guidelines.

  • To reinforce to the public that the IEA is a self‐regulating community that maintains a high level of standards worldwide for the teaching and communication of the Enneagram system by its members.

  • To support the proliferation of multiple perspectives and ways of using the Enneagram in an ethical and respectful way.

Benefits of being IEA Accredited
IEA Accreditation gives you the following benefits:

  • You become part of a vibrant, growing, global learning community of recognized professionals.

  • Your training and commitment to ethical conduct have been recognized by the IEA on an international level.

  • You demonstrate your support for high-quality instruction and application of the Enneagram.

Accreditation Categories: 

IEA AI        IEA Accredited Individual
Accreditation and approval of basic knowledge of the Enneagram and adhering to the ethical standards of IEA. 

IEA APPT   IEA Accredited Professional, Provider or Teacher 
Accreditation and approval of advanced knowledge and using the Enneagram within a  certain professional field, or using the Enneagram professionally for teaching and  according to the ethical standards of IEA.

IEA ATP      IEA Accredited Training Program
Accreditation and approval of advanced knowledge of the Enneagram. Have designed   and currently offering a professional Enneagram Training program also adhering to the ethical standards of IEA.

IEA AES      IEA Accredited Enneagram School 
Accreditation of a school as a professional training institution offering basic and advanced Enneagram training by professional teachers, and adhering to the ethical standards of the IEA.  All teachers of the school must first be IEA Accredited teachers before the school may apply for accreditation.

IEA AH      IEA Accredited with Honor
Accreditation of honored members of the International Enneagram Association, such as founders or others who have contributed to the Enneagram society in a remarkable or extraordinary way with new knowledge or epoch-making theories.   

To be accredited at any level you must be a member of the IEA and a member of the local IEA affiliate (if any). For specific criteria for each category, see the pages that follow. Note: the Accredited with Honor (IEA AH) level is selected and offered by the IEA Accreditation committee.

Ethical Guidelines for IEA
Members and Code of Ethics
for IEA Accredited Teachers

Encouraging the ethical use of the Enneagram is central to the mission of the IEA. All IEA members shall adhere to the IEAs General Ethical Guidelines. In addition, those accredited by the IEA shall adhere to the Code of Ethics for IEA Accredited Teachers.

IEA General Ethical Guidelines:

The Enneagram can be used by individuals and professionals from a variety of backgrounds, including educators, business consultants, artists, therapists, spiritual directors, and medical professionals; all of whom use it in an increasing range of contexts and applications. Because the Enneagram is such a powerful and profound system for understanding the human character, it is important that those who use the system with others do so in a values-based, ethical manner.
We encourage each professional to use the Enneagram within his or her areas of training and expertise. For example, we expect that business consultants would use the system for organization development, team building, and leadership training; coaches might use it with clients to help them improve their personal and interpersonal effectiveness and work performance. Neither a business consultant nor a coach would typically do psychotherapy with individuals who have serious emotional problems, such therapy being the domain of licensed psychologists and other mental health professionals. Coaches and consultants using the Enneagram should follow the same practices. Likewise, those using the Enneagram in the business arena should have some expertise in business-consulting engagements. 
The Enneagram of personality types is primarily an instrument for self-knowledge and personal transformation.
Keeping a conscious focus on our motives and behavior helps avoid the common pitfalls of our type. Self-knowledge involves constant inquiry into own agendas and defenses, and transformation requires the courage to act against the structures and habits of our personality.
Any individual who advertises himself or herself as an Enneagram teacher or expert shall have the requisite education in the Enneagram system to do so and shall apply the Enneagram system exclusively within their area(s) of professional expertise.
The Enneagram is a powerful and complex system that addresses human functioning and growth. As such, it is essential that every person who benefits financially from teaching or working with the Enneagram has a thorough knowledge of the system. And just as Enneagram practitioners should have a high level of knowledge of the Enneagram system, they should only teach Enneagram applications within their areas of expertise.
The Enneagram is a work in progress, so individuals shall be explicit in giving credit to the work of others. Individuals shall cite their sources when teaching and communicating about the system.
Many have contributed to it, and many will do so in the future, therefore, be explicit about giving attribution to the work of others. Name your sources and honor the originality and hard work of other contributors. We take it upon ourselves to maintain high standards of scholarship, thus promoting a collegial atmosphere in the sharing of information.
Type does not fully describe an individual.
The Enneagram does not tell us anything meaningful about a person's history or quality of character, intelligence, or talents. People are more than their Enneagram type. We recognize that awareness of this is particularly important in the workplace.
We allow others to discover themselves as much as possible.
The Enneagram has profound effects on people. It is most effective when we allow others to discover their type, rather than assuming that we know them better than they know themselves. We seek to be sensitive to their reactions, their changing picture of themselves, and their need to integrate new information.
The Enneagram inspires compassion for others; it should not be used as a tool for stereotyping people. 
In seeing the intentions and logic of other types, we become less likely to dismiss, judge, or demean each other. We listen closely to individual stories, recognizing that simply knowing someone's type does not mean that we know that person. Stereotyping implies an assumption that we already know about a person’s attitude and motivations. Stereotyping limits growth and opportunities in the present.

No individual owns the Enneagram.
The Enneagram cannot be controlled, monopolized, or withheld from public discussion. Restricting the right to communicate, develop and share information about the system is contrary to the IEA’s spirit of being a global learning community.
The system encourages teachers and practitioners to walk the talk of transformation.
The Enneagram challenges teachers and practitioners to embody the work of transformation, to stand as living examples of self-inquiry and practical change in the service of growth.
We can and should be a source of help for one another.  It is important to listen respectfully to different points of view and communicate honestly in exploring the possibilities of awakening connected with Enneagram teachings.
The Enneagram aids us in waking up from habits and recurring defensive patterns. As a learning community, we each serve to remind others of the differences among us and of the need to be respectful of different points of view. Adherence to doctrine and theory are far less important than keeping the conversation open.


The Code of Ethics for IEA Accredited Teachers

IEA accredited teachers shall agree to this pledge by printing this document, signing it and returning it by fax or scanned pdf to the IEA.

Conflict of Interest

       IEA accredited teachers shall not confuse the public about their relationship with the IEA. They shall not misuse the IEA’s resources for their own personal gain. They shall not misrepresent the extent of any association with the IEA or authorization by the IEA of their programs, services, or products.

      IEA accredited teachers shall not knowingly take any personal, professional, or monetary advantage of clients, fellow teachers, or the IEA beyond that which is agreed to through mutual agreement or contract.


      IEA accredited teachers shall conduct themselves in their interaction with others in a manner that brings respect and honor to the International Enneagram Association.

      It is the responsibility of each accredited teacher to aspire to the highest standards of ethical conduct. The Code of Ethics for IEA Accredited Teachers applies only to the work-related activities of its members including the public or professional use of the Enneagram, research, teaching, consulting, personal growth training, personal and business coaching, and other Enneagram-related activities as well.

      IEA accredited teachers shall strive to maintain the highest levels of competence in their work; they shall recognize and acknowledge the limitations of their expertise; and they shall undertake only those tasks for which they are qualified by education, training, or experience. They shall recognize the need for ongoing education in order to remain professionally competent; and they shall use the appropriate scientific, professional, technical, and administrative resources needed to ensure competence in their professional activities.

      IEA accredited teachers shall seek to promote integrity in the study, teaching, practice and development of the Enneagram. They shall put the interests of the community at large and the interests of their clients in particular ahead of their own self-interest.

      While the vigorous exchange of ideas and debate is encouraged, IEA accredited teachers shall show respect for and open-mindedness toward the views of others.

      IEA accredited teachers shall strive to present their ideas in a way that is understandable to and appropriate for their audience. They shall remain open to feedback from their clients or audience regarding their content and style of delivery.

      While the IEA accredited teacher’s personal standards, ethics, and worldview are generally a private matter, the ethical standards of the IEA Code of Ethics shall take precedence insofar as they affect the public perception of the Enneagram and the well-being of the students and clients.

Professional Conduct with Clients and Students

       IEA accredited teachers shall not enter into inappropriate personal or business relationships with their clients or students. Whether using the Enneagram as a consultant, therapist, teacher, spiritual director, or healer, they shall adhere to the standards of their field in their relationships with their clients and students.

      Should an IEA accredited teacher recognize any personal limitations or problems that might interfere with providing service to others, they shall openly communicate this and seek advice and counsel from one who is qualified to give it.

       IEA accredited teachers shall show the utmost respect for the rights of privacy of others. They shall not violate the confidentiality of their clients or students.

      Since the needs of the client are paramount, IEA accredited teachers shall terminate their services to a particular client should it become reasonably clear that the services are not providing benefit to the recipient.

       IEA accredited teachers shall make only such statements and claims in representing their services that are true and accurate to the best of their knowledge and belief. No statement or claim shall be made that gives false information about their services or about the services of competitors. This ethical obligation extends to paid or unpaid advertising whether printed or not, interviews, press releases, media promotions and so forth. Members are also responsible for the public statements made at the members' request by their agents and contractors.

       IEA accredited teachers shall clearly describe the training objectives and requirements, if any, that must be met for satisfactory completion of all programs they deliver.

Ethical Pledge
As an IEA accredited teacher, I acknowledge and agree to the expectations identified in the IEA Ethical Guidelines and IEA Accredited Teacher Code of Ethics. I pledge to honor this commitment. I recognize that the IEA, at its discretion following appropriate due process, may hold me accountable for doing so. This accountability may include sanctions, such as revocation of my credentials and professional membership.


IEA Accreditation 2014

Carl Marsak, M.A.
Founder and Director