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International Guideline Training and Certification Program


Current Offering of Guideline Development Training and Certification Courses

  • The INGUIDE Program includes 4 successive certification levels
  • Trainees will become certified upon completion of required coursework and, if appropriate, when experience-based requirements (e.g., participating in a minimum number of guideline panels) have been fulfilled
  • The course content encompasses the entire guideline enterprise, including planning, implementation, evaluation, and updating of practice guidelines
  • The course will be organized according to the GIN-McMaster Guideline Development Checklist tool and can be tailored to the needs of organizations and trainees

Frequently Asked Questions

To address this shortcoming, the Guidelines International Network (GIN) and McMaster University partnered to offer the International Guideline Credentialing & Certification Program to support organizations that develop guidelines and train individuals and groups from around the world in guideline development methods and related content. The aims are:

  • To ensure that all guideline panel members have the necessary competencies to successfully and efficiently apply systematic, evidence-based methods to consistently produce high-quality guidelines
  • To focus on implementing modern, evidence-based guideline development research
  • To prepare developers to be certified in trustworthy recommendations

Currently, the program is in the process of acquiring ISO 9001 certification to ensure our training meets quality requirements.

INGUIDE is a comprehensive, evidence-based, and up-to-date training program for guideline recommendation and development. It is the product of a joint partnership between leaders in the field of guideline development – Guidelines International Network (GIN), a global network of guideline producing organizations and guideline participants, and world-renowned experts in guideline research, development and implementation at McMaster University’s Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact.

Watch short video INGUIDE Program – Dr. Holger Schunemann

Currently, no international certified program to ensure guideline quality exists.

Health guidelines assist health professionals, patients and other recipients of health interventions to make complex healthcare decisions. For most areas in the health sector, proper certification is needed. However, guideline development processes vary substantially, and many guidelines do not meet basic quality criteria.

Common reasons why guidelines do not meet basic quality criteria are:

  • Organizations and individuals with varying backgrounds and levels of experience currently develop guidelines or recommendations
  • The level of qualification of guideline developers are not managed or monitored
  • Guidelines and recommendations are developed and published without formal training of their developers

Certified Guideline Panel Member
Designed for individuals participating as a member of a guideline development group

Certified Guideline Methodologist
Designed for individuals participating in a guideline development group in the role of an expert methodologist

Certified Lead Guideline Developer and Chair
Designed for individuals participating in a guideline development group in the role of chair or co-chair

Certified INGUIDE Training Instructor
Designed for individuals responsible for training prospective guideline development group members, methodologists, or chairs.