During Phase I, as illustrated in the diagram, a CEC begins as an Observer. Then, at the sole discretion of the training educator, the CEC progresses to becoming a Participant Observer and finally to a Participant. There is no predetermined length of time for each of these steps; a CEC’s readiness to move from one to the next is decided by the training educator. Additionally, at the discretion of the training educator, the CEC may present a didactic without the training educator in the room throughout Phase I, with the understanding that presenting an occasional didactic is distinct from supervising group work such as IPR and Verbatims.
It is during Phase II, then, that a CEC may supervise under the supervision of the training educator, without a presence in the room. While this may seem “later” in the certification process, please remember that the transition from Phase I to Phase II is marked by the successful demonstration of having achieved all of the required competencies, so there is no set timeframe. That is to say that the pace at which a CEC moves through Phase I and into Phase II is entirely dependent upon the CEC’s ability to demonstrate achievement of the required competencies.