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There are many roads to effective intercultural interaction - just as cultures differ, so do people. If you want to support your clients in playing to their strengths and navigating around pitfalls, you can now become certified to use the Intercultural Readiness Check.

The Intercultural Readiness Check captures four key intercultural competences which can be trained and developed.

Intercultural Sensitivity: The degree to which a person takes an active interest in others, their cultural background, needs, and perspectives.

Intercultural Communication: The degree to which a person actively monitors his/her own communicative behaviour, and adjusts it to the needs and expectations of others.

Building Commitment: The degree to which a person actively influences the social environment, concerned with integrating different people and personalities.

Managing Uncertainty: The degree to which a person appreciates the challenges of culturally diverse environments as an opportunity for personal development.

Your clients will receive written personal feedback with detailed suggestions for development.

The IRC helps your clients to better understand how they currently approach intercultural interactions. What do they do well, what will they find difficult, and how can you support them in developing the intercultural competences they need? The IRC is ideally suited for intercultural trainings, coaching, expatriate briefings and benchmarking across industries. It can be accessed online and is available in English, Dutch, German, French, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese.

The IRC is one of the few intercultural assessment tools tested for reliability and/or validity.

Of the tested tools, the IRC offers an ideal combination of being practical, uncomplicated, and solid. Already in 2001, the IRC was rated as one of the two best tools on the market (Wiersinga, 2001). Over the years, more than 45,000 respondents from all over the world filled in the IRC, making the IRC database one of the largest sources of information on intercultural competences world-wide. The database has been analyzed in four major studies to monitor the quality of the instrument and to gain new insights into intercultural competence development. In 2009, we asked a team of cross-cultural psychologists to re-test the IRC scales by analysing answers from 13,000 respondents from all over the world. Their findings were used to develop the IRC in its current format.


As an IRC Licensee:

  • You will be able to use the IRC with groups and/or individuals
  • You can create your own client accounts online, give your clients access to the questionnaire, and generate their IRC profiles wherever and whenever you want
  • You can better identify your clients' learning needs, giving them feedback and constructive advice for improving their intercultural effectiveness
  • You can structure your content delivery around the competency approach with greater credibility
  • You can gain back your investment through enhanced offerings, customized training sessions, and coaching on competence development
  • You may participate in the IRC networking opportunities offered by IBI, for example, our Annual IRC Get Together in June and the IRC Licensing Group on LinkedIn, where you will meet like-minded intercultural professionals who are committed to intercultural competence development.

Our next locations and dates

IRC Licensing Courses

Amsterdam: February 6 and 7, 2020 (Thu-Fri)

February 2020 - Online

April 2020 - Online
Early Bird ends February 15, 2020

Frankfurt: June 18 and 19, 2020 (Thu-Fri)
Early Bird ends April 15, 2020

August 2020 - Online
Early Bird ends June 15, 2020

Amsterdam: September 3 and 4, 2020 (Thu-Fri)
Early Bird ends July 15, 2020

Brussels: December 3 and 4, 2020 (Thu-Fri)
Early Bird ends October 15, 2020

Annual IRC Get Together

To be announced

For more information, please contact us at info@ibinet.nl
or call +31 35 62 94 269.

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