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DiSC Certification

  • Do I need to be certified to administer, use or train with Everything DiSC or other DiSC profiles?

    No, you do not need to be certified to administer, use, or train with DiSC profiles. However, we do offer two certification options:

    A part of the beauty of the Everything DiSC and DiSC Classic Profiles and facilitation materials is that they are easy to understand, use, and implement. A lot of time, research and money have been invested in these materials in order to focus on the results, learnings and feedback they provide, opposed to getting stuck in models and language that mystify rather than clarify. Our facilitation materials are designed in a user-friendly, experiential-learning format designed to be used by people with all levels of training experience. They will guide you through how to interpret and conduct complete training with our profiles.

EPIC Account / EPIC Credits

  • How do I set-up my EPIC Account?

    View our easy to follow video tutorial or just call us.

  • What are EPIC credits?

    EPIC credits describe the “currency” used in the EPIC system. Credits are needed to issue access codes for individual reports and to generate group/facilitator reports. Learn more…

  • What is an EPIC Account?

    EPIC is the online administrative platform of Everything DiSC. It stands for Electronic Profile Information Center. It allows you to send out access to profiles via the internet and so much more  Learn more…

General DiSC Questions

  • Can someone’s DiSC Style change over time?

    For the most part the typical person’s DiSC style will remain fairly consistent over time. Although there may be some slight variations in results over major shifts in profile results are unlikely. Having said that there can be shifts in behavioral preferences over time, sometimes profound, if a person goes through a major life incident, e.g. the loss of a child, divorce, major shifts in career or roles or has made an effort to change and adapt over time. It is beneficial to take a DiSC profile every couple of years or there may be shifts and as DiSC profiles continue to evolve and improve you will likely receive better and more relevant feedback.

  • Why is the “i” in DiSC® in lower case?

    The lower case “i” in DiSC is an Everything DiSC and Wiley trademark. Legend has it that it was originally a printing error, although some in the know have said it was done on purpose very early on to put a particular “I” style person in her place. Either way what was Performax (and later Carlson Learning Company and Inscape Publishing) decided to copyright the small and brand their version of DISC, using the small “I”.

  • Who created the DiSC® Model?

    The original DiSC model was originally based on the 1928 work of Dr. William Moulton Marston at Columbia University.

    The four quadrant behavioral model was developed to examine the behavior of individuals within their environmentally specific situation. DiSC looks at behavioral styles and behavioral preferences. It was Marston’s 1928 book, “The Emotions of Normal People,” which introduced the DiSC model to the public. Marston, a contemporary of Carl Jung, defined four categories of human behavior style, type, or temperament which are Dominance, Influence (Inducement), Stability (Submission) and Compliant, Conscientious or Caution. Marston used compliance.

    Even though Marston developed the D.I.S.C model, the DISC test or assessment, to prove his theory of the emotions of people within their environment, he never copyrighted his disc profile test. Thus DISC is available in the public domain.

    Later, the work of Marston was researched and updated by Dr. John Geier and Inscape Publishing at the University of Minnesota. The DiSC model and its complimentary assessment tools have helped over 50 million people in 20+ languages over the last 40 years.

    As an added bit of trivia, Marston is known in many circles for his work in developing the lie detector test. He was also the creator, writer and producer of “Wonder Woman” which introduced into comic strips, the role model of a strong female.

  • What is The DiSC® Profile?

    DiSC® is a self-administering behavioral assessment. The DiSC® behavioral system measures dimensions of observable behavior and is known as the universal language of behavior. Research shows that behavioral characteristics can be grouped into four major “personality styles” and individuals tend to exhibit specific characteristics common to that particular style.

    The DiSC® assessment classifies four dimensions of behavior commonly referred to as:

    • Dominance – expresses actively as power, control and assertiveness.
    • Influence – expresses actively as outgoing, social and influencing.
    • Steadiness – expression is more reserved, patient and thoughtful.
    • Conscientiousness – expression is more reserved, questioning, and analytical.
  • What is the difference between DiSC Classic paper and DiSC Classic 2.0?

    The DiSC Classic Paper is the original 28 question blue booklet version. This 20-page booklet allows you to self-score and interpret results. The booklet describes your primary DiSC style and DiSC Classical Patterns. It was previously called the DiSC Personal Profile System® 2800 Series. It provides a quick reference to all the DiSC styles and classical patterns. DiSC Classic 2.0 is a 23-page, online report. It includes everything paper version has plus personalized narrative of your style along with easy to understand feedback to help you better understand the strengths and challenges of your behavioral style.

  • How do I order Everything DiSC, DiSC Classic 2.0 and the other online Inscape Publishing or Wiley profiles?

    You have three ordering options:
    1. Instant Access Codes with Immediate Online Results.
    You will receive an email confirmation with your instant access code(s) in it and login information. Upon completion of your profile you will be able to view, save, and/or email your results/report as a PDF.

    2. Instant Access Code WITHOUT Instant Results.
    Access Codes are emailed to you with a login information. Upon completion the person taking the profile will get a “Thank You.” You will need to contact us by email or phone with the participants name and we will email their results to the email address on your order. During business hours the turnaround time is within 1 hour. Emails regarding results sent after hours or on weekends can expect a response on the following business day.
    3. Purchase EPIC Credits to be added to a new or existing EPIC online administration account. This is the ideal option for those doing a large number of profiles or is looking for private branding and full administrative control over generating and managing profiles and reports. This is also the most cost effective option as we offer volume-based prices on EPIC credits. Learn more about EPIC Accounts…
  • How valid and reliable are DiSC instruments?

    Everything DiSC, a part of Wiley, is the publisher of all of our DiSC® assessments. Wiley is committed to maintaining the highest standards of instrument development and application using an intense and thorough research and development process. This ensures that our instruments offer validated and personalized feedback to the respondent. With the advent of the third generation of DiSC the Everything DiSC model has moved from a forced-choice word cluster model to an easier to understand and more accurate set of questions using a five point scale and has incorporated adaptive testing. The result is that Everything DiSC profiles are 33% more accurate and precise when compared to the second generation DiSC Classic model.

    View or download the Everything DiSC Research and Validation Report.

    View or download Wiley’s Everything DiSC research comparing the Everything DiSC circle model to the DiSC Classic Graph model.

  • Can my DiSC style change over time?

    In general, the average person’s profile tends to stay fairly consistent over time. While you may find small differences in your results from one time taking the assessment to the next, you’re unlikely to experience major shifts in style. However, if it has been two years or more since you last took the profile, we recommend taking it again to ensure the most accurate and up-to-date information.

  • What is the difference between a Group Culture and a Facilitator’s Report?

    Both reports are available for all of the versions of the Everything DiSC Profile as well as for the DiSC Classic online profile. However, you cannot mix participants who have taken the Everything DiSC with those who have taken the DiSC Classic in the same report. They both let you build customized group reports using data from completed individual profiles.

    The Facilitator Report lets you build customized group reports using data from any Everything DiSC report. The report provides a composite of your group’s DiSC® styles and information on how DiSC styles can impact your organization’s culture. It includes the names and styles of each participant and detailed information on how each individual’s DiSC style may affect the DiSC culture within the group or organization.

    The Group Culture Report provides a composite of your group’s DiSC® styles and information on how DiSC styles can impact your organization’s culture. The report allows you to easily determine a group’s DiSC culture, explore its advantages and disadvantages, discuss its effect on group members, and examine its influence on decision making and risk taking. This report does not include participant names.

    Both reports can be used across all Everything DiSC programs. Little known fact: You can add or edit respondents to either Group Report up to three times.

  • What is the difference between Everything DiSC and DiSC Classic?

    Here are two links comparing and explaining the differences between the older DiSC Classic: Personal Profile System 2800 Series graph model and the newer Everything DiSC Circumflex model.

    Comparing Everything DiSC to DiSC Classic.

    Research report on Everything DiSC compared to the DiSC Classic (PDF)

  • Is DiSC a hiring tool?

    DiSC profiles were not designed as a hiring tool. They are do not measure competencies, skill sets or ideal jobs fits or careers. However, many organizations do use the Everything DiSC Workplace Profile, DiSC Classic 2.0 or DiSC Classic 2 Plus as a part of their hiring process. It can help an organization better understand the preferred roles, or work situations of a candidate. Some organizations will also use the combination of DiSC and the Team Dimensions Profile to better understand the candidates preferred role on a team. Our assessments are best used to better understand and develop employees.

  • Do I need to be certified to administer, use or train with Everything DiSC or other DiSC profiles?

    No, you do not need to be certified to administer, use, or train with DiSC profiles. However, we do offer two certification options:

    A part of the beauty of the Everything DiSC and DiSC Classic Profiles and facilitation materials is that they are easy to understand, use, and implement. A lot of time, research and money have been invested in these materials in order to focus on the results, learnings and feedback they provide, opposed to getting stuck in models and language that mystify rather than clarify. Our facilitation materials are designed in a user-friendly, experiential-learning format designed to be used by people with all levels of training experience. They will guide you through how to interpret and conduct complete training with our profiles.

  • What are the advantages of using the Everything DiSC model?

    The Advantages of the Everything DiSC Assessment Vs. Other Versions and models of the DISC include:

    • More emphasis on interpersonal relationships and comparisons.
    • Group dynamics are easier to gage as are their implications.
    • Understanding adaptation and stressor is easier to understand and more intuitive.
    • Better integration of the four styles. The circular model is truer to Marston’s original work, which found the four DiSC styles to be a blending of styles, as opposed to four silos.
    • The circular DiSC model is more intuitive. It is easier to understand, apply and remember.
    • The Everything DiSC model allows for application layers that provide participates with immediate relevance to their field or profession. Currently the model is used for the workplace, leadership, management, sales and team cohesiveness.
    • It is 33% more accurate than the DiSC Classic profile, which was already considered by many professionals to be the most accurate and valid DISC assessment available.

Ordering Products

  • How do I order Everything DiSC, DiSC Classic 2.0 and the other online Inscape Publishing or Wiley profiles?

    You have three ordering options:
    1. Instant Access Codes with Immediate Online Results.
    You will receive an email confirmation with your instant access code(s) in it and login information. Upon completion of your profile you will be able to view, save, and/or email your results/report as a PDF.

    2. Instant Access Code WITHOUT Instant Results.
    Access Codes are emailed to you with a login information. Upon completion the person taking the profile will get a “Thank You.” You will need to contact us by email or phone with the participants name and we will email their results to the email address on your order. During business hours the turnaround time is within 1 hour. Emails regarding results sent after hours or on weekends can expect a response on the following business day.
    3. Purchase EPIC Credits to be added to a new or existing EPIC online administration account. This is the ideal option for those doing a large number of profiles or is looking for private branding and full administrative control over generating and managing profiles and reports. This is also the most cost effective option as we offer volume-based prices on EPIC credits. Learn more about EPIC Accounts…