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Breckenridge Type Indicator™(BTI™)

The BTI™ is a psychometrically validated assessment tool designed to help identify key elements of managers’ and staff members’ personality using the nine personality types of the Breckenridge Enneagram™. The Breckenridge Enneagram™ integrates the original work of Claudio Naranjo; Maslow’s psychology and Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs; and a rigorous approach to psychometric analysis and empirical research. The Breckenridge Enneagram™ is set apart from other approaches to the Enneagram by its focus on a naturalistic, scientific view of personality assessment and psychological processes that are linked to modern advances in the neurosciences. The BTI™ can be used for both personal and professional applications, but it is especially effective when used as the basis for professional coaching, leadership development, or team building exercises. Organizations are collective-cultural entities that are led, managed, and changed one person at a time. Studies have shown that people who possess emotional intelligence and self-knowledge are often twice as successful as those who possess only high levels of intellectual intelligence. A person’s level of self-awareness and self-control is an indicator of their openness to feedback, change, and their ability to succeed professionally, especially when under stress. In your professional life, a better understanding of your personality using the BTI™ will help identify decision-making bias and predictable errors in judgment in both strategic and tactical issues. The BTI™ can be administered using the two reports described below.

  • BTI™ report measures and describes the nine Enneagram types
  • BTI™ Plus report measures and describes the nine Enneagram types and the three Somatic Instincts

When used in your personal life, the BTI™ allows you to identify underlying patterns of behavior that frustrate and undermine healthy relationships with friends and family members.

BTI™ Training Program

The Breckenridge Institute will either administer the BTI™ for you, or we'll train and certify you to
use it in your organization or with your clients.

The BTI™ requires training to administer professionally. People who have a degree in psychology or counseling, and have had psychometric coursework are qualified to use the BTI™. People who have been trained to use the MBTI® instrument, Majors PT-Elements™, Majors PTI™, Golden™ Personality Type Profiler, or other instruments where the coursework included training in psychometrics and test interpretation; and who have a personal knowledge of the theoretical model of the Breckenridge Enneagram and the psychometric properties of the BTI as found in Mark Bodnarczuk’s book, The Breckenridge Type Indicator™ (BTI™) Professional Users Manual can administer the BTI™ professionally. Copies of The Breckenridge Type Indicator™ (BTI™) Professional Users Manual are available at no charge by e-mailing

Apply for a User Account

All other people must complete the BTI™ training program in order to administer the instrument professionally. The BTI™ training program combines the convenience of a self-paced web-based learning environment, with one-on-one instruction and mentoring sessions by telephone. The on-line BTI™ training program includes:

  • Interactive web-based modules that cover the history, theory, report structure, APA standards, and the key elements of how to interpret the BTI™
  • Two one-on-one telephone mentoring sessions that are focused on how to administer the instrument, interpret the results, and help others verify their personality type.
  • Complete the BTI™ and review your results with your instructor.
  • Have one colleague complete the BTI™ and work with your instructor to prepare their feedback sessions.
  • Complete an on-line exam composed of multiple choice and true-false questions.
  • On-going access to the Breckenridge Institute® continuing education program and supporting materials.

Completion of the training program will give you access to administering the BTI™ 24X7 anywhere in the world where you have an Internet connection. Completion of the BTI™ training program also gives you access to the Breckenridge Relationship Indicator™ (BRI™).

Tuition for the on-line training course is $595

Business Applications

The Breckenridge Institute® uses the BTI™ instrument in training programs and publicly available workshops in combination with Michael Goldberg’s book, The 9 Ways of Working. Here’s an excerpt from the back cover of Michael’s book. “The 9 Ways of Working introduces the nine personality types of the Enneagram, a classic, highly powerful approach to work and life. Each of the Enneagram’s nine types has a distinct worldview that determines how they think, what they want, and why they act the way they do. You’ll recognize the personality types of the people you work with – colleagues,clients, bosses – as well as your own…. Drawing on twenty-five years of teaching and consulting, Michael Goldberg’s rich descriptions catch the ‘aha!’ of each style with insightful anecdotes and real-life stories. He shows how each style is likely
9 Ways of Working
to connect with or miss the others, what kind of leadership is right for certain situations, and how each style makes important decisions and gets work done. You’ll see the special gifts and talents of each style, their limits and blind spots, and when they will shine and when they will wilt. The 9 Ways of Working is packed with practical tips and cautions for each style and for working with each style.” The 9 Ways of Working is available world-wide on websites like or at your local bookstore

The BTI™ can be used for the business applications listed below.

  • Organizational Transformation
  • Employee Development
  • Culture Change
  • Performance Improvement
  • Team Building
  • Executive Coaching
  • Changes in Leadership or Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Succession Management

For more information or to sign up for our BTI™ training program, please contact the Breckenridge Institute at

Cancellation Policy: There are no refunds. Once you register, our system allows immediate access to proprietary materials.



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