Executive Coaching Certification Program

University of Washington Bothell

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University of Washington Bothell


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Who should attend

The program is designed for professionals with a minimum of 10 years business experience who desire to bring coaching skills to their organization, apply them in their work, and/or develop a coaching practice working with senior leaders and executives.

About the course

he University of Washington Bothell is collaborating with the Gestalt International Study Center to offer an executive coaching certification program. Most programs focus just on coaching skills. In this program, you will develop your coaching skills and expand your business acumen so that you will be able to effectively coach executives and apply for ICF Certification.

After successfully completing the program, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate ICF Core Competencies for your ICF Certification Application
  • Effectively coach business executives and managers
  • Work and coach within highly complex organizational systems
  • Add coaching to your current business practice or establish an executive coaching practice
  • Integrate coaching as a success factor in your daily leadership
  • Utilize coaching as an internal practitioner

The program consists of four intensive sessions over the course of 6 months for a total of 19 days of face-to-face instruction. The program combines fifteen face-to-face days of an International Coach Federation (ICF) Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) with four face-to-face days of tools and application in an executive context. The face-to-face sessions will run Wednesday through Sunday to minimize time away from work. The program includes discussion, case studies, extensive coaching practice, and in-between session assignments and online work to practice skills, share concepts with peers, and work with a qualified faculty/mentor coach. The program is limited to 24 participants allowing for a low participant-to-faculty/mentor coach ratio of 6 participants to 1 faculty member.

Program Requirements

To satisfactorily graduate and receive certification as a GISC-Certified Coach and receive a certificate from the University of Washington as a Certified Coach, you must:

  • Successfully present (approximately 20 minutes) your research topic during the second or third training session.
  • Develop a research paper (of not more than 10 double-spaced pages) on an area of coach specialization of your choice; you will receive support from your faculty/mentor coach partner.
  • Complete and submit three taped individual coaching sessions (of approximately 30 minutes) which will be reviewed by faculty/mentor coach.
  • Complete 10 hours of observed coaching by a faculty/mentor coach. The practicums in the program will provide opportunity for this requirement.
  • Complete 50 hours of individual client coaching outside the training program. A log must be kept outlining the client’s name, dates, times, and a brief note on the topic, e.g., leadership, career, transition, retirement, etc.
  • Create an ongoing personal journal recording Well Developed / Less Developed© areas and goals.
  • Complete required reading and reporting.
  • Create a Coach Development Plan (CDP), in collaboration with a faculty/mentor coach. The CDP will outline your developmental goals and steps to meet these goals. The CDP will evolve as you move through the program.
  • Attend and complete the work in all of the training sessions (19 days).
  • Participate in two monthly group conference calls with your support/learning group.
  • Participate in one monthly call with your faculty/mentor coach to discuss development plans and challenges.
  • Participate in two conference calls with your group, led by your faculty/mentor coach between the training sessions as scheduled.
  • Demonstrate competency of coaching in practicums.
  • Create a learning portfolio documenting your learning and accomplishments during the program.
  • Successfully complete final written exam and final oral exam.

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