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Executive Coaching

Cheryl Smith at Reykjavik University, Iceland
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For students wanting to learn foundational coaching skills as conveniently as possible, the Open University at RU offers a training program called CEFTP (Core Essentials Fast Track Program). The course is organized in cooperation with CoachU, an established training company.

The CEFTP course introduces students to the core coaching competencies and skills required to effectively coach others. The program is accredited by the ICF and meets the academic requirements for the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) certification through the International Coach Federation (ICF).

The program offers beginner and intermediate courses to develop core coaching competency. In addition, the knowledge in developing an internal or external coaching practice or business, and personal development for sustainable success in coaching. These skills are essential for coaches providing individual and/or organizational coaching services. The program is enhanced with practice and project labs.

All RU coaching students will have free access for six months after the in-person training to all virtual-classroom courses offered in the Core Essentials Program (CEP). The course content and textbooks are identical to the in-person class offered at RU. CEP is attractive to those coaching students around the world who cannot attend an in-person program or who want to spread the training out over a longer period.

After completing the program, participants qualify to upgrade into other advanced coaching programs (Coach U's Advanced Coaching Program or Corporate Coach U's Advanced Corporate Coaching Program to learn advanced personal, business, executive and corporate coaching skills.

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University of Washington Bothell

Executive Coaching Certification Program

Bruce Leamon - Academic Chair

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Jan 8—Jun 21, 2020
15 daysModules info
Bothell, Washington, United States
USD 18000
USD 1200 per day


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.

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.


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