Next Start Date: September 16, 2019
As an executive, manager, leader, HR professional, trainer, coach or consultant, you are in a position to unlock the personal and professional potential of your colleagues, peers and organizational clients. Our coaching program gives you the professional skills, competencies, and confidence to change the quality of workplace conversations, and create powerful change in organizations.
The UBC Certificate in Organizational Coaching is a part-time International Coaching Federation (ICF) - Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) in which you develop the skills and confidence to influence positive engagement, culture and performance in individuals, teams and groups.
Train as an internal or external coach as you learn from ICF-certified instructors, academic, and mentor coaches and gain valuable practice and ICF-accredited coaching hours working with individuals and teams.
- Credential: UBC Certified Organizational Coach (COC)
- Format: Online and in-class
- Schedule: Part-time, 160 - training hours
- Duration: 8 months
- Cost: $9,950
- Dates: September 16, 2019 – May 2, 2020
- Campus: UBC Point Grey campus, Vancouver onsite class dates Sep 25–28, 2019, Jan 23–25 & April 30–May 2, 2020
- What's included: 40+ hours of coaching practice, including 32+ ICF coaching hours towards ICF credential
September Application Deadline: Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Apply before May 6, 2019 to save $300 on program fees.
Applications accepted in priority order.
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Reasons to enrol:
- Access and exposure to a wide range of theories, methodology, frameworks and tools as well as extensive coaching practice to stretch you in your thinking and approach.
- This onsite, online and practicum content combines the intense training experience needed to progress your individual coaching skills with group and team coaching skills.
- The blended course design allows you the flexibility to manage your own time and learning while meeting key program deliveries.
- Uniquely developed and facilitated by thought leaders, academics, consultants and experts at an academic institution and in the field of coaching; giving you access to both academic rigor and professional practice.
- Certificate received rigorous review by both UBC and ICF, demonstrating alignment between academic excellence with the ICF Core Competencies and the Code of Ethics. Program includes mentor coaching, observed coaching sessions and a comprehensive final coaching exam that evaluates a learners coaching proficiency.
- This UBC Certificate helps you meet the requirements for ICF credentialing via the ACTP pathway.
- Coaching at UBC was awarded Honourable Mention for the International 2018 Prism Award. This is a prestigious honour from the ICF for businesses and organizations with coaching programs that fulfill rigorous professional standards, address key strategic goals, shape organizational culture and yield discernible and measurable positive impacts.
- apply concepts, theory, models, and practices directly with clients and in your workplace
- develop and enhance your own coaching philosophy and practice
- exemplify coaching proficiencies in one-on-one coaching skills, including co-creating agreements and relationships, communicating effectively and facilitating learning and results
- apply theoretical frameworks of human behaviour and change in order to understand and influence change in self and others
- master core coaching, communication and awareness skills through one-on-one mentorship, peer practice, group work, reflection and feedback
- consider how specific assessment tools develop team agility and strength
- demonstrate coaching competencies and proficiencies to meet ICF credentialing requirements.
Who is it for?
The program is for professionals with an interest and appetite for the coaching process and who already have experience working with individuals and teams in a range of organizational contexts. The program focuses on developing professionals ready to adopt and pursue coaching proficiency, competencies and methodology.
Graduates in the program have included:
- managers, human resources professionals, supervisors and other leaders responsible for employee development
- new and successful leaders in organizations interested in starting or expanding an internal coaching program
- coach-like practitioners wishing to advance and formalize their practice and gain credentials recognized in organizational setting
- independent consultants, corporate trainers, counsellors and other helping professionals wishing to deepen their skills and apply a coaching framework and approach.
- professionals from careers and sectors in health, HR, education, transit, film, business and organizational consulting.
The eight-month part-time program offers both onsite and online learning, and is designed for working professionals. Grounded in the theory and frameworks of human behaviour and change, the certificate combines strong academic content with practical and experiential, applied learning. Learning occurs in pairs, dyads, triangles and small and large groups to ensure amble opportunity for learners to work with one another.
Onsite Learning: The face-to-face, in classroom sessions are mandatory and designed to provide comprehensive, interactive, experiential learning hours that allows learners the advantage to practice coaching methodology and frameworks immediately with classmates while also interacting with instructors, guest instructors, mentor coaches and alumni. Learners will be required to complete pre-readings and assignments prior to attending the onsite sessions at UBC Point Grey campus, Vancouver
Online Learning: Learners login to check assignments, complete module readings and discussion posts, engage in a personal reflective practice and interact with each other under the supervision of an online moderator. Learners contribute, collaborate and complete six modules and four assignments over 8-months within this virtual classroom and online learning system called Canvas. Learners should expect to log onto the online portion a minimum of three times a week and will benefit from access that is more frequent.
Practicum: The purpose of the coaching practicum is to experience, practice and progressively develop coaching skills by actively applying skills with cohort peers and individual clients, and then with teams in an organizational context. Learners start to engage in coaching practice at the first onsite. Our ICF-accredited mentor coaching team adds depth, breadth and rigor to learner’s natural instincts, providing mentoring and coaching as a way of further hone and advance coaching skills. The program concludes with a one-month team capstone project with learners working in small teams with an organizational team. Learners must successfully complete a final coaching exam to demonstrate their coaching proficiency.
The cohort approach—whereby one group of learners completes the program together—forming a learning community that allows you to grow knowledge and develop skills while fostering creativity, building leadership and encouraging greater success together. This unique approach enables learners to benefit from highly experiential in-person content and ongoing learning and reflection online.
Program Hours and Expectations: Learners should set aside a minimum of 15-20 hours per week for online and practicum requirements. Time requirements may vary as learners familiarize themselves with the online learning platform and program requirements. For those enrolled in the September intake, the UBC Extended Learning office is closed between 12/20/19 – 01/03/20. No work is required during this period.
View the program schedule.
You must successfully complete the onsite and online modules and assignments and practicum requirements, and pass the final coaching evaluation.
UBC Extended Learning strongly suggests that you have the following technology and expertise in order to keep up with the program and complete assignments and projects online:
- Familiarity with basic Internet applications (email and web browser)
- A recent version of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari or other web browser.
- Familiarity with virtual technologies and call conferencing systems.
Your computer operating systems must meet the following minimum specifications:
- Windows XP SP2 Home/Pro
- Mac OS X 10.4
The combination of onsite sessions and online learning offers a flexible, supportive and interactive learning model. The blended program incorporates textbook readings, articles, videos and discussion boards.
Our Onsite and Online Instructors are experienced educators, coaches and industry experts and bring a combination of academic accolades and educational experience working with adult-learners in-person and online. All have on-the-ground experience, as well as expertise in coaching, leadership, human resources practice, business, organizational development, mindfulness, neuroscience, humanistic psychology, adult education and consulting.
Our Mentor Coaches hold an International Coach Federation (ICF) Professional Coach Certified (PCC) or Master Coach Certified (MCC) designation along with strong academic and professional development backgrounds, careers and consulting practices. Our Mentor Coach community supports learners to develop, achieve and demonstrate proficiency in their coaching skills and practice. Mentor Coaches work one-on-one and with groups of learners to support the integration of theory and practice and the successful completion of practicum requirements, including audited calls and one-on-one sessions. Learners have the opportunity to work and learn from multiple mentor coaches throughout the program.
Rhonda Margolis, PCC
Yael Blum, PCC
Julie Stockton, PCPP
Maura Da Cruz, MCC
Rochelle Davidson, PCC
Justin Marples, PCC
Karen Kristjanson, PCC
Linda Alexander, PCC
Julia McLaughlin, PCC
Heather Turnbull, PCC
Organizational Coaching at UBC was awarded Honourable Mention for the International 2018 Prism Award. This is a prestigious honour from the International Coach Federation for businesses and organizations with coaching programs that fulfill rigorous professional standards, address key strategic goals, shape organizational culture and yield discernible and measurable positive impacts. For 17 years, UBC has been a pioneer in strategically championing organizational coaching through individual, group and team coaching initiatives, program and training for all employees in the area of executive leadership, management, career navigation, and conflict and workplace wellness. We are incredibly proud that our community of coaches and faculty who leverage their lived experiences and deep knowledge through UBC Extended Learning’s ICF-accredited certificate program.
The total cost for the part-time program is $9,950 (no tax). Once accepted into the program a $675 non-refundable deposit is required to hold a place in the program. The deposit will be applied to the total fee. Subsequent tuition payments can be paid in full or in three installments:
Instalment 1: August 15, 2019 $5,275
Instalment 2: October 17, 2019 $2,000
Instalment 3: December 5, 2019 $2,000
All fees are in Canadian dollars and are subject to change. Fees can be paid by Visa®, MasterCard®, cash, money order or certified cheque.
Course fees include all course materials, with the exception of two required textbooks. You are required to purchase the following textbooks:
- L. Wildflower & D. Brennan (Eds.), (2011). The handbook of knowledge-based coaching. From theory to practice. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
- Britton, J.J. (2013). From one to many. Best practices for team and group coaching. Ontario: John Wiley & Sons Canada.
Before applying to this program, please read and understand the program handbook. The handbook contains detailed information about the program curriculum as well as important policies, terms and conditions that you are required to be aware of.
To accommodate learners from a variety of backgrounds, the admission requirements for the UBC Certificate in Organizational Coaching are fairly broad. Participants must:
- have an undergraduate degree or equivalent
- have at least four years of relevant work experience
- be strongly motivated to enroll in this program by relevant professional or personal experience or interest
- have a demonstrated understanding of the coaching realm
- complete an informal admissions interview to assess readiness and the academic, interpersonal and communications skills sufficient to allow active participation in this dynamic and experiential program.
To discuss eligibility, prior experience and program relevance, please contact us.
Your online application must include:
- A letter of intent (maximum 500 words): You should outline your motivation and interests for pursuing the program, your current coaching experience and understanding, what you feel you will gain from the program, what strengths you bring and how the program contributes to your future personal and/or professional goals.
- Current resume: A detailed resume with as much information about your work and life experiences as possible.
- Two reference letters: We are looking for your professional references to confirm that you are a suitable candidate for the coaching program, explain why they believe you will succeed and describe how the program will benefit you. We ask that the references indicate how they know you and their contact information.
Once your application is received, the program team will contact you to schedule an informal admissions interview. This is an opportunity to discuss your experience and expectations and how the program can meet them. Once accepted into the program, you must pay the non-refundable deposit within 10-business days to secure a place in the program. Space is secured in priority order.
We are committed to helping you find the information that will help you make the right decision. We always welcome your inquiries.
We have two instructors who teach our onsite sessions, and a minimum of eight mentor coaches that support learners the duration of the program.
Throughout the program, you work in pairs, threes and in small groups of 5 – 8 students. You also work in online learning communities of approximately 20 as well. Our mandatory onsite sessions allow learners to work in-person with each other. During Term 1, learners can work with one another in coach/client partnerships. We are committed to providing as many touch points and opportunities for connection, including small and large group work.