Organizational Coaching

UBC Certificate Program

"I can bring a lot more to my position as a student mentor, staff supervisor, and clinical director. The skills I've learned also spill over to other parts of my life."
Andrea Esteves
Graduate, UBC Certificate in Organizational Coaching
Next Start Date: September 9, 2020

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 9, 2020 – May 8, 2021
  • Campus: UBC Vancouver campus, onsite class dates Sep 23–26, 2020, Jan 21–23, 2021 & May 6–8, 2021
  • What's included: 40+ hours of coaching practice, including 32+ ICF coaching hours towards ICF credential

The 22-page program handbook provides detailed information on the curriculum, courses, benefits, coaches and instructors, and Coaching@UBC, as well as important policies and admission requirements. You can also view and download a term-by-term program outline with learning outcomes.

1st Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 29, 2020

2nd Application Deadline: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 (Space permitting)

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Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some frequently asked questions about coaching, certification and the UBC Certificate content and experience. If you aren't finding the answers you're looking for, please consider reaching out to our program advisors either by phone and/or email.

We are committed to helping you find the information that will help you make the right decision. We always welcome your inquiries.

What is the size of a cohort and how will I interact with other learners in the program?
The maximum number of learners in the cohort is 48.

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.

How many people have graduated from UBC?
The Certificate program launched in 2013. As of 2019, 170 learners have graduated as UBC Certified Organizational Coaches (COC).
What opportunities are there for alumni following completion of the program?
We have created opportunities for our alumni to attend onsite sessions to provide logistical and learning support while also providing avenues to advance their own learning and training. We are delighted that two past graduates have joined our instructor team to support both our onsite and online content. We believe that as the instructor team grows, the program has increased capabilities to deliver its content in new and exciting ways.