The UBC Certificate in Organizational Coaching is an eight-month part-time International Coaching Federation (ICF) Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) that leads to the Certified Organizational Coach credential.
Through experiential online learning, and a live, virtual practicum guided by experienced mentor coaches, you gain core organizational coaching competencies and skills. Learn to support the development and performance of individuals at all levels of an organization, as well as the positive functioning of teams and groups.
Gain approaches, tools and frameworks that foster coaching conversations and a coaching culture that enable organizations to achieve strategic objectives, enhance leadership capacities and influence the outcomes of sustainable organizational change.
This certificate program is the only organizational coaching program accredited by the ICF, and the first university-based organizational coaching program of its kind in Canada. You also won’t find an immersive coach training program like this in Vancouver.
The 2021 program is offered 100% online.
- Credential: UBC Certified Organizational Coach (COC)
- Format: 100% online with a cohort of 48 peers
- Schedule: Part-time, 160+ training hours
- What's included: 132.25 ICF Accredited Coach Training Program hours, 32+ logged coaching hours and 10 hours of one-on-one mentor coaching toward an ICF ACC or PCC credential
- Cost: $9,950
- Next program start date: February 9, 2022
The program handbook provides information on the curriculum, courses, benefits, coaches and instructors and Coaching @ UBC, as well as important policies and admission requirements.
Program Start Dates:
- Cohort 11: September 8, 2021 – May 7, 2022 (View Schedule)
- Cohort 12: February 9, 2022 – December 17, 2022 (View Schedule)
- Cohort 11: Currently Full | Not accepting applications.
- Cohort 12: First application deadline is Wednesday October 6, 2021 | Waitlist open until November 3, 2021
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As a student in the UBC Certificate in Organizational Coaching training program, you gain:
- the competencies and skills to support people development at all levels of an organization
- the coaching confidence to apply these skills you acquire through experiential and hands-on training that includes a practicum, mentoring and observed coaching sessions
- credibility with a recognized credential that has gone through rigorous review by the International Coaching Federation and UBC (which also holds a CoachingWise designation)
- a community of coaching peers. Our cohort model, in which you start and end the program with the same group of professionals, allows for meaningful connections and a safe space in which to learn and grow.
Coach training skills applied in a workplace context enables organizations to achieve strategic goals, enhance leadership and create culture change. As an organizational coach, you can:
- change the quality and impact of organizational conversations and culture while holding individuals, teams and groups accountable
- advance personal and professional development and success
- help people, groups and teams thrive and do their best work within complex systems
- address organizational challenges by embracing the humanity of people and creating high-trust working relationships
- enable leaders to step into new roles by developing their learning and performance pathways
- enrich learning and development programs.
Who is it for?
Since our coaching program launched in 2013, 250 students have graduated as Certified Organizational Coaches (COC). Our program attracts a variety of students, including emerging leaders, mid-career professionals and those transitioning into other careers or retirement. Some have been supporting peers through informal coaching for a long time. They are motivated to:
- help others discover their potential and succeed in their careers
- formalize their people skills with academic and experiential learning
- support cultural change and foster team engagement in organizations
- deepen their coaching or helping practice by adding to other coaching or counselling credentials.
Our students hold different titles and roles, and include specialists, senior leaders, managers and consultants. Some of our students are:
- human resources/talent specialists and managers
- directors and managers of culture and change
- organizational development managers
- account supervisors and executives
- learning, development and training managers
- senior communications partners
- consultants and coaches
- project/program managers.
Industries and sectors are well represented in the program, and have included:
- public sector and government
- financial and real estate
- film and entertainment
- sole proprietors and consultancies.
Read our student stories from the 2019-2020 program:
- Adele Fraser, Director, People and Culture, The Village Restaurants
- Adenike Oyenuga, Performance Development Manager
- Margaret Seppelt, Director of Strategic Transformation and Improvement at BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre
- Stephanie Hoi, Customer Experience Specialist, Slack
- Trevor Baker, Senior Consultant and Partner, MacDonald Search Group
The UBC certificate program emerged from UBC’s long-running and successful internal coaching program for faculty and staff, Coaching @ UBC. The University holds a CoachingWise designation from the Vancouver chapter of the International Coaching Federation, and has received two ICF Prism Awards, in 2005 and 2018, recognizing the University’s high standard of excellence in coaching programs.
The UBC Certificate in Organizational Coaching is an eight-month, part-time program that combines self-paced online learning, live online intensives, as well as a practicum and a capstone project. The 2020/21, 2021 and 2021/22 programs are offered 100% online.
You progress through the program with a single group of peers (a cohort). This unique format creates an experiential yet safe learning community in which you can foster connections, create and share knowledge, build leadership and encourage greater success together. Throughout the program, you work in pairs, threes and in small groups of 5–8 students, and are encouraged to work with one another in coach/client partnerships. The maximum number of learners in a cohort is 48.
View a detailed schedule for the:
The program includes:
Live Online Intensives: Ten days of live online sessions provide you immersive, high-touch, interactive learning hours. In these mandatory sessions, you practise coaching methodologies and frameworks with classmates, and interact with instructors, guest instructors, mentor coaches and alumni.
Modular Online Learning: Contribute, collaborate and complete modules and assignments over eight months within our virtual interactive classroom and online learning system, Canvas. Discuss posts, engage in a personal reflective practice and interact with each other under the supervision of an online moderator. Continually iterate and develop your coaching philosophy, competencies and fluencies. Online groups are divided into four groups of approximately 12 students each.
Coaching Practicum: Experience, practise and develop coaching skills by applying what you’ve learned, first with cohort peers and real individual clients, and then with organizational teams. Our team of ICF-accredited mentor coaches guides you and provides feedback throughout your practicum. The program concludes with a one-month team capstone project with learners working in small teams with an organizational team.
Organizational Coaching Project: Apply coaching skills and International Coach Federation (ICF) core competencies in an organizational context and receive feedback on techniques and approaches. Refine a personal coaching philosophy, integrate reflective practice, and benefit from group learning and ongoing individual and team coaching.
Final Coaching Competency Panel Evaluation: In this final component of the program, you submit a recorded 30-minute sample coaching session. Evaluated by two Professional Certified Coaches, the purpose of this recording is to demonstrate your coaching competencies at a PCC level. Evaluations use International Coaching Federation competency level markers.
Program Hours and Expectations
In Term 1, learners should set aside a minimum of 8–12 hours per week for online learning requirements. In Term 2, expect to spend 15–20 hours per week to meet online and practicum deliverables. Time requirements may vary.
You must attend and participate in all three live learning intensives, successfully complete all of the online module assignments and practicum requirements, and pass the final coaching evaluation.
UBC Extended Learning 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 (e.g. Zoom, Skype)
Your computer operating systems must meet the following minimum specifications:
- Windows XP SP2 Home/Pro
- Mac OS X 10.4
While organizational coaching is a component of some coach training programs, we devote half of the required course hours to organizational coaching. The other half is dedicated to the practice of coaching with individuals, groups and teams in organizations.
The curriculum combines strong academic content with practical and experiential learning, grounded in the theory and frameworks of organizational development and psychology. The program schedule combines practice coaching sessions, skill-building, reflective practice and mentoring. Group discussions, mini-lectures, skills practice, case studies, readings, practical written assignments and online discussion are also used to teach, practise and reinforce skills.
After the Program
We offer opportunities for our alumni to attend onsite sessions to provide learning support to new students while also providing avenues to advance their own learning and training. We are delighted that two past graduates have joined our instructor team, which allows us to deliver content in new and exciting ways.
Our instructors are experienced educators, coaches and industry experts who have on-the-ground experience, and expertise in coaching, leadership, human resources practice, business, organizational development, mindfulness, neuroscience, humanistic psychology, adult education and consulting. All have worked with adult learners in-person and online.
Our Mentor Coaches are International Coach Federation (ICF)-accredited coaches, and have strong academic and professional backgrounds. Mentor Coaches work one-on-one and in groups to help learners develop, achieve and demonstrate proficiency in their coaching skills and practice. You 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
Justin Marples, PCC
Karen Kristjanson, PCC
Linda Alexander, PCC
Julia McLaughlin, PCC
David Ogle, PCC
Indy Batth, PCC
Andrea Fruhling, PCC
Brian Taguchi, PCC
Heather Turnbull, PCC
Coaching @ 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.
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:
Cohort 11 (September 2021 start):
|Instalment 1: August 12, 2021||$5,275|
|Instalment 2: October 14, 2021||$2,000|
|Instalment 3: December 2, 2021||$2,000|
Cohort 12 (February 2022 start):
|Instalment 1: January 13, 2022||$5,275|
|Instalment 2: March 17, 2022||$2,000|
|Instalment 3: May 5, 2022||$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 which can be purchased from the UBC Bookstore:
- L. Wildflower & D. Brennan (Eds.), (2011). The handbook of knowledge-based coaching. From theory to practice. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
- D. Clutterbuck, J. Gannon, S. Hayes, I. Iordanou, K. Lowe, & D. MacKie (Eds.). The practitioner's handbook of team coaching. New York: Routledge.
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.
Admission to this program is competitive and applications exceed the number of spaces available. Before applying to the program, we would be happy to discuss your eligibility, prior experience and the relevance of the program to your goals. Please contact us by email or phone.
To accommodate learners from a variety of backgrounds, the admission requirements for the UBC Certificate in Organizational Coaching are broad. You must:
- have an undergraduate degree or equivalent professional experience
- have at least five years of relevant work experience working with individuals and teams in a range of organizational contexts
- be motivated to enrol in this program by relevant professional or personal experience or interest
- have a demonstrated understanding of and/or experience in the coaching field
- 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
- have evidence of an adequate support network and resources in place for you to take on the demands of the program
- demonstrate alignment between your expectations coming into the program, your post-program goals and the program outcomes and benefits that the program provides
- experience with coaching and/or being coached.
- A letter of intent (maximum 500 words): You should outline your motivations 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.
When you submit your application, you will receive an email within five business days to confirm we’ve received your application and that it’s complete. Within a week following the first application deadline, the program team will contact you to schedule an informal admissions interview. This 25-minute interview is an opportunity to discuss your experiences, expectations and potential fit with the program.
If you're accepted into the program, you’re required to pay the non-refundable deposit within 10 business days to secure a place in the program.