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June 8, 2012 / compassioninpolitics

What are the best business coaching certification programs in the United States and the world

I am not a coach, however I thought this resource gave a decent overview of the field given my exposure–however the data I’m drawing upon is from people who are coaches themselves and train coaches (note: the programs chosen are more robust than many, but that means there is also potentially real value to what they provide). These options range from $4880 to $10,250 at Georgetown University to $16,900 at Columbia University. With the exception of the last one they last from 6 months to 16 months in length–most hover somewhere in the middle at around 10 to 12 months:

Coach Academy Coach Training Programs (Dallas TX)
University of Texas at Dallas Coaching Certification Program (Virtual)
Coach U (Mostly Virtual)
Columbia University Coaching Certification Program
Fielding Graduate University Coaching Certification
Georgetown University Coaching Certification (Washington DC)
Hudson Institute Coaching Program (Santa Barbara, CA)
New Ventures West Coaching Program (San Fransisco, CA–Integral Model)
• Newfield Institute Coach Training
Coaches Training Institute (co-active coaching model)
NLP and Coaching Institute of California (This is a life coaching program, not a business coaching one. I’ve included it only because the list included it.)

In addition, certifications offered through the various Coaching associations and federations should also probably be added to the list (and evaluated based on testimonials, expert opinion, results, agreement of the field, and methodology).

There are certainly options which may provide 3 day workshops with a certification offering, but that is fundamentally a different product than these more robust programs. There are also virtual options, but that is likewise a different product–given that its a fundamentally face to face practice. Although for what its worth, I believe they do utilize Skype, and I believe there are number around the $3,500 range, including Coaching U above.

Feel free to comment on the quality of any of the above or the rationales for attending particular types of coaching programs. By the way, I’ve made the assumption that these are all business coaching certifications–but I think its a rather sound assumption. You can certainly discover for yourself what works best for you and your potential client base.

Footnotes, Caveats, & FYIs:

* By the way, I took a group coaching workshop at a recent conference with a graduate of the Georgetown coaching program and she seemed quite satisfied with her experience and I believe currently works with big Fortune 2000 clients. I don’t think she would have mentioned it or she would have added a caveat if her experience wasn’t a positive one. Its pretty extensive and I believe requires a full semester of work–which seems to suggest it is rigorous in terms of exposure. After looking at the qualification of the teachers/coaches who teach, it seems to be reflective of a robust experience in the field.

** Source: The Link to the best business coaching certification program chart is available here. I chose the order they used–I’m not sure why they chose that ordering.

*** You might note the difference between Coach U and Coach Inc. I believe that Coach Inc is the business coaching arm of Coach U.

**** You are responsible for determining the exact type of program and the program constraints. I hope this post has helped direct you in a positive direction.



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  1. compassioninpolitics / Jun 17 2012 3:24 am

    This list echoes many of the coaching organizations above:

    I would err on choosing organizations on both lists–and comparing those. The lone exception is if your interest is in one of the specialties or there is something incredibly unique or useful about one of the programs.

    Note: the link probably has 40 or so organizations, so it may be easier to use the list I’ve included in the post.

  2. compassioninpolitics / Sep 13 2016 5:37 pm

    Unfortunately, the link above is dead. Perhaps a Google search using that organization can help locate it.

    To me, I think the Georgetown program suggests being one of the best.

  3. compassioninpolitics / Sep 13 2016 5:38 pm

    In terms of Christian coaching you might look to some of these resources:

  4. compassioninpolitics / Jul 4 2017 9:46 pm

    In addition to my note above about Christian coaching, I would point to the following search engine created by the International Coaching Federation (ICF):

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