Coaching Certification Program

Coaching Certification Program

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Program vision

We develop executive-level coaching expertise and enable application for International Coach Federation (ICF) credentials.

The University of Washington Bothell is collaborating with the Gestalt International Study Center to offer this Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) recognized by the International Coach Federation (ICF).

What makes this program different from other coaching certification programs?

This program encompasses 138.25 coach specific training hours that will prepare you to apply for ICF credentials. While most programs focus just on coaching skills, in this program, you expand your business acumen as well with an additional 32 hours of executive-specific coaching skills.  

Is this the right program for me?

We have meticulously designed this program for those 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. It is designed to have maximum value while minimizing days out of the office. Unlike the majority of coach certification options, this program is designed to address the unique needs of leaders, managers, internal coaches, and coaching professionals working within business, medical and government organizations. There is an expectation that participants have past experience in their profession.

Design pillars


This program is a collaboration with the Gestalt International Study Center and UW Bothell. Each of our selected faculty members are successful business practitioners who have taught coaching at some of the world’s best coaching certification programs. In addition, each of our adjunct professors has earned a Master Certified Coach (MCC) status from the ICF. 

Coaching for business

The program combines fifteen face-to-face days of an intensive coaching program- Competency Development Program for Coach Certification (CDPCC)- with four face-to-face days of tools and application in an executive context.

You will develop a deep understanding of business coaching requirements.  You will be able to facilitate business-related coaching discussions and support the achievement of executive level goals and strategies. You will develop a deep understanding of what it takes to effectively coach both within an organization and externally with clients and client organizations.

ICF certification preparation

The program enables you to prepare yourself to apply for ICF credentials.

Practical application

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.  

Individual attention

Because this program is competency based, UW Bothell and the Gestalt International Study Center are committed to a faculty to student ratio of 1:6. You will receive the individual attention you need to support your development and your successful completion of the program.


You will expand your coaching network and join a community of alumni coaches to support your success.

Key learning outcomes

Executive level coaching expertise

  • Effectively coach organizational executives, leaders, and managers
  • Work and coach within highly complex organizational systems
  • Add coaching to your current business practice or establish an coaching practice
  • Integrate coaching as a success factor in your daily leadership
  • Utilize coaching as an internal practitioner

Based on ICF core competencies for ICF certification application

  • Demonstrate ICF Core Competencies
  • Prepare yourself for ICF Certification Application

Is this a certificate program?

When you successfully complete the program, you will receive a Coaching Certificate from the University of Washington Bothell in collaboration with the Gestalt International Study Center.

The program is an Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) through the International Coach Federation. Successful completion of the program will prepare you to apply for an International Coach Federation (ICF) credential.

Program requirements

To satisfactorily graduate and receive your certificate, you must:

  • Attend and complete the work in all of the training sessions (15 days).
  • Create a Coach Development Plan (CDP), in collaboration with a faculty/mentor coach. This CDP will outline your developmental goals and steps to meet these goals. Your CDP will evolve as you move through the program.
  • Complete required reading and reporting.
  • Develop a research paper (of not more than 10 double-spaced pages) on an area of executive coaching specialization of your choice. This paper will be approved and supported by your faculty/mentor coach partner.
  • Successfully present (approximately 20 minutes) your research topic during the second or fourth training session.
  • Complete a minimum of 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 names, dates and times.
  • Complete and submit three taped individual coaching sessions (of approximately 30 minutes). These will be reviewed by faculty/mentor coach.
  • Participate in two monthly group conference calls with your support/learning group led by your faculty/mentor coach. These will be scheduled between training sessions.
  • Participate in one monthly call with your faculty/mentor coach to discuss development plans and challenges.
  • Demonstrate competency of coaching skills in practicums.
  • Create a learning portfolio documenting your learning and accomplishments during the program.
  • Successfully complete a final written exam and a final oral exam. The final oral exam will be recorded and maintained for audit purposes and for reporting to ICF.

Feedback and progress reports

You will receive ongoing feedback during the daily practicum portion of the on-site training sessions and mentor coaching between sessions. You must pass a final written open-book test and oral exam (pass/fail). You also will receive a written evaluation after the second training session and also upon completion of the written exam. This will allow you the opportunity to fine tune your skills before the conclusion of the program.

Program details


You will attend 3 intensive sessions over the course of 7 months for a total of 15 days of face-to-face instruction. The face-to-face sessions will run Wednesday through Sunday to minimize time away from work.

All sessions are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.:

  • October 2-6, 2019
  • January 8-12, 2020
  • April 1-5, 2020


University of Washington, Bothell
Eastside Leadership Center
Bellevue, WA


You will need:

  • Resume or CV
  • Two references
  • Answer 3 essay questions about your coaching experience and goals (in application)

Registration fees

Registration Fee: $18,000
Non-refundable application fee: $250

We can work with corporate HR departments to facilitate tuition payments.

Registration deadline:

Early registration: July 15, 2019
Registration closes: August 15, 2019

Need help getting your manager to approve and pay for the program?

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Bruce Leamon, MA, MCC – Academic ChairBruce Leamon Headshot

Leamon Group

Bruce is a unique combination of educator and successful business practitioner. His company, Leamon Group, Inc., founded in 2001, designs and delivers high potential development programs, coach education programs, and customized facilitated sessions designed to increase individual, team, and organizational effectiveness. Currently, his personal focus is on team coaching, leadership development, and improving the quality of competency based business coach education for internal and external coaches. Bruce realizes that it is a true privilege to support his highly diverse clientele across multiple continents and cultures.

Bruce received his MA in Higher Education Administration from Michigan State University and he has served as an administrator and faculty member at three different universities. He held regional executive roles and headquarters based roles for AT&T during a twenty-year period of significant change. Bruce is an ICF Master Certified Coach (MCC), a Certified Master Facilitator of The Leadership Challenge® (Kouzes and Posner), and is a certified expert in a variety of coaching and team assessment instruments and processes.

Kathleen Stinnett, MS, MCC Kathleen Stinnett Headshot

Executive Coach and Coach Trainer

Kathleen Stinnett, MS, MCC, Certified Coaching Supervisor and Certified Positive Psychology Practitioner, is a coaches’ coach. She has been an executive coach and coach trainer for almost 20 years and earned her Master Coach Credential from the International Coach Federation in 2005. She served on the faculty for the Hudson Institute of Coaching for 17 years, and has been a guest lecturer at the Columbia University Coaching program since 2010.

Kathleen founded FutureLaunch in 2000 to help individuals, teams, and organizations perform at higher levels with greater fulfillment. Kathleen has coached leaders at all levels across the globe and has provided in-depth mentoring to certified coaches. She co-authored the book, The Extraordinary Coach: How the Best Leaders Help Others Grow and teaches leadership effectiveness and coaching skills to mid- and senior-level leaders. She also facilitates transformational dialogue within C-suite teams to perform more effectively.

Mary Anne Walk, MS, MBA, MCC, Co-Director of Coaching at Gestalt International Study CenterMary Anne Walk

Co-Director of Coaching
Gestalt International Study Center

Mary Anne Walk, MS, MBA, MCC, is Co-Director of Coaching at GISC on Cape Cod. She served as Executive Director for the Center from June 2012 until January 2014.  Additionally, she has held executive positions on the Board of Directors and has been a member of the faculty during her long standing relationship with the Center.

Mary Anne was the President of Walk & Associates, Inc., a global management consulting and coaching group, and previously Executive Vice President of a software company in New York City, which she joined shortly after retiring from AT&T as Vice President of Human Resources. Mary Anne is a summa cum laude graduate of Tarkio College, holds an MBA in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a MS in Management Science from MIT as a Sloan Fellow. She is certified as a Master Coach from the International Coach Federation.

Ann Carr, MS, MCC, GPCC™Ann Carr Headshot


Ann is owner/principal of Ann Attayek Carr & Associates, LLC and Intruequest ®, an organizational development consulting, leadership developing and coaching firm in Baltimore, MD. Ann trained in gestalt oriented Organizational and Systems Development, Working with Physical Process, and Group Process Consulting at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, Ohio. She completed the GISC Cape Cod Training Program in Couples, Families and Small Systems Work in 2004 and a range of additional programs focused on working with individuals and groups.

Ann holds a Master of Science degree in Social & Organizational Learning from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Carolina. She is a Newfield Network certified coach, holds the Gestalt Professional Coach Certification™ and the International Coach Federation MCC credential. In addition to her coaching and consulting practice, Ann serves as faculty at GISC, GIC, and adjunct faculty at Georgetown University.