Hudson Coach Certification

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Overview

We have been running our ICF-accredited Coach Certification program for 30+ years, providing leaders with a powerful immersion into all that is foundational in leadership coaching. A combination of experiential and intellectual, we weave together all the essential elements needed to support your development as a coach. Our developmental approach begins at home, cultivating one’s self, knowing the coach’s most important tool is the ability to use one’s self in their work with clients. We believe meaningful coach training needs to include four areas:

  • Immersion in relevant theories, concepts, and evidence-based models informing the field of coaching
  • Exploration of Use of Self as Coach, cultivating one’s internal landscape to deepen capacity
  • Attention to our coaching methodology, highlighting key elements at the heart of change
  • In-depth engagement in real-time learning, incorporating practices of in-the-moment feedback, reflection, recordings, and coach supervision to grow as a coach

Curriculum

Each cohort spans 9 months (a pre-requisite course is required before commencing our 125+ hour coaching training). The program is structured around three intensive sessions (in-person or virtual). In the interim, participant work is comprised of weekly group touchpoints, mentor coach calls, providing coaching, receiving coaching, and partaking in relevant reading and integration.

Experiential and theoretical grounding are the primary ingredients of coaching encountered in the early phases, along with a deep dive into cultivating the use of self. This initial stage is accomplished through the cyclical learning pattern of learn-do-reflect-elicit-input-reflect.

  • Learn, practice, and apply the essential elements of creating the conditions for coaching to occur
  • Explore your internal landscape through a variety of experiences, identifying areas of growth and development
  • Examine, observe, and experience the use of skill-based coach competencies
  • Engage in real-time coaching practice inside supervised coaching labs
  • Invest in building collegial learning relationships you will be able to deepen throughout the program and well beyond

Module Structure

Modules highlighting theories, concepts, and models covered in the required reading are presented daily, interspersed with reflection, experiential practice, and opportunities to test what’s been learned in daily coaching labs.

Coaching labs are a dynamic setting for growth. Labs occur throughout the intensive session, providing participants with real-time coaching practice supported by mentor coach feedback and linked to coaching competencies.

Participants are organized into a Small Learning Group that becomes their learning pod for the entire program. These pods allow participants to create strong connections with a subset of the class and seek input and support throughout the program.

Reading is integrated throughout the program. The required list is rigorous because we believe great coaches have a strong foundation in this field of study, along with those adjacent to the field of coaching.

Interim Learning

The time between intensive sessions includes an active curriculum linking participants to one another, providing additional modules focused on theories and concepts, and continually broadening and deepening one’s coaching capacities. Hudson recommends that participants set aside 15+ hours weekly to complete this work. Interim learning includes:

  • Monthly Learning Modules
  • Weekly Small Group Sessions
  • Bi-weekly triad practice coaching sessions
  • Receiving coaching in the role of client
  • Providing coaching in the role of coach-in-training
  • Recording, transcribing, and actively reviewing coaching sessions with a mentor coach, tracking to skill-based competencies, and linking to one’s development
  • Completing the required reading
  • Developing a Learning Portfolio that encompasses all elements of the program and serves as a reflective learning practice

Deepening capacity, digging deeper into the coaching relationship, gaining a broader understanding of how change is cultivated and facilitated, and strengthening the coach’s awareness of the use of self.

  • Explore beyond the basics of coaching, examining the role of immediacy, transparency, courage, systemic thinking, embodiment, and beyond
  • Examine the coaching competencies with a heightened awareness of your areas of growth and accomplishments
  • Engage in real-time coaching practice inside supervised coaching labs with increased rigor
  • Invest in using collegial relationships as a source of fresh input, feedback, and support on your journey

Module Structure

Modules on theories, concepts, and models covered in and beyond the required reading are presented daily, interspersed with reflection, experiential practice, and opportunities to try them out in coaching labs.

Coaching labs provide participants with real-time coaching practice supported by mentor coach feedback and are linked to coaching competencies. Some coaching labs happen within Small Learning Groups, and others are mixed to enhance interconnections and expanded learning.

Before each intensive session, participants complete a list of required and optional reading, which sets the stage for the session’s in-depth exploration and provides additive learning.

Interim Learning

The time between intensive sessions includes an active curriculum linking participants to one another, providing additional modules focused on theories and concepts, and continually deepening one’s coaching capacities. Hudson recommends that participants set aside 15+ hours weekly to complete this work. Interim learning includes:

  • Monthly Learning Modules
  • Weekly Small Group Sessions
  • Bi-weekly triad practice coaching sessions
  • Receiving coaching in the role of client
  • Providing coaching in the role of coach-in-learning
  • Recording, transcribing, and actively reviewing coaching sessions with a mentor coach, tracking to skill-based competencies, and linking to one’s development
  • Reading time dedicated to required and optional reading materials
  • Developing a Learning Portfolio that encompasses all elements of the program and serves as a reflective learning practice

Building the capacity to examine impact and efficacy at all stages of the coaching engagement, from early contracting to the final session.

  • Learn to track impact and efficacy throughout the coaching engagement from contracting to conclusion
  • Explore your areas of growth and development with a focus on input from others in the program
  • Engage in real-time coaching practice inside supervised coaching labs
  • Invest in building a post-program development plan
  • Prepare for a final review, which will be submitted after the conclusion of Module 3

Module Structure

Modules focused on ‘next level’ development interspersed with reflection, experiential practice, and opportunities to try them out in coaching labs.

Coaching labs occur throughout the intensive, providing participants with real-time coach practice opportunities supported by mentor coach feedback and linked to coaching competencies.

Completion of a thorough Learning Portfolio tracking your learning journey through the use of development plans, coaching logs, a case study, and reflective work.

The Conclusion is a New Beginning

The program concludes and participant connections continue to grow. At Hudson, we foster a learning community well beyond the HCC experience with coaching conferences, webinars, smaller group learning opportunities, monthly learning calls, and more.

Approach to Learning

We learn best in short bursts of modules linked to required reading, followed by time for reflection and integration. We start ‘at home’ knowing a coach needs first to know one’s self in order to do work with others. We use our well-known Self as Coach model to guide exploration through our internal landscape. We create an environment that places a premium on safety and respect, laying the groundwork for offering feedback regularly to spur growth. Our coaching labs are interspersed throughout each day, providing invaluable space for integration, practice, feedback, and reflection.

Modules, Reflections, & Integration
We have a robust required reading list that spans foundational concepts, theories, and models particularly relevant to the field of coaching. These areas span a wide range, including change theory, adult development, leadership development, neuroscience, systems thinking, team and leadership coaching, core coaching competencies, and more. During our intensive sessions, we create a rhythm that links short bursts of traditional presentations and reflection time and integrates them into practice in coaching lab sessions.

Inside-Out, Your Internal Landscape
The most essential tool a coach has is the ability to use one’s self well in the relational work of coaching. We emphasize the necessity of knowing one’s self as a coach and utilize our well-known Self as Coach model to explore and develop our internal landscape. Our model examines the areas of presence, empathy, range of feelings, boundaries and systems, embodiment, and courage.

Practice – Feedback – Practice
We know that in order to grow our capacity as coaches, we need more than theories and concepts! We learn best when we can practice in settings where we receive feedback that allows us to learn, adjust, grow, and reset. We incorporate this into our intensive sessions and all of our interim learning.

Coaching Labs
Throughout the program, coaching labs provide dynamic settings where participants can deepen their skills through real-time practice and feedback.

Upcoming Programs

Participants are required to attend our prerequisite LifeForward program before starting the Coaching Certification Program. If you’re interested in enrolling in our Coach Certification program, we recommend applying well in advance to secure a seat in the session that fits your schedule.

  • Summer 2024 Track 2 (Virtual)

    $15,500

    Virtual sessions hosted over Zoom

    Kickoff: July 29, 2024
    Session 1: August 6 – 9, 2024
    Session 2: November 19 – 22, 2024
    Session 3: April 8 – 11, 2025

    Intensive sessions run approx. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm PT daily

    Summer 2024 Track 2 Program Details

    Please see section below for additional details on fees not included in pricing.

  • Fall 2024 (In-Person)

    $16,500

    In-person in Santa Barbara, CA

    Virtual Kickoff: October 15, 2024
    Session 1: November 12 – 15, 2024
    Session 2: March 11 – 14, 2025
    Session 3: August 5 – 8, 2025

    Intensive sessions run approx. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm PT daily

    Fall 2024 Program Details

    Please see section below for additional details on fees not included in pricing.

  • Winter 2025 (In-Person)

    $16,500

    In-person in Santa Barbara, CA

    Virtual Kickoff: TBD
    Session 1: January 28 – 31, 2025
    Session 2: May 6 – 9, 2025
    Session 3: September 16 – 19, 2025

    Intensive sessions run approx. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm PT daily

    Winter 2025 Program Details

    Please see section below for additional details on fees not included in pricing.

  • Spring 2025 (Virtual)

    $15,500

    Virtual sessions hosted over Zoom

    Kickoff: TBD
    Session 1: April 1 – 4, 2025
    Session 2: July 15 – 18, 2025
    Session 3: November 18 – 21, 2025

    Intensive sessions run approx. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm PT daily

    Spring 2025 Program Details

    Please see section below for additional details on fees not included in pricing.

  • Summer 2025 Track 1 (In-Person)

    $16,500

    In-person in Santa Barbara, CA

    Virtual Kickoff: TBD
    Session 1: June 3 – 6, 2025
    Session 2: September 9 – 12, 2025
    Session 3: January 27 – 30, 2026

    Intensive sessions run approx. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm PT daily

    Summer 2025 Track 1 Program Details

    Please see section below for additional details on fees not included in pricing.

  • Summer 2025 Track 2 (Virtual)

    $15,500

    Virtual sessions hosted over Zoom

    Kickoff: TBD
    Session 1: August 19 – 22, 2025
    Session 2: December 2 – 5, 2025
    Session 3: April 14 – 17, 2026

    Intensive sessions run approx. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm PT daily

    Summer 2025 Track 2 Program Details

    Please see section below for additional details on fees not included in pricing.

  • Fall 2025 (In-Person)

    $16,500

    In-person in Santa Barbara, CA

    Virtual Kickoff: TBD
    Session 1: October 21 – 24, 2025
    Session 2: February 3 – 6, 2026
    Session 3: June 9 – 12, 2026

    Intensive sessions run approx. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm PT daily

    Fall 2025 Program Details

    Please see section below for additional details on fees not included in pricing.

Food, Travel & Accommodations
All food, travel and accommodations are the responsibility of the participant.

Program Materials and Additional Fees
The cost for procuring the required reading materials and engaging with a Hudson certified coach is not included in the program fees and is the participant’s responsibility.

Transfers & Cancellations
The following fees apply in addition to a $250 administrative fee.

  • 12 Weeks from Program Date: Transfer Fee = 10% of tuition; Cancellation Fee = 25% of tuition
  • 8 Weeks from Program Date: Transfer Fee = 25% of tuition; Cancellation Fee = 50% of tuition
  • 4 Weeks from Program Date: Transfer Fee = 50% of tuition; Cancellation Fee = 75% of tuition
  • 2 Weeks from Program Date: Transfer Fee = 75% of tuition; Cancellation Fee = 100% of tuition

The Hudson Institute of Coaching provides a world-class coaching certification program that is comprehensive, academic, interactive, and transformative. It's self-paced learning with layers of external support and encouragement for each individuals' success. If you're serious about a career in coaching, this is the journey that will change who you are and how you coach.

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Before Certification Training

LifeForward™

Professionals attend our signature workshop to reflect, repurpose, envision, and plan for a meaningful path forward that is both inspiring and actionable. LifeForward is the first step and prerequisite for the Hudson Coach Certification program.

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Coaching Seminar

This half-day seminar provides an overview of our holistic and developmental approach to coaching. Offered in conjunction with our LifeForward program.

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Apply to Coach Certification Program

Candidates must submit an application for entry into the program. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications before LifeForward™ and the Coaching Seminar.

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LifeForward

Take the first steps towards certification by signing up for LifeForward and Coaching Seminar.