How to Become an Organizational Coach

There are several routes to becoming an organizational coach, but the optimal approach combines skilled mentoring, evidence-based study, and real-world experience. An organizational coach certification is a professional qualification that demonstrates your ability to work strategically within a business to recognize areas for improvement and upskill managers and teams.


Blending hands-on coaching experience with interactive learning and established frameworks will ensure you are equipped to deliver coaching in the workplace and deal with a range of scenarios.


The Value of Professional Organizational Coaching


Qualified change management coaches are in the highest demand in the corporate world. Adding a coaching qualification to your resume can open up new opportunities, whether to increase your capabilities as an HR professional or embark on a new career in change management.


What is change management consulting, though? It is a role whereby an organizational coach navigates changes or evolutions in the business infrastructure, hierarchy, or processes, helping stakeholders such as team leaders and employees appreciate the need for change.


Outcomes include greater engagement in the change process, buy-in of the ideas and concepts behind the change, and positive results for implementation, morale, and workplace satisfaction.


What Does Organizational Coaching Involve?


Organizational coaches focus on team, enterprise, or personal dynamics to unpick the pressure points and communications hurdles in place. The goal is to support all stakeholders in meeting organizational needs and objectives, with a potentially wide remit across executive leadership and employees.


Coaches may specialize in specific areas or deal with several business-critical transitions, such as:


  • Crisis and reputation management
  • Workforce restructuring
  • Corporate mergers and acquisitions
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Productivity and profitability


Completing an approved organizational coaching certification gives corporate leaders, training professionals, HR managers, and prospective coaching practitioners a range of aptitudes in behavior analysis, internal marketing, change management, and the assessment of underlying corporate cultures.


Do Organizational Coaches Need a Coaching Qualification?


Although there is no universal standard accreditation system, an appropriate certification indicates a necessary level of proficiency and knowledge, covering essential areas for effective organizational coaching. Corporate coaching is an emerging field of increasing importance in a fast-paced digital world where many organizations are addressing legacy structures and processes to adapt.


A professional, structured coaching certificate demonstrates the following:


  • Specialist organization-wide coaching skills 
  • Understanding of group dynamics and functions
  • The ability to align coaching goals with organizational focuses
  • Knowledge of proven change management techniques
  • Command of planning, facilitating, and reviewing coaching outcomes
  • Motivational, engagement, and support capabilities


Professional development, mentoring, and adherence to best practices are important in any coaching role. Following a specific coaching qualification and educational framework allows coaches to remain current in new techniques that continue to inform their work. 


Types of Organizational Coaching Roles 


One of the key benefits of an organizational coaching certification is that it applies to several different types of workplace coaching, using various training methods and approaches to increase performance, development, and accountability.


Team Coaching


Team coaching is used by organizations of all sizes. It is a key type of coaching as it helps teams produce better results and enables diverse groups to work together effectively. This type of coaching aims to foster healthy communication and interactions, driving toward better productivity.


Virtual Coaching


Virtual coaching enables global and remote working organizations to introduce professional coaching. Businesses with teams or locations that span different time zones or countries incorporate virtual coaching to implement the same communication frameworks, team dynamic analysis, and personal coaching benefits in a way that is convenient for all colleagues.


Integrated Coaching


Integrated coaching introduces organizational coaching within leadership development programs or other workplace initiatives, reinforcing the lessons learned and increasing the potential for success. Coaching helps participants to apply their developmental learning to their work and colleague interactions, embrace new skills or approaches, and adapt to changing organizational needs.


Executive Coaching


As a Certified Organizational Development Coach, you may progress further to specialize in executive coaching, working with executive leaders, corporate management, and other departmental managers. While an executive coaching certification covers separate areas specific to the challenges and needs of CEOs and other strategic managers, there is a natural progression from organizational to executive coaching.


Many of the aptitudes required are similar, with a greater focus on understanding, identifying, and creating pathways to help higher-level executives meet organizational and personal development goals. Executive coaches often work with corporate leaders to enhance abilities in strategic thinking, interpersonal communications, conflict resolution, and career transition, among many other applications. 


Certified NLP Coach

Program Description: The Certified NLP Coach program allows you to incorporate very powerful NLP techniques you’re your day-to-day coaching practice.

ICF Training Hours: 65

Duration: 25-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Certified Organizational Development Coach

Program Description: The Certified Organizational Development Coach program is a unique program that allows you to coach entire organizations on their Organizational Development, Change Management, and Corporate Transformational goals.

ICF Training Hours: 65

Duration: 25-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Certified Executive Coach

Program Description: The Certified Executive Coach program is designed for coaches who wish to coach executives and corporate leaders.

ICF Training Hours: 32

Duration: 12-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Certified Life Coach

Program Description: The Certified Life Coach program covers all of ICF’s core coaching competencies. This is an essential program for all coaches and covers all aspects of coaching including Developing a Coaching Mindset, Coaching Process and Structure, Human Behavior Modalities, Emotional Intelligence, Deep Listening, Managing Client Challenges, and many more. It also includes extensive business building tools. Whether you plan on doing personal coaching, corporate coaching, or NLP coaching, this program provides you with a solid foundation.

ICF Training Hours: 95

Duration: 24-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Class Schedule
ProgramStart DateClass TimesClass Schedule
Certified Life CoachMonday, April 3rd10:30am ET
3:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 24-weeks
Certified Organizational
Development Coach
Wednesday, May 3rd10:30am ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 25-weeks
Certified Executive
Tuesday, May 9th10:30am ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 8-weeks
Certified NLP Coach
Thursday, May 4th10:30am ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 25-weeks
Platinum - ACC/PCC
Friday, April 7th10:30am ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 1-hour
for 6-sessions PLUS 4 one-on-
one sessions with mentor