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Royal Roads University's Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching program is an Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) through the International Coach Federation (ICF). Upon successful completion, graduates receive 125 Professional Certified Coach (PCC) learning hours and receive the Certified Executive Coach designation. Graduates are encouraged to pursue professional certification through ICF.

The Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching program provides you with the skills, knowledge and practical tools to effectively coach individuals and organizations towards superior performance. Designed for business professionals who already have leadership and management experience, Royal Roads University’s Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching program is ideal for those who have the energy and passion to become practicing executive coaches, or want to incorporate a coaching culture within their own organization. This six-month program offers you an effective blend of online and on-campus learning, so you can pursue your coaching goals while maintaining your current career.

Applicants who do not have the formal academic education to qualify for admission may be assessed on the basis of both their formal education and their informal learning, in accordance with the Flexible Admission Policy.


-Meet International Coach Federation (ICF) competencies and ethical guidelines
-Adapt your leadership style to a coaching approach
-Advance your communication and organizational leadership skills
-Understand the complexities of organizations and the benefits of executive coaching
-Recognize symptoms, problems and causes of organizational ineffectiveness
-Identify the elements required to manage an individual’s progress against established goals

Delivery Model

The Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching program is a six-day on-site residency, followed by two online courses, and concluded with a final three-day on-site residency. This unique structure provides working professionals with an opportunity to benefit from the synergy of an on-campus experience and learn through the online medium while still meeting professional and personal responsibilities.

Students can expect the residency periods to be quite rigorous. The normal schedule for residencies is from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Homework, readings and team assignments are completed outside of these hours so it is recommended that you keep your evenings available for these activities.

Online Learning
The online portion of our Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching program takes place over the Internet. There are deadlines for assignments; however, students work through the requirements of the course at their own pace. A number of different information delivery methods are used, including textbooks, articles, case studies, interactive learning and "chat" bulletin boards for corresponding with your team members, who may be on the other side of the country. Students are assigned to a team during the first residency and continue to work together during the online courses.

The online courses are taken consecutively and each course lasts for a period of 12 weeks. Each course requires a level of effort of approximately 20 hours per week. During the first online course, the amount of time required may be higher as students familiarize themselves with our online learning platform.

Advanced Standing
Upon completion of this certificate program, successful graduates may apply for advanced standing in our MBA programs. A portion of the MBA tuition is also waived.

Visit the Executive Coaching - PGCert page on the Royal Roads University website for more details!




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