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Leadership Coaching Certification Program is Offered Through Rutgers Continuing Studies

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – “Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance,” a continuing education program that leads to executive coaching certification, will be offered by the Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies September 16 to December 10, 2015.

Designed for individuals who want to develop coaching skills and apply them in realistic organizational settings, Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance is an accredited coach training program (ACTP) of the International Coach Federation (ICF). The course is suited for experienced management, human resources and executive professionals; executive coaches without a certification; and midcareer professionals with a strong interest in developing executive coaching as a profession.

The highly participatory and interactive course is led by experienced executive coaching educators who have successfully guided numerous participants toward certification. The program is recognized by the ICF as offering a minimum of 132 hours of coach-specific training, and training on all ICF core competencies and the ICF code of ethics. Over the course of five months, students progress through five learning modules that include: classroom-based learning, practice coaching sessions with an experienced coach, teleconferences, independent reading and a comprehensive final exam that evaluates a student’s coaching competency. Conducted over 12 days, the program draws heavily on the experience and insights of course participants.

The Rutgers curriculum focuses on the 11 competencies required for executive coaching certification, including ethical guidelines and professional standards, coaching relationships, effective communication, facilitating learning and results, planning and goal setting, and accountability.

Participants who complete the program are awarded a professional certificate and meet the academic requirements for one of two ICF certifications: Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and Professional Certified Coach (PCC).

The program, offered by the Rutgers Center for Continuing Professional Development, aims to develop vital competencies that drive performance in leaders from organizations in many fields, explained Richard J. Novak, vice president of continuing studies and distance learning at Rutgers. He added that the leadership coaching skills developed through the Rutgers program can be applied within a broad range of business, educational, nonprofit and government organizations.

“Rutgers maintains a strong focus on business and organization performance in the Leadership Coaching program,” Novak said. “We’ve combined the best elements of adult education with executive-level consulting in the field of business coaching to help program participants earn the most respected credential in leadership coaching.”

Rutgers teamed with Philosophy IB, a Florham Park-based consulting firm, to deliver the program, which includes interactive case studies and one-on-one coaching sessions. Kaveh Naficy, a Philosophy IB founding partner who oversees its executive coaching practice and is a lead instructor in the program, said, “It’s vital for organizations and leaders to develop the critical executive coaching skills needed to drive greater results.”

Information and registration is available on the course website:

About Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies (DoCS): Rutgers University Division of Continuing Studies (DoCS) focuses on lifelong learning needs and opportunities. Serving all Rutgers campuses, the division includes more than 125 employees in 14 units providing hundreds of credit and noncredit programs with thousands of participants from youth to retirees. DoCS also provides educational support services combining pedagogy and technology, including instructional design and course management systems for online, face-to-face and hybrid learning environments.

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