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GISC Advanced Coaching Certification

Certifications are becoming more important in the world. GISC will help coaches meet these demands while engaging in profound learning experiences.  We are pleased to offer a curriculum leading to a GISC Advanced Coaching Certification.  This is a program for new and experienced coaches to support their continuing professional development and expertise.


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The curriculum expands your ability to work with your clients in a thought-provoking, creative and optimistic process that offers them increased awareness and a pathway to meet their goals. The programs are based on Gestalt theories and behaviors and the core competencies of the International Coach Federation. 

In addition to the Competency Development Program for Coach Certification, the certification process includes a series of four additional required advanced programs which do not need to be taken in any specific order. Consideration will be given to those participants who have taken the advanced programs before taking the initial core program, Competency Development Program for Coach Certification: Skills for High Impact Coaching.


The coursework must be successfully completed within five years from the date of your first advanced program.  After completion of the initial core curriculum you will be awarded a GISC Coach certification and after you have completed the advanced programs you will be awarded an Advanced GISC Coaching Certificate.


Certification Requirements

  • Acceptance to the program (please complete application, attached)

  • Complete Core Program

  • Complete all Advanced Programs

  • Complete all certification requirements within 5 years from the date of your first advanced program (grandfathered status will be taken into consideration)


  • Advanced GISC Coaching Certification

  • Expansion of knowledge in diagnostic and intervention approaches

  • Opportunity to become part of a supportive network of practitioners

  • Extensive professional and personal development through practice in a safe and supportive environment

  • Increased awareness, self-confidence, credibility, and market value

  • Advanced listing on GISC website upon certification


This program is designed to be of value to coaches seeking advanced training, skills and certification. HR professionals and others expanding their practice into coaching would also benefit. 

Application to the Advanced GISC Coaching Certification program may be made at any time, and credit will be given for appropriate programs already completed prior to enrollment into this Advanced program.



The fee for each program is listed on the specific program webpage.  Applicants may join the certificate program at any time (with application) and will receive a 10% discount off the registration fee for each required program taken from that point forward. Individual programs are to be paid for upon each program registration.


Continuing Education

The required advanced programs quality for ICF continuing education credits.  GISC also has many other programs that provide continuing education credits for coaches. Please refer to each program or visit the GISC Continuing Education page on our website for full details.


"Several years ago, when I set out to do some professional development, I asked a series of colleagues what training they used most in their coaching and organizational development practices. “Gestalt” was the most frequent response. GISC offers the best, most practical, and deepest professional training for those interested in learning how to work effectively with people. In the past five years I have attended over six programs, including the International OSD program, Cape Cod Model and its application to groups and individuals, and an excellent conference on the Future of Managing Change. The quality of the faculty is outstanding. Not only do they teach well, they have extensive experience as practitioners in the “real” world of family and business needs. Not only have I committed time and resources to GISC programs, I have also sent colleagues and clients to the Cape Cod Model program. I use what I learned at GISC every day, and keep in my mind and heart that there is a place I can go to practice and learn new skills as the need arises. The world needs what GISC has to teach about how we can live and work together."

Sophie Parker
Sophie Parker & Associates

GISC Advanced Coaching Certification

Core Curriculum
- Required for Everyone -

Competency Development Program for Coach Certification, Skills for High Impact Coaching


GISC will consider other Gestalt coach certification programs to meet this requirement.

  138.25 hours of Coach Specific Training 

Advanced Programs*

- Required for Everyone -

Applying the Cape Cod Model to Coaching   24 Core Competency Hours and 10 Resource Development Hours (ICF)
Working with the Body in Mind   19 Core Competency Hours
Executive Coaching and Personality Dynamics   21 Core Competency Hours (ICF)
Professional Development Group for Coaches   12 Hours Core Competency Hours or Mentor Coaching Hours
*Advanced programs can be completed in any order.

“As an organizational and leadership development coach based on Cape Cod, I was thrilled to learn of GISC as a local resource. I attended two workshops last year. The take-aways for me were the opportunity to be introduced to the Gestalt model and the privilege of connecting with a group of passionate, knowledgeable, interested, and interesting people - both participants and staff. At both workshops, I experienced several consecutive days of non-stop intellectual and emotional challenges; and observed highly skilled faculty and facilitators in action.”

Janice Kinder
Workplace Coach


Gestalt International Study Center
1035 Cemetery Road, P.O. Box 515, South Wellfleet, MA 02663
Phone: +1 508 349 7900