Transforming the way you live and work in the world
A Competency Development Program
for Coach Certification
Skills for High-Impact Coaching

GISC's ICF-accredited coach certification program provides intensive training and coaching skill development using our Gestalt core concepts within a supportive and dynamic learning community. We develop awareness, presence, and coaching competence uniquely in each participant resulting in profound personal and professional growth.


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Program Description:

The program, suitable for those new to coaching as well as for experienced coaches, consists of three sessions of theory, discussion and extensive coaching practice. It includes a distance-learning component for participants to practice their skills, share concepts with their peers, and work with a qualified faculty/mentor coach.

The program includes a full day of interactive work that will assist the participant in the establishment of their own coaching practice. It meets the ICF requirement for live interaction instruction on core competencies and ethical standards. Successful completion of the program earns the GISC Coach Certificate and qualifies graduates to apply for ICF certification.

The program will support the participant in:

  • Establishing a coaching practice
  • Adding coaching to their current business model
  • Integrating coaching as a success factor in their daily leadership
  • Utilizing coaching as an internal practitioner
  • Demonstrating ICF Core Competencies


The program will be limited to 24 practitioners. This will allow a strong participant-to-faculty/mentor coach ratio.

Successful completion of the coach training program will earn participants the GISC Coach Certificate. Interested GISC-certified graduates will be qualified to apply for International Coach Federation (ICF) credentials.

There is no prerequisite to the course. However, this program requires an application, which can be found on our website, as well as a $250 application fee that will be applied toward tuition. A portion of the program is distance learning.

Program Requirements

To satisfactorily graduate and receive certification as a GISC-Certified Coach, you must complete the following requirements:

  • Complete three consecutive Gestalt Coach Training Sessions (GCTS)
  • Create a Coach Development Plan (CDP), approved by a faculty/mentor coach. The CDP will outline your developmental goals and steps to meet these goals. The CDP will evolve as you move through the program
  • Complete required reading and reporting
  • Complete 50 hours of individual client coaching outside the training program. A log must be kept outlining the client’s name, dates and time
  • Complete 10 hours of observed coaching by a faculty/mentor coach. The practicums in the program will provide opportunity for this requirement
  • Complete and submit three taped individual coaching sessions (of approximately 30 minutes) to be reviewed by faculty/mentor coach
  • Develop a research paper (of not more than 10 double-spaced pages) on a coaching topic of your choice. The topic must be discussed with and approved by the faculty/mentor coach assigned to you
  • Successfully present (approximately 20 minutes) your research topic during the second or third GCTS
  • Participate in two monthly group conference calls with your support/learning group
  • Participate in one monthly call with your faculty/mentor coach to discuss youor development plans and challenges.  One of your support/learning group calls will be attended by your faculty mentor coach between GCTS II and GCTS III.  This will satisfy your faculty mentor coaching call for the month the mentor coach participates.
  • Demonstrate competency of coaching in practicums
  • Create a learning portfolio documenting your learning and accomplishments during the program
  • Successfully complete final written exam and final oral exam


Attendance: Full attendance at all three Gestalt Coach Training Sessions (October, January, and April) is required in order to graduate. Participants must make up any classroom time missed for illness or personal reasons through arrangement with and approval by the program faculty.


Feedback and Progress Reports: Participants receive ongoing feedback during the daily practicum portion of the on-site training sessions and mentor coaching between sessions. Coaches must pass a final written and oral exam (pass/fail) to obtain certification. Participants will receive three written evaluations during the second session (GCTS II) to allow the opportunity to build skills before the conclusion of the program.


Download an application here or apply online. Please submit application with $250 fee ($50 non-refundable) to reserve your seat in the program. Payment can be made online after registering, on the Registration Page or when returning application via fax or mail.

Training language: English

Coaching Specialties:

- Business - Transition
- Organizational - Leadership
- Executive - Wellness
- Career - Life Coaching
- Others to be developed by participant


Coach Certification:

Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) - International Coach FederationThis program is an Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) through the International Coach Federation. Successful completion of the program will earn participants the GISC Coach Certificate and qualify them to apply for an International Coach Federation (ICF) professional credential. ICF accredited ACTP; 138.25 total program hours.


  GISC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Please visit the Continuing Education page for more details.


Professional Development Groups for Coaches
Participants will be offered the opportunity to continue in-person or virtual professional development group sessions after the program ends.



Continuing Education:

CE Hours: 138.25



The school is licensed by the Division of Professional Licensure, Office of Private Occupational School Education. Students may contact the Department of Professional Licensure with concerns or complaints: Division of Professional Licensure, Office of Private Occupational School Education, 1000 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118, 617-727-5811.


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GISC is open Monday - Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and during program hours.

Dates and Fees:

Competency Development Program
for Coach Certification (CDPCC)
Three Sessions


Session I

October 24-28, 2019
Session II January 23-27, 2020
Session III April 23-27, 2020
Begins Thursday, 10am
Ends Monday, 3pm
Program Tuition


Application Fee $250 fee ($50 non-refundable) due with application (applicable to tuition). Download application form here.
Massachusetts organizations: $3,000 tuition reimbursement is available for organizations with fewer than 100 employees. Click here for information about how to apply for these grants from the state.
Program Faculty Drawn From:
  Stuart N. Simon, MCC,
  Mary Anne Walk, MCC,
Co- Director
  Ann Carr, MCC
  Nancy Formella, ACC
  Jackie Sherman, PCC
Location South Wellfleet, Cape Cod
Massachusetts, United States
Cancellation & Withdrawal Policy
Please see CDPCC Enrollment Agreement for complete cancellation details.


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Learn about our collaborative offering of GISC's coach certification program at

University of Washington | Bothell School of Business


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Video Testimonial
Competency Development Program for Coach Certification:

Jennifer J. Gould
President, Reach Consulting



Boston - Cape Cod - Massachusetts

GISC's Competency Development Program for Coach Certification is the only ICF Accredited Coach Training Program located in Massachusetts. All sessions take place at our beautiful, modern retreat-like training center in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. We are located 100 miles from Boston's Logan International Airport and are easily accessible by automobile. Please inquire about the easiest travel routes and where to stay nearby.

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