The Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute led me through an incredibly powerful journey of self-discovery and leadership work. I went to the Institute for the skills, but came back a completely reprogrammed version 2.0.
— Sushma Bhatia, Strategy Consultant at Accenture

Offered in affiliation with UC Berkeley Executive Education, the Berkeley Executive Coaching Certificate Program is a ten-day intensive training for executives seeking to become better managers and leaders, as well as individuals interested in becoming executive coaches. Our certification program focuses on developing coaches who excel at the critical soft skills leaders require today – including empathy, professional intimacy, leadership presence and effective communication skills. Our executive coach training is an exclusive certification from UC Berkeley.

What's Included

  • 10 days (approx. 80 hrs.) of in-person instruction and training with Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute (Berkeley ECI) faculty 
  • Topics: authentic and inspirational leadership; coaching methodology and techniques; meditation and mindfulness; communication and storytelling skills. 
  • Private 1-on-1 coaching sessions with Berkeley ECI faculty coaches
  • Coaching practicum – an opportunity to coach employees at leading companies
  • 4 months of follow-up distance learning and online group sessions 
  • Access to a global network of leaders and experienced coaches
  • Upon completion of program requirements, graduates receive a UC Berkeley certificate.

Why Coaching

The Harvard Business Review recently gave these four reasons why managers coach :

  • They see coaching as an essential tool for achieving business goals.
  • They enjoy helping people develop.
  • They are curious. 
  • They are interested in establishing connections. 

Are you ready to invest in yourself as a leader and coach? HBR says, "Whether it’s because [managers who coach] are competing for talent, operating in a highly turbulent market place, trying to retain their budding leaders, or aiming to grow their solid players, they believe that they simply have to take the time to coach."

"I have applied my learning as a coach to my leadership role at my organization by changing the conversations I have with my direct reports. In our one-on-ones and check in discussions, I have started to ask questions when they come to me with a problem set or challenge (where they want direction or an answer), by asking questions like: “How are you thinking about addressing that?“What could you do in this situation?” etc. In most cases my directs have better answers to their own questions than I could have ever offered! It is gratifying as a leader to see this, and I find it more relaxing to not be in the situation where I need to have all the answers, but to be helpful in empowering them to identify the best step forward. I now ask (and I rarely did this before) towards the end of our sessions, “How can I best support you?” and telling them things like, “You know what to do. Let me know how I can best support.”"
- TC, Head of Executive Search at a leading technology firm, ECI graduate


Hear from Participants

The Executive Coaching Institute helps leaders become coaches.

Participants say the connections they make at the Executive Coaching Institute are a key part of the learning.
The best investment you can make is an investment you make in yourself: ECI was an unforgettable experience that has influenced who I am today. I learned how to live in the present, effectively coach my direct reports, and strengthened my own unique leadership style. This experience has not only progressed my professional career, but has also applied to my personal life and how I interact with others.
— Janine Lee, ECI 2014 Graduate, Founder and CEO, Capture the Dream Inc

Program Locations

Our program is offered in several different locations each year. Each provides its own unique flavor, though the curriculum is very similar at each destination. The faculty draws from our exceptional pool of highly accomplished facilitators and coaches. Typically, participants are 50% from the region and 50% from the United States; the program is conducted in English. The fee is the same for each location; accommodations, transfers and most meals are included.

Residency in Florence & practicum in Milan

Residency in Florence & practicum in Milan

June 4 - 13, 2018
Florence, Italy

ECI Europe makes its home at the Villa Godiola outside of Florence. After the immersion days, participants travel by train to Milan for the coaching practicum with business professionals from a variety of industries.

Anantara Resort Hua Hin

Anantara Resort Hua Hin

February 2 - 11, 2018
Bangkok, Thailand

After an introductory evening at a 4-star hotel in Bangkok, the program moves to a coastal resort for the immersion portion. Participants return to Bangkok for the practicum days, hosted by leading organizations. 

Faculty Club, University of California, Berkeley

Faculty Club, University of California, Berkeley

October 12 - 21, 2018
Berkeley, California, USA

The program is in residence at the historic Faculty Club on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. The practicum days take place at exceptional organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, with transportation provided. 

NOTE: 2017 is currently full. Please contact us to learn about wait list options.


September 9 - 18, 2018
Rhodes, Greece

The magnificent Greek island of Rhodes is home to ECI at an award-winning 5-star hotel. The practicum takes place in Athens at leading Greek and multinational companies.

Meet the Faculty

In addition to working closely with senior faculty, each participant is matched with a faculty member for one-on-one executive coaching.

Fees and Registration


$17,500 Early Bird when you register 90 days prior to start of the program

A $2,500 deposit is required upon registration; payment plans are available. 
Inquire about group discounts. Please note that discounts may not be combined.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many candidates are in each cohort?

In order to provide the most customized experience and build a true community, each cohort is limited to 24 participants, with typically a 1:4 teacher to student ratio.

Can you tell me more about the candidates?

The program typically attracts an extremely global and diverse candidate pool. Historically, about 50% of the candidates are residents of the region where the program is held (US, Europe, Asia). The entire program is conducted in English. About 75% of the participants are currently senior leaders (director and up) looking to add coaching to their leadership skill-set; the remaining 25% are independent executive coaches or looking to transition into an independent coaching practice. Participants come from many industries and a variety of functional areas. 

Where do the practicums take place?

At the end of the residential program, candidates conduct several live coaching sessions with business professionals under the supervision of our faculty. These are live coaching sessions - not role plays. For the Berkeley program, previous practicums have been held at companies such as, Moody's, and Pixar. In Thailand, practicums have been conducted with organizations such as the Thailand Management Association, Siam Cement and the Stock Exchange of Thailand.

What are the accommodations?

In the Florence program, participants stay in the Villa Godiola in simple but large rooms, many with views, then transfer to a hotel in Milan for the practicum. In Thailand, candidates are in residence at a four-star hotel in Bangkok at the beginning and end of the program, with approximately 6 nights at a resort in Hua Hin in the middle. In Greece, participants begin at a 5-star hotel on the island of Rhodes, then transfer to a modern hotel in Athens for the practicum. In the Berkeley program, candidates are in residence in single-occupancy rooms, some with European-style shared baths, at the historic UC Berkeley Faculty Club for the entire program. 

How does the application process work?

Before you apply, we would like to learn more about you and answer any questions you have about the program. To schedule your conversation with our team, email During this conversation, we'll want to know a bit about your background and why you're seeking coaching certification through our program. We will confirm with you if we think our program will meet your expectations. After the conversation, you'll complete our online application form and submit your deposit to reserve your place.

How is this program certified?

University of California Berkeley Executive Education certifies candidates as executive coaches upon successful completion of the 10-day residential program and the four-month follow-on, including completing coaching hours and the final exam. Some candidates seeking an additional credential choose to submit the program for review directly to ICF (International Coach Federation) as coach-specific training hours when applying for an ICF credential via the ICF Portfolio Path.

Read about the ECI Experience

Dan Kimble, ECI 2012: Show Me the Love, Not the Money. UC Berkeley’s Executive Coaching Institute.

Carmen Lence Ferreiro, ECI 2012: The Art of Coaching with Heart and Soul