The Corentus Team Coaching Certificate Program

Our Team Coaching Certificate Program is the application of more than 20 years of organizational theory, research, and practice. This program provides intensive training and practice in our uniquely powerful approach to working with teams—in real time, in the context of real work, to produce real, sustainable results.   

Organizations value the Corentus approach for its focus on real work and real results; integration of best practices in teaming methodologies; and measurable, lasting effects on team performance. The Corentus Team Coaching Certificate Program will thoroughly prepare team development practitioners to use this powerful modality with their clients.


The Corentus Team Coaching Certificate Program is designed as a highly supportive environment where new skills are practiced, new knowledge obtained, and new roles taken on. Participants receive regular feedback and incremental development objectives to help ensure they achieve proficiency.

We take our commitment very seriously to ensure all participants are equipped to begin team coaching confidently, recognizing that there will always be more to learn. Throughout the program, participants coach teams as often as possible; this includes leading a real (pro bono) team development engagement, with a major focus on team coaching. Participants are prepared in advance for each part of the client engagement, and they are supported every step of the way.

In addition, our in-person learning sessions include interactions with thought leaders in the competency areas, as well as practice observing and coaching a variety of real teams. This combination ensures through the course of the program, participants gain both a conceptual understanding of team coaching and the practical experience they need to coach teams with competence and confidence. 

If you are interested in applying to the Certificate Program, keep reading!
Below you will find:

  • PROGRAM DETAILS: Logistics and time commitments; deadlines, pre-work, in-person, and intercession activities; faculty support; and fees

  • APPLICATION PROCESS: Application timeline; instructions; and links to complete your online application, submit your application fee, and schedule a follow-up call

  • TEAM COACHING COMPETENCIES: A detailed listing of the specific capabilities you will develop in our program

The skills I've learned in this course have increased my effectiveness with individual AND team coaching clients. Corentus offers an extensive library of tools AND personalized instruction on using the tools. Corentus exemplifies adult education every step of the way - as a Cohort participant you will be doing what you're learning in real time, both in your learning group and with your client organization. There's more! The instructors are top of their game. The faculty and staff show that much time and effort has been put in creating an effective, fun, agile course for all participants.

Margaret Cary, MD, MBA, MPH Board-certified Physician Executive, Leadership Coach & Consultant

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You may have heard it said that team coaching is the "X Games of coaching." Intensive preparation and hands-on training are critical to be successful in this discipline. The following is a brief overview of what participants can expect after they've been formally accepted into the program.

  • Main Important Dates

    • Currently accepting applications
      — qualified practitioners accepted into program on a rolling basis
      — small cohort and therefore space is limited; if interested apply early

    • Pre-work begins July 1, 2019; including summer learning circle calls

    • Formal Program: September 2019 - May 2020

  • Preparation & Pre-Work

    Before the formal program begins you will receive the following (approx. 40 hours of time):

    • Welcome Packet including pre-work materials (via Google Drive)

    • Name, profiles, and contact information for your Learning Circle Facilitator and other members of your Learning Circle (no more than 4 members per team)

    • Three learning circle calls, led by your Learning Circle Facilitator, to review, digest, and discuss the pre-work materials to ensure a thorough, grounded understanding of the theoretical foundations of team coaching

    • A one-on-one phone session with a faculty member to further explore your purpose and goals in attending the program and to identify your strengths and development needs

    • Additional guidance and support, as needed, to help prepare you for successful engagement in each aspect of the program

  • In-Person Learning Sessions: WASHINGTON D.C.
    Each day of the in-person sessions will commence at 8:00am. The first night will end at 6:00pm, the second night we engage in a full-cohort activity until 8:00pm and the third day will end at 4:00pm. 

    • October 23-25, 2019

    • January 22-24, 2020

    • March 11-13, 2020

    • May 13-15, 2020

Please note that full participation in all in-person sessions is one of the requirements to complete the program and receive a certificate.

  • Activities During In-Person Sessions
    In-person activities include:

    • Workshops in Methods and Skill Development
      Throughout the in-person sessions you will learn methodologies, techniques, and tools from faculty and other thought leaders and specialists in team development and team coaching. You'll also have ample opportunities to put this new knowledge into practice, in a safe and encouraging environment, to develop and deepen your skills.

    • Practice Teams
      During the full duration of the program, you will engage in a team work and experience first hand the team dynamics at play and how Team Coaching feels to the client.

  • Between In-Person Sessions
    Time commitment 5-10 hrs/wk*
    Fewer hours over holidays and more hours during the in-person sessions as noted above.

    * Time commitment between the in-person sessions per participant may vary by the week. This is based on the level of knowledge and competencies obtained by the participant prior to the week. For example if a particular approach, method or practice is being taught and demonstrated during a week and a participant is very familiar with these materials the amount of time for that participant for that week will be on the low end of the range (5-10 hrs/wk).

    Between the in-person sessions, you'll engage in the following activities:

    • Self-Study
      From time-to-time, you will receive additional materials to engage in self study. You may wish to dedicate additional self-study time depending on your experience and educational background in certain competency areas.

    • All-Cohort Calls
      A 90-minute all-cohort call takes place approximately every two weeks (dates and times based on availability of the majority of participants). All calls will be recorded so if you must miss a call, you may listen to the recording at a later time.

    • Faculty Support
      One-on-one calls for faculty support will be scheduled at mutually convenient times. You will receive ongoing feedback, coaching, and guidance from your Practice Team Coach, our C4 (Corentus Cohort Customer Care) specialist, and other faculty members.

    • Your Local Pro Bono Team Coaching
      We will support you in engaging with a pro bono team in your local area that you will work with between our in-person sessions. We will assist you every step of the way—supporting you in contracting, data gathering, sensing/observation, and making moves. If you are already engaged with a team in your local area, we will support you in staging this engagement with them.

I appreciate the rigor that Corentus brings to teaching team coaching. This showed up throughout the program and includes the use of frameworks for thinking about team effectiveness and performance; tools for gathering and presenting data; and tools and techniques to help teams test out and sustain new ways of thinking, doing, and being.

Nancy Nachbar
Founder and Executive Coach, Nachbar & Associates


  • Total cost for the program: $18,500
    This fee includes:

    - All interactions with faculty and staff during pre-work
    - All cohort meals during in-person sessions: Day 1 & 2: breakfast, lunch and dinner; Day 3: breakfast, lunch
    - Special license to use the Corentus methods, approaches, tools and materials
    - Active alumni program with refresher sessions, material updates, faculty and peer open calls

This fee does not include:
- Transportation to and from in-person sessions
- Meals that are not all cohort meals
- Accommodations in the Washington D.C. area during in-person sessions.
We use best efforts to obtain a venue where some if not all participants can stay and pay for their own rooms at a cost that either equal or lower than surrounding area room rates.

  • Payment plans available. No interest. Must be paid in full by end of program May 2020.

  • Discounts

    • Early Bird Discount; complete Application Steps 1,2, & 3 below before April 1, 2019 and receive $1,500 off
      (Remember we have a rolling acceptance. We will clearly announce when this cohort is filled on the top of this page. When the cohort is filled new applications will be considered for next cohort, cohort 5, 2020-2021)

    • Pay in Full by June 15, 2019 and receive $1,500 off


  • $250 is due upon submission of your application (the application payment page).
    If you are not accepted into our program, you will receive a full refund.
    If you are accepted into our program, the full $250 will be applied toward your program fee.

By applying to this program, you acknowledge that you have read and agreed to our Cancellations, Refunds, & Returns Policy, our general Terms of Service, and our Privacy Policy.

In addition, by applying to this program you give us permission to videotape, audiotape and take still photos of you during this program. These materials will be used for your own training, training of others and for promotional purposes. 


  • Program Enrollment
    Enrollment in the Corentus Team Coaching Certificate Program is by application only (see below).
    Reminder: feel free to schedule a call with us to discuss any aspect of our program, any questions you may have regarding the application progress, the competencies and/or the value our program may offer to at this point in your career. Click here for an easy way to schedule our call.

  • Application Deadlines
    Accepting applications starting October 15, 2018
    — small cohort and therefore space is limited; if interested apply early

    There are three steps to the application process:

    1. Fill out the Application  
    Please allow one to two hours to complete the application. We recommend reading this pdf version of the application prior to filling out the online form. We also recommend typing your answers to some of the questions that need lengthier answers first and then copy and paste into the form.

    When you are ready, please complete the online Corentus Team Coaching Certificate Program Application. Note: This application is designed to ensure that all participants have the necessary foundation to succeed in our program.  

    2. Submit your Application Fee
    Here is a link to submit your application fee. Please view the Application Fee section above for more details. 

    3. Schedule a Get to Know You Call
    After you submit your application and fee, click here to schedule a call with us at your convenience. This call is for us to get to know one another a bit better. You may have some questions regarding the program, we may have some questions regarding your application and together we may dive into other areas that can help both of us gain a better understanding of each other.

This program is specifically designed to support you in developing the full range of competencies listed below. We offer tailored development opportunities to ensure that you receive the practice, instruction, and coaching you need to reach a level of proficiency in each competency. Competency evaluation is cumulative; there is no single, final evaluation.  

Corentus Team Coaching Certificate Program Competencies    


  • MS1. Makes, keeps, and proactively renegotiates commitments to all stakeholders.

  • MS2. Takes time for reflection and introspection.

  • MS3. Acknowledges mistakes or missteps with the client.

  • MS4. Adjusts approach based upon critical feedback, making a mistake, reflection, or new information.

  • MS5. Puts continuous effort into personal growth and improvement.

  • MS6. Employs physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional practices to ensure a fitness to coach.

Presence and Self-management
In the team setting...

  • P1. Fosters rapport with each team member.

  • P2. Remains centered.

  • P3. Allows for appropriate periods of silence.

  • P4. Responds to team members in a way that honors their perspectives.

  • P5. Maintains an open mind.

  • P6. Regains presence when distracted or thrown off center.

In the team setting...

  • ST1. Articulates objectives, approach, and outcomes.

  • ST2. Describes the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders (including the team leader, team members, team coach, and other stakeholders).

  • ST3. Guides the team to establish stakeholder relationships that support the team’s performance.

  • ST4. Inquires about ethical or legal issues when they arise.

  • ST5. Sets clear expectations for the total resources (time and money) required to successfully complete the engagement.

  • ST6. Completes a thorough proposal/contract that accurately reflects all aspects of the engagement.

In the team setting...

  • S1. Identifies appropriate data collection tools.

  • S2. Uses relevant data collection tools (O-P-N Chart, sociograms, and/or various Sensing Grids) to accurately assess the team.

  • S3. Relies on rational and intuitive capacities to observe and gather data.

Making Moves
In the team setting...

  • M1. Signals that s/he is shifting between various modalities—e.g., coach, facilitator, trainer, consultant.

  • M2. Applies the various plays of the team intervention model.


  • M3. Communicates using clear and simple language.

  • M4. Adapts her/his communications to the individual or team.

  • M5. Uses and shares a variety of speech acts.

Inquiry & Advocacy

  • M6. Uses questions (open and closed, general and specific) appropriately.

  • M7. Uses various forms of advocacy appropriately.


  • M8. Engages in level three listening.

Individual Coaching: Coaching the Leader

  • IC1. Describes the purpose of the team leader coaching in the context of team coaching.

  • IC2. Sets clear expectations with the team leader about the team leader coaching.

  • IC3. Ensures that the predominant focus of coaching is team leadership.

  • IC4. Establishes coaching scope, boundaries, and integration points with team leader’s individual coach, if applicable.

  • IC5. Demonstrates ICF competencies.

In the team setting...

  • F1. Employs facilitation judiciously when coaching does not serve the team’s results or growth.

  • F2. Drives the process, method, or tool effectively and efficiently.

  • F3. Sustains a focus on the desired outcomes of the facilitation.

  • F4. Limits the facilitation to ensure that the team assumes responsibility for using the process, method, or tool.

  • F5. Creates and sustains a participatory learning environment.

  • F6. Models and describes how team members can facilitate the method the coach uses.

Education and Training
In the team setting...

  • T1. Employs education and training judiciously when coaching does not serve the team’s results or growth.

  • T2. Makes a move to employ education or training when the team needs it.

  • T3. Educates or trains the team with tools, methods, best practices, advice, similar team experiences, new distinctions, etc.

  • T4. Clearly communicates the purpose, process, and outcomes of the education or training.

  • T5. Makes a clear link between the education or training and team’s development needs.

Systems Awareness
In the team setting...

  • SA1. Makes moves that support the leader and team in the context of the broader organization and system in which the team operates.

  • SA2. Makes moves that bring awareness to the impact of current state functioning on the broader system.

  • SA3. Makes moves that bring awareness to the impact of the broader system on the team.

  • SA4. As relevant, meets with other parts of the organizational system to support the team coaching engagement.

To support your learning, you’ll receive access to a substantial repository of tools, reference materials, and other resources. These resources will remain available to you after graduation to support your ongoing work.

We look forward to getting to know you better.   
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to
contact us.