Coaching Certification

Certified to Coach | Certified to Lead


CFI’s Post-Graduate Programme in Executive Coaching (PGPEC) is rated as India’s most respected, rigorous and sought after coaching certification programme by aspiring coaches.

The Post-Graduate Programme in Executive Coaching (PGPEC) is intended to create high calibre executive coaches who can:

  • Coach CEOs and other senior leaders
  • Make a real difference to the coaching profession by upholding the spirit of the CFI Coaching competency model and CFI’s standards of professional excellence and ethics
  • Build a sound and sustainable coaching practice

At the end of this twelve-month programme, participants will gain the confidence to undertake paid coaching engagements, set up their coaching practice and/or integrate coaching into their style of leadership in the roles they play. Needless to say, all CFI Coaches tell us that the programme helps them live a fuller life by growing as a person.

CFI’s PGPEC attracts some of the country’s most distinguished and successful leaders, HR heads, entrepreneurs, practitioners and professionals from different walks of life with a median work experience of 25 years.

Given the experience and expertise of running 30 consecutive batches of this flagship programme over the past 15 years, CFI’s PGPEC truly stands out.


Programme Content

The Post Graduate Programme in Executive Coaching (PGPEC) consists of five elements:


Preparatory Efforts

Participants invest a significant amount of time in preparatory efforts before they arrive for the learning events. This effort includes preparatory reading, exercises to develop skill concepts and completion of select psychometric tools.


Learning sessions

These learning sessions are experiential in nature and provide participants with self-awareness skills, perspectives and process know-how for their coaching practice. The learning sessions cover the following:

  • Managing self
  • Living the values
  • Leveraging psychological insights
  • Gaining mastery over a wide range of coaching skills through supervised practice
  • Moving forward from the initial coaching agenda to concrete goals and onto sustainable actions
  • Documentation, CFI’s standard of professional excellence and ethics, supervision and peer guidance


Coaching Internship

Each participant undertakes 2 coaching engagements under the support of a Senior CFI Coach. The internship is spread over 8-9 months period and is intended to help participants gain an acceptable level of proficiency in handling a coaching assignment.

The Senior coach acts as an extended CFI resource and helps participants gain mastery over the CFI coaching process and competencies.


Continuous assessment and feedback

CFI’s course directors provide participants with continuous feedback. This feedback helps participants deepen their competencies, make course corrections and develop the confidence to undertake paid coaching engagements.


Certification & Membership

Participants who attend all the learning events, complete their internship and reviews and submit the required documents are invited to participate in a public viva voce. The assessment panel of CFI’s Graduate School of Coaching evaluates the participant’s level of competence and readiness to practice coaching and on that basis certifies them as an Executive Coach.

Graduates of the PGPEC are invited to become members of CFI and avail of a range of professional development and practice development benefits which help them establish their professional practice and stay connected with a community of like-minded professionals.


Who should attend?

CFI welcomes to this programme, heads of organizations, CEOs, CXOs, CHROs, senior functional heads, accomplished professionals and consultants in the coaching and human development fields with demonstrated competence, acknowledged respect and credibility, and most importantly, a serious commitment to making coaching their profession, and a way of life.

Professionals who found coaching as a great value-add are:

  • Leaders wishing to enhance their style of leadership
  • HR professionals who are expected to integrate coaching into their leader development efforts
  • Consultants, advisors, trainers, and business leaders who want to strengthen their practice with coaching
  • Business leaders looking to establish a second career

Interested participants are requested to complete the enrolment form and submit it to CFI. CFI will have a mutual selection discussion with participants to understand their motivation and readiness to participate in the programme. Only on that basis will they be admitted to the programme.


Programme Facilitators

Resource persons are drawn from members of the CFI Board, its senior professional members and other experts in the field. Resource persons facilitate learning events, guide skill application and supervise coaching internships.

  • M. Hariharan

  • Ganesh Chella

  • Sudha Cannan


This twelve month Post Graduate Programme in Executive Coaching comes at an investment of Rs. 3,50,000/- (Rupees three lakhs fifty thousand only) plus GST. This fee covers:

  • Learning sessions
  • Support for the coaching internship
  • Continuous assessment and feedback
  • Courseware
  • Access to CFI’s proprietary coaching engagement models, tools, templates and methodologies for coaching practice upon certification

Once admitted to the programme, participants are required to remit the entire fee by DD/cheque in favour of ‘Coaching Foundation India Pvt Ltd’, payable at Chennai.





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Coaching Oriented Leadership

Organisational leaders display energy, a hunger for growth, and an ability to manage scale, complexity, and operational intensity quite well. Understandably, this has led to more attention being paid to the more urgent and exigent matters and not as much attention being paid to the human dimensions of caring, nurturing, developing, encouraging, and inspiring their people towards the larger purpose. It is believed that regaining the balance between the exigent and the emergent, the task and the human dimensions would be important to retain the cutting edge for the organisation and the sheen for the leader. It is in this context, organisations are looking at helping their top leaders add a more human and empowering dimension to their leadership repertoire – in contemporary terms referred to as a Coaching Style.

With this thought in mind, CFI is proud to bring its highly respected expertise to a wider audience through a unique open programme, “Coaching Oriented Leadership” to help leaders elevate their coaching style and be more effective.

At the end of the two one-on-one live coaching programs, participants will be able to enhance and broaden their leadership style and support their team and stakeholders with higher levels of development, empowerment and inspiration.


Programme Objective


Who can benefit?

Business Unit / P&L Heads, CXOs, Functional Heads, Entrepreneurs and other accomplished professionals with around 15 – 20 years of work experience would benefit greatly from this programme.

Programme Design

CFI’s Coaching Oriented Leadership programme has been designed and curated in keeping CFI’s approach and philosophy to coaching at the core and will be experiential in nature. The design elements include:

  • Assessments and de-brief of psychometric tools for heightened self-awareness
  • LIVE Learning Sessions to cover key perspectives on the being of the leader, critical coaching skills and coaching values
  • Exposure to CFI’s propriety 5D Conversation model
  • Logging of coaching-oriented conversations
  • Two one-on-one coaching sessions with a CFI’s Certified Coach to enhance self-awareness and support sustainability in demonstrating a more coaching oriented leadership style
  • Participants will have access to a Resource Guide and Coach to guide them through this transformational journey.

Programme Outcomes

  • Heightened self-awareness and style flexibility
  • Establish genuine, positive and empathetic relationships with employees or with anyone that the participants engage with
  • Engage in powerful empowering conversations with stakeholders in forums like business review meetings, townhall meetings and so on
  • Have performance, career and developmental discussions
  • Support employees who are making important transitions or preparing for future roles and thereby support the organisation’s talent management efforts



Leader as Coach programme

Top management in most organisations is seriously committed to investing time and resources to develop their talented employees. However, the success of these programmes ultimately depends on the ability and willingness of managers and leaders to engage in a developmental relationship with their talented employees. This is where organisations with strong coaching cultures can make a difference.

CFI works with its client organisations to design and implement programmes that help them create and nurture such a coaching culture by ensuring that its leaders have the ability and willingness to :

  • Establish genuine, positive and empathetic relationships with employees.
  • Make the time to engage in powerful conversations.
  • Provide consistent feedback.
  • Conduct empowering business reviews.
  • Have career and developmental conversations with the ones who are making important
    transitions or preparing for future roles.

CFI’s flagship Leader as Coach programme does just that.


Programme Objectives

This certification programme is meant to help organisations create a cadre of coaches from among their leaders (in typically senior management positions) who are equipped to engage in formal coaching relationships to support the talent management needs both in their own teams and across the organisation.


Programme Outcomes

At the end of the programme participants will be able to:

  • Form an integral part of the internal coaching pool that can address the needs of employees who have been identified for future positions or who are making transitions
  • Demonstrate coaching orientation in their leadership style with their own teams
  • Support the organization’s effort in creating a coaching culture


Programme Design

The Leader as Coach programme is a highly customised offering designed to meet the specific needs of clients. A typical Leader as Coach Programme includes the  following elements:

  • A pre-survey to assess the readiness of the organisation to embark on a journey to create an internal coaching culture
  • Preparatory efforts by way of assessment, reading and identification of potential internal coachees as well as the orientation of teams
  • Over 20 hours of learning sessions
  • Support in the internship process by way of supervision and reviews so leaders are able to apply what they have learnt and sharpen their skills
  • Continuous assessment leading to certification


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Manager as Coach

Managers who are coaching oriented are able to secure performance, enhance team climate and contribute to development.

More and more organisations are recognizing that coaching is a critical managerial competence and every manager needs to learn to be coaching oriented in his or her style.

The Manager as Coach Programme is meant to help managers (in typically middle management positions) incorporate coaching into their managerial style and through that enhance their managerial effectiveness.


Programme Objectives

  • To familiarize managers about the rightful place of coaching orientation in their role and skill set
  • To enhance self-awareness about how their coaching orientation is perceived
  • To provide managers with the skills and process know-how to demonstrate all or some of the twelve managerial and coaching behaviours using the Manager as Coach model


Programme Outcomes

At the end of the programme:


Programme Design

The Manager as Coach programme is a highly customised offering designed to meet the specific needs of clients.

A typical Manager as Coach Programme includes the following elements:



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