Certification Program for Design Thinking Coaches

How you can teach innovation and guide creative teams - Start in fall 2018 -


More and more organisations are discovering that Design Thinking can help them tackle complex challenges. Whether as a process for generating innovations, a means of team-based exploration, or as a tool for problem-oriented education, Design Thinking is transforming the way organisations go about their business. Indeed, in some cases design thinking is helping people in a wide range of organisations to redefine what their business should be.

As more people want to learn about Design Thinking, it becomes increasingly important to ensure the availability of high-quality instruction and training. Our Certification Program draws on the HPI’s extensive experience of delivering excellent education to both students and executives. In no small part, this excellence in education and training is based on the design thinking research program run in conjunction with Stanford University.


The Certification Program for Design Thinking Coaches aims to help people acquire the skills needed to lead successful innovation teams as well as to teach the methods and mindsets of Design Thinking.

The program will take about 20 days to complete and consists of both workshops as well as a practical part.

In the workshops, trainee coaches will learn the skills and techniques they need to guide innovation teams. These events will cover basic and specialized design thinking methods including physical space design and team facilitation. It is here that the participants will learn when best to use what method. The workshop component also includes an elective seminar chosen from a range of specialized topics related to Design Thinking. During the practical component, trainee coaches work with actual innovation teams. Part of this experience will be spent as a “shadow coach,” observing and working with experienced coaches from HPI School of Design Thinking. Finally, aspiring coaches will also take responsibility for a team on their own.

The program is primarily targeted at experienced design thinkers. This may include professionals who practice Design Thinking, alumni of schools of Design Thinking, as well as educators, trainers and coaches who are looking to expand their teaching portfolio.

For more information about the certification program or registration please contact Prof. Dr. Steven Ney or visit www.hpi-academy.de to see our full workshop portfolio for professionals.

Prof. Dr. Steven Ney
(+49) 331 5509-206

HPI Academy
August-Bebel-Str. 88
14482 Potsdam, Germany



Dates and registration

Start: fall 2018 (application deadline: 31 July 2018)

Train the Trainers Basic: 20-22 September 2018

Train the Trainers Advanced: 22-24 November 2018

Shadow & Solo-Coaching and Expert Seminars: Individual dates

To apply for the Certification Program please send us the completed registration form and your CV.

Download application form (application deadline: 31 July 2018)

Language: bilingual (German/English)

Inputs and presentations will be held in English, the teams can work in German or English according to preference and skills of the team members.

Costs: 17.500,- EUR (plus VAT)

Place: HPI Academy, Potsdam (directions)