Appreciative Inquiry Coach Training (AICT)©

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March 29, 2023 at 8:00 am to June 7, 2023 at 10:00 am PDT - CAI Online Learning Platform

Generate Positive Changes in Performance, Professional Development, and Organizational Leadership

About the Program

Appreciative Inquiry Coaching takes the best and helps make it better by expanding people’s capacity to perform and by channeling their abilities for the greatest impact. This approach to coaching will take the client from good to great because it fosters personal transformation through innate talent and inherent strength, increasing the likelihood of producing longer lasting results quickly.

AICT Program Overview

The Appreciative Inquiry Coach Training (AICT)© is not a problem-solving coaching approach, rather it looks at discovering and co-constructing the client’s positive core – what it is that connects them to life, energy, and possibility and allows them to thrive. Through the affirmative framework of Appreciative Inquiry, discover how to deepen and enhance both your personal sense of yourself as well as your skills for generative one-on-one conversations.

Training is designed for:
  • Individuals who understand and embody a strengths-based AI paradigm, who want to deepen their ability to relate one-on-one in bringing out the best in individuals (including themselves). It is therefore useful to leaders, managers, consultants, coaches, facilitators, educators, pastors/priests, etc;
  • Individuals who desire to enhance their systems thinking in order to engage individuals in a holistic and integrated way;
  • Experienced Appreciative Inquiry Facilitators who would like to strengthen and practice their individual communication skills; ICF CCE Mark
  • Seasoned coaches who seek to strengthen their life-enriching ways of coaching.
  • The AICT© course is approved by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) as a CCE (Continuing Coach Education) program. See details below in Learning Outcomes.

Training Schedule and Hours

The Appreciative Inquiry Coach Training© program is a 33 hour online course that includes 20 hours of synchronous sessions, 12 hours of asynchronous learning and practice, and 1 one-hour mentoring session. It is a deep dive into our collective experience of Appreciative Inquiry and Coaching.  Together we will explore and engage in the relational nature of coaching, based on the principles of Appreciative Inquiry.  The practicum, which is required for certification, will embody “Destiny” as you apply the lessons taught during this course for your coaching/consulting work. 

AICT Orientation:

To ensure all participants are off to a strong start, your AICT trainers will host a live orientation session via Zoom on March 29, 2023 at 9:00am Pacific Time | 12:00pm Eastern Time. This one-hour (1 hour) orientation allows you to connect with your trainers, engage with participants, become familiar with LearnDash (our online learning platform), and ask questions about reading and activities prior to your first AICT session in Zoom on Wednesday, April 5, 2023.

AICT Training Dates/Times:

The SYNCHRONOUS portion (‘real time’ learning with your AICT trainers). Below are the hours for live interaction and collaboration with your AICT trainers and cohorts:


Session & Time

March 29, 2023

Orientation: 9:00 am - 10:00 am PT / 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET

April 5, 2023

Session 1: 8:00 am - 10:00 am PT / 11:00 am - 1:00 pm ET

April 12, 2023

Session 2: 8:00 am - 10:00 am PT / 11:00 am - 1:00 pm ET

April 19, 2023

Session 3: 8:00 am - 10:00 am PT / 11:00 am - 1:00 pm ET

April 26, 2023

Session 4: 8:00 am - 10:00 am PT / 11:00 am - 1:00 pm ET

May 3, 2023

Session 5: 8:00 am - 10:00 am PT / 11:00 am - 1:00 pm ET

May 10, 2023

Session 6: 8:00 am - 10:00 am PT / 11:00 am - 1:00 pm ET

May 17, 2023

Session 7: 8:00 am - 10:00 am PT / 11:00 am - 1:00 pm ET

May 24, 2023

Session 8 Clinic: 8:00 am - 10:00 am PT / 11:00 am - 1:00 pm ET

May 31, 2023

Session 9: 8:00 am - 10:00 am PT / 11:00 am - 1:00 pm ET

June 7, 2023

Session 10: 8:00 am - 10:00 am PT / 11:00 am - 1:00 pm ET

*Please note: all times listed above are Pacific Time (PT) and Eastern Time (ET).

The ASYNCHRONOUS portion of your training begins:

  • Wednesday, March 29, 2023 with introductory activities and runs throughout the 10 (ten) sessions over 12 (twelve) weeks of synchronous learning. You will receive login information to the Center for Appreciative Inquiry’s (CAI) online learning platform closer to the AICT start date for this Orientation.
AICT Training Segments:

Appreciative Inquiry Coach Training (AICT)© is comprised of 10 sessions and a 1-hr Orientation. Each sessions consists of modules containing exercises, readings, and discussions.

Session 1 – Module 1 – Building a Learning Community
April 5, 2023 – 8:00 am to 10:00 am Pacific Time/11:00 am to 1:00 pm Eastern Time

Build community collaboratively, both asynchronously and synchronously in order to function as a strong AICT learning community and also define and distinguish Coaching. Clarifying the Core Competencies from the ICF as they apply to AI Coaching.

Experience AI with a 5-D inquiry to refresh prior learning and “mining” the collective knowledge & skills present. We will uncover the Positive Core of AI Coaching, with both the bold ideas for this training environment and bold ideas using the ICF Core Competencies for this professional field.

Session 2 – Module 2 Defining the Positive Topic in Coaching
April 12, 2023 – 8:00 am to 10:00 am Pacific Time/11:00 am to 1:00 pm Eastern Time

We look at how Defining the Positive Topic creates the foundation of AI Coaching.  Following a demonstration of an AI Coaching session, we will debrief and begin practice in Define.

Session 3 – Module 3The Power of Questions and Contracting
April 19, 2023 – 8:00 am to 10:00 am Pacific Time/11:00 am to 1:00 pm Eastern Time

Review the power of AI interviews as the cornerstone of an Appreciative Inquiry. We will highlight the key processes and points to define an appreciative inquiry topic for a coaching conversation. Understanding the importance of Contracting in Coaching.  We will review creating the Positive Topic and the Modified Interview Guide for a coaching conversation.

Session 4 – Module 4 – Maintaining Presence – The Transition from Discovery into Dream
April 26, 2023 – 8:00 am to 10:00 am Pacific Time/11:00 am to 1:00 pm Eastern Time

Through the lens of the ICF Core Competency of Maintaining Presence, we begin to practice the transition of Discovery into Dream.  We look at the power of the Preferred Future and how we, as coaches, remain present to support our clients.

Session 5 – Module 5 Evoking Awareness through the AI Principles
May 3, 2023 – 8:00 am to 10:00 am Pacific Time/11:00 am to 1:00 pm Eastern Time

In Module 5, we examine the AI Principles that apply to the Competency Evokes Awareness.  We utilize these principles through powerful questioning, silence and metaphors to enable our clients to come to their own insights.

Session 6 – Module 6 Understanding Behavior: Social Style for Coaching 
May 10, 2023 – 8:00 am to 10:00 am Pacific Time/11:00 am to 1:00 pm Eastern Time

The Social Style Model is a framework that focuses on observable behavior – how people Think, Act and React.  By using this model, we can understand ourselves through the eyes of others lean how to modify our actions to better match the needs of others, and observe how relationships, communication and influence with others may improve.  This session will introduce you to Social Style and how it may be used effectively for both personal insight and with clients.

Session 7 – Module 7 Developing a Provocative Proposition in a Coaching Session 
May 17, 2023 – 8:00 am to 10:00 am Pacific Time/11:00 am to 1:00 pm Eastern Time

As you are becoming competent in the coaching model, we will be integrating the learning and focusing on the Core Competency of Evokes Awareness to develop the Provocative Proposition.  The Design step of the Appreciative Inquiry emphasizes the coach’s role of being focused, observant and responsive.

Session 8 – Module 8 Coaching Clinic Practice
May 24, 2023 – 8:00 am to 10:00 am Pacific Time/11:00 am to 1:00 pm Eastern Time

Session 9 – Module 9  Destiny as it Facilitates Client Growth 
May 31, 2023 – 8:00 am to 10:00 am Pacific Time/11:00 am to 1:00 pm Eastern Time

Destiny in AI represents the paradigm shift from problems to possibilities.

In AI Coaching we see that it is not just the five generic processes because it is flexible and non-linear and the order is applied as appropriate to best serve the client.  As we look to the Competency of Facilitating Client Growth, we see how AI Process and SOAR model can ground the actions to move forward in an appreciative way.

Session 10 – Module 10  Celebration, Practicum and Completion 
June 7, 2023 – 8:00 am to 10:00 am Pacific Time/11:00 am to 1:00 pm Eastern Time

Module 10 is all about Celebration and Completion.  We will review the AI Coaching model and the requirements of the program and celebrate your success.


Observation of your coaching, feedback and mentoring are an important component of this program.  In addition to the two hour Group Coach Mentoring in Session 8, you will have a one hour one-on-one mentoring session with one of the AICT Trainers.

We will start our synchronous sessions on time and work diligently to maintain the AICT schedule, honoring our commitment to the learning experience. We have found full participation to be the most productive for the participants and the trainers.

Key Learning Outcomes

As a fully engaged participant who completes the synchronous and asynchronous Appreciative Inquiry Coach Training (AICT©), you will:

  1. Gain confidence in co-creating new and inspiring futures in deep relationship with your clients to bring out their essential capacity. 
  2. Gain a deeper understanding of Systems Thinking, and how this view clarifies how environmental elements impact personal and organizational change.
  3. Develop a clear understanding of the Core Competencies of the International Coaching Federation as they relate to the 5-D process.
  4. Discover how to deepen and enhance both your personal sense of yourself as well as your ability to create generative one-on-one conversations, using the Social Style framework to enhance your personal insight and how you relate to the individuals you coach.
  5. Become eligible for certification as an Appreciative Coach.
  6. This course is an approved ICF (International Coaching Federation) Continuing Coach Education (CCE) program. Students who complete this program will be able to apply 32 hours toward renewal requirements or as part of an application for an International Coaching Federation (ICF) credential.


To enhance these learning outcomes, we recommend participants have an understanding of or experience with Appreciative Inquiry and Coaching.

Letter of Completion

To obtain a letter of completion (and to be eligible for consideration for AI Coach Certification) each participant must complete all 33 hours of synchronous and asynchronous Appreciative Inquiry Coach Training©. Letters of completion include your name, date of your training, and number of classroom hours earned.

Appreciative Inquiry Coach Certification

To receive a Certificate of Completion for the Appreciative Inquiry Coach Training (AICT)©, you must participate fully in the 33 hours of the program including asynchronous and synchronous sessions.  You will then be eligible to complete a practicum and documentation which must be finalized within one year of the AICT you attend. The details for the practicum are covered during the training and available to you once enrolled.

The purpose of your practicum is to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of what you learned, etc. Participants will submit their practicum for review by our Practicum Review Committee.

You will have up to one (1) year from the date of the training to submit your practicum for review. During this time, your trainers make themselves available to you for mentoring and support (at no additional cost) as you work through your first inquiry. Your mentoring/support can be done via telephone, skype, zoom, etc. You and your trainers can arrange a time and platform in which to conduct these sessions.

It is standard practice for the panel to engage participants in a conversation (conducted virtually) about their practicum. Typically, they will respond with questions to deepen their and the participant’s mutual understanding of, and learning about, AI. The practicum review is therefore a dialogical and interactive process.

Once certified, your Appreciative Inquiry Coach Certification lasts for two (2) years. Certification with the Center for Appreciative Inquiry includes:

  • Appreciative Inquiry Certification documents that will be emailed to you for your records;
  • Center for Appreciative Inquiry Certification logo that you are welcome to embed on your website or include in your email signature;
  • Listing on our Appreciative Inquiry Directory. Your Ai Directory listing is an editable profile page that includes your photo and professional biography that highlights your specialties, articles, videos and testimonials. Directory profiles are easy to create and update and will make you locatable by our worldwide audience. All Directory profiles will remain visible on our website for the duration of your certification. Our Appreciative Inquiry certification is good for 2 years; after which you may renew your Ai certification. You can learn more about the benefits of our AI Directory here.

Additional Training Information

Online Learning Platform

Participants will receive login information to the Center for Appreciative Inquiry’s (CAI) online learning platform closer to the start date for Appreciative Inquiry Coach Training©. We will open the online platform to participants prior to the start of the training. This allows participants time to navigate the software and become acquainted with the various features and tools it offers, introduce themselves to their trainers and other AICT participants, and access all pre-workshop reading and materials.

Refund Policy

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Registration Includes

Your paid AICT registration includes:

  • Pre-workshop reading and exercises;
  • One hour zoom orientation prior to course;
  • Ten (10) live 2-hour synchronous learning and practice sessions from two seasoned AI practitioners;
  • Instructional Materials (slides, readings, and auditory/visual resources to enhance your learning experience);
  • Supervised practicum for AI Facilitator Certification;
  • Support/mentorship for one (1) year following the training;
  • Free profile listing on our growing AI Directory (available to participants who earn their certification) for the duration of their certification.


Subriana, Miriam. (2016). Flourishing Together: Guide to Appreciative Inquiry Coaching. O-Books.

Orem, Sara, Binkert, Jacqueline, et al. (2007).  Appreciative Coaching: A Positive Process for Change. Jossey-Bass.

Your trainers will assign readings from these books throughout your training. You will need to purchase the textbooks prior to the start of this course. The books are available in electronic or printed versions. Please select the version that is in alignment with your learning style and preference. You can purchase the texts here and here.

AI Practitioners

Carol Vickers has built a coaching and facilitation practice based on the principles of Appreciative Inquiry, by being mindful of creating the world we wish to be in through words and observing the transformational changes that occur when a thoughtful question is posed. She supports the most creative and generative systems in organizations, families and relationships. Carol’s way of being has been altered and remains informed by the model of Appreciative Inquiry where she found a structure and process for what she has held as true for all of her life. Learn more.

Angela Greenwald, Ph.D., is a Transformation Consultant, bringing her energy and strength-based approach to business and community organizations, believing that positive, adaptive leaders can inspire small and large system change through their ability to be in the “balcony and dance.” Her aspiration is to help leaders and their organizations build upon their strengths by engaging others in conversation and living into their best possibilities. Learn more.

Event Cost

Register early to receive discounted Early Bird Pricing of:

  • Standard AICT Registration: $3,094.00 USD
  • Non-Profit AICT Registration: $2,825.00 USD

After March 1, 2023 the price for this training increases to:

  • Standard AICT Registration: $3,403.00 USD
  • Non-Profit AICT Registration: $3,094.00 USD

Group discounts available for groups of 3 or more. Please contact us for pricing information.

Payment Plan. Opt-in at checkout to pay in 4 equal payments with a down payment due upon registration.


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