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Modules

5
Facilitated LIVE
Practicums

2
LIVE Q&A
Sessions

23
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23
PDCs SHRM

Certification
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The PrinciplesYou Certification course teaches you how to evaluate and enact client results of the popular PrinciplesYou assessment.

1.5 Million people have taken the PrinciplesYou assessment and over 30,000 people take the assessment every month. Become certified to access this client pipeline.

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Discover the transformative potential of personality insights in coaching: unlock your course materials today!

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Why take PrinciplesYou Certification?

This course is the first ever opportunity for you to learn how to extract, interpret, and enact PrinciplesYou results in your coaching practice.

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Gain expertise in personality science that underpins PrinciplesYou assessment.

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Learn how to effectively debrief assessment results and deliver personality feedback.

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Acquire skills to use behavioral insights to prompt reflection in the coaching context.

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Identify strengths and growth areas for clients by extracting archetypal, traits knowledge, and practical insights.

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Learn ways to support clients in gaining self-awareness and stretch beyond their comfort zones.

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Leverage the assessment insights in your debrief conversation with clients to grow your coaching practice.

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We designed PrinciplesYou to help your clients gain the self-awareness and other-awareness that are critical to making good decisions and getting things done.

Dr. Adam Grant,

Organizational Psychologist, Author and Co-Creator of the PrinciplesYou assessment

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Become one of the PrinciplesYou Certified Coaches listed on this exclusive directory. Each month, thousands of assessment takers will search this directory for coaches to help them understand their results.

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You can create comprehensive coaching packages that help these new clients reach for what they really want, equipped with extensive knowledge of themselves.

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INTRODUCING

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PrinciplesYou
Certification

Designed into small cohorts, this course will give you an engaging learning environment where you can connect and practice with other coaches.

The 7-module course spans over a 9-week period and employs a diverse range of effective learning techniques. It combines recorded self-paced learning modules, readings, case studies, guides with live Q&A sessions, and live facilitated practicum sessions, ensuring a clear and experiential understanding.

Through this course, you will develop a profound grasp of the widely acclaimed PrinciplesYou assessment and the underlying personality science.

Discover how to adeptly employ this knowledge within a coaching framework, optimizing outcomes for your clients and fostering the expansion and enhancement of your own practice.

7
Self-study
Modules

5
Facilitated LIVE
Practicums

2
LIVE Q&A
Sessions

23
ICF CCEUs

23
SHRM PDCs

Certification
On completion

Modules Overview

The PrinciplesYou Certification course consists of 7 recorded Modules,
5 facilitated live Practicums and 2 live Q&A sessions.

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Module 1

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PrinciplesYou Introduction - Background and Basic Techniques

In this module, you will learn:
The PrinciplesYou Assessment delves into the fundamentals of personality science and demonstrates its practical application. Coaches can elevate their practice by seamlessly integrating this assessment, leveraging the "personality mindset" to guide their coaching approach. What sets PrinciplesYou apart is its unique validity and credibility among assessments. Furthermore, understanding the foundations of interpreting PrinciplesYou results within a coaching context is essential for effective coaching.

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Welcome to PrincipleYou Certification
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Introduction to Module 1
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Background of PrincipleYou
1 min
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Why We Built PrinciplesYou
2 min
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Self-Awareness and Career Success
6 min
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Sample report: PrinciplesYou Assessment
15 min
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How to Interpret Results (Pt.1)
9 min
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How to Interpret Results (Pt.2)
7 min
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Stable Traits and Well-Being: Set Like Plaster?
10 min
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Module 1 Knowledge Check
15 min
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Module 1

LIVE

Practicum

In this module, you will learn:

  • How to begin to reflect on your own results through the lens of personality science
  • How the initial self-debrief serves as an experiential foundation for applying PrinciplesYou results with clients
  • How to begin to interpret and share your own results with others
  • Begin practicing coaching application techniques that will bring the insights of PrinciplesYou to life for your clients.
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PrinciplesYou Research Foundations and Design

In this module, you'll become more familiar with the scientific foundations and constructs of the PrinciplesYou Assessment:

  • You'll learn about the basics of personality science and how PrinciplesYou was developed with our expert research team.
  • We'll also explore what distinguishes the PrinciplesYou Assessment from other assessments you may have used in the past with coaching clients.
  • This module features a live Q&A expert session with Zack Wieder, CEO of Principles to deepen participant knowledge about the scientific foundations of the assessment and this informs related coachign application skills.
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Module 2

LIVE

Q&A Session

In this module, you will learn:

  • More about the scientific foundations of the PrinciplesYou assessment and how this informs related coaching application skills through a live Q&A expert session with Zack Wieder, CEO
  • How PrinciplesYou is interesting and different from other assessments you may use in your coaching practice;
  • Co-learning insights from questions posed by coaching colleagues from every cohort;
  • Common questions and their answers at this point in the course
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Archetypes, Trait Landscape and Interpretation

This module builds on everything learned so far and will give coaches:

  • A deeper understanding of the assessment constructs themselves, including the PrinciplesYou archetypes, traits, and facets.
  • The opportunity to explore the key behaviors associated with each trait.
  • An introduction to the PrinciplesYou Archetype Archipelago, to learn the archetype landscape and important distinctions between archetype and archetype groups.
  • Knowledge and skills for interpreting a client’s report in context.
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Module 3

LIVE

Practicum

In this module, you will learn:

  • How to interpret a client's report in context via case study discussions
  • How to form powerful coaching questions based on the assessment results and a case study including client’s goals and challenges
  • Coaching techniques for exploring free trait behaviors, first through self-reflection and then in pair exercise coaching practice.
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Module 4

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Science Meets Skill - Using Personality Insight in Coaching

In this session, we will discuss debriefing technique and how to use it in analyzing traits and archetypes:

  • Introduction to PrinciplesYou Debrief Framework.
  • Begin learning how to use the PrinciplesYou Debrief Framework in Practice, including making the introduction of the tool to coaching clients.
  • Enhance interpretation of traits and archetypes through practice with PrinciplesYou Debrief Framework.
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Module 4

LIVE

Practicum

In this module, you will learn:

  • How to share the basics of personality science in order to maximize potential for client self-awareness and growth;
  • How to present key conceptual, scientific, and structural foundations of the assessment report and explain differences compared to other assessments;
  • Guidelines and techniques outlined in the Debrief Framework.
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Bringing it All Together - The PrinciplesYou Debrief

In this session, we’ll gain a deep understanding of the debriefing technique:

  • Integrate the art and science of guiding deep coaching. conversations generated by the PrinciplesYou assessment, online resources, and the debrief.
  • Deepen understanding of how to apply the principles You Debrief framework by preparing for, then leading and observing a debrief conversation.
  • Summary recap of key learning from Modules 1-4 in preparation to conduct Debrief with people outside of the program.
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Module 5

LIVE

Practicum

In this module, you will learn:

  • Preparing for, conducting, experiencing, and offering feedback in live debrief coaching sessions with coaching colleagues;
  • Initial reflective prompts to use with clients;
  • More advanced coaching techniques for debriefing clients on the PrinciplesYou report and creating a strong foundation for the ongoing coaching relationship applying personality research insights in context.
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Module 6

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Integration: Mastering Art and Science of PrinciplesYou through Application

Reflection and guidance on learnings from debrief experience; how to use the debrief to grow your business:

  • Learn from your experience through self-reflection as well as conversations with fellow coaches after conducting two PrinciplesYou Assessment debrief sessions.
  • Consolidate and share everything you've learned—from conceptual foundations to coaching applications—ask questions, and get support from your colleagues, facilitators, and the Principles CEO Zack Wieder.
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Module 6

LIVE

Practicum

In this module, you will learn:

  • Comparing, contrasting, and exploring different debrief experiences (your own and those of your colleagues) to integrate co-learning throughout this course;
  • Tips and resources for optimizing the initial debrief in general, as well as tailoring your debrief approach to different individuals in unique contexts;
  • Introduction to PrinciplesUs, a powerful tool for team coaching.
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Module 6

LIVE

Q&A Session

In this module, you will learn:

  • Co-learning based on comparing, contrasting, and exploring different debrief experiences (your own and those of your colleagues) to integrate experiential learning throughout this course
  • Final and common questions and their answers at this point in the course
  • More about areas in question to you and your peers
  • How PrinciplesUs can build on your PrinciplesYou learning foundations and could be a powerful tool for team coaching.
  • What the future holds for you as a PrinciplesYou Certified Coach.
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Module 7

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PrinciplesYou Marketplace Setup

In this module, you will learn:

  • The inner workings of the PrinciplesYou Marketplace and client debrief booking process.
  • Understand the commission structure for debriefs and post-debrief extensions.
  • Navigate the Coaching.com platform to view assessments, conduct debriefs, and guide new clients.
  • Step into your clients’ shoes and grasp their experience within the platform.
  • Master the art of upselling, turning debrief sessions into extended coaching packages.
  • Leverage provided scripts and emails for a smooth upselling process.
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Final Assessment

In this section, you will:

  • Get access to the Final Assessment. It consists of a series of questions from all Modules to test your knowledge and understanding.
  • The inner workings of the PrinciplesYou Marketplace and client debrief booking process.
  • Understand the commission structure for debriefs and post-debrief extensions.
  • Navigate the Coaching.com platform to view assessments, conduct debriefs, and guide new clients.
  • Step into your clients’ shoes and grasp their experience within the platform.
  • Master the art of upselling, turning debrief sessions into extended coaching packages.
  • Leverage provided scripts and emails for a smooth upselling process.
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Final Assessment
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Exclusive PrinciplesYou
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Unlock your access to course materials to see the power of using personality insights in your coaching.

Coaches should join this course if they want to better understand their clients so they can more effectively meet their needs and guide them to greater success.

The following coaches would benefit from PrinciplesYou certification:

Executive Coaches
Internal Coaches
External Coaches
Business Coaches
Team Coaches
Career Coaches

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Your Expert Instructors

PrinciplesYou Certification will be delivered by Zack Wieder, Chief Executive Office of Principles, and Denise Ciegg, PinciplesYou Facilitator.

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Zachary Wieder is the Chief Executive Officer of Principles, a company he started with Bridgewater founder and Chairman Ray Dalio. At Principles, he was responsible for building their world-class personality assessment product, PrinciplesYou, which boasts over 1M users, which he built in partnership with world-renowned psychologists Adam Grant, Brian Little, and John Golden. He brings over a decade of experience across management, strategy, operations, and talent management across startups and corporates, including almost 10 years at the world’s largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates. At Bridgewater, Zachary worked directly with Dalio, managing the team responsible for key initiatives related to Bridgewater’s management transition, with direct oversight of internal Training and Development at the firm. He has experience coaching 1,000+ employees as well as advising executive teams at multiple unicorn startups and fortune 500 companies in order to help them achieve their performance and culture goals. Zachary received his Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Comparative Literature.

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Denise Clegg, MAPP, designed this certification program with Zachary Wieder, CEO of Principles. Denise brings over two decades of experience in executive leadership, coaching, teaching, and applied research experience across startups, NGO, corporate and academic organizations. Her work is dedicated to advancing research and policies with a positive social impact. Denise’s applied research expertise includes serving as Managing Director of the University of Pennsylvania Center for Neuroscience & Society in partnership with renowned Neuroethicist Martha Farah. Prior, she worked directly with world-leading researchers including Martin Seligman and Angela Duckworth as assistant instructor for both undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn, she also designed and launched the Penn Positive Neuroscience Program with Dr. Seligman, served as adjunct instructor for the MAPP program, and as trainer with Penn Resilience Program internationally. Denise received her Masters Degree of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) from the University of Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Mexico, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in English.

Frequently Asked Questions

If your question isn’t answered in the list below, please feel free to email us at support@coaching.com

1. What is the PrinciplesYou assessment and how is it different from others?

The PrinciplesYou assessment was designed by a team of expert psychologists including Dr. Adam Grant, Dr. Brian Little and Dr. John Golden in partnership with entrepreneur Ray Dalio of Bridgewater Associates. It’s rooted in the latest personality science and enriched with business acumen.

Not only does it provide invaluable personality insights, but it also explains how these qualities connect with particular archetypes and manifest in everyday life.

It holds validity across different cultures, as it has been designed to be applicable to a global audience, and is not limited to only English-speaking populations.

Unlike other personality assessments Principles both splits and expands beyond The Big Five traits other assessments usually anchor in.

Besides (1) Extraversion, (2) Agreeableness, (3) Emotional Reactivity, (4) Openness and (5) Conscientiousness it expands into additional 12 subtraits and traits. These additional personality dimensions provide a comprehensive, actionable understanding of an individual’s personality.

2. What is the PrinciplesYou Certification course?

PrinciplesYou Certification course empowers professionals to administer individual debrief sessions on the PrinciplesYou assessment. The insights provided by this course will give you the ability to debrief the assessment report and through it give your clients a deeper understanding of themselves, their strengths and weaknesses, and how to use self-awareness to engage more effectively in the meaningful projects of their work and lives.

Through a combination of self-study content, readings, knowledge checks and live practice sessions you will learn:

  • Structure of the PrinciplesYou Assessment;
  • PrinciplesYou personality preferences;
  • Debriefing assessment;
  • Delivering personality feedback;
  • Exploration of interpersonal relationships.

One of the main principles of the PrinciplesYou Certification course is the process of reflection and experimentation. So you’re constantly learning how to advance your skills and integrate your knowledge with clients along the way, rather than sticking with the model and training you’ve gotten and just doing that over and over again.

3. What is the course schedule?

This comprehensive 7-module course spans over a 9-week period and employs a diverse range of effective learning techniques. The course includes LIVE practicums and Q&A sessions.

The next available cohorts are:

1. September 20th, 2023 – November 17th, 2023 [check schedule.]

2. October 25th, 2023 – December 22nd, 2023 [check schedule.]

3. November 29th, 2023 – February 2nd, 2024 [check schedule.]

4. What is the course structure?

The 7-module course spans over a 9-week period and employs a diverse range of effective learning techniques.

It combines:

  • 7 recorded self-paced learning modules with video content lessons, readings, case studies, self-exercises guides;
  • 2 live hosted 60-min Q&A sessions with Zack Wieder and Denise Clegg, creators of the course to address your questions;
  • 5 live 90-180min facilitated Practicum sessions with trained PrinciplesYou Certified Facilitator ensuring a clear and experiential understanding;
  • 2 self-guided Debrief Practice sessions to be conducted with someone from your circle;
  • Final Assessment – to test your knowledge and understanding at the end of the course;
  • Online community – close community for connecting with peers, sharing experiences and asking questions inbetween.
5. What are the graduation requirements?

In order become a PrinciplesYou Certified Coach and become eligible for the PrinciplesYou Certified Coaches directory with assessment taker leads you need to complete the following certification requirements:

  • Complete all Module activities and knowledge checks
  • Attend all live Practicum sessions
  • Complete Final Assessment

NOTE: To become certified, you need to attend at least 4 out of 5 Practicum sessions.

The Final Assessment will be multiple-choice and will be made available in the last week of the course. You must score 100% on the assessment to successfully complete the course; however, you can retake the assessment as many times as you need to achieve that score.

Attending the Q&A sessions is encouraged for your own learning enhancement, but these do not not count toward overall graduation requirements.
All Q&A session recordings will be available within 48 hours after the session inside the Community; however, Practicum sessions are not recorded.

Upon successfully completing the requirements, you’ll receive access to a special section of the Members Area called Certification. There, you will find a personalized digital certificate, marketing materials, and – in case you’re an ICF member – a copy of your CCEUs letter, or SHRM member, a copy of your PDCs letter.

6. How much time will I need to invest to be successful in the course?

To get the greatest value, be prepared to invest between 25-28 hours to fully immerse yourself in the content and apply it to your work over the course of 9 weeks.

7. What is a Practicum session?

Practicum session is a live facilitated session with a group of up to 25 people.

In the session, the group gets broken into smaller learning subgroups to experiment with different approaches in debriefing the assessment results. You will also learn how you can help each other to become better by providing quality feedback.

After certaing exercise ends, you will meet with the Facilitator and rest of the group to give observations before moving on to the next exercise, or in some cases, closing the session.

Past graduates consider these sessions their favorite part of taking the course.

Check the course schedule for Practicum timings.

8. Who will be hosting the live Practicum and live Q&A sessions?

The live Practicum sessions will be facilitated by PrinciplesYou Certified Facilitators.

The live Q&A sessions will be hosted by Zack Wieder, Principles’ Chief Experience Officer, and Denise Clegg, an experienced executive leader, trainer, and coach. They developed this unique Certification course to teach you how to facilitate debrief sessions for the PrinciplesYou assessments with individuals through a combination of theory-based and experiential sessions.

9. How will my questions get addressed?

You will have dedicated 60-min Q&A time with the course creators, Zack Wieder and Denise Clegg, where they will address most common questions from the chat box and from the online community.

Should there be questions that haven’t been covered, you always have the option to post your question to the dedicated thread inside the exclusive community platform.

Zack, Denise and their faculty will get back with their answer within a few days.

10. Why do participants have to qualify for this course?

We’ve defined a specific set of criteria to identify the most appropriate candidates. Only coaches who pass the Qualification Survey are eligible to participate in this course. To maintain the highest standard of delivery, spaces have been extremely limited.

11. What is the ROI I can expect from this course?

The course has been designed to teach coaches how to facilitate assessment debrief sessions for PrinciplesYou assessment takers, and optimize your online presence on Coaching.com’s Principles Marketplace – directory of PrinciplesYou Certified Coaches. 

 

There are currently 2 million PrinciplesYou assessment takers to date and 30,000 new users complete the assessment each month.  Upon completion, all PrinciplesYou assessment takers are directed to the Principles Marketplace, for a paid debrief session.

12. I’m already certified in an assessment or have other training, how will this course help me?

Regardless of your previous experience, completing a PrinciplesYou Certification will open doors for you to debrief previous and new assessment takers by ensuring your profile is listed on the Coaching.com Principles Marketplace. There are currently 2 million PrinciplesYou assessment takers to date and 30,000 new users a month yet to engage in a paid discovery session with a Certified PrinciplesYou Coach.

13. I am a novice/new coach will this course work for me?

We place a premium on attracting experienced coaches in order to keep the course’s standard high. Therefore, this course would be for a person who has had at least 3 years of coaching experience and has had experience in working with others assessments.

14. Is this course for external or internal coaches?

Both! Whether you’re working with corporate clients or leading teams within a company, you will benefit from being trained to thoughtfully and accurately “debrief” individual assessment results and help them incorporate personality insight and feedback in a way that enhances them and helps them expand their practice. 

15. Can the course be used for team coaching?

PrinciplesYou Debrief Certification course empowers professionals to administer individual debrief sessions on the PrinciplesYou assessment. The insights provided by this course will give you the ability to debrief the assessment report and, through it, give your clients a deeper understanding of themselves, their strengths and weaknesses, and how to use self-awareness to engage more effectively in the meaningful projects of their work and lives.

The next level Certification, PrinciplesUs will focus on how to bring the assessment to team coaching engagements.