HPI Academy

Certification Program for Design Thinking Coaches

Accompany and facilitate learning processes, workshops and projects with Design Thinking and unleash the potential of innovation teams.

Design Thinking (DT) is one of the world’s most popular approaches to establishing a dynamic, user-centered, and goal-oriented culture of innovation in organizations. For a context-related, target-oriented and sustainable application of Design Thinking, well-trained Design Thinking coaches are required. For this reason, the Hasso Plattner Institute Academy (HPI Academy) launched the HPI Certification Program for Design Thinking Coaches in 2015.


Design Thinking Teaching Practitioner

2 Modules
6 workshop days

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  • You will learn to apply and teach the working and thinking methods of Design Thinking in a goal-oriented way.
  • You will learn the skills, methods and tools to effectively navigate teams through the innovation process.
  • You will discover your own coaching style and at the same time train a flexible (re)acting.
  • You will deal with the conception and implementation of different design thinking formats and learn a wide range of design options based on real projects.


Find out how you too can benefit from our certification program for design thinking professionals, team facilitators and coaches – professionally as well as privately.

Our program is divided into three blocks, carefully sequenced and structured to provide the best possible learning journey for you. Depending on your interests and objectives, you can choose from three different variants. Thematically, the first two blocks (DT-Teaching-Practitioner to DT-Team-Facilitator) primarily highlight the immediate activity of team facilitation (microdidactics), while block three focuses on preparatory and planning coaching activities (macrodidactics).

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The team

Samuel Tschepe

Samuel Tschepe

Head of Design Thinking Coach Certification

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Madini Liebscher

Madini Liebscher

Program Lead Certification Program

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Clara Wieker

Clara Wieker

Program Lead Certification Program

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Extensive network

One of the highlights of the program for me is the extensive networking of participants. Many of them face similar challenges in their organizations, and sharing knowledge and best practices was incredibly valuable.
I was also able to immediately implement the practical coaching tips and personal feedback I received during the practice days. All in all, a very intensive and entertaining program where I learned a lot.

Julia Schulte-Terboven

Rated 5 out of 5 stars.