Design Thinking Teaching Practitioner, Team Facilitator & Coach

HPI Certification Program for Design Thinking Coaches

Design Thinking is one of the world’s most popular approaches for establishing a dynamic, human-centered, purpose driven innovation culture in organizations. Our experience has shown that in order for innovation teams to reach their full potential, they need the guidance of well-trained Design Thinking coaches. With this in mind, we decided to launch the HPI Certification Program for Design Thinking Coaches in 2015. 


  • Learn to own, apply and teach the methods and principles of Design Thinking in various organizational contexts.
  • Become an expert in facilitating teams through the Design Thinking process and acquire the capability and needed skills to recognize and activate the potential of innovation teams.
  • Discover your own coaching style and train to be able to act and react in a flexible manner.
  • Design and execute different Design Thinking formats and learn to plan them in a targeted yet flexible way.

Key Facts

Workshop language

Bilingual (German/English). 

All workshops in training and the transfer modules are being held in English. The teams work either in German or English, depending on the preference and ability of the team members.


HPI Academy, Potsdam & Online

Target audience

The modular program structure allows us to address individuals with different needs and goals:

DT Teaching Practitioner (6 days):

  • You want to go deeper into Design Thinking and learn the basics of teaching and facilitating it.
  • You are not sure yet and want to see if our program and/or the activity of coaching is suitable for you.

DT Team Facilitator (13 days)

  • You want to facilitate teams through Design Thinking processes and in addition to learning the basics, you would like to test yourself in a protected space.
  • You would like to be qualified in a compact program to accompany Design Thinking teams methodically and skillfully.

DT Coach (21 days)

  • You would like to design and execute innovation projects in various contexts and skillfully accompany teams on their innovation journey with Design Thinking. You want to join the most comprehensive Train-the-Trainer-Program on the market to do this.
  • You want to become an HPI licensed Design Thinking coach and join an international & globally-connected community of participants & coaches throughout a carefully designed learning journey.

Overview of the program

Our program is divided into three blocks, carefully designed in their structure and sequence to provide the best possible learning journey for you. Depending on your interests and objectives, you can choose from three different options:

– “DT Teaching Practitioner”, block 1, 6 days.

– “DT Team Facilitator”, blocks 1+2, 13 days

– “DT Coach”, blocks 1+2+3, 21 days.

Thematically, the first two blocks primarily highlight the immediate activity of team facilitation (micro-didactics), while in block three, the focus is on preparatory and planning coaching activities (macro-didactics).

Please find a visual overview of the program here.

Block 1: Fundamentals

Module 1: Design Thinking Mindset & Process (3 days, on-site)

Module 2: Team Coaching & Moderation (3 days, on-site)

Block 2: Practice

Module 3: Method Lab (3 days, on-site)

Module 4: Coaching-Praxis Basic (3 days, on-site)

Module 5: Masterclass (1 day, online)

Block 3: Application

Module 6: Designing Workshops & Projects (3 days, on-site)  

Module 7: Advanced Coaching Experience (4 days, 1 day online / 3 days on-site)

Module 8: Peer Consulting (1 day, online)  

Your Coaches

Participant testimonials

This thoughtfully curated program goes beyond the conventional way of teaching design thinking. It not only challenged my own way of coaching, but also how I look at problem solving, innovation and team dynamics. For me, the main highlights were the incredibly intelligent and diverse group of participants and the experienced HPI coaches. It is only through their skillful individual guidance and extensive feedback that I was able to grow as a coach. It truly has been an incredible and eyeopening journey these past months. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is interested in becoming an enabler of change and taking their skills to the next level!

Ryan Wu

Experience Designer at Mc Kinsey & Company

Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

If you want to learn how to coach design thinking, this program must be at the top of your list. The HPI Team has put together an unmatched curriculum that, like Design Thinking itself, is biased towards action. The program is an intense and extremely rewarding experiential learning journey. I had one “Ahha moment” after the next! The program is taught by an incredibly diverse pool of talented practitioners, who introduced us to new theoretical perspectives and creative ways to use methodologies in practice. Thanks to the HPI Team for always going the extra mile to support me in reaching my goals!

Stefanie Hammer

Hammer Kommunikation

Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

All dates

Workshop / Program Date Location Language Costs Information


HPI Certification Program for Design Thinking Coaches

Potsdam & Online Bilingual: German and English 5500 €
plus VAT


HPI Certification Program for Design Thinking Coaches

Potsdam & Online Bilingual: German and English 11000 €
plus VAT


HPI Certification Program for Design Thinking Coaches

Potsdam & Online English 17500 €
plus VAT