Dive Deep.

The Designing Your Life Virtual Coach Certification Workshop is an online deep dive into the DYL principles, designed for professionals (life & career coaches, career counselors, human resources & mental health professionals) wishing to utilize the DYL tools with individuals and groups of 10 or less. Join us and you’ll spend three half days learning with Bill Burnett & Dave Evans, as well as other professionals who are passionate about using DYL in their practice.

Upcoming Workshops

2023 Workshops

July 28 + 29 + 30, 2023 (apply here)

Those dates don’t work? Apply here & we will let you know if there’s any additional 2023 dates

“One of the best things that ever happened to me. . .was getting certified as a Design Your Life coach. . . Everything has evolved in my life.”

– Gabriela Cevallos


  • You will get coaches tips on the exercises and a behind-the-scenes explanation of how Bill and Dave teach and coach each exercise
  • You will have exclusive access to quarterly DYL Coach “Learning Events”, which feature guest speakers, coach-led breakouts, Q&A, and small group discussion, all aimed at helping you to grow your competency in the DYL tools
  • You will become part of an opt-in learning and support community of DYL Coaches
  • You will have access to all the Designing Your Life tools, early access to new tools as they become available – to be used or adapted into your own coaching practice
  • You will be listed on our website as a DYL Certified Coach, with a link to the site you specify
  • You may use the DYL Certified Coaches logo on your own marketing materials
  • We will provide certification renewal on a regular basis, as defined by our certification agreement

What to Expect

  • You will be trained on all of the Designing Your Life tools and some tools from Designing Your New Work Life.
  • In order to make the experience as rich as possible, and to be trained on the complete curriculum in a limited amount of classroom time, we will be using what is called a “flipped classroom” approach. That means that most of the lectures will be pre-recorded and will be assigned as homework prior to the Zoom classroom. That gives us more time in-class to work together on your questions, the application of the tools in real life, and more time for in-depth discussions about your coaching practice.
  • We estimate around 7-8 hours of “pre-work” will be required prior to attending the Workshop. We will release all of the lecture videos at least a week in advance (usually earlier). Each day of the 3 day workshop, we will cover about 6 topics – and you will have needed to have watched all the videos for that day, before class starts. You can watch them all in advance, or the night before, whatever works best.
  • Estimated Time Commitment for this Workshop:
    • 5-6 hours for the DYL CreativeLive Online Course Pre-Req
    • 7-8 hours for DYL Coach Certification Pre-Work
    • 12 hours for DYL Coach Certification Virtual Workshop

For more details on what to expect, check out our FAQ page!


  • You must have an active practice in one of the following professions:
    • Life or career coach, with certification from a recognized coaching institute, training program, or school *This certification requirement may be waived if clear evidence of substantial professional experience in providing coaching is credibly provided (eg: 10 years as a career counselor in a college career center, etc). Depending on the nature of the application, additional support information may be requested.
    • Career counselor at a non-profit or University, or with your own practice (if you’re university staff, please check out the Stanford Life Design Studio before applying to the DYL Coach Certification, as it may more closely fit your needs)
    • Mental health professional who wants to add some DYL tools to your existing toolkit
    • Human resources professional
  • You need to have read
  • Completed one of the following DYL workshops, prior to attending the Workshop
  • You intend to use DYL principles and/or materials in your practice with individuals or small groups (10 or less) of clients. *This is NOT a license to teach commercial Designing Your Life workshops or to deliver training events.


We will meet on Zoom from 9:00am-1:00pm (four hours), California time each day, for the three days of the Workshop.

We spend time together in the main Zoom room, and significant time will be spent working in two’s, three’s, and six’s, in separate Zoom rooms.


Overall Estimated Time Commitment for this Workshop:

5-6 hours for the DYL CreativeLive Online Course Pre-Req

7-8 hours for DYL Coach Certification Pre-Work

12 hours for DYL Coach Certification Virtual Workshop


$1600 for the Workshop Fee

$500 for the first year Certification Fee (more info on the Certification Fee can be found in the FAQs)

$2,100 TOTAL


Early Bird Discount: $100 off the price (deadlines: May 2023 Workshop = 4/14, July 2023 Workshop = 7/7)

Payment Plans Available! Let us know on your application if you’d like to take advantage of a payment plan!

Group Size:

This certification is designed to support the use of DYL principles in practice with individuals or small groups of less than 10. This is NOT a certification to lead commercial Designing Your Life workshops, delivery of training events or teach DYL in a classroom setting.

Refund Policy:

Full refund if cancelled more than 30 days from the date of the Workshop – minus transaction fees. 70% refund if cancelled within 10 days of the Workshop – minus transaction fees 50% refund otherwise – minus transaction fees

2023 Workshops

May 5 + 6 + 7, 2023 (apply here)

July 28 + 29 + 30, 2023 (apply here)

Need more details?

For more detailed information on this Workshop, please check out our FAQ page

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