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Individuals and organizations can now become Kotter Change Certified. We are proud to make the most established, recognized change methodology available to a wider group of leaders.

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Enhance your leadership capabilities and drive meaningful change within your organization with Kotter Training!

Backed by industry-leading research and global consultancy expertise, our learning and development programs provide the skills and tools for leaders to excel in an ever-changing world.

Courses are led by Kotter experts using real-world case studies and interactive tools for a hands-on learning experience. Just choose your preferred learning path: live or virtual instructor-led training, or self-paced elearning.

Start with the Foundations of Change course, and unlock a digital badge showcasing your knowledge of the Science of Change. Advance through all six courses to become fully Kotter Change Certified.

All learners will be invited to join our exclusive, online Kotter Community. Connect with fellow leaders and change professionals, foster valuable connections, and enjoy early access to Kotter content and resources.

Begin your change journey and shape the future of your organization!

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How It Works

Review Course Catalog

Each certification course can be taken separately or as a full six-course program. Begin your change journey and check out our course offerings below.

Select A Learning Style

Learn your own way. Choose from live training sessions, either in-person or virtual, or set your own learning schedule through our self-paced, online platform.

Register Online

Register online and receive a confirmation from our team with access to your learning portal along with next steps towards certification.

Get Certified

Successfully completing all six courses certifies you as a Kotter change leader. By demonstrating your understanding of the tools and methodology provided, you’re certified to use them in your work and daily life.

Join The Community

After completing your first course, receive a free subscription to the Kotter Community, where you can access exclusive content and connect with other change practitioners, fellow course participants, and Kotter experts.

Course Overviews

The Art + Science Behind Successful Transformation

Discover the Science of Change, including:

  • our understanding of human nature and our response to threats and opportunities
  • the limitations of traditional organizational structures
  • Kotter’s research on effective strategies, principles, and tactics for leading complex change

Learn how you can apply our 8 Accelerators and 4 Core Change Principles to dramatically increase your chances of success as you lead change. This course is available now.

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Igniting Urgency + Building a Guiding Coalition

A Sense of Urgency is arguably the most critical – and often under-leveraged – ingredient in both inspiring and sustaining change. Learn how to create true urgency, and practice how to keep people on board and energized about your change. Then explore how to identify, recruit, engage, and equip a set of people to serve as your Guiding Coalition – spearheading the coordination of efforts over the course of your change.

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Shaping a Vision + Gaining Buy-In

How do you paint a compelling picture of the future, and how do you help people see what will need to be done in order to make that vision a reality? Most importantly, how do you get them bought into this vision so they are inspired to help?

Learn how to craft an inspiring vision, and practice techniques that will allow you to win over even the biggest skeptics by more effectively navigating the objections they throw at you.

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Removing Barriers to Enable Action

Barriers to change exist across systems and processes as well as culturally through mindsets, behaviors, and actions. Learn how to identify barriers to change – both the immediate and the persistent – and what you can do to remove those barriers so that you and others are empowered to act more effectively.

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Generating Wins to Demonstrate Progress

Wins are the molecules of success – the proof points of progress. Learn how to build momentum around, reinforce, and sustain change through the practice of generating, discovering, communicating, and celebrating wins. Discover why wins are so important and how to use them to accelerate and embed your change.

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Ensuring Sustainable Implementation

Change requires constant reinforcement and support in order to be sustained and fully embedded. Learn how to assess the progress of your transformation, analyze where you are (and how much further you still need to go), and evaluate your systems and processes to ensure they reinforce – and do not detract from – the transformed organization. Leverage the power of storytelling and case studies to institute your change.

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See what people are saying about Kotter’s Change Certification Program

An innovative way for individuals and organizations to experience Kotter’s change training!

Truly brings change management principles and practices to life.

Kotter’s approach allows the learner to go deep into sophisticated concepts in ways that are digestible and practical.

The exercises were straightforward and illustrative of change.

It’s an immersive experience after which one can readily apply learnings to real-life scenarios and business challenges.

An interactive session that made learning fun!

A phenomenal opportunity to spread methodologies that work and equip teams with the skills to drive real transformational changes.

The tools and resources are high quality and practical as well.

This program offers both the theory to change as well as tools and methodologies to immediately put your learning to work.

It just really helps participants break into the material.

I loved getting to meet, learn from, and network with other professionals for perspective and insight into my own challenge.

Fantastic facilitation and conversation.

The absolute need to generate opportunities for quick wins and to appropriately recognize those wins was essential.

Kotter’s approach to the neuroscience of change provides incredible applicability and range for organizations like ours.

Linking the head and heart, but more importantly providing the tools to speak to both has accelerated progress in ways I couldn’t have imagined!

The need to develop implementation + acceleration plans was a game changer.

A Learning Program Designed For You

How you learn matters to us. Kotter has designed three unique ways to earn your certification, so you can customize your training experience. Start with a single course or get fully certified today!


Kotter’s innovative elearning platform has been designed from the ground up, complete with interactive curriculum, engaging activities, and online case studies.

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Our live, instructor-led online program allows you to participate in a cohort of diverse change leaders from the comfort of your home of workplace. Learn more about upcoming events below.


Learn alongside fellow change leaders through live, instructor-led in-person training sessions. Get the most out of your certification experience and learn more about upcoming events below.

Live Training Sessions

Preview our available live sessions and find a program and modality that works best for you. Learn more and register today!

In-Person Sessions

July 16 – 18

Boston, MA

Core Change Certification

  • Location: Boston, MA
  • Date: July 16th – 18th, 2024
  • Time: 08:30 AM – 05:30 PM Eastern Time
  • Cost: $4,250

September 9 – 13

Boston, MA

Advanced Change Certification

  • Location: Boston, MA
  • Date: Sep 9th – 13th, 2024
  • Time: 08:30 AM – 05:30 PM Eastern Time
  • Cost: $6,000

Online Sessions

May 20 – 21


Foundations of Change

  • Location: Online
  • Date: May 20th – 21st, 2024
  • Time: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM Eastern Time
  • Cost: $1,100 USD

July 25 – 26


Foundations of Change

  • Location: Online
  • Date: July 25th – 26th, 2024
  • Time: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM Eastern Time
  • Cost: $1,100 USD

October 7 – 25


Advanced Change Certification

  • Location: Online
  • Date: Oct 7th – 11th & Oct 21st – 25th (Monday through Friday), 2024
  • Time: 12:30 AM – 4:30 PM Eastern Time
  • Cost: $6,000 USD
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Core and Advanced Certifications

Choose the ideal learning path to earn the course completion and certification level badges that best fit your change leadership goals.

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