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Organizational Consulting Certificate

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Organizartional consulting Certificate
This two-term certificate (one course per term) provides students with a theoretical framework and the skills that form a basis for a successful practice as an organizational consultant and trainer. It is designed for both external and internal practitioners who wish to enhance their skills. For the external practitioner, it will provide direction in building a brand and  successfully positioning one's business. It addresses the concerns of internal consultants to create powerful outcomes and rise in their organization. Students may select two of three courses to complete the work.  

The courses examine the role of ethics and professionalism, the basics of building a practice that suits the student’s strengths and acknowledges his or her limitations, and a focus on training and development and the use of technology.


  • Acquire the framework and skills required for a successful consulting practice.
  • Work on branding and positioning your practice.
  • Learn to evaluate and enhance the outcomes of consulting interventions.
  • Explore the role of ethics and professionalism.
  • Match your practice to your own stage of development.

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The Organizational Consulting certificate curriculum consists of a required online orientation and two courses chosen from ODL-608, ODL-609, or ODL-619. You will complete 8 semester credits of coursework in order to graduate. 

Effective date: 05/01/2013

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Required Courses

ODL-600 Online Learning Orientation, 0 semester credits
Designed to introduce students to the online environment and practices in Fielding's ODL program, this online seminar takes place during the first week of the academic trimester. Students will learn to use Fielding's website and software to navigate, post and complete initial assignments. Students will meet online and begin building community with their entering cohort and receive course introductions in preparation for beginning the academic term. Faculty and staff participate in facilitating dialogue and increasing online skills as the seminar progresses. Certificate students participate in the orientation for two days; master's students participate for four days.

Elective Courses

ODL-608 The Consultation Process, 4 semester credits
This course provides an overview of consulting models and frameworks. It focuses on the fundamental steps in the consulting process from both a consultant and client perspective. It examines how consulting models can be applied to achieve high impact outcomes. It explores the opportunities and challenges facing internal and external consultants dealing with real world issues. It concludes with an examination of the role of ethics and professionalism.
ODL-609 Developing a Consulting Practice, 4 semester credits
This course is designed for budding external independent consultants who want to develop a thriving and soul satisfying consulting practice and internal consultants who want to advance their careers within their current organizations. The course will be practical and the material will be adaptable to your stage of development. You will learn how to build your brand, position your practice, and earn the right to serve as a trusted advisor to your clients.
ODL-619 Conversational Leadership Fundamentals of World Café and Appreciative Inquiry, 4 semester credits
This course is designed to give students an experiential understanding of two of the most effective consulting models for stimulating and supporting organizational change. This course examines fundamental concepts, terminology, and application of World Café and Appreciative Inquiry practices and the range of contexts in which they may be applied, including action learning and academic inquiry. Course topics introduce a variety of quantitative and qualitative learning including theoretical framework, practical application, and developmental experience. Designed to support the student’s ability to appropriately and effectively apply both practices in context of their organization, including inquiry in support of student's Masters' Project.

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