Emotional Intelligence Coaching Certification (EICC)

What is the EICC?

Become an EI-Certified Coach

Learn and Connect with People Across the Globe

Delve into the Latest Neuroscience of Perception & Emotion

The Emotional Intelligence Coaching Certification (EICC) is an intensive program on par with graduate and professional-level studies. The methodology is based on the latest research and insights neuroscience has to offer on how perception and emotions work at a brain-body level and how we can work skillfully with each.

EICC incorporates the following learning components, providing students and their future clients with a unique and evidence-based framework for EI embodiment and growth: 

  • Get coached by an EI-Certified Coach for 6 weeks 
  • 6 months of coach-supervised coursework and coaching practice 
  • Online learning, application, and reflection for lasting habit and behavior-change   
  • Guidance, expertise, and support from an EI Coach & BEI Faculty 
  • Assessments and real-time feedback on progress 
  • A comprehensive toolkit of EI practices and micro-techniques adaptable for individuals and organizational clients 
  • An active global community of peers and experienced coaches to consult with and foster ongoing mutual growth

All who complete the certification requirements will be prepared and authorized to coach clients using BEI’s unique Embodied EI framework. 

We’re also happy to report our program officially received ACSTH accreditation from the International Coaching Federation (ICF)! Participants who successfully complete all modules of the Emotional Intelligence Coaching Certification (EICC) program are eligible to receive 76.5 ICF credits. 

EICC 2023 Timeline & Program Elements

BEI Masterclass I: Build Your EI

The BEI Masterclass is a six-week intensive EI coaching and training program in which you’ll be introduced to the science and practice of embodied EI. You’ll experience firsthand getting coached by an EI Coach using the same methodology EICC participants are eventually trained in. The coaching experience is designed for you to examine existing habits and build new, more emotionally intelligent ones. The learning design of the program includes one-on-one coaching sessions, four Masterclass Sessions, and cohort-based online study, practice, and reflection.  

This powerful combination will help you:  

  • Form new habits that will help you embody your own emotional intelligence  
  • Learn to recognize your perceptions to shift your perspective  
  • Develop your Inner Coach, the source of wisdom from within  
  • Live in alignment with what you value most  
  • Work with the mental patterns that are keeping you stuck  
  • Exercise agency in key moments  

The course content draws from how perception and emotion work at a brain-body level. Understanding the practical implications of our design allows us to identify where we have influence in an otherwise largely unconscious process. Becoming aware of what is normally hidden allows us to lead a more intentional life, enriching and deepening our relationship to ourselves, other people, and the planet we live on.    

Live Sessions: March 6, March 20, April 3, April 13 at 11am EST (90 min) time zone converter 

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In this module of your EICC training, you’ll delve into each of ICF’s core coaching competencies along with the fundamentals of becoming a BEI-Certified Coach. There is an online-based component to the ICF training along with weekly live workshops covering both ICF and EICC principles. This module can be completed as a standalone course by those wanting to develop their coaching practice and is a requirement for those who are pursuing their EICC certification. You will cover the following coaching theory and practice topics: 

  • International Coaching Federation (ICF) Core Competencies  
  • Beyond EI (BEI) coaching philosophy and core methodology  
  • Weekly, interactive online workshops (90 min. in length) to apply EICC coaching philosophy and core methodology 
  • Weekly, interactive online workshops (90 min. in length) to apply the ICF concepts you’re learning about through role-play, breakout sessions, discussion, and group practice 
  • For those going through the program to obtain their Meta-Coach certification, there will be bi-weekly (3) interactive workshops (60 min. in length) for the six weeks.

Live Sessions (Coaching for EI): May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23, May 30, June 6 at 11am EST (90 min) 

Live Sessions (ICF): May 4, May 11, May 18, May 25, June 1, June 8 at 11am EST (90 min) 

Live Sessions (Meta-Coaches): May 8, May 22, June 5 at 11am EST (60 min)


Following the EI Coaching Theory and Practice module, you’ll attend a 5-day virtual residency. Here is a sample of topics we will cover:                   

  • Embodied Emotional Intelligence (BEI) 
  • Listening & Communicating with Emotional Intelligence 
  • Science of Connection: Change & Bonding Cycle 
  • Lifepath: Part 1, 2, and 3 
  • MindBody Wellbeing 
  • Coaching Using the 12 Self-Discoveries 
  • Coaching Implications of the Science of Perception & Emotion 
  • Coaching Practice Sessions 
  • Processing of Grief & Loss 
  • Coaching Ethics & Practice

Sample of Electives: 

  • Movement & EI 
  • Unconscious Bias & Belonging 
  • Energy & Bodywork 
  • Unlearning & Re-childing 
  • Life Lessons
  • Motivational Drivers Behavioral Preferences (MDBP) & Embodied EI Assessment

The BEI Masterclass II: Lead with EI is the fourth module of the EICC program following the residency. You transition from getting coached and learning about EI coaching methodology to applying what you’ve learned. You’ll be paired up with a fellow EICC peer and an EI Coach over the six-week period during which time you’ll meet for 2 hours a week.  

In these sessions, you’ll coach and be coached. You’ll also provide and receive feedback from both your coaching partner and your EI Coach as you hone your EI coaching practice. The coaching sessions take place in conjunction with weekly 90-min. workshops in which you’ll learn how to integrate the 12 Self-Discoveries & Journaling, two components that make the EICC approach unique. You’ll complete the second half of the online learning journey which focuses on the following Lead with EI topics: 

  • Infuse Awareness & Compassion in Your Interactions  
  • The Heart of Listening & Communication 
  • Reframe Your Perspective to Consider Others’ Experience 
  • Manage Conflict Using Your EI Toolkit  
  • Leverage the 12 Self-Discoveries to Inspire & Lead  
  • Develop Emotionally Intelligent Habits      

Since journaling is a key aspect of what makes the EICC coaching approach unique, during this module you’ll self-reflect and journal daily in response to applying what you’ve learned. You’ll read and respond to your partner’s journal entries, the insights from which you’ll utilize to practice asking powerful coaching questions and integrating into each coaching session. 

Live Sessions: July 10, July 17, July 24, July 31, August 7, August 14 at 11am EST (60 min) time zone converter 

You’ll have the opportunity to receive training and certification to use the Motivational Drivers Behavioral Preferences (MDBP) and the Embodied EI assessments should you wish to use these instruments with your clients. This module of the program is optional and is offered as an elective in the EICC residency.

During the practicum phase of the certification program, you’ll find 1-2 clients to coach using the EICC methodology and approach. You may decide to coach two individuals through the Build Your EI six-week online program in conjunction with coaching them weekly for an hour, or you may choose to coach one person through the full twelve-week coaching and online learning journey: Build Your EI and Lead with EI.  

You’ll coach your client weekly for an hour, read and respond to their journal entries. Additionally, you’ll have the option to meet with a small group of your peers and an EI Coach to discuss any pertinent coaching questions that come up. Lastly, you’ll meet for a total of three hours with your EI Coach over this timeframe to receive feedback on recorded client sessions for your coach to review for ICF and EICC certification purposes.  

Though clients are not required to complete an online assessment, they will be asked to provide candid feedback on their experience of being coached by you. BEI does not get involved in your ICF application or certification process; however, we do provide you with confirmation of your successful completion of all modules of the EICC program. 

Lastly, you’ll need to complete a final oral and written exam. This step is meant to give you an opportunity to reflect upon and demonstrate your learning and growth throughout the program and readiness as an EI Coach. Your EI Coach will be present for your final oral exam once you’ve passed your written exam. Additionally, we ask that you complete a self-assessment and peer assessment for your learning partner at the end of the BEI Masterclass II module. In turn, your EI Coach will also complete an assessment on your behalf attesting to your readiness to graduate. 


Curious to learn more about the EICC program?

We have recurring information sessions on the EICC, please let us know if you are interested in attending one.

Meet the EICC Faculty

S. Michele Nevarez

After working 25+ years in business, Michele completed her Master of Science degree at Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management, where she studied with David Cooperrider, Chris Lazlo, Melvin Smith, Ron Fry, and Richard Boyatzis. Subsequently, she had the opportunity to work with Dr. Richard Davidson, his team at Center for Healthy Minds, and the University of Wisconsin School of Business, and then with Daniel Goleman. Michele co-founded and led as the CEO of Goleman EI, which has since rebranded its name to Beyond Emotional Intelligence (BEI). She and her small team at the time designed and launched the Emotional Intelligence Coaching Certification (EICC) program along with the Foundational and Relationship Skills EI learning paths in 2018 with the aspiration to democratize the practice of EI.  


She has since authored many articles and chapters of books on the topic of EI & Leadership and most recently wrote Beyond Emotional Intelligence: A Guide to Accessing Your Full Potential published by Wiley in November of 2021. 

Other EICC Faculty & Adjunct Faculty Members

Daphne Laan

Daphne Laan is a changemaker with 20 years of experience in leadership & business development in Technology, Media & Social Impact. Daphne is the Co-Founder of The Board Whisperers. Their vision is a world where businesses are led by the heart, not the bottom line. The Board Whisperers help founders, boards and executive teams thrive by transforming their most pressing challenges, vision or strategy into inspiring action.

As Industry Head of Technology at Google NL Daphne undertook an experiment: What happens if you follow your heart in business and fully embrace the things you enjoy? Then doors open unexpectedly…She became lead for Women@Google to empower women in tech. After Google she became Managing Director of The Down to Earth Collective and is now board member of the Foundation. DOWN to EARTH started with a documentary that premiered at the UN Climate Conference in Paris before negotiators came together and has become a global movement. Daphne holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration, with a specialization in Management of Information Technology, a PGO in Executive Coaching at Ashridge Business School and a PGO Team Coaching at VU University in Amsterdam. With her work Daphne creates space for freedom in thinking, doing and feeling.


Deepak Ramola

Deepak Ramola is the Founder and Artistic Director of Project FUEL, an organisation that documents and designs human wisdom. He also served as the Kindness Ambassador for UNESCO MGIEP.  

Deepak’s award-winning methodology has been recognized as the world’s top 100 innovations in education and has also been adopted by the Education Board of Antwerp in Belgium, Nepal, and Pittsburgh, USA. 

He is also a published author of two books.

Carle Paul

Carle Paul is physician and professor of Medicine at Toulouse University and Hospitals, Toulouse, France since 2006. He is a certified Emotional Intelligence (EI) Coach since 2018 and was part of the first cohort of the Daniel Goleman EI coaching program. Carle studied leadership development with Georges Kohlrieser at IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland and graduated from the High performance and Advanced High performance leadership curriculum. In collaboration with Michele Nevarez and her team, he developed a European leadership development curriculum specific for physicians including one-to-one coaching. 

He is member of the National University Council (CNU) responsible for mentoring and developing candidates to Professor and Associate Medicine Professors positions in France since 2015. His areas of interest are emotional impact of skin diseases and leadership development. 

Yanneke Josephus Jitta

Yanneke is a Certified Goleman Emotional Intelligence Coach and BEI faculty member. From 2000 to 2015, she lived in Nepal where she studied Buddhism and set up a school and children’s home.  

She believes that the path of inner development requires self-awareness, kindness, and a clear mind.  

She holds a Master’s degree in Buddhist Studies and is a certified chaplain. She manages the Tara’s Triple Excellence team who guide participants through the Buddhist path of wisdom and compassion.

Yanneke lives in The Netherlands with her two daughters and her cat Sam. 

Matt Taylor

Matt is the founder of Noble Story Group. He has coached and trained hundreds of education and non-profit leaders over the last 15 years, from CEOs to school principals.

Matt’s 5 Square methodology is used as an anchor leadership development tool in non-profit organizations, school leader development programs, and executive coaching programs across the country. Matt began his leadership career at Amistad Academy Middle School after ten years of teaching. During Matt’s tenure as principal, Amistad distinguished itself as the #1 middle school in Connecticut for African American student achievement.  Matt earned his B.A. in History from Carleton College, an Ed.M. in School Administration from Harvard Graduate School of Education, PCC coaching certification from the International Coaching Federation, and Goleman EI’s Emotional Intelligence Coach Certification. His first book, The Noble School Leader, was released in April Jossey-Bass Publishers.

It is a workbook that makes my EI-based 5-Square coaching approach accessible as a self-guided practice for leaders and especially education leaders. It is also meant to be an intervention in mission-driven sectors to center social-emotional leadership in leadership competency development. My hope is that the book, like 5-Square coaching, can spark hope, reduce suffering, increase equity and inclusion, and help leaders and the people they lead thrive in their work and their lives. There has never been a more crucial time for leaders to cultivate the social-emotional conditions for learning and growth than now. I believe this book will be a unique tool for building the leadership competencies to do just that.

Camron Momyer

Camron is a Reiki Master and Energy Intuitive with many years of experience teaching yoga and body-based meditation.

She holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Colorado College where she studied Christian Mysticism and spent time living with monks and nuns in Ireland. 

She later studied yoga and Vedic philosophy in India for several months where she earned the first of her yoga teaching certifications.

Camron went on to earn an M.A. from Antioch University where she studied holistic systems and the connections between things. 

She opened the doors of Soul Sourced Reiki and Intuitive Healing in 2015. Through one-on-one sessions and group classes she helps clients to identify, shift, integrate, and release energy blockages and imbalances. 

After working with Camron, people consistently report a greater sense of connection, clarity, purpose and well-being.

Anna Raithel

Anna is an organizational development & financial strategist, working with teams across the private and non-profit sectors including financial services, healthcare, hospitality, and wine. Her focus is at the intersection of triple-bottom line sustainability and the optimization of individual and team potential to create deep and lasting impact. Anna is a certified Goleman Emotional Intelligence Coach and meditation instructor. She lived and worked in a residential Buddhist community, spending a total of eight months in solitary retreat. Anna received her BA in Religion from Wesleyan University, and an MBA in Sustainable Development from the University of Oregon. She is a meditator of 15+ years, culinary enthusiast, and a rock climber residing in Portland, Oregon.

Time Commitment & Investment

Each Module of the EICC Training is a pre-requisite to the next for those completing the full certification program.  

There are six months of programming that include online coursework and live sessions. Following that you will continue to work towards your certification by putting your coaching skills into practice with your own client(s). You will continue to work with your EI Coach during this time. It is possible to complete all of the certification requirements in as few as seven months; however, the exact timeframe is largely dependent on how quickly you complete the various modules and components of the program, including the coaching practicum for which you’ll find and coach 1-2 client(s). 

The tuition for the program is commensurate with the rigor and level of coaching guidance students receive from certified EI Coaches and BEI Faculty throughout the certification process. BEI has created a program whose value from a monetary and educational standpoint far exceeds the cost of tuition.  

You may choose to purchase the program in full upfront and receive a substantially discounted price. The other option should you wish to complete the full EICC is to pay for each module as you go, allowing you to spread your payment over half a year.  

Those who either do not wish to pursue or aren’t sure yet whether to pursue their EICC certification can register for the modules that are of interest on a standalone basis, as individual courses, provided they have met the pre-requisite(s) to join. 

Note: BEI online courses are in English; however, many of our coaches are fluent in various languages. Please inquire if you have specific questions on working with a coach in another language.

Program Cost: $10,125

A value of $11,250 when purchased separately. 

Program Cost: $13,500

A value of $14,750 when purchased separately. 

Program Cost: $3,500

A value of $4,735 when purchased separately. 


The last EICC cohort BEI offered was in January of 2020, months before the onset of the pandemic. Like many organizations whose certification programs have an in-person component, we were in a position to have to cancel EICC Cohorts 4 and 5.

We have been riding the waves of Covid variants ever since. It hasn’t been until recently we felt we could feasibly offer the program again. While there is still of course uncertainty, we are eager to offer the program to all those who have been waiting.

EICC Now Offers a Remote Residency 

Over the last few years, over 3,000 people have expressed interest in going through the EICC program. Based on the feedback we received from those interested in obtaining their EI Coaching Certification, we have changed the in-person residency to a remote event. While we believe there is tremendous value in an in-person format for the residencies, we realize much has changed in people’s personal and work lives as well as financial circumstances. For that reason, we are offering the residency in this format for our next EICC cohort. Should there be enough interest in the future for an in-person format, we are happy to explore offering that option again. 

We Rebranded the Name of Our Company 

While we are the same legal entity, we rebranded from Goleman EI to Beyond EI (BEI) last year coinciding with the release of our CEO’s new book, Beyond Emotional Intelligence, which captures the heart of our embodied approach to EI; hence the acronym, BEI. Despite our decision to move away from using the Goleman brand, we remain deeply grateful to Daniel Goleman for his significant contribution to the field of Emotional Intelligence and for allowing our programs a chance to get off the ground through the initial licensing of his brand.  

Since that time, much has evolved in the study and practice of EI, starting with our collective understanding of how emotions work at a brain and body level. Our work at BEI has naturally pivoted to keep pace with the latest neuroscience research and include new tools, methods, and practices that allow us to embody what it means to be emotionally intelligent. To that end, the curriculum of the online portion of the EICC program has been updated and refreshed to account for the implications of these insights. Additionally, the ICF portions of the program have been updated to reflect the latest ICF coaching rubric.  

EICC Program Design  

In previous cohorts of EICC, participants would start by getting coached during the first twelve weeks of the EICC program. During this time, they experienced firsthand the style, model, and methods they would eventually be certified in to coach their own clients. This consisted of getting coached for an hour every-other-week for 12 weeks. They would do this while going through the online habit-building component of the program crafted explicitly to promote and reinforce application of new concepts and practices along with journaling and introspection as a means of bringing about lasting and meaningful behavior change. 

What we’ve since discovered is that clients often prefer to have weekly coaching sessions over shorter periods of time. This led BEI to re-envision how we deliver our unique coaching approach without losing value or impact. From this, the six-week long BEI Masterclass I: Build Your EI program emerged and is delivered in the same format as before. Participants are coached while they go through the online EI training and journaling components of the program. Then, for clients who want to continue their BEI coaching and learning journey beyond the initial six weeks, they can complete another six weeks of one-on-one coaching with a focus on leading self and others with EI.  

What this means for participants who want to obtain their EI coaching certification is that they’ll first need to complete the BEI Masterclass I: Build Your EI before moving on to the remaining modules of the EICC program. For those who have already successfully completed the BEI Masterclass I, or corporate equivalents, will be able to start their EICC journey with Module 2: EI Coaching Theory & Practice. 

Moving from Behavioral-based EI to Embodied EI 

In past cohorts, the EICC program was framed through the lens of the Goleman-Boyatzis model of EI, consisting of four domains and 12 competencies. It is a behavior-based competency model that has been around for 25 + years and is a presentation of EI that many are already familiar with, if not fluent in. In fact, it’s not dissimilar from many leadership competency models upon which performance evaluations are often based and from which it was initially researched and inspired. 

Behavioral-based leadership models effectively serve as a guide or roadmap and are useful for that reason, but they don’t necessarily provide us with the specific tools, methods, or practices to gain proficiency in each domain or competency, which consist of performing many skills and behaviors well. It turns out describing what it means to be emotionally intelligent isn’t sufficient in and of itself to effect lasting habit or behavior change. However, understanding the importance and impact of becoming more emotionally intelligent can be an impetus to motivate us to undertake the skills and practices to embody them. Only through consistent practice and application of emotional intelligence in varied contexts and situations do we find ourselves in a position to embody its wisdom. We don’t suddenly become emotionally intelligent once and for all, which is why we approach the topic from an embodied or lived standpoint versus a theoretical or largely intellectual basis.  

Online EI Learning Journey 

BEI refreshed our online curriculum to include new paradigms of practice that take into account the evolving neuroscience research on perception and emotion and how we can focus on what we actually have influence over relative to each. The design accounts for participants’ need to experiment, reflect, and adjust their approach as they apply what they’re learning about in a variety of contexts. Ultimately, we each need to be able to work skillfully not only with our emotions but with all of our perceptions in an integrated, embodied approach. 

The new online paths are anchored within the practical application of EI and the wisdom of the 12 Self-Discoveries, which are at the heart of what has always set the EICC coaching model apart from other coaching approaches. So often we fall into the trap of trying to change our outer habits and behaviors without bothering to look at and address our underlying habits of mind that deeply influence our mental outlook and emotions.

For those who would like to enroll in our upcoming cohort of EICC, the next opportunity to participate in the first module the BEI Masterclass I will be from March 6 – April 14, 2023. To learn more detail and register, follow this link: BEI Embodied Emotional Intelligence Masterclass