A: Lunch, all day snack items, coffee and soft drinks are included each day of training.
Q: What are the attendance requirements for training?
A: Attendance is mandatory for the entire length of the training. Certification, or record of training completion, may not be granted to anyone leaving early or not attending the full training course.
There are also 8 hours of self-guided pre-work that is a requirement before attending the course.
If you need to reschedule to attend on a different date because of a conflict, contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If rescheduling, you must contact us at least 30 days prior to the start of the course. You may only reschedule your attendance once.
Q: What methods of payment do you accept?
A: Full payment is due at the time of registration to secure your seat in any training. Online payment can made by credit card in the Birkman Learning System.
Q: Is there a wait list for courses at maximum capacity?
A: When training classes have reached their maximum number of participants, the session will be designated as “FULL” on the online training calendar. A waitlist will begin. If you would like to be added to a wait list, contact us. Wait lists are first come, first served.
Traveling to the Birkman Houston Office
Q: Where is the Birkman home office located?
A: Birkman International, Inc.
3040 Post Oak Blvd, Suite 1425
Houston, Texas 77056
Q: What hotel is closest to the Houston training site?
The Birkman preferred lodging provider (within walking distance of our office) is:
Hyatt Place – Houston Galleria Area
5252 West Alabama Street
Houston, TX 77056
Phone: (713) 626-7300
Instructions to book the Birkman rate:
Log on to www.hyattplacehoustongalleria.com On the right-hand side of the page, enter dates of travel Click Special Rates Under Corporate Code enter 101874 Click Check Availability $154/night for King/Standard. This special Birkman rate includes a hot breakfast each morning. Please do not make travel arrangements more than 30 days before the start date of your training.Birkman International is not responsible for any travel expense losses associated with cancellation or rescheduling of a training class.
Q: Which airport is closest to the Houston training site?
A: William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) is 20 miles south of the Birkman corporate office. Travel time is approximately 30-50 minutes and can occasionally be longer depending on delays during high traffic times. Major airlines with direct service to Houston Hobby Airport (HOU) include Aero Mexico, Delta, Southwest Airlines, and Viva Aerobus. George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is 28 miles north of the Birkman corporate office. Travel time is approximately 40-60 minutes and can occasionally be longer depending on delays during high traffic times. Airlines with service to Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH) include American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, United, and all major international airlines. What is the best method of transportation to the Houston training site? Rental Car. If you plan to stay and remain near the Birkman office during your training you will not need a rental car. There are a number of restaurants and amenities within walking distance. Transportation Networks (Uber/Lyft). This car service can be accessed via mobile app. It is the most cost efficient method of transportation. Fares average $20-50. Taxi. Fares average $50-$70 one-way from the major airports. SuperShuttle. For current rates and online reservations visit www.supershuttle.com
Q: If I am commuting, where can I park?
A: Our parking garage entrance is located on Hidalgo Street directly across from the Nordstrom store entrance in the Galleria Mall. The easiest path to our parking garage is to drive west down Hidalgo from Post Oak Boulevard. Hidalgo is midway between Richmond Avenue from the south and Westheimer from the north. From the 610 South Loop, take the exit for “Richmond/Hidalgo” and drive straight through the light at Post Oak. Visitor parking for the 3040 building is the first entrance immediately on the left after turning off Hidalgo. Bring your parking ticket up to our office each day for validation.
Q: Signature Certification is accredited with which certifying programs?
A: The ICF (International Coach Federation) is the worldwide leader in development and credentialing for professional coaches. ICF has three different levels of Individual Credentials that may be awarded: Associate Certified Coach (ACC) Professional Certified Coach (PCC) Master Certified Coach (MCC)
Please click on the links above to see details on ICF Credential criteria and how to submit your application. Continuing Coach Education (CCE) is considered supplemental and advanced education for those wishing to acquire new learning and/or those who are renewing their ICF Credential. Birkman Signature Certification is an accredited CCE training program, so anyone who attended Birkman Signature Certification after January 1, 2017 can be awarded CCE units to use toward achieving or renewing their ICF Credential.
ICF divides Coach Continuing Education into two categories based on the learning content: Core Competencies CCE and Resource Development CCE. Birkman Signature Certification—ICF CCE hours awarded:
Core Competencies: 5 hours
Resource Development: 23 hours
For reference, 40 total CCE hours are required over the course of three years to renew an ICF Credential, with at least 24 hours in Core Competencies.
For the best information regarding ICF Individual Credentialing, visit: https://www.coachfederation.org/credential/?navItemNumber=502
Click here for program details about Birkman Signature Certification on the ICF website.
Q: What are SHRM Professional Development Credits (PDCs)?
A: The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, and SHRM Certification is a leading way for HR professionals to distinguish themselves in their field.
SHRM has two different levels of credentials that may be awarded:
Professional Development Credits (PDCs) can be used by SHRM-CPs and SHRM-SCPs to recertify themselves.
Birkman Signature Certification is an accredited SHRM Recertification Provider, so anyone who attended Birkman Signature Certification after August 9, 2017 can be awarded PDCs to use toward renewing their SHRM Credential. Signature Certification is classified as a “Seminar/Workshop” by SHRM.
Birkman Signature Certification awards: 28 PDCs
For reference, 60 total PDCs are required over the course of three years to renew a SHRM credential.
A: If your organization wishes to send eight or more employees to Signature Certification, you can save money and get trained on your schedule by having Birkman travel to you to provide a private, on-site certification for your team.
Q: How much does on-site certification cost?
A: The price for an on-site Signature Certification course varies depending on your location and team size. We will work with you to make it as affordable as possible.
The cost is calculated based on:
Number of Signature Certification participants ($3,495/attendee)
Travel and accommodations for the Birkman trainer
Your organization saves because instead of paying for the travel of multiple employees, you simply pay for the travel of one trainer instead. Also, you get the benefit of scheduling the course at a convenient time for your employees.
Q: How can I book an on-site certification?
A: Contact Birkman and ask about private certifications. A Birkman team member will answer your questions, find dates that works for you and a Birkman trainer, and handle the logistics so that your team can get Birkman-certified in the comfort of your own office!