Coach and develop others to reach their full potential using the Kolb Experiential Learning Profile, a self-reflection tool to help individuals understand their unique approach to learning and living, and to continue to learn and develop throughout life

Peo­ple spend their entire lives con­tin­u­al­ly learn­ing, but few under­stand how they learn or the impact that it has on their choic­es, deci­sions and effec­tive­ness. When you con­sid­er that learn­ing is the major process by which one nav­i­gates life, learn­ing how to do this well becomes an essen­tial con­di­tion to reach­ing one’s full potential.

The Kolb Expe­ri­en­tial Learn­ing Pro­file (KELP) is a self-reflec­tion tool to help peo­ple under­stand how to learn from their expe­ri­ence, to under­stand their approach to using that process, and to guide them in their future development.

This instru­ment was cre­at­ed to help you under­stand the ide­al process of learn­ing, to build aware­ness regard­ing your unique way of learn­ing, and to use these insights to improve your learn­ing pow­er. The KELP report describes learn­ing strengths and leads you through a process of apply­ing these strengths to learn­ing in every­day life. In the KELP report indi­vid­u­als learn about:

  • The use of the cycle of learn­ing, an ide­al approach to learn­ing, to improve effec­tive­ness in work and life
  • Learn­ing style, the expres­sion of your use of the learn­ing cycle that brings strengths and chal­lenges and impacts life choices
  • Learn­ing flex­i­bil­i­ty, the abil­i­ty to use all styles for greater range and agili­ty in man­ag­ing dif­fer­ent con­texts and com­plex, chang­ing situations
  • Apply­ing the infor­ma­tion and insights to increase learn­ing pow­er, and to become more effec­tive in deci­sion-mak­ing, work­ing on a team, resolv­ing con­flict, com­mu­ni­cat­ing with oth­ers, and learn­ing in school and at work.

The Kolb Expe­ri­en­tial Learn­ing Pro­file Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Pro­gram is designed to share the atti­tudes, knowl­edge and skills you will need to intro­duce, admin­is­ter and debrief the Kolb Expe­ri­en­tial Learn­ing Pro­file (KELP). This pro­gram will help you to com­mu­ni­cate the rich­ness and many ben­e­fits of liv­ing life as a learn­er and to ignite this pow­er with­in others.

With KELP Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, you will be able to demon­strate how the KELP is not a one-time insight but can become a work­ing men­tal mod­el that rais­es self-aware­ness every day in every sit­u­a­tion. You will empow­er indi­vid­u­als to take charge of their own learn­ing instead of being lim­it­ed by a cur­rent, unex­am­ined approach.

Every­one is capa­ble of reach­ing their full poten­tial and trans­form­ing their life at any stage, no mat­ter the cir­cum­stances, if they con­tin­ue to learn and devel­op. By using the KELP to its full poten­tial, you will be sup­port­ing oth­ers to reach theirs.

Learning Outcomes

  • Intro­duce expe­ri­en­tial learn­ing in a way that ignites enthu­si­asm for learn­ing and devel­op­ment as an approach to living
  • Cre­ate a safe learn­ing space in which to intro­duce and debrief the KELP
  • Demon­strate con­cep­tu­al knowl­edge about expe­ri­en­tial learn­ing, the learn­ing cycle, learn­ing styles and learn­ing flex­i­bil­i­ty, and the KELP as an instru­ment for self-reflection
  • Edu­cate learn­ers about the KELP as a means of self-reflec­tion while dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing it from oth­er typologies
  • Admin­is­ter the KELP to indi­vid­ual and groups
  • Debrief results of the KELP with indi­vid­u­als and groups
  • Link con­cep­tu­al knowl­edge of expe­ri­en­tial learn­ing with prac­ti­cal appli­ca­tions, such as mak­ing deci­sions and build­ing learn­ing flexibility
  • Devel­op self-aware­ness regard­ing pref­er­ences, strengths and chal­lenges in coach­ing and devel­op­ing others

How It Works

The Kolb Expe­ri­en­tial Learn­ing Pro­file Cer­tifi­cate Pro­gram is a prac­tice-based pro­gram deliv­ered in a one-week expe­ri­en­tial vir­tu­al work­shop, accom­pa­nied by addi­tion­al online content.

The class will meet for four two-hour ses­sions over the course of one week.

You will receive a KELP, instruc­tions and com­mu­ni­ca­tion for admin­is­ter­ing the KELP, sam­ple pro­gram designs and mate­ri­als for intro­duc­ing the KELP to indi­vid­u­als and groups, and a sug­gest­ed debrief process to review KELP results.

You will become part of the KELP Com­mu­ni­ty of Prac­tice to con­tin­ue shar­ing best prac­tices and updates.

Upon suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of each mod­ule and atten­dance of all vir­tu­al work­shop ses­sions, you will receive a Cer­tifi­cate of Achieve­ment from the Insti­tute for Expe­ri­en­tial Learn­ing and a dig­i­tal badge that can be dis­played on social media.

Who Should Take This Course?

This course is ide­al for:

  • Edu­ca­tors, human resource pro­fes­sion­als, coach­es, learn­ing and devel­op­ment pro­fes­sion­als, train­ers and facilitators
  • Lead­ers, man­agers and team lead­ers who wish to coach and devel­op others
  • Career coun­selors
  • Orga­ni­za­tion­al devel­op­ment professionals

If you have a group that would ben­e­fit from this pro­gram, please con­tact us for addi­tion­al dates and times.


Kay Peter­son, the founder of the Insti­tute for Expe­ri­en­tial Learn­ing, an expe­ri­enced coach and facil­i­ta­tor, and co-author with David Kolb of How You Learn Is How You Live: Using Nine Ways of Learn­ing to Trans­form Your Life (Berrett-Koehler).