What is CPE exactly?

We’re an education service at Designit, a global strategic design firm. We help organizations across the globe learn and adopt a human-centered approach to innovation. Check out Why CPE? to learn more about our services. If you’re curious about our history and where we’re headed next, visit Our Story.

What’s the learning experience like?

We design rich, multi-layered learning experiences that move beyond traditional classroom learning. No yawn-worthy lectures here; our training sessions are interactive, hands-on, and dynamic. You’ll be out of your seat, working with others, and learning through doing. Our content is rooted in our strategic design practice at Designit, so you’ll learn tools and methods you can implement at work tomorrow – from practicing designers who love to teach what they do. Get a glimpse of the learning experience in this video.

Where do you offer open-enrollment courses?

In the United States (New York and San Francisco), Oslo, Lima, and Medellín. Check our schedule for what’s coming up next.

Is there a group discount for open-enrollment courses?

No, but we do offer an early bird special if your team members register one month or more in advance. For details, check the registration page for the course(s) that interest you. Or, use our contact form to connect with the Designit studio offering open-enrollment courses closest to you (in New York, San Francisco, Lima, Medellín, or Oslo).

Do you offer online learning opportunities?

We do! If you’re looking for a solid introduction to design thinking, check out our highly rated “Cooper Crash Course: Design Thinking in 3 Steps”. You’ll learn the fundamentals through 1.5 hours of video and an independent practice project. Join our email list below if you’d like to be notified when new learning opportunities arise.

How do the certification series work?

We offer two certificate series that will cultivate a deeper knowledge of design thinking. Design Thinking Fundamentals is a three-course series focused on the core mindset and methodology of human-centered design. Advanced Design Leadership is a five-course series that teaches the fundamentals of design thinking and ways to mobilize others towards a shared mission. Digital badges and certificates of completion are distributed upon completion of each series. To learn more, visit our Certificate Series page.

What is the difference between open-enrollment and corporate training?

Our open-enrollment classes are designed for individuals and small teams who want to take one of our courses in a nearby Designit studio. In corporate training, we bring our courses to organizations.

In what languages do you teach?

Since we’re global, we can teach in a variety of languages, including English, Spanish, German, Norwegian, and Danish.

For Teams

How far in advance should we book services?

Ideally two to three months in advance. We’ll do our best to accommodate your team’s schedule if you need help with less notice.

Who are the coaches?

Our international education team consists of practicing designers at Designit who teach from their experience in the field. They have dynamic communication skills, a flair for facilitation, and plenty of personal stories about applying specific design thinking methods and tools.

How many people can attend a course?

Up to 25. We offer high-touch learning experiences and want everyone attending to receive personalized coaching. It’s more difficult to deliver that level of service for groups larger than 25.

Can you customize your courses?

We want to make sure our services help your teams grow. To that end, we learn about your learning goals, culture, team, and challenges before we recommend a course, coaching, certification, or innovation program. Often, we find our existing services meet client needs well and don’t require significant changes. Our coaches are adept at shifting what and how they teach to fit each audience –expanding on certain modules, leading discussions that are tailored to the nuances of your team, and sharing case studies that parallel the work your company does. Once we understand your needs more, we can have an informed discussion about whether customization is necessary.

What other services do you offer?

In addition to courses, we provide coaching for teams, certificate programs, and innovation programs. The needs of each client are unique, so we’ll learn about you before we recommend a learning path. To read more about our range of services, visit For Teams.

What is coaching?

After teams take one of our courses, we can help them as they apply these new techniques to their own projects. For more information, go here.

How can we start working together?

Connect with the Designit studio closest to you through our Contact Us page. We’ll work with you to understand your goals and define the best way to collaborate.

My team is fewer than five people. Should we do a private training?

For groups of fewer than five people, our clients typically send their teams to our open-enrollment courses.

I have a global team. Who should I contact?

Send a note to us on our contact page and we’ll follow up.

For Individuals

How do I register for a course?

Visit the course page, pick the location and date that work best for you, grab your credit card, and register!

What airport should I fly into, and where can I stay?

New York

Airport – JFK (secondary options are Newark or LaGuardia)
Hotel recommendation – The Tillary or Club Quarters Wall Street/World Trade Center/Midtown.

San Francisco

Airport – SFO or OAK
Hotel recommendation – Club Quarters, Hyatt Regency, or Le Meridien


Airport – Gardermoen
Hotel recommendation – Scandic Vulkan

In what order do you recommend taking courses?

If you’re new to design thinking and want to learn the core mindset and methodology our designers use every day with our clients, check out our Design Thinking Fundamentals certificate series.

If you’re looking to both understand the fundamentals and ways to mobilize others towards a shared vision, look at our Advanced Design Leadership certificate series.

You’re also welcome to pick any individual course that best meets your learning needs.

What discounts are available for courses?

Register at least one month in advance to take advantage of our early-bird discount. If you work for a nonprofit, connect with the Designit studio closest to you offering open-enrollment courses (New York, San Francisco, Lima, Medellín, or Oslo) to ask about discounts. We do not offer group discounts. Note: In light of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, we’ve temporarily expanded our transfer policy. Find out more on this page.

Can I buy a course for someone else?

You can! You’ll just need to clarify who the attendee is during the registration process.

What’s your cancellation and refund policy?

We know things happen. If you need to cancel your registration for a San Francisco or New York open-enrollment course, reach out to [email protected] (if it’s for a course outside the U.S., reach out to the Designit studio offering it) at least 30 days prior and we’ll refund your full payment.

Fewer than 30 days prior to the course, refunds are not available. You can also choose to transfer your registration (you can only do this once) to another course within one year of the date of cancellation, or assign another individual from your organization to take your place. Once your registration is transferred, you may no longer receive a refund.

What time do open-enrollment courses start?

Doors open at 9:30 am, and courses run from 10 am to 4 pm each day.

Is lunch provided?

Yes! We also offer beverages and snacks throughout the day. Let us know of any dietary restrictions when you register through Eventbrite.

Certificate series

How do the certificate series work?

Upon completion of any course, you’ll receive a digital badge and certificate of completion through our vendor Accredible, which you can add to your LinkedIn profile, email signature, website, etc. We also offer two certificate series — for individuals or organizations — that will cultivate a deeper knowledge of design thinking. Design Thinking Fundamentals is a three-course series focused on the core mindset and methodology of human-centered design. Advanced Design Leadership is a five-course series that teaches the fundamentals of design thinking and ways to mobilize others towards a shared vision. To learn more, visit our Certificate Series page.

What is required to earn the Design Thinking Fundamentals certificate?

Three courses: Design Thinking Immersive, Service Design Immersive, and Design Research Techniques.

What is required to earn the Advanced Design Leadership certificate?

Five courses: Design Thinking Immersive, Service Design Immersive, Design Research Techniques, Facilitating Design Thinking, and Design Leadership.

How do I buy a series of courses?

If you are buying them for yourself, go to our schedule to find out when each course is offered in the studio closest to you. Then, just sign up for the dates you prefer. If you want to buy in-house delivery of courses for your team(s), fill out our contact form to connect with the studio closest to you.

When will my certificate be issued?

Digital badges and certificate of completion are distributed upon completion of the course. Add them to your LinkedIn profile to share what you’ve learned and stand out from the crowd in your professional network.

Are there any prerequisites for your courses?

We have recommended tracks for our courses, but there are no prerequisites. We do recommend some of our more advanced classes like Facilitating Design Thinking and Design Leadership for more experienced practitioners.

Can’t find what you are looking for?

Feel free to contact us. We’re here to help!


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