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Certified Coach Program

Become a Certified Coach with paying clients and a growing practice—in just 6-months—in this International Coach Federation (ICF)Approved Coach Training

When you begin this step-by-step process, there is no wondering when you will complete the program. Within six months, you will be a Certified Coach with paying clients in a growing practice.

No other coach training program better prepares you for real-world coaching faster or for less money. Click here to enroll.

Course Delivery

The Certified Coach Program is a combination of live teleconferencing, online media, and interactive software downloaded directly to your computer.

You experience:

  • Group Mentoring
  • Coach the Coach
  • Self Study
  • Observation & Critique

How It Works

“It’s liberating to know I can apply the principles learned without giving up my own creative signature (approach) in the process.”

Blanca Stephens
South Huntington, NY


You begin with the Becoming a Coach orientation teleclasses. In this first session, you discover the inside scoop on what established coaches are doing with great success. Plus, you have those burning questions answered.


Course Work

“Overall this course really has everything I was looking for. It is a good blend of handling the business and marketing aspects of coaching along with developing the right skills and tools. Of all the classes and investigation I did this course always came right back on top. ”

Loree M. Paulson
Lisle, IL

Upon registration you immediately receive your course software. Hundreds of coaches have used the Coach Training Accelerator™ to launch and sustain their careers. It is a completely self-contained coach training program we incorporate here as another facet of our unique learning system.


Group Mentoring

“Knowing I have to face the group each week keeps me motivated to stay on top of assignments and make sure I am prepared. I so look forward to each week’s class because it is a solid hour of positive thinking and feedback.”

Lisa Aker
New Milford, CT

The mentoring group consists of you, your Mentor Coach and your fellow classmates. Classes are held weekly via teleconference over dedicated bridgelines (normal long distance charges apply). These instructor led sessions target specific coaching tools, techniques and models.


Coach the Coach

“The ‘coach the coach’ sessions and the feedback from those are the heart of the program. Coaching live is where the learning is for me. It builds my confidence and believability.”

Mary Alyce Owens
Denver CO

Throughout the program you will coach, be coached, and observe coaching as it happens. Members of your mentoring group become your “community of practice.” This is where you learn by example and through practical experience.


Virtual Classroom

“This is a fantastic program. You guys have all the bases covered. I loved that this program covered everything from learning how to coach to staring your own business and everything in between. No other course that I researched offered all of this.”

Brenda Louis
Kitchener, Ontario

Enjoy unlimited access to this online private forum designed exclusively for your class. You’re able to share your progress, questions, challenges and resources with your classmates as well as stay connected outside of class.


Self Study

“The part of the course I like the best and that is helping me build my practice the most, so far, is the course software. It is very well done and useful. I like the examples, resources, sample brochures, etc.”

Gail Mason
Marietta, GA

Each week you encounter Action Challenges that move you forward, just when you need them. Our alliance with LearnMore.communications has enabled us to build “just-in-time” Learning Models specifically designed for coaches.


Observation and Critique

“I expected support and encouragement, but not at this high level. It has been very rewarding.”

Ann Backes
Grand Rapids MI

You hear feedback and recommendations from the Mentor Coach throughout the program. After you complete your certification requirements, at the finish of your training, you receive an honest, formal critique.

What to Expect

Class Size

Limited to a maximum of 12 participants. Research has found, and our experience confirms, that 10-15 students is ideal. Less than ten lowers the synergy and the group learning dynamic. More than fifteen crowds the opportunities for participation and meaningful involvement.

Course Length

Condensed to 6 months (22 weeks with time off, holidays, etc.) There’s no guessing when you will finish this program. There’s no waiting for classes to open up. No delays in meeting graduation requirements.

Typical Week

Telesessions, 60-90 minutes per week
Self-study, 1 to 2 hours per week

Program Specifics

Becoming a Coach

Discover what it really takes to become a successful coach and what you can expect of the coaching lifestyle. As you participate in these (2) 60-minute teleclasses you’ll uncover the answers to your burning questions.

  • Hear straight talk on the challenges new coaches face.
  • Discover what clients want most and how to fill this need immediately.
  • Participate in a live coaching session guided by an experienced Mentor Coach.


Learn more about the orientation teleclass and register here.

Course Outline

There are five major sections to the Certified Coach Program:

  1. Coaching From Center
  2. Impeccable Business Sense
  3. Effective Coaching Tools
  4. Becoming a Client Magnet
  5. Masterful Coaching Sessions


Learning Model

Coach Training Alliance utilizes the LearnMore System™ which enables you to fully experience your knowledge. It is an opportunity to know experientially what you already know conceptually. The system incorporates the Four Pillars of Wisdom™ approach and the Circle of Learning™ methodology.

We firmly believe learning does not take place in a box called a classroom or in a hotel conference room. We learn more, we learn better, and we learn faster by doing and by being actively involved. Learning flourishes in real-world contexts that are out-of-the-box. Learn more here.



The Certified Coach Program is certified as 60 hours of Approved Coach Specific Training Hours by the International Coach Federation (ICF). The full program spans 75 hours of total training which includes the business and marketing components of a successful practice.

The Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH) designation is awarded to programs that meet professional standards for coach training programs established by the ICF. Graduation from an ACSTH program will meet the ICF’s requirements for individual coach certification for student contact learning hours for the number of hours of the program. ACSTH approval does not warrant or guarantee the effectiveness of the training or the student’s ability to build a successful coaching practice. The individual applicant must take the ICF’s portfolio exam to obtain their credential.

Learn more about becoming certified with CTA.

Code of Ethics

The International Coach Federation and Coach Training Alliance adhere to a form of coaching that honors the client as the expert in his/her life and work, believes that every client is creative, resourceful, and whole. Standing on this foundation, the coach’s responsibility is to:

  • Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve
  • Encourage client self-discovery
  • Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies
  • Hold the client responsible and accountable


View the full ICF Code of Ethics here.


Requirements for Graduation

  • Attendance in the Becoming a Coach orientation sessions
  • Active participation in -at least- 10 of 12 Group Mentoring sessions
  • Satisfactory participation in -at least- 8 of 10 Coach the Coach sessions
  • Reading and implementation of the Coach Training Accelerator™ text as assigned in the Syllabus
  • Completion of -at least- 80% of the assignments listed in the Syllabus
  • Completion of a minimum of 20 sample sessions
  • Passing the Written Exam and Final Critique Coaching a minimum of two full fee clients

You’re Official

Upon successful completion of the program you receive your certificate ready for printing and framing. You’ll also be given your official CTA Certified Coach insignia in various formats for use on your website, emails, business cards and stationery.

As soon as you’re certified through CTA, we begin promoting your new coaching practice. You gain free access to the Coaches and Mentors site. You’ll create your own personalized listing—including your photo—in the Certified Life Coach Directory.

“I just gained a new client! They found my listing in the Life Coach Directory. Thanks for providing this service to your certified graduates.”

Carl Reichanadter
Elkhart, Indiana

Program Investment (all inclusive)

Class size is limited to 12 participants. Reserve your spot today. Also, be sure to sign up for the Become A Coach orientation date of your choice.

Next Certified Coach Program

November 11 Monday – 10am Eastern Time

November 14 Thursday – 7:00pm Eastern Time

November 20 Wednesday – 1:00pm Eastern Time

December 4Wednesday – 6:00pm Eastern Time

December 12 Thursday – 8:00am Eastern Time