Coaching Courses

Training courses are taught live online in various formats including: two-day intensives, six-week format with each class lasting two hours, weekly sessions, or individual meetings with an instructor. Each course provides 15-20 hours of coach-specific training. See our Training Schedule page for class dates, times, and delivery methods.

**Note that Intro to Coaching is a prerequisite for all other courses.

CTC Courses

Introduction to Coaching

This course provides a basic foundation for understanding and practicing coaching. Topics include: core coaching skills, coaching conversation model, the biblical basis for coaching, and how students can use coaching in any setting. **This course is a prerequisite for all other courses.**

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The focus on experiential learning was excellent. The content was rich around coaching mindset, language, skills, distinctions and models which were immediately put into practice and refined over the two days. - Abby S.

The flow of the material was especially valuable. The intentionality the instructors brought to every element to assure we connected with the material was terrific. - Cindy S.

The Zoom classroom setting was better than I expected. The interactions with other students and instructors were God appointments. The skill practices really helped me see what I needed improvement on but also gave me hope and encouragement for what's to come. - Sally R.

Establishing a Dynamic Coaching Relationship

This course focuses on building a dynamic relationship with the client. Attention is paid to initial client contact, the coaching contract, and intake process. Special attention is given to developing and maintaining a mindset that is open, curious, flexible, and client-centered.

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 I received a ton of new ideas and approaches to things I had and had not considered. - John S.

I now realize how important it is to start strong and set proper expectations when beginning the coaching relationship. - Bernadette F.

Coaching Change, Transition, and Transformation

This course provides students the knowledge and skills necessary for coaching people and groups through change. Attention is given to understanding different types of change, how to support people going through transitions, and how to use coaching to initiate positive change.

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 I feel better equipped to understand where the person being coached is getting stuck in the change process and how to help them move forward. - Carolyn T.

The coaching and feedback was exceptional. I learned more practical skills that I needed. - John S.

The Language of Coaching

This course helps the coaching student make proper use of powerful language elements such as metaphors, stories, formulas, yellow-flag words, and distinctions. Knowing and using these language elements improves the coaches powerful questioning, active listening, and direct communication.

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 The introduction of a topic followed by exercise to do what was introduced was most helpful in understanding the concepts and made the idea practical. - Dallas F.

This was an incredibly practical course with great opportunities to practice what we were learning. - Darilyn F.

Group Mentor Coaching

This course is designed to help coaches grow in their skill and demonstration of the ICF competencies. This course allows students to coach and be coached in an environment that includes instructor and peer feedback with the purpose of enhancing their ability to coach with greater effectiveness. Prerequisites include Introduction to Coaching, 2 other core coaching electives, and at least 20 hours of documented coaching experience.   

Course Testimonial:

 It was helpful to hear other coaches coach and to have feedback from many different perspectives. - Brenda S.

The core compentencies were always a framework and guide, but the instructor also imparted real life knowledge and perspectives to help each of us coach with our souls. - Stephanie W.

CTC Competencies Assessment Final

This course is the final course in the CTC and is designed to help students feel confident and pass their final recorded session for their Certificate in Transformational Coaching (CTC). Prerequisites: All other CTC courses and requirements must be complete before taking this course. Note: This may be taken concurrent with Group Mentor Coaching if all other prerequisites are met.

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 It helped me to refine and focus my approach...make me even more intentional in how I coach. - Randy M.

I grew greatly in this course. My confidence moving forward is much stronger and I learned things about myself and how I coach that will continue to benefit me moving forward. - Tori D.

The requirement of 30 hours of skills practice was priceless. After receiving feedback, I was able to make the recommended adjustments in my coaching and see the effectiveness of the suggestions. - Dallas F.

I think that no matter where you come in as a coach, skill wise, you will leave a better coach after taking this class. This course is a definate confidence builder. - John S.

It has made all the difference in helping me understand in a concrete way what I need to improve and how I can improve by making changes. Challenging, concrete and applicable. - Brenda S.

This class clarified my strengths and areas for growth, giving me the opportunity to put effort into those areas that could be improved. - Amanda M.

Courses for 'Life Coaching' or 'Coaching in Organizations' Concentrations

When you have completed your CTC, you have the opportunity to add a concentration (consisting of 3 courses) to your Advanced Certification in either Life Coaching or Coaching in Organizations. You will choose one of two courses each term to customize your concentration to fit your unique needs. Take Life & Personal Coaching or Coach Approach to Leading and Managing to determine your concentration path. An additional 30 hours of logged coaching is required. The Concentration will be added to your ACTC certificate upon completion.

Life and Personal Coaching

This course provides students with practical tools that can be used when coaching clients in a wide range of personal, life and family issues. Special attention is given to helping the student develop the six basic components of personal coaching: goals, tolerations, needs, values, boundaries, and standards.

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Coach Approach to Leading and Managing

This course provides students the knowledge and skill necessary for taking a coach approach to working with teams, managing direct reports/volunteers, and leading within a church or other organization.

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 I enjoyed this class very much, with small sized, high quality content, and high standard instructor. - Hana C.  

Evaluating specific responsibilities and development levels was an aha moment. I plan to incorporate this immediately in a project I am doing at work as well as consider it in my individual coaching. - Jim G.

Coaching for Spiritual Transformation

This course provides students the knowledge and skills necessary to apply coaching to faith conversations. Attention is given to how a dialogical approach can be effective for evangelism and discipleship, how coaching can be expressed in the ministries of a local church or any relationship, and the relationship between coaching competencies and Christian practices.

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Coaching Through Conflict

This course provides student with the knowledge and skills to help individuals and teams navigate conflict. Attention is given to how people handle conflict, while presenting several conflict resolution models and coaching tools to equip the student to work effectively.

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 The class environment was open and comfortable. Skill practices were great! - Donna J.

This class has given me tools to use during my sessions to help draw out of the person being coached. I have begun to explore more options during the brainstorm or playground phase, something that was encouraged of us throughout the class. - Laurie D.

The Neuroscience of Coaching

This course will address developments in neuroscience as they relate to approaches to growth and change that can generate powerful results in the person or team being coached. Skill development focuses on incorporating the knowledge of a neuroscience informed approach into increased effectiveness in core coaching competencies. 

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Assessments, Inventories, and Tools in Coaching

This course provides an overview of various assessments, inventories, and tools for creating awareness with coaching clients. Among the instruments addressed will be: the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), the Leadership Practices Inventory 360 (LPI 360), Strengths Finder 2.0, and DiSC. Attention is given to discerning which instruments can be useful in client situations, what steps are necessary for utilizing various instruments, and how to promote effective client engagement with instruments.

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Special Topics in Coaching

This course is offered occasionally with the purpose of exploring varoius specialized topics in coaching. See the training schedule for course details.

Advanced CTC Courses

Advanced CTC Growing Your Coaching Business

This course introduces students to the basics of establishing a coaching practice, ethical issues in coaching, and how to expand their coaching clientele. Focus is given to knowing yourself as a coach, what you offer, who you serve, and your strategy for growing your business. Having a CTC is a prerequisite for this course.

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 The work done in this class and other ACTC courses helped me step back and assess my coaching practice today and where I want to go in the future. Marjorie Y.

Advanced CTC Coaching Supervision

This course is designed to give supervision and feedback for the coach in training and their experience with current clients. Attention is paid to all areas of the coaching relationship and process with a focus on building confidence to become a thriving coach. Having a CTC is a prerequisite for this course.

Course Testimonial:

 Outside of learning the technicalities of how to coach, this has been the most worthwhile class for me in the coaching program. - Caran J.

Made me a better coach. - Aaron H.

It has already informed me on ideas I can implement as I build my business and coach. - Mike T.

I was on the sidelines as far as, do I want to begin a coaching practice? I have moved to seeing a path to navigate to begin a practice. Very helpful. - Jason G.

Advanced CTC Research Project

This course is designed for student to research and explore the businesses of working professional coaches and gain valuable insight from those professionals. This course helps students learn to articulate the critical components and characteristics of a successful coach and coaching business and how to apply this insight to their own business model. Having a CTC is a prerequisite for this course.

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 This project has significantly influenced how I will embody the coaching mindset outside of my sessions with clients. It has also significantly influenced how I will run my business so that I can continue to serve my clients in the ways I love doing. - Caran J.

Very helpful to put together all the pieces and figure out what my next step might look like. - Aaron H.

It really helped develop my next steps in coaching. - Jill H.

It continues to strengthen my focus on building a coaching business and to shorten some of my learning curve. It opened the door to networking with other more experienced coaches. - Mike T.

I got a lot of personal clarity for my own life and the next steps. - Amy T.

I now have a business plan and a course of direction or path to begin walking. - Jason G.


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