Standard Training Design

The Standard Training Design has two tracks, which consist of 60 or 125 hours of coach-specific training. The 60-hour program includes three modules: Coaching Foundations, Relationship Building, and Effective Communication. The 125-program includes the first three modules, plus an additional three: Coaching Techniques I, Coaching Techniques II, and Business Development. Both programs also include independent study hours, 10 hours of mentor coaching with written feedback, and a final performance evaluation. Students who complete the Standard Training program meet the training hours necessary to apply for an Associate Certified Coach credential (ACC) or a Professional Certified Coach credential (PCC) through the International Coach Federation.

The Standard Training design is offered in January and August. Students meet online for all classes on Tuesday evenings (7:00-10:00 pm EST). There are no in-person meetings for this option.

  • Modules 1-3 are for students enrolling in the ACC Credentialing Track training program.
  • Modules 1-6 are for students enrolling in the PCC Credentialing Track training program.


$4495 – ACC level Credentialing Track (3 months/60 hours)

$7995 – PCC only level Credentialing Track (6 months/125 hours)


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ACC Credentialing Track

January 2 – March 26, 2024

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PCC Credentialing Track

August 1 – December 16, 2023

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Month 1 Coaching Foundations

This introductory course covers the International Coach Federation Code of Ethics and Core Competencies, developing a coaching agreement, and the key elements of establishing an effective coaching relationship. This course also focuses on the critical components supporting the coaching profession including the definition of coaching, its boundaries, and how coaching intersects with other helping professions.

  • Week 1 – Definition of Coaching & ICF Ethical Guidelines I
  • Week 2 – ICF Ethical Guidelines II & ICF Core Competencies I
  • Week 3 – ICF Core Competencies II & Setting the Foundation
  • Week 4 – Independent Study Specialization & Reading & Exploration

Month 2 Relationship Building & Coaching for Empowerment (Part 1)

Module 2: Relationship Building This course focuses on the importance of self-awareness and creating a coaching presence that facilitates effective relationships. Areas of focus include establishing a foundation of trust, building strength-based relationships, recognizing the existence of implicit biases and blind spots that negatively impact relationships, and developing essential cultural competency skills. Module 3: Coaching for Empowerment This course covers the Academy of Creative Coaching's Creative Approach and the Invigorative Leadership Model as frameworks for change and empowerment. The focus of this course relies heavily on positive psychology concepts and presents strategic coaching techniques such as motivational interviewing and action plan development for client growth and improvement.
  • Week 1 – The Strengths Philosophy & Strengths-Based Relationships
  • Week 2 – The Wholehearted Self & Psychological Safety & Trust
  • Week 3 – Culturally Competent Coaching & Inclusion Coaching
  • Week 4 – Independent Study Specialization & Reading & Exploration

Month 3 Coaching for Empowerment (Part 2) & Transformative Dialogue

Module 3: Coaching for Empowerment Course continues from the previous month. Module 4: Transformative DialogueThis course focuses on communication techniques essential to the coaching relationship. Specific areas include powerful questioning as a means for to increase awareness, active listening and communication skills, navigating through difficult conversations, and resolving conflicts. This course also covers the dynamics of group coaching and mastermind group facilitation as a leadership tool.
  • Week 1 – The Creative Approach & Coaching the Whole Person
  • Week 2 – Asking Powerful Questions & Non-Violent Communication
  • Week 3 – Conflict Resolution & Mediation Group & Coaching & Masterminding
  • Week 4 – Independent Study & Specialization Reading & Exploration

Month 4 Practical Coaching Techniques & Restorative Coaching (Part 1)

Module 5: Practical Coaching TechniquesThis course revisits some positive psychology concepts that introduce the philosophical underpinnings of effective coaching strategies and transitions into introducing the power of storytelling and public speaking and how to connect these skills to coaching. Trainees will prepare to deliver their own talk as it relates to their coaching specializations during the last week of class. The class concludes with a coach supervision lab that enables trainees to practice the coach supervision technique.
  • Week 1 – Self-Awareness of the Coach & Advanced Relationship Dynamics
  • Week 2 – Virtual Coaching & Communication & Public Speaking
  • Week 3 – Identity & Perspective & Trauma Informed Coaching
  • Week 4 – Independent Study Specialization & Reading & Exploration

Month 5 Restorative Coaching (Part 2) & Mindset Coaching Techniques

Trainees are challenged to delve more deeply into coaching strategies by exploring human dignity, identity, and overcoming trauma. Topics include our identity informed coaching model, trauma informed coaching, mindsets around ability and disability, understanding the unique experiences of marginalized communities, and the power of transforming toxic environments. The power of transforming toxic environments

  • Week 1 – The Reverse Domino Effect & Coaching Supervision Lab
  • Week 2 – The Creative Brain & Emotional Intelligence
  • Week 3 – Coaching With Compassion & Intentional Change Theory
  • Week 4 – Independent Study & Business Plan Development

Month 6 Business Development

This course offers trainees key skills to begin building a thriving coaching business. With the intent to prepare and transform from the inside out, the course begins by exploring money mindsets and branches out into the crucial art and science of marketing, and more specifically, social media marketing. At the end of this course, trainees will deliver a short speech using the TedTalk model.

  • Week 1 – The Entrepreneurial Mindset & Clients and Cash Flow
  • Week 2 – Marketing Strategy & Social Media Marketing
  • Week 3 – Ted Talk Seminar I & Ted Talk Seminar II
  • Week 4 – Independent Study & Business Plan Development II