photo of life coach consulting with a coupleLife coaches provide expert guidance to help their clients establish and meet important goals. This 100% course will train you to work as a life coach and teach you how to launch your own coaching practice. You’ll learn the Core Competencies of the International Coach Federations (ICF) and become a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) upon course completion.

"The course helped me with my career journey! It was laid out in a methodical way and truly prepared me to work with clients. I was able to tailor the exercises to fit my practice clients and use that skill in my career." — Rosemarie A.

Life Coaching FAQs

What is a life coach?
Life coaches help their clients identify a specific life or career goal, define the steps needed to achieve this goal and create a plan of action. Life coaches will also help clients identify strengths, weaknesses and obstacles that will impact their plan of action.

What does life coaching involve?
Most importantly, professional life coaching involves relationship building and trust. Life coaches must be able to forge a creative partnership with their clients to:

  • Identify and create a plan for what the client wants
  • Modify and build strategies to achieve a client’s goals
  • Encourage self-discovery, self-awareness and growth
  • Promote accountability and positive change

What's the difference between a life coach and a therapist?
While therapists analyze a client’s past to help them understand their current behavior, life coaches identify obstacles that stop a client from achieving their goals and present strategies for getting past these obstacles.

What is the difference between coaching and counseling?
Similar to the difference between a life coach and a therapist, coaching is different from counseling because it focuses on goal setting and not mental health. Ultimately, both practices aim to help the client on a deeply personal level but take different approaches in doing so.

Why should life coaches get certified?
Training and certification helps you stand out to clients. Credentialing organizations like the International Association of Professional Recovery Coaches (IAPRC) and the International Coach Federation (ICF) follow a standard of ethics that clients expect.

Course Objectives

  • Earn a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) certification, issued through the International Association of Professional Recovery Coaches (IAPRC)
  • Learn strategies for applying the IAPRC Code of Ethics, ICF Core Competencies, and other coaching concepts
  • Build a foundation for coaching relationships using a formal coaching agreement
  • Develop an Envisioning Possibilities statement for your practice client
  • Establish your personal coaching presence, style, and communication system

Prerequisites and Requirements

There are no specific prerequisites for taking this course.


Awareness And Mindful Intention, Part 1 - Power of a professional code of ethics; coaching roles and personal qualities of outstanding coaches

Awareness and mindful intention, Part 2 - Listening and building rapport; standards of practice and rules of engagement

Action Tools And Skills, Part 1 - Positive Psychology, three potentials and the coaching cycle; coaching conversation dynamics and ICF Core Competencies

Action Tools And Skills, Part 2 - Ethical guidelines, professional standards and establishing the coaching agreement; trust and intimacy, active listening and powerful questioning

Assumptions And Deeper Insight - Wellbeing: positive psychology evolves; the Johari Window, self-discovery and emotional intelligence 2.0

Shifting Perspective - The bedrock of success: E+R=O; self-responsibility, self-esteem and the last resort in self-responsibility

Accelerate Your Business Launch, Part 1 - Envision your ideal business, clarify your mission and begin with the end in mind; four strategies for going the distance and finding your niche

Accelerate Your Business Launch, Part 2 - Six strengths to leverage your credibility and using your voice to define your expertise; strategic networking, marketing and promotion

Registration and Enrollment

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