How to become Certified as an

Academic Life Coach

Thank you for considering becoming  certified as an Academic Life Coach. We offer two different certifications. The first is an Associate Certified Academic Life Coach. The second is a Certified Academic Life Coach. Each of these certifications has four requirements.

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Become an Associate Certified Academic Life Coach

  1. Successfully Complete the 1.0 Academic Life Coach Training Program. The training program meets for 24 training sessions over the course of 6 months. You will meet once a week, at a designated class time, for two hours, and to become a certified coach you must attend 20 of these 24 training sessions.
  2. Work with a practice client through the 10-session, Academic Life Coaching Program. Coaches typically begin working with their practice client about half way through the training program. Working with your practice client will help you gain firsthand experience as a life coach and give you the chance to practice the skills you learn in your training sessions. You will be required to turn in a practice client log upon completion of your training program.
  3. Complete 4 Coach-Client Overviews. You will be required to complete a total of 4 coach-client overviews (mentor coaching hours) throughout your training. These are due at weeks 6, 12, 18, and 24 of your training. The spacing of the overviews allows you to incorporate the feedback you receive into your subsequent coaching sessions and develop good coaching habits from the start of your coaching journey.
  4. Complete a Final Exam. The final piece of certification is an exam with 25 questions and two 250 to 500 word essays. The exam takes at most an hour with most participants finishing within 45 minutes.

Become a Certified Academic Life Coach

  1. Complete the 1.0 Academic Life Coach Training Program OR have prior life coach training. In order to join the 2.0 Coach Training Program and qualify for certification as a Certified Academic Life Coach, you must have prior life coach training. It is recommended that you complete the 1.0 ALC Training Program, but if you already have prior coach training, you may jump into the 2.0 level course.
  2. Successfully Complete the 2.0 Coach Training Program. The training program meets for 24 training sessions over the course of 6 months (just like the 1.0 ALC Training Program). You will meet once a week, at a designated class time, for two hours, and to become a certified coach you must attend 20 of these 24 training sessions.
  3. Log 10 hours of coaching. Part of your training will include logging at least 10 hours of coaching with a paid or unpaid client.
  4. Complete 4 Coach-Client Overviews. You will be required to complete a total of 4 coach-client overviews (mentor coaching hours) throughout your training as well. These are due at weeks 6, 12, 18, and 24 of your training. The spacing of the overviews allows you to incorporate the feedback you receive into your subsequent coaching sessions and develop good coaching habits from the start of your coaching journey.
  5. Complete a Final Exam. The final piece of certification is an exam with 25 questions and two 250 to 500 word essays. The exam takes at most an hour with most participants finishing within 45 minutes.

Benefits of Academic Life Coach Certification

  1. The training and certification program is designed to develop your skills and give you the necessary practice to deliver an effective and powerful coaching experience to a student. By following through on all of the steps for certification, and by integrating the feedback you receive into your coaching, you are ensuring that you will deliver incredible value to young people and their families.
  2. It’s actually fun. The coach-client overviews may not seem like a barrel of monkeys kind of fun. However, once you get over the awkwardness of recording a life coaching session, going over the session with your trainer is an incredible asset to the development of your coaching skills.
  3. Your certification signals to parents, educators, and administrators that your training has reached the highest level of life coach training specific to education and youth.
  4. You also get to have your profile publicly listed on the Academic Life Coaching website on the meet the coaches page.